From Report on Medicare Compliance - When Cheryl Eckard was a global quality assurance manager for GlaxoSmithKline, she complained to managers about alleged manufacturing violations at its plant in Cidra, Puerto Rico, and to the compliance department. But Eckard was waved away, a familiar story in the world of whistleblowers and false claims lawsuits that could be told less often if organizations were more responsive to internal reports, said her attorney, Leslie Skillen of Getnick & Getnick in New York City. Read more
From Report on Patient Privacy - From step counters to EKG monitors, the Internet of Things is driving the evolution of wearables into a fuzzy area of federal regulation. The government hasn’t yet determined how to handle the coming tidal wave of biometric data, which are highly personal, yet not necessarily highly sensitive. Read more
From Report on Medicare Compliance - When hospitals are committed to compliance but their competitors aren’t — maybe they’re giving physicians excessive compensation or free office space — it’s harder to compete fair and square. Medicare watchdogs try to level the playing field, but there are only so many cases they can investigate. Given the stakes, health care organizations may want to take matters into their own hands, lawyers say. Read more
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