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A Call for Healthcare Boards to Evaluate Conflict of Interest

In The Wharton Healthcare Quarterly, Duane Morris partner Delphine O’Rourke writes:

The high profile conflict of interest (COI) scandal at the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Center is a call to action for healthcare boards and their members to evaluate their organizations’ conflict of interest oversight. The scandal has become synonymous with egregious and ethically troubling relationships between non-profit health systems and pharma companies – even at the highest levels of one of the most prestigious healthcare institutions in the world. Almost nine months after the significant and publically scrutinized COI lapse, the preeminent New York research hospital and institution is still trying to recover from the reputational, leadership, and governance damage.

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Hackers Unleash “Ransom” Attack on Health System, Forcing It to Shut Down Computer Systems

By Duane Morris partner Lisa W. Clark 

On March 28 MedStar Health,  the largest health system in the Washington, D.C. area, shut down its computer systems, including its electronic health records, on account of an apparent “ransom” attack in which the hackers infected its system with a virus.  From  media reports, it appears that the hackers demanded an unknown sum to stop the malware attack. The FBI is already involved. This incident, following February’s successful ransom attack on Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center,  reinforces the need for strong data security protection as well, as an incident response plan that includes law enforcement.

Duane Morris Partner Patricia S. Hofstra to Speak on “Retail Clinics in Healthcare: Overcoming Complex Legal Challenges”

Duane Morris partner Patricia S. Hofstra will be speaking at the Strafford Live Webinar on “Retail Clinics in Healthcare: Overcoming Complex Legal Challenges” to be held on Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Eastern time).  The webinar  will address “Complying with Corporate Practice of Medicine, Licensure, and Scope of Practice Laws; Navigating Emerging Relationships with Physicians, Hospitals and Payers.”

For more information, please see the event page on the Duane Morris website.