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Attorney General Investigating Contaminated Meningitis Case

The US Attorney General, Michigan Attorney General and the FBI are investigating the Massachusetts-based company that manufactured tained steroids that reached Northern Michigan. Dingeman and Dancer, PLC represent over seventy patients who were injected with this contaminated steroid in a civil case against the manufacturer, New England Compounding Center. In a recent Record-Eagle article, attorney Mark Dancer stated that while the criminal probe will have little impact on the civil case, it may bring some relief to his clients.

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HIPAA Megarule Enforcement Begins

While it has taken three years to craft and revise the HIPAA Megarule regulations, the final version of the rules is now officially enforceable. While small physician practices did not previously face a high risk of a HIPAA audit, that may change as there is an increased effort by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR)-the arm of the Department of Health and Human Services in charge of audits-to use fines collected for HIPAA violations to fund further audits.

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HIPAA Mega Rule: Tips for Health Care Providers

Nearly three years after enacting many provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (“HITECH”) Act, Congress passed the HITECH omnibus final rule, or “Mega Rule,” that finalizes many interim HIPAA Security and Privacy Rules for covered entities such as healthcare providers and health plans.  

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