Topic: health

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Stopping 23andMe Sales, Buying Privacy Liabilities, Changing Proxy Policies, Approving REIT Conversions

On November 27, 1924, the very first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade was held. As it should be… Happy Holidays! The FDA is routinely criticized in cases where regulation is perceived to stymy innovation. Shutting down 23andMe isn’t one of them… (Andrew Ittleman and Kelly Lightfoot, JD Supra Perspectives) Every mobile app that glitters is not… Read more »

New York City Employers Must Pay Sick Leave

“…the Act gives employees the right to carry over sick time from year to year or have it paid out at the end of the year, creates new notice and recordkeeping requirements for employers, and protects employees against retaliation for using sick time.” (Julie Levinson Werner, Lowenstein Sandler LLP) Companies that employ more than 15… Read more »

HIPAA Q&A: What’s the New Word on Data Breaches?

“The definition of a data ‘breach’ was changed. The Omnibus Rules replaced the more subjective ‘harm standard’ with a more objective test that requires the covered entity to determine (based on a four-factor risk assessment) whether protected health information has been ‘compromised.’” (Snell & Wilmer) One of the key components of the new HIPAA /… Read more »

New HIPAA Omnibus Rule Modifies Privacy and Breach Notification Requirements for Health Care Providers

“The Final Rule represents the most significant development in healthcare privacy law since the issuance of the final Privacy Rule and Security Rule a decade ago.” (Morgan Lewis) On January 17, 2013, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its final omnibus rule, strengthening the… Read more »

FDA Proposes Social Media Guidance on Off-Label Drug Use

It’s estimated that one in five prescriptions treat ailments other than those for which the drug was originally intended. Off-label use of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, as this practice is called, is big business. But for manufacturers seeking to inform the public about the benefits and dangers of using medications off-label, it’s also risky business: while… Read more »

Accountable Care Organizations: Final Rule Announced

Accountable Care Organizations, a key element of the health care law designed to control costs while providing quality care to Medicare recipients, got an important shot in the arm earlier this month when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued its final regulations for implementing the ACO Shared Savings Program. We’ll continue to update… Read more »