David Quinn Gacioch

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Dave Gacioch counsels clients across the health care industry and beyond on compliance and risk management issues. He also assists clients in conducting internal investigations and represents them in matters involving government investigations, enforcement actions and civil litigation. Read David Gacioch's full bio.

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Lack of a sufficient risk analysis continues to be one of the most commonly alleged violations in Office for Civil Rights (OCR) HIPAA enforcement actions, appearing in half of all OCR settlements announced in the last 12 months and in almost all of the $1 million-plus settlements during that time period. Significant confusion remains across the health care industry as to what actually constitutes a compliant risk analysis for purposes of the HIPAA Security Rule.…
Over the last several months, a handful of federal court decisions—including two rulings this summer on challenges to the admissibility of proposed expert testimony—serve as reminders of the importance of (and parameters around) fair market value (FMV) issues in the context of the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) and the False Claims Act (FCA). First, a quick level-set.  The AKS, codified at 42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7b(b), is a criminal statute that has long formed the basis of…
We reported back in March on the US District Court for the District of Columbia’s summary judgment decision in the Lance Armstrong/Floyd Landis/US Postal Service (USPS) False Claims Act (FCA) litigation, centered on Lance Armstrong’s use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) while he was leading a professional cycling team sponsored by the USPS. A pack of motions in limine (MILs) filed by the parties over the past few weeks suggest that the case may well…
Last month, the US District Court for the District of Columbia delivered another blow to the “tainted claims” theory of False Claims Act (FCA) damages frequently espoused by the government and qui tam relators. From the 1990s through 2004, the US Postal Service sponsored a professional cycling team led by Lance Armstrong, who won the Tour de France seven consecutive times during that span shortly after surviving metastatic cancer. It was later revealed that Armstrong…
With no Congressional consensus to adopt a federal data privacy and breach notification statute, states are updating and refining their already-existing laws to enact more stringent requirements for companies.  Two states recently passed updated data privacy laws with significant changes. Read the full post here.  …
With no Congressional consensus to adopt a federal data privacy and breach notification statute, states are updating and refining their already-existing laws to enact more stringent requirements for companies.  Two states recently passed updated data privacy laws with significant changes. Rhode Island The Rhode Island Identity Theft Protection Act (Rhode Island Data Law), an update to Rhode Island’s already-existing data security and breach notification law, introduces several new requirements for companies that store, collect, process,…
The Supreme Court of the United States’ recent decision prohibiting warrantless mobile phone searches incident to arrest underscores unique privacy concerns raised by modern technology. The decision has an immediate impact on an individual’s rights under the Fourth Amendment, and may also have an impact on evolving areas of white collar and employment law. Read the full article.…
The Supreme Court of the United States’ recent decision prohibiting warrantless mobile phone searches incident to arrest underscores unique privacy concerns raised by modern technology. The decision has an immediate impact on an individual’s rights under the Fourth Amendment, and may also have an impact on evolving areas of white collar and employment law. Read the full article.…
“Heartbleed” has been all over the news, and companies have been scrambling to respond.  What sounds like a nasty medical condition is actually a recently discovered flaw in popular encryption software called OpenSSL.  It has been widely reported in the news outlets that approximately 60 percent of all web servers use OpenSSL.  According to the Federal Trade Commission, the flaw can permit a hacker to unlock the encryption and “monitor all communication to and…
Boston-based litigation partner Matt Turnell shares his predictions about class action litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) in 2014 and Boston-based white-collar criminal defense and government investigations partner David Gacioch shares his predictions about government responses to data breaches. Class Action Litigation Predictions 2014 is already shaping up to be an explosive year for privacy- and data-security-related class actions.  Last December’s data breach at Target has already…