HIPAA Compliance Needs Improvement
While technology changes over the past 22 years have allowed increasingly skillful data breaches, we can expect even more dramatic developments in the next five years. Attention to potential breaches now—in all their various forms—will be essential to managing unforeseen future threats.
Supreme Court Narrows Whistleblower Law
A Supreme Court decision affects whistleblowers in for-profit companies; those working for not-for-profits are protected by other statutes.
BCBS Case is a Lesson on Antitrust
A U.S. district court judge recently questioned the reasonableness of the claims against BCBS that accuse the health plan of increasing coverage opportunities by eliminating competition.
Healthcare Sector Awaits Regulatory Reform
Two actions that minimize the impact of federal agency guidance documents concern some healthcare experts. Although these changes do not apply directly to healthcare regulatory agencies, government litigators could use them to determine the relevance of HHS or CMS guidance.
Another Hospital Loses a Tax Case
As lawmakers scrutinize the definition of “charitable” organizations, a recent case involving the timing of taxation of a hospital reclassified as for-profit illustrates the point.
NLRB Asks for Public Input on 2014 Election Rule
NLRB is requesting public comment on union election regulations.
NLRB Reverses ‘Joint Employer’ Decision
Although joint employer status is less likely now in the wake of recent NLRB decisions, hospitals are cautioned to involve labor relations counsel in drafting any subcontracting or outsourcing arrangements.
MD Anderson Shares Positive Social Media Experiences
MD Anderson finds the use of social media to benefit not only the organization and its employees but also the community at large.
Survey Underscores Growing Importance of Compliance and Ethics Training
In general, compliance professionals are not satisfied with the level of training provided to their boards. A lack of effective training could open organizations up to lawsuits and litigation.
Hospital’s Tax-Exempt Status Revoked for Lack of Community Health Needs Assessment
The IRS stated that a rural hospital had failed to conduct a proper community health needs assessment and make it widely available to the public. The hospital’s tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) was revoked retroactively.