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The Health Lawyer - August 2020

Vol. 32 No. 6  

Featured Articles


Can HIPAA be Saved? The Continuing Relevance and Evolution of Healthcare Privacy and Security Standards

While technology has radically impacted healthcare in the United States for decades, COVID-19 is further forcing major restructuring of the healthcare system and impacting the privacy of patient information and IT security. Important changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) regulations are desperately needed.


Hospice Providers Remain Squarely in Government’s Enforcement Crosshairs

On July 8, 2020, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida announced that Hope Hospice agreed to pay $3.2 million to resolve a qui tam whistleblower action under the federal False Claims Act (FCA). The settlement resolved allegations that Hope Hospice knowingly submitted false claims to Medicare for hospice services for patients who were not terminally ill.


Ransomware – The Legal Impacts

Ransomware attacks are seemingly popping up everywhere these days. Lawyers and law firms are a prized target for threat actors, due to the significant amount of sensitive information they hold from and about their clients. Ransomware incident response firm Coveware states that “Small and medium sized professional service firms such as law firms, IT managed service providers and CPA firms continued to be the largest industry subset targeted by ransomware in Q1 2020.”