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Pamela Coyle Brecht to Present at the 20th Annual Compliance Institute

March 7, 2016

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Pamela Coyle Brecht, partner at the law firm Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, will present at the 20th Annual Compliance Institute in Las Vegas, NV. She will speak on “Managed Care Fraud: Enforcement and Compliance” on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 11:00 am. The four-day event takes place from April 17-20 at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.  The 2016 Compliance Institute, presented by the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA), will help attendees better understand the chaos of healthcare reform, hospital physician alignment, compliance effectiveness, and HIPAA Privacy/Data Breach; which are adding complexity to the regulatory compliance challenges facing healthcare professionals today. Professionals such as healthcare specialists, risk managers, attorneys, regulators, physicians and more will learn how recent laws, regulations, and enforcement actions will affect compliance programs. Ms. Brecht is an active member of the Qui Tam Practice Group at Pietragallo. She is also experienced in employment law, internal investigations, white collar criminal litigation, and complex health care litigation. She litigates some of the most complex Qui Tam cases filed in the United States. Her cases have included alleged fraud by a large multi-state Medicaid managed care contractor, FCA violations by three of the largest hospital corporations in the country, and complex financial relationships among healthcare providers, as well as pharmaceutical fraud. She is also part of the team that is advancing one of the first national cases alleging fraud against the Medicare Part D program. Ms. Brecht is a 1988, cum laude, graduate of Villanova University and a 1991 graduate of Temple University School of Law. While attending Temple University School of Law, Ms. Brecht served as a member of the Temple Law Review and received honors for Distinguished Class Performance. Ms. Brecht is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, the Health Care Compliance Association, the Federal Bar Association Qui Tam Section, the Brehon Law Society, and the Justinian Law Society. Read More

ABA Section of Litigation Healthcare

November 3, 2015

Pamela C. Brecht will speak about current events at the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Litigation Healthcare LA Regional Conference. Michael A. Morse will present on “Complexities of Parallel Proceeding Under the False Claims Act.” Read More

Attorneys And Law Firms Remain On Sec’s Radar For Insider Trading Cases

September 30, 2015

A series of recent high profile prosecutions of attorneys or persons affiliated with law firms for insider trading has highlighted the government’s concern about attorneys and law firm personnel misusing information shared by clients.  Law firms, particularly those representing public companies, are entrusted on a regular basis with sensitive information regarding proposed mergers, acquisitions and tender offers.  Protecting this information from threats inside the organization is a challenge just as critical as protecting it from outside threats. Attorneys advising or representing highly placed executives or board members in public companies are also frequent recipients of potentially market-moving information. It is correspondingly critical that these individuals restrict their use of this information to those purposes necessary to serve their client and nothing more.  When sensitive information regarding public companies is misused for personal gain, those using it can expect the government to come calling.  On Monday, the most recent example of this peril came to light when the SEC charged five Florida residents, including two lawyers and an accountant, with insider trading in advance of the acquisition of Pharmasset, Inc. by Gilead Sciences, Inc. The charges are set forth in a civil complaint filed in the U.S. District in Newark, New Jersey, alleging that attorneys Robert L. Spallina and Donald R. Tescher, as well as accountant Stephen G. Rosen, used information obtained from a mutual client to trade in advance of the sale of Pharmasset to Gilead.  According to the complaint, during a meeting on November 8, 2011 regarding year-end personal tax and estate planning, the mutual client, who was a Pharmasset board member, discussed with his advisors the fact that the Pharmasset board was negotiating to sell the company at a significant premium.  Three of those advisors, Spallina, Tescher and Rosen purportedly used that information and purchased Pharmasset securities.  According to the complaint, Spallina also told a financial advisor, Thomas J. Read More

