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Primary Care Providers Win Challenge of CMS Interpretation of Enhanced Payment Law

With the help and support of the Tennessee Medical Association, 21 Tennessee physicians of underserved communities joined together and retained Bass, Berry & Sims to file suit against the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to stop improper collection efforts. Our team, led by David King, was successful in halting efforts to recoup TennCare payments that were used legitimately to expand services in communities that needed them. Read more

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Download the Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Review 2017, authored by Bass, Berry & Sims

The Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Review 2017 details all healthcare-related False Claims Act settlements from last year, organized by particular sectors of the healthcare industry. In addition to reviewing all healthcare fraud-related settlements, the Review includes updates on enforcement-related litigation involving the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute, and looks at the continued implications from the government's focus on enforcement efforts involving individual actors in connection with civil and criminal healthcare fraud investigations.

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Privacy Perils: Don't "Play" Around with Some Google Apps

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June 23, 2017

A group of researchers at the University of Michigan has discovered that hundreds of applications in Google Play, whose function is to turn Android phones into a server that allows the user to connect their phone directly to their home PC, leave open insecure ports available on the smartphone. This vulnerability provides attackers the means to hack into the smartphone and steal data, including contacts, text messages, and photos, or even install malware.

The researchers scanned 100,000 popular apps in the Google Play app store to determine if any of them allowed the user to connect directly to their PC to send text messages, transfer files or use the phone to connect to the Internet. They found that 1,632 apps allowed the connections. Of the 1,632 apps, 410 of those had zero or weak protection and allows access to open ports. Of that subset, the researchers manually analyzed 57 of those apps and confirmed that the apps left ports open and exploitable by any hacker on the same local Wi-Fi network, another app on the same device (even one with restricted privileges), or a script that runs in the victim's browser when they merely visit a website. 

It is important to note that neither Google nor the user can fix the flaw — it is up to the app developers. The only thing you can do is to uninstall the vulnerable app. When the researchers alerted four different app developers of the flaw, only one developer responded to the inquiry and indicated that they patched it. 

No matter what kind of smartphone you own, be cautious when downloading apps, including reading the app's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use and keep up-to-date on vulnerabilities of apps that you have on your phone. Although convenient, not all apps need to be downloaded.

Privacy Perils imageCheck out our series, Privacy Perils, to learn what steps you can take to guard your personal and company data. For more information about this topic and other cyber security concerns, please contact Bob Brewer, Tony McFarland, Elizabeth Warren or a member of our Privacy & Data Security team.


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