Monthly Archives: December 2010

22 Dec

Revised HIPAA: Who is a “Business Associate”? What Each Business Associate Must Know?

For the purposes of HIPAA, any person or business providing particular services to a covered entity involving “protected health information” (PHI) is known as a “business associate”; in fact anyone who would have occasion to encounter PHI in the course of their work for a HIPAA-covered entity—is a “business associate” and is not only under the same duty as the covered entity to comport itself by the dictates of HIPAA, but must also have a Business Associate Agreement (BAA). At Gaitan Morales, we regularly counsel health care entities and their subcontractors on such regulatory issues as HIPAA, the HITECH rule, the Red Flag rules and numerous other laws and regulations that govern the health care industry. To protect your medical practice or associated health care business from a regulatory mishap, call Rafael A. Gaitan, Esq. today at 305.329.1462, to schedule a free initial consultation and learn more about how the law firm of Gaitan Morales can help you.

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16 Dec

More Fraud in Foreclosure Cases: Florida Investigates Process Servers Practices

The Florida Attorney General’s office (AG), along with State regulators, are investigating two process servicing companies that deliver foreclosure notices to homeowners, on civil allegations of slipshod business practices. Process servicers are persons who have been certified to administer “service”, that is the official delivery of legal papers on parties, witnesses or other people involved in a case. Failure to deliver these documents to the defendant homeowner, can result in the homeowner losing its home without the benefit of the judicial process. Attorney Rafael A. Gaitan, at Gaitan Morales, PLLC, represents homeowners at risk of losing their homes.

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15 Dec

FTC and States Settle Deceptive Advertising Case Against Dannon

Today, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Attorney’s General (AG) from 39 states announced a settlement with The Dannon Company over deceptive advertising practices, based on marketing campaigns heralding the health benefits of its Activia brand yogurts and DanActive brand dairy drinks.

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