Polsinelli Podcasts - Confusion to Clarity on the Future of the 340B Program
Anti Kickback and Stark Law Enforcement and Compliance Issues
The Evolution of Informed Consent in U.S. Courts
A Moment of Simple Justice: Legal Weed
Employment Law Issues for Health Care Employers
What patients misunderstand about their right of informed consent
How is Graphene Currently Used and What is the Hope for the Future?
What is Graphene? Fenwick Patent Attorney Has the Answer
Two Tips for Inventors Filing Patent Applications
Polsinelli Podcasts - What's Happening in Healthcare Deals in 2014?
Medical Marijuana In Canada: Weeding Through the Risks and Opportunities
Tax Developments Affecting Health Care Organizations and Investor-Owned Hospital Companies
Law Prof: The Clean Air Act Needs a Reboot
Polsinelli Podcast - Health Care Payment Changes: From Service to Value
Polsinelli Podcast - Going it Alone: Factors Independent Hospitals Should Consider Before Joining a Hospital System
Polsinelli Podcast - Food Safety Modernization Act
Polsinelli Podcast - Generic Drugs to Market - What's the Climate in 2014?
Polsinelli Podcast - What's Next in Health Reform 2014
Health Care Antitrust & the Supreme Court – Interview with Bruce Sokler, Member, Mintz Levin
Polsinelli Podcast - What Employers Need to Know About Obesity in the Workplace
What Is a Health Plan Identifier (HPID)?
A health plan identifier is a standardized 10-digit number that is unique to a plan.
Who Must Obtain an HPID in the Coming Weeks?
Large “controlling health plans”...more
On October 14, 2014, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case that could have significant implications for hybrid public/private “regulatory” bodies. Many such bodies, like state and local wine...more
Last week, we posted about U.S. District Court Judge Harry Mattice’s September 29th ruling that government attorneys could extrapolate from a small sample of patient admissions to over 50,000 patient admissions (and over...more
The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional in United States v. Windsor prompted many businesses to review and revise their employee benefit plans. However, the...more
On October 3, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) published an unexpected, yet long-awaited, set of proposed rules that would add new anti-kickback law safe harbors,...more
The recent string of wide-scale data breach disclosures by major retailers has led to a growing call for federal legislation to protect consumer information and establish uniform data breach notification...more
A physician practice’s Notice of Privacy Practices (“NPP”) acts as the “roadmap” to the practice’s permitted uses and disclosures of their patients’ protected health information (“PHI”). ...more
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has established exemptions from certain requirements of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) for health care messages regulated under the Health Insurance Portability and...more
Some employers may have offered employees pre-tax dollars to help purchase insurance. Such arrangements are called Employer Payment Plans. Now, however, Employer Payment Plans are prohibited under the Affordable Care Act...more
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued Notice 2014-49 which describes a proposed approach for determining an employee’s full-time or part-time status for purposes of the employer shared responsibility rules under...more
On October 8, 2014, the IRS released drafts of the 2014 Form 990, Schedule H and Instructions, proposing significant changes related to a hospital facility's compliance with Section 501(r) of the Internal Revenue Code. These...more
The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched an Ebola Web Page for employers providing information on Ebola and how to protect workers.
OSHA states that workers, including...more
Danielle Bennion and her co-plaintiffs filed a RICO (Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Practices Act) action alleging that Mountain View Hospital and co-defendants engaged in a plan of extortion and wire fraud for the purpose of...more
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced a new initiative, the ACO Investment Model, on October 15, 2014. Under the model, ACOs which are made up of “providers [who] lack adequate access to … capital”...more
We have previously discussed that, while medical providers have become a common target of plaintiffs asserting wage and hour claims arising out of so-called “auto-deduct” policies, more and more courts are realizing that the...more
Trends & Analysis -
Between our last Qui Tam Update and the end of June, 65 health care–related qui tam cases were unsealed (28 in April, 18 in May, and 19 in June). Within those 65 cases...more
This year critical access hospitals (CAH) have struggled to implement procedures to comply with both the "two-midnight" rule and the 96-hour physician certification requirement. The combination of both puts physicians in a...more
CMS Reopens Application Period for Meaningful Use Hardship Exception - the period during which certain eligible providers may request a hardship exception from qualifying as a Meaningful User under the Medicare EHR Incentive...more
On October 14, 2014, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC, a U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit decision upholding an FTC finding that the North...more
Hospitals acquiring physician practices need to balance competing considerations when determining how to fit them in the larger organization. Financial considerations weigh heavily, but so do considerations about finding some...more
On October 3, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a proposed rule to establish new safe harbors under the antikickback statute and the civil monetary penalty (CMP) rules,...more
On September 30th, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released draft guidance concerning the proposed oversight framework for regulating laboratory developed tests....more
On September 30, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first travel-associated case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States. The patient died of Ebola on October 8. More recently, on...more
Citing that “most teens who abuse pain relievers say they get them from family and friends,” the use of prescription pain drugs continues to take center stage and has spurred an Ohio law requiring new procedures when...more
News that a U.S. based health-care worker in Dallas has contracted Ebola while caring for a patient with the disease has raised questions about the protections that health care facilities and other employers must provide for...more
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