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Anthem agrees to record $16M settlement over largest health data breach in US history

October 16, 2018


Anthem under a settlement with HHS' Office for Civil Rights will pay $16 million to settle potential privacy and security violations related to a 2015 data breach, but the company says it is unaware of any fraud or identity theft related to the breach and did not admit to any liability as part of the settlement.

Judge orders CMS to pay $1.2M in cost-sharing reduction payments to co-op

October 9, 2018


A federal claims court judge who last month ruled that the Trump administration erred in its decision not to pay insurers cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments is now ordering CMS to pay Montana Health co-op more than $1.2 million in CSR payments.

What Kavanaugh's confirmation means for SCOTUS' health care rulings

October 8, 2018


Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has ruled on several high-profile health care cases that some observers say could shed light on how he would rule if cases on those issues were to reach the Supreme Court.

In the states: California law bars pharmacy gag clauses, Michigan business groups launch association health plan, and more

October 5, 2018


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

Botched drug leaves at least 68 people nearly blind—reigniting debate over compound pharmacy oversight

October 4, 2018


Dozens of patients in Texas are taking legal action after receiving a botched compounded injectable eye drug that left them partially blind—a case that observers say highlights the holes in regulatory oversight of compounding pharmacies.

SCOTUS to hear hospitals' challenge to Medicare payment change

October 2, 2018


James Segroves, a partner at Reed Smith, says the case will be the first Medicare-related case the Supreme Court will hear in several years.

Senate delays vote on Kavanaugh's nomination to allow FBI investigation

October 1, 2018


The Senate is delaying a planned vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's nomination for one week, after Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) joined Democrats in requesting the FBI be allowed to investigate sexual assault allegations.

In the states: California bans sale of short-term health plans, New Mexico abandons federal exchange, and more

September 28, 2018


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

Judge dismisses lab group's suit over Medicare payment cuts

September 26, 2018


U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson rules that, although she believes the American Clinical Laboratory Association raises valid questions in its lawsuit challenging CMS' method for calculating Medicare reimbursements for most clinical lab tests, she must dismiss the suit because "Congress expressly precluded judicial review of issues such as these."

Hospitals pay HHS $1M after reality show filming results in HIPAA violation

September 25, 2018


HHS for the second time is settling potential HIPAA violations over an ABC network medical documentary.

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