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The doctor with up to 11 pseudonyms, a fake Social Security card—and 'no verifiable evidence' he attended med school

January 15, 2019

Court documents list 11 potential pseudonyms for the man known as Charles Akoda, but it is believed he was born in Nigeria as Oluwafemi Charles Igberase, and his medical career was founded on a sham.

Judge blocks rules allowing moral, religious exemptions to contraceptive coverage requirements

January 14, 2019

A federal judge in California on Sunday issued a preliminary injunction blocking a pair of federal rules that allow more employers to seek exemptions from the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage rules based on moral or religious grounds.

This man was sentenced to prison for a cyberattack on a children's hospital. Here's why he did it.

January 14, 2019

Martin Gottesfeld, a computer engineer, was sentenced for crimes related to the 2014 denial-of-service attack against Boston Children's Hospital that disrupted service at the hospital for several days—and Gottesfeld says his "only regret" is that he did not act sooner.

SCOTUS hears oral arguments in FDA drug labeling case. Here’s what it could mean for the industry.

January 10, 2019

The Supreme Court on Monday heard oral arguments in a case centered on whether a drugmaker is liable under state law for drug-related injuries when FDA denies the drugmaker's request to revise a product's warning label.

DOJ appeals ruling striking down ACA—and now the House might intervene, too

January 8, 2019

The Department of Justice has filed a motion to appeal a federal judge's ruling striking down the Affordable Care Act because it does not agree with the entirety of the judge's ruling.

SCOTUS rejects Rx drug patent cases

January 8, 2019

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear separate cases related to patents for cholesterol and hepatitis C treatments.

Patients' smartphones track their every step—even into the ED

January 7, 2019

It is no secret that many smartphone apps track users' locations and sell the (supposedly anonymous) data to advertisers, but increasingly, the data reveal so much detail that it is easy to identify the personal, individual specifics of people's behavior and movements—including where they live, what health care providers they visit, and more.

The little-known way consumers could challenge surprise medical bills in court

January 4, 2019

Many consumers get hit with surprise medical bills that can cost them thousands of dollars, but some legal experts believe consumers should be protected from surprise bills under provisions of contract law.

State AGs, House Democrats seek to overturn ruling declaring ACA unconstitutional

January 4, 2019

Sixteen states and the District of Columbia are appealing a federal judge's ruling that struck down the Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional.

In the states: Kasich signs Ohio bill effectively banning second-trimester abortions, US doctor being monitored for Ebola, and more

January 4, 2019

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

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