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After N.F.L. Concussion Settlement, Feeding Frenzy of Lawyers and Lender

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Some of the ex-players with severe neurological disorders are cognitively impaired and may not understand the terms used by the lawyers who make the pitches, reports The New York Times.

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Potential Medicaid Cuts Put Savings of Middle-Class Elderly at Risk

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A Houston elder-care lawyer says the health care bill the U.S. Senate is fine-tuning could have profound effects on elderly people who rely on nursing home care.

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Ex-WellCare General Counsel Pleads Guilty in Florida Medicaid Case

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Thaddeus Bereday, indicted along with four other former WellCare executives in 2011, faces a maximum of five years in prison.

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HIPAA 101: The 30-Minute Guide to Understanding Compliance

HIPAA 101: The 30-Minute Guide to Understanding Compliance

Event, June 27, 2 p.m. EDT
Compliancy Group will present a free webinar on HIPAA compliance, titled “The 30-Minute Guide to Understanding Compliance.”

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More States Likely to Sue over Opioid Epidemic

More States Likely to Sue over Opioid Epidemic

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States will be very tempted by the significant potential damages that may be awarded in court to try to recoup some of the costs of treatment, says Kent Sullivan of Jackson Walker LLP.

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Webinar: HIPAA and the Compliance Officer

Event, August 9, 2017, 10 a.m. PDT
MentorHealth’s webinar will be addressing how practice/business managers (or compliance offers) need to get their HIPAA house in order before the imminent audits occur.

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Healthcare Developer Fined $155 Million for Lying About Compliance

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The settlement marks the first time an electronics health records vendor is being charged for the truthfulness and accuracy of representations made when seeking government certification, reports HIT Consultant.

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CVS’s Omnicare to Pay $23 Million to Resolve U.S. Kickback Case

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Reuters is reporting CVS Health Corp’s Omnicare unit has agreed to pay $23 million to resolve a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that it took kickbacks from a drugmaker to promote two antidepressants, according to settlement papers.

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The World’s Best-Selling Drug Just Lost a Key Patent Battle

The World’s Best-Selling Drug Just Lost a Key Patent Battle

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The rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis medicine has recently been a target of biopharma companies that are trying to make generic Humira copycats called “biosimilars,” reports Fortune.

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U.S. Accuses UnitedHealth of Medicare Advantage Fraud

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The accusation against the company is the latest, following separate lawsuits in two separate whistleblower lawsuits against the country’s largest health insurer, reports Reuters.

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Big Law Widow Awarded $3M in GlaxoSmithKline Case

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Wendy Dolin’s husband, Stewart, stepped in front of a CTA Blue Line train in the Loop on July 15, 2010. He had been taking paroxetine, a drug for depression and anxiety, reports The Chicago Tribune.

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Health Law: Is Your Arbitration Agreement Enforceable?

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A recent decision of the Arizona Court of Appeals provides guidance for evaluation of the enforceability of arbitration agreements in the health care field, reports Snell & Wilmer in its Health Law Checkup blog.

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How States Are Using the Law to Bring Drug Executives to Heel

How States Are Using the Law to Bring Drug Executives to Heel

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The generic drug industry has come under fire the last couple of years because of staggering price increases, but now generic drug executives can expect to face tougher legal repercussions, reports MedCity News.

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Veteran Healthcare Lawyer Joins Barnes & Thornburg in South Bend

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Barnes Thornburg LLP today that veteran Healthcare Lawyer Robert Wade is joining the firm’s South Bend office as a partner in the Healthcare Department. He was previously a Partner at Krieg Devault.

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Federal Appeals Court Sides With Physicians in ‘Docs vs. Glocks’ Case

Federal Appeals Court Sides With Physicians in ‘Docs vs. Glocks’ Case

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The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that Florida’s so-called “Docs and Glocks” law, which prohibited doctors from asking patients about guns in the home, violated a physician’s free speech rights, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Doctor Guilty of Felony for Botched Surgery; Prosecutors Said His Hands Were Deadly Weapons

Doctor Guilty of Felony for Botched Surgery; Prosecutors Said His Hands Were Deadly Weapons

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Christopher Duntsch of Colorado has been in jail since his arrest in July 2015, charged with five aggravated assault charges after four of his patients were maimed and two died, reports The Dallas Morning News.

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Bill in Texas Legislature Would Give Nurse Practitioners More Power

Bill in Texas Legislature Would Give Nurse Practitioners More Power

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A bill in the Texas House seeks to end regulations that require nurse practitioners to contract with doctors in order to treat and write prescriptions.

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Healthcare and the False Claims Act, 2016 Survey

Healthcare and the False Claims Act, 2016 Survey

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Healthcare and the False Claims Act, 2016 Survey summarizes the important laws, regulations, pronouncements, and cases of the past year, to inform healthcare providers and healthcare attorneys on this crucial statute in the healthcare industry.

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Judge Blocks $54 Billion Anthem-Cigna Health Insurance Merger

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A federal judge blocked the $54 billion merger between health insurance giants Anthem and Cigna, saying the deal would increase prices and reduce competition, according to a report by The Washington Post.

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Painful Verdicts for Johnson & Johnson

Painful Verdicts for Johnson & Johnson

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The Lanier Law Firm said these verdicts marked the second and third bellwether trials among thousands of similar lawsuits nationwide that have been consolidated in multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

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