Recap: Health Care Investors Summit – Exploring the Impact and Opportunities from Health Care Convergence


The 2015 Health Care Investors Summit, co-hosted by Foley and Deloitte & Touche, LLP, was held on September 24. This program examined convergence in health care and the effects on investing, mergers and acquisitions, provider consolidation, partnerships, collaborations and related regulatory developments.

A robust discussion occurred between the keynotes as well as the panelists. Some key takeaways from those discussions are: Continue reading this entry

U.S. to China Health Care Arrangements: New Rules for Medical Institution and Service Advertisements


As U.S. hospitals and health care providers continue to explore China’s market for international health care business opportunities, including telemedicine, they often consider providing services or products to consumers through partnerships with Chinese medical institutions and other entities. U.S. hospitals and health care providers should know how their services or products are being advertised and promoted by their China partners, particularly in light of proposed China rules regarding medical advertisements. Being aware of and addressing these specific issues in the contractual arrangements on the front end is a prudent decision. Continue reading this entry

Precision Medicine - Even Medicare Will Pay For It!


President Barack Obama announced in his 2015 State of the Union address that he was introducing a new Precision Medicine Initiative, supported with over $200 million in the proposed 2016 federal budget. “Precision Medicine” and “Personalized Medicine” are often used as interchangeable terms. Sylvia Burwell, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), referenced the common description for these terms, and the hopes and expectations for the concepts they reflect, in an HHS blog entry: Continue reading this entry

Recent Enforcement Shows the Importance of Encrypting Mobile Devices Containing Protected Health Information


With headlines every day announcing another release of Protected Health Information (PHI), providers are asking themselves – is there a way to protect against these breaches?

Beyond improving the security of large systems, attention is needed to protect PHI contained in laptops and other mobile devices, which account for a large percentage of PHI breaches. Continue reading this entry

DOJ Provides Guidance on Prosecution of Individuals


The Department of Justice (DOJ) long has required entities seeking credit for cooperating with its investigations to provide what it terms “full and truthful” cooperation. In policies memorialized over time, DOJ has been careful to encourage companies to voluntarily come forward, yet has refrained from identifying exactly what it means to be “cooperative.” DOJ now has provided further guidance. Continue reading this entry