Legal

Premera to pay $6.85M fine for data breach

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Premera will pay nearly $7 million in a settlement related to a security breach in 2014 affecting more than 10 million people. It will be the second-largest HIPAA fine to date.

Generic drugmaker Teva indicted in alleged price-fixing conspiracy leading consumers to be overcharged by $350M

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The charges, filed in Philadelphia federal court, allege that Teva conspired with four other generic drug companies to fix prices, rig bids and allocate customers. Teva – which the Justice Department and New York’s state government also sued this month for unrelated allegations – said… Read More »Generic drugmaker Teva indicted in alleged price-fixing conspiracy leading consumers to be overcharged by $350M

The e-doctor will see you now

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Fully-credentialled e-doctors still don’t exist, at least not in their entirety but major elements of the concept have already been deployed in the field, and progress toward a more comprehensive e-doc is well underway.

Court approves Otsuka’s bid to buy Proteus for $15M

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A bankruptcy court in Delaware approved a stalking-horse bid from Otsuka to acquire Proteus Digital Health for $15 million. The company, which makes sensor that can be embedded in pills to track medication adherence, filed for bankruptcy in June.

District judge blocks HHS rule that would end transgender health protections

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A U.S. district judge blocked a rule by the Department of Health and Human Services that would end anti-discrimination provisions protecting transgender patients. In his decision, U.S. District Judge Frederic Block said that the rule violated a recent Supreme Court decision protecting LGBTQ workers’ rights.

Whistleblower lawsuit accuses Cigna of Medicare Advantage fraud

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A recently unsealed whistleblower case filed by the Department of Justice accuses Cigna of fraudulently overbilling for its Medicare Advantage plans. Allegations claim the company submitted unsupported diagnoses that resulted in “billions” in overpayments.