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Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Whether Pension Board's Disability Finding is Preclusive in Employee Benefits Act...

In the closing days of its November term, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to decide whether a pension board’s finding that an officer is disabled for pension purposes is preclusive of the employer’s liability for health...more

AHA Proposes Putting RACs on the Rack

The American Hospital Association formally proposed last week that Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) be fined when their denials are overturned on appeal....more

Texas Appeals Court Invalidates Certain Medicaid Payment Hold Rules

Last week, a Texas appeals court invalidated three rules that permitted the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Texas OIG to impose a pre-notice payment hold against a Medicaid provider in certain...more

New Jersey Court Supports Peer Review Immunity for Hospital

On November 24, 2014, the New Jersey Appellate Division affirmed a lower court’s decision to dismiss a physician’s lawsuit against a hospital based on federal and state statutory immunity provisions that shield hospitals and...more

Case Comments: Interpretation of Standards of Practice and Standard of Review

Hunter v College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta, 2014 ABCA 262 (Alta CA), upholding the decision of the Council for the College and dismissing the appeal. A physician who married his former patient challenged his...more

CMS Instructs MACs to Participate in ALJ Hearings

CMS officially added a new Section 3.9 to the Medicare Program Integrity Manual, effective October 27, 2014. These provisions instruct Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to assign a physician to participate at...more

Illinois Supreme Court Rejects Constitutional Challenge to Medical Licensing Amendments

Last month, a unanimous Illinois Supreme Court rejected assorted constitutional challenges to 2011 amendments to the Department of Professional Regulation Law governing medical licensing. In an opinion by Justice Burke, the...more

Obama Administration the Target of Hackers; Former Administration Official Recipient of Subpoena Related to Cybersecurity

The Obama Administration's handling of cyber and data security was recently brought into question due to two distinct security incidents. On the same day that a former Administration official received a subpoena related to...more

Health Alert (Australia) - October 20, 2014

In This Issue: Judgements, Legislation, and Reports. Excerpt from Judgments: Commonwealth - 15 October 2014 - Gray v Richards [2014] HCA 40 - In 2003, a 10-year-old girl...more

New Challenge to 340B Rule Regarding Orphan Drugs

On October 9, 2014, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) filed a complaint (the October 9 Complaint) against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Health Resources and Services...more

CMS Makes Limited Time Offer to Settle RAC Claims Pending Appeal

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) made an offer to settle currently pending RAC appeals for partial payment of 68 percent of the net claim amount if a hospital agrees to withdraw all of its RAC appeals. The...more

Health Headlines: Also in the News - September 2014 #4

CMS To Hold National Provider Call On Medicare Appeals Settlement Process – CMS has scheduled a “national provider call” on October 9, 2014, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET, to update providers on the global settlement...more

Audits and Appeals: A Routine Cost of Doing Business with Medicare

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has unleashed an alphabet of auditors to identify overpayments. These auditors are armed with the authority to conduct pre-payment reviews, and post-payment audits, as well as...more

Health Law Wire: OMIG Outlines Exclusions/Reinstatement Procedures (9/14)

On September 29th, the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) conducted a webinar entitled, “The OMIG Exclusion and Reinstatement Process.” The webinar provided valuable information on what practices could result in...more

Federal District Court Vacates Decision of Medicare Appeals Council on Inpatient Rehabilitation Coverage

In its recent decision in Teche Specialty Hospital v. Sebelius, the District Court for the Western District of Louisiana vacated two inpatient rehabilitation (IRF) coverage denials by the Medicare Appeals Council (MAC). The...more

Court Finds FDA Explanation of Knee Implant Reversal Lame

The FDA had approved the mesh—called the Collagen Scaffold—in December 2008. But after the change in administrations the following month, the agency decided that the approval process had been flawed and had been the focus of...more

Judge Dismisses FDA Spying Case But Not Because It’s Innocent

Earlier this week a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by six former and current FDA scientists who allege that the FDA retaliated and spied on them for blowing the whistle on FDA approval of medical devices that put cancer...more

Scripts Newsletter - October 2014

In this issue: - Health Care Decisions — Who Decides? - Medical Software Licensing — Tips from the Trenches - An Ounce of Prevention — The Importance of Periodic Corporate Audits - ACA -...more

Court Dismisses AHA’s Challenge to CMS Billing Policy

On September 17, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit brought by the American Hospital Association (AHA), three individual hospitals, and two health care systems that challenged CMS’s...more

CMS Clarifies Terms of Global Settlement Offer

As previously reported, on August 29, 2014, CMS issued a global settlement offer (GSO) to acute care hospitals with pending appeals of denials for inpatient claims. Specifically, CMS is offering to settle all qualifying...more

HHS Asserts the Everybody-Does-It Defense

If that sounds familiar, your child may have a future as a lawyer for Health & Human Services. Because that’s one of the primary arguments asserted by HHS last Friday in its motion to dismiss the lawsuit by the American...more

Drug-Device Apple Cart Upset Again

On September 9, 2014, in Prevor v. Food and Drug Administration, the D.C. District Court held against FDA's interpretation of the definition of a medical device included in the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (the act)....more

Attention Hospitals! Act Now To Get 68 Cents For Your Medicare Dollar!

It’s no secret that CMS is drowning in appeals from denials of Medicare claims for inpatient care. The number of pending appeals was estimated at half a million back in February, and it’s only grown since then. One reason...more

Medicare Beneficiaries Sue HHS Over 489-Day Backlog in ALJ Appeals

The Center for Medicare Advocacy (CMA) filed a complaint last week on behalf of five Medicare beneficiaries in federal district Court in Connecticut requesting a court order requiring the Secretary of HHS to clear a massive...more

Special (Limited) CMS Offer to Settle Claims on Appeal

With little fanfare just before the Labor Day weekend, CMS announced a program in which it would enter into administrative agreements with eligible providers in exchange for the providers’ withdrawal of pending appeals...more

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