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The sixteen federal agencies responsible for protecting human subjects of federally-funded research issued a final rule to modernize the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects on January 19, 2017 - the last day of the outgoing Administration. This is the first comprehensive overhaul of the so-called "Common Rule," which was issued in 1991 to create a uniform set of standards governing federally funded or sponsored research involving human subjects. Read More ›

The Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services announced a civil money penalty of $3.2 million against a Dallas hospital on February 1.  Read More ›

The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has published a final rule on the confidentiality of substance abuse records. The rule is intended to update and modernize the existing regulations and facilitate information exchange within new health care models. It is available here. The regulation goes into effect February 17, 2017. At the same time, SAMHSA published a proposed regulation to clarify aspects of the new rule. Read More ›

HLB is Pleased to Announce 2017 Southern California Super Lawyers

HLB is pleased to announce that the following attorneys have been named 2017 Southern California Super Lawyers: Read More ›

On December 7, 2016, the Office of Inspector General U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (the OIG) published in the Federal Register a final rule (Final Rule) that, among other things, adds three new safe harbors to the Anti-Kickback Statute, and expands the exceptions to the definition of "remuneration" that is prohibited under the Civil Monetary Penalties (CMP) statutes and regulations.  Read More ›

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