Category Archive: Legal & Regulatory Issues

Supreme Court won’t hear challenge to New York COVID-19 vaccination mandate

The Supreme Court on June 30 decided it would not hear a challenge to New York’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate for healthcare workers that does not include a religious exemption, according to The Washington Post.

Iowa man gets 27 months in prison for sharing VA patient’s health info

An Iowa man has been sentenced June 29 to more than two years in prison for wrongfully accessing and disclosing information from patient records at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

WVU Medicine sued by former employee for wrongful termination

Morgantown, W.Va.-based WVU Medicine faces a lawsuit filed by a former employee who alleges she was wrongfully fired, the West Virginia Record reported June 23.

Former hospital executive convicted in $1.4B billing scheme

The former leader of a rural hospital chain has been convicted for his role in an elaborate pass-through billing scheme, the Justice Department announced June 27. 

States add protections for healthcare providers who perform abortions for out-of-state residents

States where abortion remains legal are acting to legally protect healthcare providers who perform abortions and reproductive health services for out-of-state residents who live where the procedure is banned or restricted and travel to recieve services…

States add protections for healthcare providers who perform abortions for out-of-state residents

States where abortion remains legal are acting to legally protect healthcare providers who perform abortions and reproductive health services for out-of-state residents who live where the procedure is banned or restricted and travel to recieve services…

Ex-healthcare CFO sentenced for role in fraud scheme

The former CFO of Pacific Hospital’s physician management arm was sentenced to 15 months in prison June 24 for a tax offense related to a kickback scheme, according to the Justice Department. 

UPMC sued over COVID-19 test that canceled patient’s wedding

UPMC faces a lawsuit filed by a patient whose incorrect COVID-19 diagnosis resulted in the cancellation of his summer 2020 wedding, The Tribune-Review reports.

Supreme Court backs HHS on Medicare payment to hospitals serving low-income patients

The Supreme Court sided with upheld the HHS approach to calculating certain Medicare payments to hospitals that serve a large number of low-income patients, CNN reported June 24. 

UPMC settles data breach lawsuit for $450K

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center agreed to a $450,000 settlement to resolve allegations relating to a 2020 data breach that compromised the protected health information of about 36,000 patients, The National Law Review reported June 16. 

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