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By Robert D. Michaux Federal judicial caseload statistics from U.S. courts indicate a decline in the number of appeals concerning intellectual property filed in and pending before federal appellate courts over the last decade. Only a small fraction of rulings by federal appellate courts are formally published, with unpublished opinions having no legal weight as...
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Virginia’s single technology platform that connected emergency departments across the state has expanded to permit data sharing between all health care providers, insurers and other organizations that have a treatment, payment or operations relationship with a patient in the Commonwealth.The Smartchart Network Program, formerly known as the Emergency Department Care Coordination (EDCC) Program, became effective...
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Christian & Barton attorney Steven W. Lippman received an Emerson G. Spies Award from the Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (YLD) during the organization’s Annual Meeting Jan. 19. The award recognizes a YLD member who demonstrates outstanding enthusiasm, loyalty and dedication in performing work for the VBA the preceding year. Since 2022 Lippman has...
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued the Health Data, Technology and Operability: Certification Program Updates, Algorithm Transparency, and Information Sharing (HTI-1) final rule Dec. 13. HTI-1 will impact health care providers, developers of certified health IT, health information networks, and health information exchanges,...
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In 2016, Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act), a federal law that aims to innovate and advance patient care and increase the electronic exchange of patient medical records. To advance these goals, the Act specifically prohibits information blocking signaling that sharing electronic health information should be an expected standard in health care....
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Christian & Barton welcomes Rachel V. Rogers as an associate in the Health Care and Business Law practice groups. She assists clients with a variety of general health care matters, including state and federal regulatory compliance, managed care agreements, telehealth, reimbursement issues, Medicare and Medicaid concerns, breach of health records requirements, and general corporate matters....
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The 2023 Virginia General Assembly considered many health care-related bills during the course of the most recent session. Here is an overview of some of the more notable ones that became law July 1, 2023, unless otherwise noted. Attorneys and practice areas related to this topic include: Jonathan M. Joseph Health Care This item has...
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Joseph L. Stiles has joined the firm as a member of both the Real Estate Development and Finance, and Business Law departments. He will focus his practice on commercial real estate transactions including property acquisition, zoning, finance, development and lease negotiation. In addition, Stiles formerly served as in-house counsel to a property management and development...
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In recent years, most health care organizations with an online presence use website and mobile app tracking technology to determine how users navigate and engage with their sites and apps. They then use this information to improve site experience so it better aligns with user needs and preferences. However, the U.S. Department of Health and...
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The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that the provisions of the Lanham Act prohibiting trademark infringement and unfair competition are not extraterritorial and extend only to claims where the claimed infringing “use in commerce” occurs in the United States. The decision, Abitron Austria GmbH, et al. v. Hetronic International, Inc., is a major setback for...
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