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Ryan Blaney

Ryan Blaney is a senior Associate in the Health Care Department, resident in the Washington, D.C. office.

Ryan's practice focuses on health care fraud and abuse litigation, whistleblower retaliation litigation, civil and criminal government investigations and health care antitrust investigations and litigation. He represents clients in the health care and life sciences industries, as well as states and national health care associations.

Ryan litigates cases before federal and state courts, administrative agencies and national mediators and arbitrators. He defends clients in qui tam actions and whistleblower and employee retaliation disputes under the False Claims Act.

In addition to false claims litigation, Ryan represents health care entities in an extremely broad variety of matters, including regulatory and compliance counseling, bankruptcy actions, licensure and certification matters, corporate financing and restructurings, due diligence review, federal funding of state Medicaid programs, disputes with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and neglect and abuse litigation.

Ryan also represents health care entities on a wide variety of antitrust and unfair competition issues including government investigations, private antitrust litigation and class actions. He has experience dealing with the Federal Trade Commission in obtaining clearance for competitively-sensitive transactions and counseling health care entities related to potential antitrust issues.

Ryan writes and speaks on issues related to health care reform, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), electronic health records and telemedicine. In 2007, he was awarded the New Jersey Bar Association and Legal Services of New Jersey Equal Justice Award for his work representing low-income clients of Legal Services.

Prior to attending law school, Ryan taught middle school social studies, English and math at an under-resourced school in Charleston, South Carolina.

Posts by Ryan Blaney

A $1.2 Million Photocopier Mistake: Health Plan Settles with HHS in HIPAA Breach Case

Posted in Data Breaches, HIPAA, Identity Theft, Medical Privacy

We have heard the well-publicized stories of stolen laptops and resulting violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), and we generally recognize the inherent security risks and potential for breach of unsecured electronic protected health information posed by computer hard drives. We remember to “wipe” the personal data off of… Continue Reading

HHS Empowers Consumers to Know (and Enforce) their Rights Under HIPAA

Posted in Electronic Communications, HIPAA, Medical Privacy

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published on its website a series of factsheets designed to educate consumers unfamiliar with their rights under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules.  These four factsheets are described in detail below and are available in… Continue Reading

HIPAA/HITECH Final Rule: Significant Changes to Existing Regulations

Posted in Data Breaches, HIPAA

Recently announced changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rule represent one of the most significant developments in health care privacy law in the past 10 years. Known as the final omnibus rule, the changes were announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on January 17,… Continue Reading

HHS Announces New Patient Privacy and Security Protections

Posted in HIPAA, Medical Privacy, Mobile Privacy, Privacy Litigation, Security Breach Notification Laws, Uncategorized

On January 17, 2013, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the final omnibus rule that among other things (1) increases patient privacy protections; (2) provides individuals with new rights to receive a copy of their electronic medical record in an electronic form;  and (3) provides individuals with the right to… Continue Reading

Keep An Eye On Those Shiny, New Mobile Devices!

Posted in Data Breaches, HIPAA, Medical Privacy, Mobile Privacy, Workplace Privacy

As physicians, nurses, therapists and health care providers continue to utilize new smart phones, tablets, and laptops in caring for patients, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) has responded with educational videos, worksheets and guidance to help health care providers  create a “culture of compliance and awareness” and to protect patients’ Protected Health… Continue Reading

OCR Issues Guidance On HIPAA Privacy Rule’s De-Identification Standard

Posted in HIPAA, Medical Privacy

On November 26, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) published a thirty-two page document titled “Guidance Regarding Methods for De-identification of Protected Health Information in Accordance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule” (“De-Identification Guidance”).  OCR described the guidance document as a culmination of two… Continue Reading

HIPAA Privacy In The Aftermath Of Sandy: Be Prepared For The Next Emergency

Posted in HIPAA, Medical Privacy, Miscellaneous, Mobile Privacy, Workplace Privacy

As health care providers, patients, family members, friends, and disaster relief agencies such as the American Red Cross continue to grapple with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy it is important to be mindful of privacy regulations and to prepare in advance for the next emergency. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act  of 1996 (“HIPAA”… Continue Reading