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PSQIA held to preempt florida constitutional right to access adverse medical incident reports

On October 28, 2015, the District Court of Appeal in the First District of Florida held in Southern Baptist Hospital, Inc. v. Jean Charles, Jr. et al. that the federal Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005...more

Supreme Court Update: Mullenix V. Luna (14-1143) And Order List

Was it Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr or Jon Bon Jovi who remarked, "The more things change, the more they stay the same"? (They both did!) Over the last few terms, we've encountered a few steady themes in the Supreme Court's...more

Out-of-Network, Out of Luck? A Growing Body of Caselaw Addressing Claims by Out-of-Network Providers Seeking Full Reimbursement...

It’s become a common scenario for medical providers: a provider treats a patient covered by employer-provided health insurance for which the provider is out-of-network, receives an assignment of benefits from the patient and...more

Supreme Court Update: Rodriguez v. United States (13-9972); United States v. Wong (13-1074 And 13-7075); Oneok, Inc. v. Learjet,...

When is a sniff not up to snuff (as far as the Fourth Amendment is concerned)? Ten years ago, in Illinois v. Caballes (2005), the Court held that a dog sniff conducted during a lawful traffic stop does not violate the Fourth...more

Breaking News - Reinforcement For Buckman

We’ve been watching for Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center, Inc., ___ U.S. ___, 2015 WL 14194231 (U.S. Mar. 31, 2015), ever since we spotted an intriguing footnote mentioning the certiorari grant in Ouellette v. Mills, ___...more

Supreme Court Update: Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co. V. Owens (13-719) And Heien V. North Carolina (13-604)

Greetings, Court fans Long before he became Chief, John Roberts quipped that "[o]nly Supreme Court justices and schoolchildren are expected to and do take the entire summer off." Right now, the Justices are in the midst...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Alameda Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance, Triggering Implementation of King County Secure Medicine Return Rule

On September 30, 2014, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the Northern District of California’s summary judgment that the Alameda Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance (the “Ordinance”) does not violate the dormant Commerce Clause of the...more

Health Plans Petition the Supreme Court to Determine Whether FEHBA Preempts State Anti-Subrogation Statutes

The Federal Employees Health Benefit Act (FEHBA) governs federal employee health plans and contains a broad preemption clause comparable to the one found in ERISA.1 Despite the similarity, state and federal courts are split...more

Missouri Supreme Court Holds Federal Act Does Not Preempt Missouri Law Barring Subrogation Of Personal Injury Claims

In essence overruling a previous opinion from the courts of appeal, the Missouri Supreme Court has held that the Federal Employee Health Benefits Act (“FEHBA”) does not preempt Missouri law prohibiting the subrogation of...more

US District Court Prohibits Enforcement of California 340B Medicaid Mandatory Carve-In Law

The 340B program permits eligible hospitals and other “safety-net” providers (340B Covered Entities) to purchase outpatient drugs from pharmaceutical manufacturers at significant discounts. To address its fiscal woes,...more

Stark Exception For ESRD Not Recognized In Florida

On January 10, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled in Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. v. Tucker, that an arrangement can violate Section 456.053 of the Florida Statutes, also known as...more

Will New Marijuana Laws Go Up In Smoke? [Video]

(Bloomberg Law) -- Voters in Colorado and Washington passed measures last month to legalize recreational marijuana use, putting state laws in conflict with federal law. But it's not the first time that's happened....more

Hall v. Sebelius

Brief of the CATO Institute as Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioners

When Brian Hall, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, and other over-65 retirees requested to opt out of Medicare's hospital insurance coverage (because they preferred their existing private coverage), the Social Security...more

The Supreme Court’s Immigration Decision May Give Clues On The Upcoming Decision On The Affordable Care Act’s Individual Mandate

Casey Stengel once advised that it is best not to make predictions, particularly about the future. So we will step into ill-advised territory with caution. Nevertheless, the Supreme Court’s decision in Arizona v. United...more

Supreme Court to Hear Appeal on Constitutionality of Health Reform Law

On Monday, November 14, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to hear an appeal from a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit that the individual mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable...more

Supreme Court to Hear Challenges to Health Care Reform

The Supreme Court announced on Monday, November 14, 2011 that it will hear challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). President Obama signed PPACA on March 23, 2010, and legal challenges to the...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Constitutionality of Affordable Care Act

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari (meaning it has agreed to hear an appeal) on three petitions concerning the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). Given the Supreme Court’s...more

Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge to Health Reform Law

Minutes after President Obama signed landmark Health Reform legislation on March 23, 2010, the first suit challenging the law was filed in U.S. district court in Florida. That case, after working its way through the district...more

When Negligence Becomes Deliberate

When pharmacists actively obstruct access to birth control, what are the appropriate legal measures to take in protecting the patient's rights to basic health care while respecting a pharmacist's rights to free speech? This...more

Two More From The Supreme Court

Generic Manufacturers Win Preemption In Mensing The Court decided 5-4 in favor of generic preemption today in Pliva, Inc. v. Mensing, No. 09–993, slip op. (U.S. June 23, 2011). We’d like to talk about Mensing, but it’s a...more

Preemption, Standing and Vexatious Litigants on California Supreme Court's May Argument Docket

The California Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for May, including four civil cases. • Brown v. Mortensen: The Court will address whether the Federal Credit Reporting Act (15 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq.) preempts...more

Health Alert: Key Portion of Health Reform Bill Struck Down by Virginia Federal Judge

The "Commerce Clause," Article I, Section 8, Clause 3 of the United States Constitution, provides that: "[Congress shall have Power] To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian...more

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