Only a year after its last change, Tennessee has again amended its data breach notification law. Changes include adding back in the encryption
The Tennessee BlueCross BlueShield health insurance plan suffered a data breach in 2009, and as required by the HITECH Breach Notice law, submitted a report about the breach to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
On November 8, 2011, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee announced a $2 million False Claims Act settlement with Vanguard Health Care, LLC and its subsidiaries Vanguard Health Care Ancillary Services, LLC and Vanguard Healthcare Services, LLC stemming from allegations that Vanguard double-billed Medicare and Tennessee Medicaid for enteral feeding services and supplies provided to patients in skilled nursing facilities as well as other claims.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) granted waivers from the restricted annual limit requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to four states: Florida, New Jersey, Ohio and Tennessee.
In another false claims case decided by Judge Haynes of the Middle District of Tennessee, judgment in excess of $19 million (plus interest) was entered against Renal Care Group (“RCG”), its related company, Renal Care Group Supply Company (“RCGSC”), and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. (as the successor-in-interest to RCG and RCGSC.)