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A new round of putative class action lawsuits brought by counsel for patients who received treatment in a hospital emergency room alleging that hospitals charge emergency room patients a hidden and undisclosed “surcharge” or “cover charge” on top of charges for services provided is hitting hospitals throughout California. These suits are the progeny of prior unsuccessful putative class action lawsuits brought by the same plaintiff’s counsel alleging that hospitals’ charges for emergency services are unreasonably high and that the financial arrangements provision within the Conditions of Admission agreement signed by the patients requiring payment of charges are improper and not enforceable. Read More ›

At the end of June 2016, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced what appears to be the first monetary settlement of a health information security complaint against a contractor, or “business associate,” which provided management and information technology services to skilled nursing facilities.  The  OCR press release is here. Read More ›

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