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Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp Report Major Data Breaches Caused by a Business Associate

Quest Diagnostics (Quest) and LabCorp each reported in their respective 8-K filings with the Security and Exchange Commission that the companies had been notified by American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA), a billing collections vendor, that between August 1, 2018 and March 30, 2019 an unauthorized user had access to AMCA's system that contained information that AMCA had received from both companies. The number of affected individuals is estimated to be...

OIG Issues Fraud Alert Related to Genetic Testing Scam

The Office of the Inspector General for Health and Human Services (OIG) recently issued a Fraud Alert to the public identifying a fraud scheme involving genetic testing. To reduce fraud and abuse in federal health care programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, the OIG actively investigates potentially fraudulent schemes that are used to obtain money from these programs and, when appropriate, issues alerts that identify practices that are potentially fraudulent. This Alert...

CLIENT ALERT: Medical Directorships the Subject of Anti-Kickback Scrutiny

A basic principle of health care law is that medical decision-making must be based on the best interests of the patient and not the economic interests of the provider. This principle is reflected the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) - which makes it a federal crime to offer, give, solicit or accept remuneration in exchange for the referral of health care services - and underlines investigations and prosecutions based on the AKS...

Frier Levitt Adds Joel M. Greenberg, Esq. as Partner

Frier Levitt, LLC, a national boutique healthcare law firm, announced today that Joel M. Greenberg, Esq., has joined the firm as a Partner. Mr. Greenberg has extensive experience assisting physicians, medical groups, dentists, and other health care providers address the numerous business and legal issues that arise in their practices. He counsels clients in all aspects of a transaction from the initial phase of setting up an entity to establishing...

The Continued Scrutiny of Opioids: What Physicians and Pharmacists Need to Know

The war on opioids continues unabated, most recently with the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force conducting another roundup. The roundup, which included the execution of search warrants, involved the charging of 60 people, including 53 medical professionals, with illegally prescribing controlled substances, which further supports the growing sentiment that the indiscriminate prescribing of opioids is the current hot-button item in medicine. The basic standard applied by authorities to individuals...