Twenty-Three Pietragallo Law Firm Lawyers Named PA Super Lawyers

June 2, 2014

PITTSBURGH and PHILADELPHIA, PA – William Pietragallo, II, founding partner of the law firm of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP was selected as a Pittsburgh Top 50 Lawyer by Super Lawyers 2014. Mr. Pietragallo was recognized for his work in Business Litigation. Marc S. Raspanti, name partner in the firm, was selected as a Philadelphia Top 100 Lawyer and a Top 100 Lawyer in Pennsylvania by Super Lawyers 2014. Mr. Raspanti was recognized for his work in the White Collar Criminal Defense Practice Area. These designations are awarded to lawyers who received the highest point totals in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2014 nomination, research, and blue ribbon review process. Twenty-three attorneys in total were named by the publication as 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. In addition to Pietragallo and Raspanti, the following firm counsel were recognized by the publication as 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Gaetan J. Alfano, Joseph J. Bosick, Mark Gordon, Christopher A. Iacono, Kathryn M. Kenyon, James W. Kraus, Daniel J. McGravey, Michael A. Morse, Shelly R. Pagac, Francis E. Pipak, Jr., Kevin E. Raphael, Douglas Rosenblum, Eric G. Soller, Clem C. Trischler, and Paul K. Vey. The following firm attorneys were recognized as 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Ethan J. Barlieb, Sarah R. Lavelle, Leslie A. Mariotti, Alicia M. Passerin, John A. Schwab, and Peter S. Wolff. Selection as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer is an honor reserved for only 5% of the Pennsylvania Bar. The arduous selection process encompasses a strict nomination, research, and review process. Read More

FCPA Compliance In The Healthcare Industry

June 1, 2014

This article was originally published in the June 2014 issue of New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, a publication of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and is reprinted here with permission. Related Information: FCPA Compliance in the Healthcare Industry Read More

PBI’s Health Law Institute


Daniel J. McGravey and Sarah R. Lavelle will be presenting at PBI’s Health Law Institute on “Current Employment Issues and Developments Facing the Healthcare Provider Community” in Philadelphia, PA on March 13-14, 2014. Read More

Covered Entities Beware: OCR Will Be Increasing HIPAA Security Rule Audits And Enforcement Activities

January 29, 2014

A recent report by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has not met certain requirements critical to the oversight and enforcement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule. The OIG report and recommendations will likely result in an increase in enforcement activity and OCR Security Rule audits of HIPAA Covered Entities. HIPAA required the HHS to develop national standards for the use and dissemination of health care information, including standards to protect electronic protected health information (ePHI). To satisfy that requirement, HHS published the HIPAA Security Rule, which describes the administrative, physical, and technical safeguards necessary to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of ePHI. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) requires OCR to provide for periodic audits to ensure covered entities and their business associates comply with Security Rule requirements. According to the OIG report, although OCR made available guidance that promoted compliance with the Security Rule, it had not “assessed the risks, established priorities, or implemented controls for its HITECH requirement to provide for periodic audits.” Instead, OCR continued to follow the complaint-driven approach to Security Rule investigations. OIG found that because OCR did not perform the compliance audits mandated by HITECH, it had limited information about the status of Security Rule compliance at covered entities, and lacked the necessary information about which ePHI was vulnerable. Further, OIG found that while OCR had established an investigation process for responding to reported violations of the Security Rule, OCR’s Security Rule investigation files did not contain required documentation supporting key decisions made. According to the report, management had not implemented sufficient controls, including supervisory review and documentation retention, to ensure investigators follow investigation policies and procedures for properly initiating, processing, and closing investigations. Read More

Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP named a Tier 1 Metro “Best Law Firm”

November 1, 2013

Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP was recently named a Tier 1 Metro “Best Law Firm” in six practice areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2014 for Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. The six practice areas are listed below: Commercial Litigation Labor & Employment Litigation Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers Criminal Defense White Collar Health Care Law Firms included in the 2014 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law prac­tice and breadth of legal expertise. The 2014 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America©, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the US. Over 12,000 attorneys provided over 330,000 law firm assessments, and almost 7,000 clients provided close to 20,000 evaluations. In addition, to provide personal insight, a new Law Firm Leaders Survey was implemented in the decision-making process. Read More

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