FTC Urges State to Ease Up on Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) published comments in response to a Missouri state legislative proposal to modify rules and regulations on collaborative practice arrangements between physicians and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). The FTC called on Missouri to consider further …

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Ninth Circuit Denies Rehearing to St. Luke’s Health System

The Ninth Circuit will not reconsider its decision to force St. Luke’s Health System to unwind its purchase of Saltzer Medical Group, the largest physician practice group in the relevant Idaho market. The ruling leaves in place a victory for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the merger row. In February, …

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HIPAA Enforcement Action, Breaches and Pilot Audits

During the HCCA Compliance on Monday, April 20, 2015, Iliana Peters, Senior Advisor for HIPAA Compliance and Enforcement, HHS Office of Civil Rights, presented “Lessons Learned from Recent HIPAA Enforcement Action, Breaches and Pilot Audits”. What’s to Come:  Peters noted that OCR is still working on …

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FTC Remains Focused on Health Care in 2015

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) recently published its annual highlights, revealing that health care remains a top priority for the Commission. The FTC reported that nearly half of its enforcement actions for the preceding five years focused on the health care industry, including …

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OIG Speaks to HCCA Compliance Institute

Daniel Levinson, the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, kicked off the annual Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) Compliance Institute in Orlando Florida this morning.  Nearly all of the 3,000 conference attendees, a new record for the compliance institute, were in …

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Whistleblower Pays Price for Frivolous Suit

Serial whistleblower Fox Rx may think twice before filing its next qui tam action. On Wednesday of this week, the federal court for the Southern District of New York rejected Fox’s plea to spare it from the $169,000 bill submitted by the white shoe law firm that successfully defended Managed Health Care …

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