The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a fact sheet clarifying the fees patients may be charged for copies of their medical records. It also states that patients have the right to send medical records to a third party if they so choose.
Imaging and medical equipment manufacturer Olympus agreed to pay a $646 million settlement for charges that it violated the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute – the largest Anti-Kickback settlement in history.
A federal jury awarded five Texas patients $502 million dollars for injuries caused by defective hip replacement devices from Johnson & Johnson, including $142 million in compensatory damages and $360 million in punitive damages.
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, NY, entered into a $3.9 million dollar settlement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) after a laptop computer was stolen from an employee’s car.