Category Archive for: ‘Healthcare’

Despite Administrative Turnover, HIPAA Enforcement Highly Active

Last year the HHS Office for Civil Rights continued its current phase of HIPAA enforcement in earnest by increasing focus on audits for healthcare providers and business associates nationwide. As a result, 2016 was a record year for HIPAA enforcement actions and settlements with roughly $22,855,300 paid to OCR as a result of HIPAA violations. While speculation exists that the …

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HIPAA Compliance – Not Just for Healthcare Providers

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPPA”) is designed to require the protection and confidential handling of protected health information by mandating a certain standards for its transmission and storage. Generally, Protected Health Information is individually identifiable information that is transmitted by electronic media, maintained in electronic media, or transmitted or maintained in any other medium. It …

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Vaccine Injury Compensation program Serves Manufacturers And The Public

The National Childhood Vaccination Injury Act of 1986 (NCVIA), as amended, created the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). Congress created the VICP primarily to protect our nation’s vaccine supply. In the 1980’s, public attention was focused on the allegation that vaccines were causing injuries to children. Many parents sued vaccine manufacturers for alleged injuries. The few vaccine manufacturers in existence …

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Recent Medical Malpractice Ruling

On May 29, 2015 the Tennessee Supreme Court filed an opinion resolving a question that may seem trivial, but teaches an important lesson. Some background: Bringing a healthcare liability action requires some technical steps not required in other types of cases. For example, Tennessee Code Annotated § 29-26-122 states that the plaintiff in a healthcare liability action in which expert …

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