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Compliance and Ethics Program Comparison: Survey Results

Compliance and Ethics Program Comparison: Survey Results

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The Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and the Health Care Compliance Association recently conducted a survey to gauge the effectiveness of compliance programs at preventing incidents from occurring.

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Hedge Fund Sues Theranos, Citing ‘Lies, Material Misstatements, and Omissions’

Hedge Fund Sues Theranos, Citing ‘Lies, Material Misstatements, and Omissions’

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Partner Fund Management, a San Francisco-based hedge fund that reportedly wrote out a $96 million check to Theranos in 2014, is now suing the blood-testing startup and its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, reports TechCrunch.

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Mylan to Pay $465 Million Over EpiPen Medicaid Rebate Dispute

Mylan to Pay $465 Million Over EpiPen Medicaid Rebate Dispute

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At issue is whether Mylan made more money on EpiPen than warranted from state Medicaid programs by having it classified as a generic product, Reuters is reporting.

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Alabama Law Firm Says It Has Received 26k Calls After Talcum Powder Verdicts

Alabama Law Firm Says It Has Received 26k Calls After Talcum Powder Verdicts

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A law firm in Montgomery, Ala., says it received nearly 26,000 phone calls from people inquiring about a possible link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer after its clients won a total of $127 million in two verdicts earlier this year, reports AL.com.

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Theranos Walks Away From Zika Test

Theranos Walks Away From Zika Test

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The move is another setback for the Palo Alto, Calif., company as it tries to recover from crippling regulatory sanctions that followed revelations by The Wall Street Journal of shortcomings in Theranos’s technology and operations.

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First State-to-State Spread of Zika Magnifies Questions of Employer Liability

First State-to-State Spread of Zika Magnifies Questions of Employer Liability

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While Zika’s dangers first appeared in Brazil, its spread to the U.S. has magnified questions about risk, including to workers whose employers want them to travel, says Justin Markel of Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey PC.

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Kentucky AG Sues Johnson & Johnson Over Transvaginal Mesh Marketing

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CNN is reporting that Kentucky’s attorney general is suing health-care giant Johnson & Johnson for millions of dollars, saying the company “concealed and misrepresented” the risk of its transvaginal mesh products to doctors and patients.

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Gilead to Get Attorney Fees in Hepatitis C Patent Fight With Merck

Gilead to Get Attorney Fees in Hepatitis C Patent Fight With Merck

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Gilead Sciences Inc. is entitled to receive the attorney fees it incurred related to hepatitis C patent litigation with drugmaker Merck & Co Inc., a U.S. district judge has ruled, reports Reuters.

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Largest HIPAA Settlement Ever: What You Need to Know

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The operator of 12 hospitals and more than 200 other treatment centers in Chicago and central Illinois has agreed to the largest settlement to date with the Office for Civil Rights for multiple potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, reports Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick.

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Disruptor Meets Regulator, and Regulator Wins: Lessons Learned from Theranos

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Even in an environment that encourages innovation, health care organizations must understand the scope of regulatory oversight at the federal and state levels, and the range of remedies available to regulators for noncompliance, writes writes Robert E. Wanerman of Epstein Becker & Green.

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Ex-Johnson & Johnson Unit Execs Guilty of Misdemeanors, Avoid Felony Convictions

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The jury acquitted the two defendants on felony charges of wire fraud and conspiracy, finding they did not act with intent to defraud or mislead. But the two former executives were convicted on charges of promoting a product for an unapproved use, Reuters reports.

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U.S. Sues to Block Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana Mergers

U.S. Sues to Block Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana Mergers

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U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch said the proposed mergers “would leave much of the multitrillion-dollar health insurance industry in the hands of three mammoth insurance companies,” reports The New York Times.

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Theranos CEO Holmes Banned From Operating a Lab for 2 Years

Theranos CEO Holmes Banned From Operating a Lab for 2 Years

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Theranos Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Holmes was banned for two years from owning or operating laboratories by U.S. regulators, a major blow against the controversial blood-testing startup that’s come under scrutiny for risking patient harm with unreliable tests, reports Doni Bloomfield for Bloomberg Technology.

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Judge Tosses $200M Patent Verdict; Cites In-House Lawyer Misconduct

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A federal judge in California said Merck cannot enforce the patents because Merck’s own lawyer gave inconsistent and untruthful testimony during the trial.

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Managing HIPAA Data Breaches

Managing HIPAA Data Breaches

Event, June 15, 2 p.m. EDT
Compliancy Group will present a complimentary webinar designed to give individuals and entities operating in the health care sector the skills they need to be prepared to identify, respond and manage data breaches.

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Lach Returns to Foley’s Public Finance Practice

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Foley & Lardner LLP announced that Dana Lach has returned to the firm’s Health Care Finance, Public Finance and Finance & Financial Institutions Practices in the Milwaukee office.

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Actiance Announces Compliance Platform for Healthcare, Pharmaceutical Industries

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As new communications channels and networks become available to the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, records management responsibilities become even more critical.

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Theodore Sullivan Joins Quarles & Brady’s Health & Life Sciences Practice Group

Theodore Sullivan Joins Quarles & Brady’s Health & Life Sciences Practice Group

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Theodore M. Sullivan has joined Quarles & Brady’s Washington, D.C. office as a partner in its Health & Life Sciences Practice Group.

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A Leak Wounded This Company. Fighting the Feds Finished It Off

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LabMD’s future changed one day in 2008 when the company’s general manager received a phone call from a man who claimed to be in possession of a file containing patient information, including more than 9,000 Social Security numbers, reports Bloomberg.

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Latham & Watkins Advises Leonard Green & Partners in ExamWorks Group Acquisition

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ExamWorks Group, Inc., a leading provider of independent medical examinations, peer reviews, bill reviews, Medicare compliance services, case management services, record retrieval services, document management services, has agreed to be acquired by an affiliate of Leonard Green & Partners, L.P., for transaction value of approximately $2.2 billion.

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