• Posts by Amy Cooperstein

    With a passion for health care law, attorney Amy Cooperstein helps find the risk management and compliance solutions hospitals and other health care providers need, both in day-to-day operations and in corporate transactions.

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Late last year, the case Shannon MacDonald, MD, et al v. Otto Sabando was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The plaintiffs claimed that New Jersey’s licensure restrictions on the use of telehealth were unconstitutional as they infringe on basic civil rights everyone has and therefore should be struck down. However, the defendants argued that the licensure of physicians is within the jurisdiction of states to decide and regulate such that New Jersey’s licensure laws do not violate the U.S. Constitution. EBG discussed the initial arguments in this ...

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Healthcare organizations continue to be prime targets of cyberattacks. It is well-established that cyberattacks can lead to financial loss, reputational damage, and, in some cases, risks to patient care and safety. The recent and well-publicized cybersecurity incident affecting Change Healthcare further evidences these risks. As a result of the widespread and disruptive impact of this most recent cyberattack on the healthcare ecosystem, on March 5, 2024 the U.S. Department of Human Services (HHS) issued a public statement and has also announced that it opened an ...

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Use of telehealth services has surged since the COVID-19 pandemic; however, this increase in use does not come without limitations. Telehealth providers are subject to regulations, which differ by state, that govern various aspects of providing services via telemedicine, including what types of health care providers can provide telehealth services, what services can be provided via telehealth, and where providers must be located in order to provide telehealth services to a patient. A requirement consistent across most states is that providers engaging in telehealth services ...

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New York Governor, Kathy Hochul, recently announced proposed cybersecurity rules for New York hospitals, which are due to be imminently published in the State Register on December 6, 2023, subject to approval by the Public Health and Health Planning Council.  The Governor’s press release indicates the proposed regulations, if enacted, will require New York hospitals to meet at least the following requirements: 

  • Establish a cybersecurity program and take proven steps to assess internal and external cybersecurity risks;
  • Develop a response plan for potential cybersecurity ...
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On June 16, 2023, Nevada enacted Senate Bill 370 (“SB 370”), which imposes broad restrictions on the collection, use, and sale of consumer health data. This law is set to go into effect on March 31, 2024.

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On June 8, 2023, the New York City Council passed a bill focused on healthcare accountability, with the goal of increasing access to healthcare services for New Yorkers. Entitled the Healthcare Accountability & Consumer Protection Act (the “Act”), this legislation includes Introduction 844, which establishes an Office of Healthcare Accountability, whose work would allow patients to see through a website what they would be charged for procedures at hospitals throughout New York City. As part of the Act, this Office would also report on insurance and pharmaceutical pricing, as well as monitor the amount of money the City is spending on healthcare services. In addition, the Act includes Resolution 512, which calls on New York State to create an independent commission to oversee hospital pricing and to increase access to healthcare services. This local law, referred to as Local Law 78, was signed by Mayor Adams on June 23, 2023, and will be effective beginning on February 22, 2024.

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