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Showing 2 posts from September 2019.

OCR Settles First Case in HIPAA Right of Access Initiative

On September 9, 2019 the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced its first enforcement action and settlement of its Right of Access Initiative. This follows an OCR announcement earlier this year of its intention to vigorously enforce patients' rights to promptly receive copies of their medical records, without being overcharged. More ›

Florida Law Voiding Noncompete Contracts Between Doctors and Their Employers Clears Legal Hurdle

Hospitals operating in Florida need to be aware of a new Florida law that voids noncompete agreements between doctors and their employers. Specifically, Section 542.336 of the Florida statutes voids noncompete agreements between physicians and specialty physician groups where the group employs all the specialty physicians in a given Florida county. An oncology service provider had sued in federal court, arguing the law amounted to special interest legislation and did not serve a legitimate public purpose, as required by the U.S. Constitution's Contracts Clause. More ›

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