On May 7, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced the latest in a string of increasingly aggressive settlements of alleged Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) violations. The twin settlements with New York and Presbyterian Hospital (“NYP”) and Columbia University (“CU”) are the largest settlements to
Barbara H. Ryland is a senior counsel in the Washington office of Crowell & Moring's Health Care Group. Ms. Ryland brings more than 20 years of experience navigating the complex health care regulatory environment in working with health care clients in counseling, litigation and internal investigations. Ms. Ryland has worked with health plans to investigate and resolve False Claims Act disputes arising out of government health care programs. Ms. Ryland has also represented health plans in administrative disputes before CMS, involving Medicare Advantage and Part D plans, and in disputes with state agencies involving Medicaid managed care plans.