Month: May 2018

Supreme Court Sides With Employer On Arbitration Clause Case

Supreme Court Sides With Employer On Arbitration Clause Case In a decision with potentially huge implications, the Supreme Court ruled on May 21, 2018 that companies can prohibit employees from using class-action litigation to resolve workplace disputes. In a 5-4 decision on three consolidated cases, the Court found that employers can include clauses in employment agreements that require the employees to use individual arbitration to resolve disputes. In one of the three consolidated cases, an employee of Epic, an electronic health record vendor, alleged on behalf of a group of employees that Epic had wrongfully denied them overtime pay....

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Aetna Whistleblower Put On Leave

Aetna Whistleblower Put On Leave A whistleblower employed by Aetna, an American managed health care company, was placed on paid administrative leave recently after a lawsuit filed by the whistleblower in federal court was unsealed.  In that suit, filed in 2014, the whistleblower accused CVS Caremark, one of the nation’s largest prescription benefit management (“PBM”) companies, of overcharging Medicaid and Medicare customers with high prescription drug costs, in violation of the Federal Claims Act.  The move comes at an awkward time for both companies involved, as CVS Health, of which CVS Caremark is a subsidiary, is pursuing the acquisition...

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Indiana Hospital System Hit By Ransomware

Indiana Hospital System Hit By Ransomware Hancock Health (“Hancock”), a health system in Indiana, was hit by a ransomware attack in January of this year that prevented Hancock from accessing its own information systems. On the night of the attack, Hancock IT staff noticed their system performance slowing before the system’s computer screens began showing a message stating that they had been hacked and demanding payment in Bitcoin to receive the needed decryption keys from the hackers. Luckily, Hancock had effective and up-to-date disaster response and recovery policies and procedures in place. Upon notice of the attack, Hancock implemented...

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Telemedicine Scores More Medicare Coverage

Telemedicine Scores More Medicare Coverage Telemedicine continues to grow rapidly in popularity as patient demand has increased and the technology for providing it continues to advance. For a sense of its exponential growth, consider this: Medicare paid out a total of $61,302 for telemedicine services in 2001, and more than $17.6 million for the services in 2015. However, even with that incredible growth, telemedicine still makes up a miniscule amount of the over $600 billion Medicare budget due to the limits on what Medicare will pay for telehealth services. But this stance on telemedicine coverage is slowly beginning to...

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