Lauren Gandle

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Lauren Gandle focuses her practice on healthcare law, including representing insurance companies in litigation and general liability matters. Her experience includes researching legal issues, drafting memoranda on healthcare topics including HIPAA, healthcare research misconduct, and drafting license agreements with hospital systems.

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Important Update: Georgia Abortion Law Remains in Effect Until Judicial Review

Ruling on the State of Georgia’s November 18, 2022 Emergency Petition for Supersedeas, this past Wednesday (November 23, 2022) the Georgia Supreme Court enjoined the lower court’s decision thereby reinstating the prohibitions on abortion in Georgia codified by the LIFE Act.  Briefly, the LIFE Act prohibits abortive care once cardiac activity is detectable in an … Continue Reading

Breaking News: Georgia Court Overturns State Abortion Law

On June 24, 2022, the United States Supreme Court issued its seminal decision on abortion, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturning Roe v. Wade and the right to terminate a pregnancy before viability, which Roe had seemingly codified. The Supreme Court’s decision fundamentally altered the constitutional landscape of a woman’s right to make reproductive … Continue Reading

Recent FCA Settlements Warn Providers of Improper Billing Practices

Two recent multi-million dollar False Claims Act (“FCA”) settlements demonstrate the vigor with which the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) is investigating and prosecuting allegedly fraudulent health care billing practices.  These large settlements demonstrate how imperative it is that providers routinely review billing practices with the guidance of counsel.… Continue Reading

Healthcare Providers: Add OCR’s Latest Right of Access Settlements to Your Summer Reading List

The Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced on July 15, 2022, that it has resolved 11 investigations conducted under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) Right of Access Initiative. These settlements remind providers that, as OCR Director Lisa J. Pino stated, “OCR is … Continue Reading

ALERT! Your COVID-19 Policies and Procedures Need a BOOSTER!

Employers who are conducting automatic COVID-19 testing of employees or gathering test results of employees’ families should beware: the Equal Employ­ment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has issued new guidance limiting the former and has penalized a healthcare practice recently for doing the latter.… Continue Reading

OCR Releases Guidance on HIPAA Compliance When Providing Audio-Only Telehealth

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) recently released new guidance (the “Guidance”) to help ensure that individuals may continue to benefit from audio-only telehealth services and clarify for health care providers and health plans how they can provide such services while complying with the HIPAA Privacy, Security, … Continue Reading

SCOTUS May Resolve Circuit Split on the Specificity Required of False Claims Act Claims: Relief or More FCA Grief for Providers?

Currently, providers have different risks of potential False Claims Act (“FCA”) liability depending on where they are geographically located due to the difference in the standards required by the U.S. Courts of Appeals regarding the level of specificity when relators (whistleblowers) plead FCA violations.  The FCA imposes civil liability on any person requesting government funds … Continue Reading
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