The OCR’s Phase 2 HIPAA Audit Program and Cloud-Service Providers, and an Alert Regarding Phase 2 Audit Email Phishing Scams

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is undertaking continued efforts to assess compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules, and auditing “covered entities” (health care providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses) and “business associates” (discussed herein) to […]

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Medical Marijuana in Florida: Amendment 2’s Passage

Last night the Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, Amendment 2, received 71 percent approval, far more than the 60 percent required for passage. The passage of Amendment 2 will expand the marijuana industry in Florida – currently dominated by the 2014 Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, commonly known as Florida’s “Charlotte’s Web” law – opening […]

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Appeal from the Florida Supreme Court May Be Just the Right Vehicle for the U.S. Supreme Court to Resolve Conflict Amongst the Circuits as to Enforcement of Arbitration Awards

A decision that came out of the Florida Supreme Court in November of last year, Visiting Nurse Ass’n of Florida, Inc. v. Jupiter Med. Ctr., Inc., No. SC11-2468, 2014 WL 6463506 (Fla. Nov. 6, 2014),may be the ideal case for the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve once and for all a growing conflict among the […]

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Telemedicine May Come to Florida…with the Risk of Data Breaches

On February 3, 2015, a bipartisan group of Florida lawmakers, including Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Aaron Bean (R-Fernandina Beach) and House Health Policy Committee Chairman Jason Brodeur (R-Sanford) said they expect to reach an agreement on legislation regarding telemedicine. “Telehealth programs are a cost-effective alternative to traditional consultations and examinations between providers […]

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