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New State Opioid Abuse Law: Compliance Implications for Providers

This summer, New York enacted a comprehensive law to combat the heroin, opioid and prescription drug abuse epidemic. The epidemic has impacted New York on a large scale, with 118,875…

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Are You Adequately Protecting Your Employee and Customer Data? FTC Reinstates LabMD Case

The commissioners of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last week reversed the dismissal of charges against medical testing company LabMD for its allegedly lax data security protocols. In so doing,…

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Five Year Nonimmigrant Waivers For Citizens Of Canada Are Now The Norm

United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced that nonimmigrant waivers of inadmissibility filed by citizens of Canada will generally be issued for a validity period of five years. …

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New Rules Issued on “Meaningful Access” to a Health Care Provider’s Website under the Affordable Care Act

Health care providers received key guidance on how they provide “meaningful access” to health programs or services offered by electronic information technology to individuals with disabilities.  Effective July 18, 2016,…

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“Accidental Bigamy” and U.S. Immigration Law

Bigamous and polygamous marriages are not recognized under U.S. law.  Thus, a bigamous marriage is not recognized as a lawful marriage under U.S. immigration law, and cannot serve as a…

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Settlement Related to Theft of Mobile Device Further Highlights Need to Revisit Privacy and Security Policies and Procedures As the Audit Process Unfolds

As follow-up to our April 2016 Legal Alert, the need for health care providers to review their privacy and security programs cannot be overemphasized. Last week, Business Associate Catholic Health Care…

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Doubling Down On False Claims Penalties Creates Even Higher Stakes For Providers

It was bad enough when health care and human service providers learned that Medicare and Medicaid overpayments had to be reported and returned within 60 days of identification.  Then came…

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The Issue Of Unrepresented Children In Removal Proceedings Heats Up In The Ninth Circuit

It seems like U.S. Immigration issues are everywhere in the news these days.  With all that swirls around about immigration, there is one issue that may be lost on most…

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Supreme Court Slows President Obama’s Immigration Actions

On June 23, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States, by a deadlocked 4-4 vote, affirmed the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit which…

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DOL: COBRA Notice May Include Additional Information about Health Insurance Exchange Coverage

An FAQ issued by Department of Labor’s Employee Benefit Security Administration (the “EBSA”), advises that administrators of group health plans may include information about “health insurance marketplace” (a/k/a  “Exchange”) coverage…

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