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Florida Supreme Court Strikes Down Wrongful Death Non-Economic Damages Cap for Med Mal Cases

On March 13, 2014, the Florida Supreme Court, in a 5-2 ruling, issued its long-awaited opinion following review of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision in Estate of McCall v. United States, 642 F.3d 944 (11th Cir....more

D.C. Circuit Requires Greater Disclosure of Changes in Medicare Regulations

The rulemaking process often accommodates a variety of interests, including the preference of regulatory agencies to maintain some flexibility and the rights of interested parties to participate in the regulatory process. On...more

OFCCP Withdraws Claim Regarding TRICARE Jurisdiction

Last week, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) dismissed OFCCP’s 2008 complaint against Florida Hospital of Orlando. In its Order of Dismissal, the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) reported that OFCCP...more

Affordable Care Act Update April 7, 2014: High Courts Vet Key Provisions Of The Affordable Care Act Government Extends Enrollment...

March 2014 has produced quite a bit of activity regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA"). On March 24, 2014, oral argument was held in the latest challenges to the ACA in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby...more

D.C. Circuit Rules that the Medicare DSH Rule Requiring the Inclusion of Part C Days in the “Medicare Fraction” in the DSH Formula...

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the ruling of a federal district court vacating HHS’s 2004 Disproportionate Share Hospital (“DSH”) rule regarding Part C days. The...more

TRICARE Complaint Dismissed Against Florida Hospital

On March 28, 2014, the OFCCP withdrew its jurisdictional Complaint against Florida Hospital of Orlando after several years of litigation. OFCCP alleged it had jurisdiction to conduct an audit because the Hospital...more

What You Don't Say Can Be Used Against You: Assessing The Fifth Amendment's Role In Qui Tam Litigation

In 1987, current Florida governor Rick Scott used his life savings to start Columbia Hospital with the idealistic goal of cutting healthcare costs and improving patient care. A few years later, Columbia merged with the...more

Supreme Court Declines to Settle False Claims Circuit Split

With its March 31, 2014 denial of certiorari in U.S. ex rel. Nathan v. Takeda, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to wade into the ongoing debate over the degree of particularity with which a false claims relator must plead a...more

HIPAA Complaint Seeks Class Action Status

A complaint filed in the Superior Court of California on March 14, 2014, requested certification as a class action and sought a wide variety of damages arising from a breach of personal information. Doe vs. Sutherland Health...more

Religious Freedom, Contraceptive Services, and The ACA: The Dilemma of the Self-Certification Provision

On February 21, 2014, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-to-1 decision, denied a preliminary injunction enjoining the federal government from enforcing the self-certification provisions of the Affordable Care Act...more

Employee Benefits Developments - March 2014

On January 9, 2014, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury (collectively, the “Departments”) issued additional health care reform guidance in the form of Frequently Asked Questions...more

Rational Basis Review Is Not Empirical Basis Review: Fifth Circuit Criticizes the Seventh Circuit's Decision in Van Hollen

Late last year the Seventh Circuit issued its decision in Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Inc. v. Van Hollen, No. 13-2726 (7th Cir. Dec. 20, 2013), a constitutional challenge to a new Wisconsin law (known as Act 37) that...more

Whistleblowers, Do Tell?

Whizzle Blour, a professor of surgery at University Medical School, complained to his supervisor that trauma residents at University Hospital were treating and operating on patients without an attending physician’s...more

California Supreme Court Allows Whistleblowing Doctor To Sue Before Exhausting Judicial Remedies

Fahlen v. Sutter Central Valley Hospitals, S205568 (February 20, 2014): The California Supreme Court recently held that a physician, who claimed that a hospital terminated his staff privileges in retaliation for raising...more

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Representative McDermott Expresses Concern Over Appeals Backlog – On March 18, 2014, Representative Jim McDermott (D-Wash), the ranking member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, submitted a letter to HHS Secretary...more

Top franchise cases of 2013

1. In Hanley v. Doctors Express Franchising, LLC, a former franchisee of the Doctors Express franchise system sued Doctors Express, the franchisor, and Rhino 7, a broker involved in the franchise sale, asserting that the...more

Data Breach Class Settlement Approved After Eleventh Circuit Held Identity Theft Following Breach Presents Cognizable Injury

Recently, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida approved a class settlement in a case in which the plaintiffs claimed financial harm from a health care company’s failure to protect their personal...more

Spring Fever - Cautious Optimism for More Critical Appellate Review of Agency Actions

The calendar tells us that it is now spring – the season of hope and optimism. While this may seem like a legal technicality given the weight of the objective physical evidence to the contrary, I, being a lawyer, have no...more

Health Law Insights Newsletter

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the deadline for compliance with the two-midnight rule through September 30, 2014. The rule provides that if an inpatient stay crosses two midnights, the...more

Illinois Supreme Court Defines "Good Samaritan" in Medical Malpractice Case

Nearly every state has some variation on a "Good Samaritan" law. In Illinois, the statute says that any licensed medical professional "who, in good faith, provides emergency care without fee to a person, shall not, as a...more

Health Care Case Law Update

Health Care Authority for Baptist Health v. Davis, --- So. 3d. ----, 2013 WL 2149493 (Ala. Feb. 28, 2014). - The Supreme Court of Alabama reversed itself on re-hearing of its May 2013 opinion to affirm a judgment for a...more

No Harm, Still Foul? Florida Court Approves Data-Breach Class Action Settlement

Data-breach class action suits may have just gained significant traction. On Feb. 28, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida approved a first of its kind class action data breach settlement that...more

State Action Doctrine At The Supreme Court: Take Two

The Supreme Court has a renewed interest in the state action doctrine. After declining to clarify what types of state action are exempt from federal antitrust scrutiny for years, the Supreme Court agreed to hear its second...more

Compliance Audit Information May Not Be Attorney Client Privileged

Attorneys routinely advise clients conducting audits and investigations that the audit or investigation should be conducted by outside counsel in order to establish attorney client privilege. ...more

Take 5 Newsletter: 5 Employment Law Considerations in "The Cloud"

What is "the cloud," and what on Earth (pun intended) does cloud computing have to do with employment law? While many definitions abound, cloud computing at its core is a form of remote electronic data storage,...more

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