Recent News and Industry Developments

A Chink in the Armor: Virginia Supreme Court Upholds Viability of Contributory Negligence Defense in Medical Malpractice Case
Advisories | A Chink in the Armor: Virginia Supreme Court Upholds Viability of Contributory Negligence Defense in Medical Malpractice Case

March 21, 2017 Although contributory negligence (negligent action by the plaintiff) has long been the law in Virginia, its viability as a defense in medical malpractice cases has been limited… Read more »

Trump Administration Plans to Ramp-up Health Care Fraud and Abuse Enforcement Efforts
Advisories | Trump Administration Plans to Ramp-up Health Care Fraud and Abuse Enforcement Efforts

March 17, 2017 On Thursday, March 16, 2017, President Trump and the Office of Management and Budget released its budget blueprint “America First.” While news reports have focused on the… Read more »

Inside the Prosecutor’s Mind: DOJ’s New Guidance on the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs
Advisories | Inside the Prosecutor’s Mind: DOJ’s New Guidance on the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs

March 15, 2017 The Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division recently released new guidance to assist prosecutors when evaluating corporate compliance programs. Though not specific to… Read more »

New Laws and Regulations on the Prescribing of Opioid and Buprenorphine
Advisories | New Laws and Regulations on the Prescribing of Opioid and Buprenorphine

March 14, 2017 (original) April 17, 2017 (updated) May 3, 2017 (updated) On February 16, 2017 the Virginia Board of Medicine (“The Board”) adopted regulations entitled “Governing Opioid Prescribing for… Read more »

National Healthcare Decisions Day – April 16, 2017
Events | News | National Healthcare Decisions Day – April 16, 2017

National Healthcare Decisions Day is designed to raise public awareness of the need to plan ahead for medical decisions when patients are unable to speak for themselves and to encourage… Read more »

ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar
Events | ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar

John Mumford, Kaity Kasper, and Lindsay Rollins will be presenting at the ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar. March 1 – 4, 2017 Tucson, AZ Coverage TKOs: Insurance for… Read more »

Beware of Phishing W-2 Scheme Targeting Businesses
Advisories | Beware of Phishing W-2 Scheme Targeting Businesses

February 22, 2017 The IRS has issued a warning about a W-2 phishing scheme that is targeting businesses and organizations across the United States. Just recently, a Wyoming hospital fell… Read more »

Supreme Court of Virginia Differentiates Technical Battery from Negligent Breach
Advisories | Supreme Court of Virginia Differentiates Technical Battery from Negligent Breach

February 20, 2017 In a decision released February 2, 2017 in Mayr, et al. v. Osborne, the Supreme Court explained the difference between a lawsuit for “battery” in the medical… Read more »

Florida Supreme Court Reverses Charles Decision, Holding PSQIA Protection Does Not Apply To Documents Required Under State Law
Advisories | Florida Supreme Court Reverses Charles Decision, Holding PSQIA Protection Does Not Apply To Documents Required Under State Law

February 8, 2017 After much anticipation from healthcare providers and Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) from around the country, the Florida Supreme Court issued an opinion in Southern Baptist Hospital of… Read more »

DOJ Opened a Staggering 975 New Criminal Health Care Fraud Investigations and 930 New Civil Health Care Fraud Investigations in FY 2016
Advisories | DOJ Opened a Staggering 975 New Criminal Health Care Fraud Investigations and 930 New Civil Health Care Fraud Investigations in FY 2016

January 30, 2017 This month the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued their Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (HCFAC) Program… Read more »

Cyber Attacks Continue to Rise at an Alarming Rate: Proactive Strategies for Protecting Your Network
Advisories | Cyber Attacks Continue to Rise at an Alarming Rate: Proactive Strategies for Protecting Your Network

January 24, 2017 The most recent cyber security statistics are overwhelming. For 2016, the number of reported U.S. data breaches spiked at an all-time high of 1,093 – a staggering… Read more »

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