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Summer 2020 OCR Cybersecurity Newsletter

August 25, 2020 Making a List and Checking it Twice: HIPAA and IT Asset Inventories The HIPAA Security Rule requires covered entities and business associates to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of all electronic protected health information (ePHI) that it creates, receives, maintains,...

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COVID-19 reshapes healthcare utilization

June 10, 2020 ALEX KACIK Healthcare professional services utilization dropped by nearly 70% in April year over year, resulting in a 50% decline in revenue, according to Fair Health’s new analysis of 31 billion commercial claims. COVID-19 hit the Northeast the hardest as utilization of professional services—defined...

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Next phase of telemedicine to move beyond video visits

JESSICA KIM COHEN May 23, 2020 In the wake of COVID-19, Modern Healthcare moved its annual Transformation Summit online. The five-part webinar series brought together healthcare and technology leaders to discuss topics like innovation in times of emergency, patient-centered care and mental health. The rapid spread...

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Top 10 Routinely Exploited Vulnerabilities

May 18, 2020 Recently the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an alert identifying the top 10 cybersecurity vulnerabilities routinely exploited by foreign malicious actors. OCR is sharing this alert with our listserv to raise...

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APT Groups Target Healthcare and Essential Services

May 6, 2020 OCR is sharing the following update with our listserv from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, warning individuals that advanced persistent threat (APT) groups are exploiting the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic as...

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Coronavirus testing expands to 2,000 labs

March 15, 2020 MATTHEW WEINSTOCK    More than 2,000 labs across the country will start processing tests for COVID-19 early this week, Vice President Mike Pence said during a news briefing late Sunday. The move, the result of a partnership between the federal government...

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Momentum builds to fix prior authorization

October 05, 2019 SHELBY LIVINGSTON   Dr. Paul Harari, a radiation oncologist, likened it to torture. The interminable back and forth. The outdated fax machines. Wasting time on the phone to convince a health plan’s medical director that a cancer treatment the plan denied is...

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Alia A. Najjar joins Nutile Law

Nutile Law is pleased to announce that Alia A. Najjar, M.C., Esq. joined our practice on September 23rd. Alia  focuses her practice on various aspects of healthcare law. She began her legal career in California at a national law firm where she defended physicians...

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Supreme Court rejects HHS’ Medicare DSH changes

June 03, 2019 11:08 AM SUSANNAH LUTHI   The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that HHS improperly changed its Medicare disproportionate-share hospital payments when it made billions of dollars in cuts. In a 7-1 decision, the justices said HHS needed a notice-and-comment period for the Medicare DSH...

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Spring 2019 OCR Cybersecurity Newsletter

April 3, 2019   In 2019, OCR moved to quarterly cybersecurity newsletters.  The purpose of the newsletters remains unchanged: to help HIPAA covered entities and business associates remain in compliance with the HIPAA Security Rule by identifying emerging or prevalent issues, and highlighting best...

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Supreme Court gears up to review Medicare DSH formula

By Susannah Luthi  | January 14, 2019 The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear arguments in an appeal over whether HHS can recalculate its Medicare disproportionate-share hospital payments without going through the full rulemaking process to get public input on the change. HHS petitioned the high court to take the...

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Unauthorized Disclosure of Patients’ Protected Health Information During “Boston Med” Filming Results in Multiple HIPAA Settlements Totaling $999,000

September 20, 2018 Today, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that it has reached separate settlements with Boston Medical Center (BMC), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) for compromising the privacy of patients’...

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Guidance on Disposing of Electronic Devices and Media

July 2018 OCR Cybersecurity Newsletter:   Because the technology and computer equipment that organizations use may contain components that store sensitive information, organizations should consider whether their process for disposing of electronic devices and media does so in a secure manner. Examples of such...

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Presentation to PA Students at Touro University Nevada

Bridget Kelly, associate at Nutile Law, gave a presentation covering licensure, discipline, and employment contract negotiation to Dr. Weldon Havin’s Physician Assistant students at Touro University Wednesday morning, July 11th.  Ms. Kelly focuses her practice on Health Care Law, providing comprehensive legal services in...

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2018 National Health Care Fraud Takedown

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, along with our state and federal law enforcement partners, participated in the largest health care fraud takedown in history in June 2018. More than 600 defendants in 58 federal districts were charged with...

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Ethan Minkin joins Nutile Law, Of Counsel

We are pleased to announce the addition of Ethan Minkin to our legal team.  Ethan is a seasoned attorney with substantial experience as both a private practice attorney and an in-house attorney, and has counseled clients on a wide variety of matters.  His expertise includes...

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Medicare Changes In Store For Hospitals

Medicare will be requiring hospitals to post prices online.  They are already required to disclose prices publicly, but this change would require them to put this information online.  This reflects the on-going efforts by the Trump administration to encourage patients to become better decision...

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PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION ACT (AB 474)

Controlled substances for the treatment of pain can be highly effective and medically necessary HOWEVER, the current opioid epidemic and overdose rates associated with prescription drug abuse, misuse and diversion underscores that such medications are not without inherent risks. Full article here.  

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Pray for Vegas

Nutile Law mourns the tragedy that has shocked our Las Vegas home. We grieve for those who endured the trauma and loss of the unthinkable. The heroism displayed by our first responders, residents, and visitors has inspired hope and renewed faith in this dark...

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Nutile Law Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Nutile Law has been making a positive impact in the local business and health care community since 2002.  June 2017 marks the 15th anniversary for the firm, which has had a very busy year. The firm relocated their office to the Pecos Springs Business Park,...

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No Business Associate Agreement? $31K Mistake

From: OCR HIPAA Privacy Rule information The Center for Children’s Digestive Health (CCDH) has paid the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $31,000 to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule and agreed...

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