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HIPAA Enforcement: How to Survive HHS Audits and Manage Data Breaches

Download the webinar slides. Failure to protect patient information can impact your business’ finances, reputation, and future. In this recorded webinar, John E. Morrone, Esq. discusses how the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) enforces HIPAA standards. Covered topics include penalties for HIPAA violations, including escalating fines and the subjection of providers to corrective action plans. In this presentation, participants will learn about: The focus of government audits...

The Opioid Epidemic: Protecting Your Patients, the Public and Your License

Earlier this year, at the prompting of Governor Christie, New Jersey's Attorney General Chris Porrino invoked his emergency powers to impose limitations on opioid prescribing, a measure aimed at reducing the risk of opioid addiction and restricting the number of pills available for diversion. The "Emergency Rule" mandates include: (i) initial opioid prescriptions for acute pain must be limited to 5 days; (ii) prescribers must query the Prescription Monitoring Program...

New Jersey Pharmacists Are Given New Tools in the Form of an Old Drug to Combat Opioid Overdoses

In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the United States is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic. Opioids include both prescription drugs, such as Hydrocodone, Morphine, Percocet, and Oxycontin and illegal drugs such as Heroin. Both prescription opioids and heroin killed more than 33,000 people in 2015, which was more than any year on record. Although street-drugs are considered by the general public...

Challenges with Physician Compensation Plans

While at first glance it may not seem concerning to compensate a physician with a package that matches the pay the physician was earning at a prior point in his or her career, it can potentially lead to serious penalties under both the False Claims Act and Stark Law if the compensation is not structured in compliance with the Stark Law. At the end of last month, the U.S. Department...

Hot Topics in Specialty Pharmacy Law: PBM Prescription Trolling, HUB Arrangements, DIR Fees Update, Opioid and Naloxone Laws, and NADAC Pricing

    Download the webinar slides. The specialty pharmacy industry has dramatically changed over the past few years and is now one of the fastest growing sources of revenue in the prescription drug marketplace. As a result, payers and PBMs have adopted numerous policies and tactics to maximize PBM profits and drive patient traffic away from independent pharmacies. These policies and tactics, along with current healthcare regulations, have created challenges...
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