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21st Century Cures Act Becomes Law

Late last year, Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act, which includes a version of the Electronic Health Fairness Act of 2015. The bipartisan Cures Act, introduced by US Representatives Fred Upton (R-MI) and Dianne DeGette (D-CO) and signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 13, 2016, is a large, nearly 1,000-page legislative package that provides funding for the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, combating opioid abuse and more.

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HIPAA Biannual Update

Since our last update in April 2016, health care organizations across the country posted 257 breaches of protected health information (PHI) affecting 500 or more individuals. The majority of the breaches included unauthorized access and hacking.

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Names in the News

New at Brach Eichler LLC

DECEMBER 16, 2016

Debra W. Levine has joined the health law practice of Brach Eichler in Roseland, New Jersey, as counsel. She previously served as deputy attorney general in the Department of Law and Public Safety and as assistant section chief of the Counseling Section of the Division of Consumer Affairs. In addition, Cheryll A. Calderon has joined the practice as an associate.

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Ohio Specialty Surgical Receives Joint Commission's Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement

SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

Ohio Specialty Surgical Suites in Canton, Ohio, has become the first ASC in the country to receive the Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement from The Joint Commission, according to a release from the ASC. The ASC is a physician-owned, multi-specialty facility, partnered with SurgCenter Development.

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