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Vapourizer Ban Goes Up in (Medical Marijuana) Smoke?

On November 13, 2015, the Ontario Government released its proposed regulations (the E-Cig Regs) under the Electronic Cigarette Act (the E-Cig Act and, together with the E-Cig Regs, the E-Cig Legislation) governing the...more

CMS Proposes Restrictions on Arbitration Provisions in Nursing Home Resident Agreements

The use of a binding arbitration provision in the pre-admission agreement between a senior living facility and its resident has become quite common. If properly drafted and presented to the resident or his or her...more

Areas of Unique Legal Concerns and Solutions in Device M&A

With medical device related acquisitions at all-time highs, and regulatory interest from the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Office of Inspector...more

CMS Eases Regulatory Burdens and Creates New Exceptions in "Phase V" of the Stark Regulations

On November 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published the most significant changes to the physician self-referral law (“Stark Law” or “Stark”) regulations since 2008. Because this rulemaking...more

Employment Law This Week: OSHA Fines, ACA’s Contraception Opt-Out, Illegal Firing, Off-the-Clock Security Screenings [Video]

Episode 5, Week of November 16, 2015 - We invite you to view Employment Law This Week - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court...more

ERISA: Medical Providers Lack Standing For Reimbursement — Anti-Assignment Provisions Enforceable

You know that patients typically assign rights under a health insurance plan to the provider of medical services. This is accomplished by signing an assignment form upon intake/admission. Then, the healthcare provider sends...more

The 37th International Conference of Data Protection & Privacy Commissioners – Some Observations

The annual conference of the world’s data protection regulators is a three day exercise, with half of the conference being “closed door” for the regulators only, and the other half being a series of side meetings and...more

Recent Changes in California Employment Law

As 2016 approaches, we wanted to highlight the following changes to California law for the new year. Assembly Bill 1506 amends the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) to rein in actions asserting noncompliance with...more

The Give and Take of the 2015 Library of Congress Sec. 1201 Copyright Exemptions

I used to love working on cars. As a teenager I had a 1972 Karmann Ghia, which I could repair, MacGyver-like, with rubber bands, tinfoil, and sticks of chewing gum. But as automotive technology advanced, the prospect of...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 210-Don Sinko, Chief Integrity Officer at the Cleveland Clinic [Video]

In this episode I visit with Don Sinko, the Chief Integrity Officer of the Cleveland Clinic, a world wide health care and health services provider. He talks about some of the challenges of ethics and compliance in such an...more

CMS Proposes Rules Requiring LTC Facilities to Implement Compliance and Ethics Programs

Under proposed rules issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), long term care (LTC) facility operators would be required to develop, implement and maintain a comprehensive compliance and ethics program...more

Summary of HUD's LEAN 232 Program Email Blast Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF) October 30, 2015

In an effort to summarize the highlights of the LEAN Email Blasts that we receive, and rarely have time to review in a timely fashion, we at Pepper Hamilton are providing this quick synopsis of the latest LEAN update. Our aim...more

FTC Comments Discourage Legislation Purporting to Grant Antitrust Immunity for Health Care Providers

In late September, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) submitted comments to the Virginia and Tennessee Departments of Health regarding each state’s proposed rules concerning hospital cooperation agreements. These proposed...more

FTC Challenges Hospital Merger Despite Conduct Remedy Accepted by State AG

Last week the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”) issued an administrative complaint challenging the merger of two West Virginia hospitals that had earlier been cleared by the state’s Attorney General (“W.V. AG”)...more

Employment Law This Week: Wellness Programs, Arbitration Agreements, Class Action Waivers, Non-Competes [Video]

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

New FAQs on Preventive Services, Wellness Program Rewards and Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment: McGuireWoods Healthcare...

This is the 54th in a series of WorkCite articles concerning the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its companion statute, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (referred to collectively as the...more

Contracts May Not Be All They're Cracked Up To Be: The Extension Of Legal Protections In Employee Contractual Settings

For many years, employers have generally embraced a policy of utilizing at-will employment as often as possible, where employers and employees can end their relationship with each other at any time and for any (legal) reason....more

Final Curtain Call for Tuomey: Long-Running FCA/Stark Case Settled

After 10 years of litigation, including two trials and appeals to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Tuomey Healthcare System (Tuomey) have entered into a settlement of DOJ's action...more

CMS finalizes significant Stark Law rulemaking

In July of this year, the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed significant changes to the regulations implementing the federal physician self referral law...more

OMNICARE and its Implications

In the spring of this year, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, 135 S.Ct. 1318 (2015), resolving a circuit split regarding the...more

Record-breaking FCA settlements underscore importance of Stark Law compliance

In September and October, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced four record-breaking False Claims Act settlements – ranging from $25 million to $115 million – involving health care systems that allegedly made improper...more

Congress Takes Long Look at Proposed Health Insurance Mergers

While the Department of Justice Antitrust Division is responsible for reviewing the proposed Anthem/Cigna and Aetna/Humana mergers for any potential competitive concerns, Congress jumped into the process with both feet in...more

Health Alert (Australia) - November 2, 2015

In This Issue: -Judgments; Legislation; and Reports -Excerpt from Judgments Australian Capital Territory 29 October 2015 - In the matter of ER (Mental Health and Guardianship and...more

Health Care Mergers Come Under Scrutiny

In July, 2015, Aetna struck a deal to buy Humana for $37 billion, which would cover 33 million members. Merging with Humana would give Aetna more than one-quarter of the total Medicare Advantage market, analysts say. In...more

Health Insurance Company Unitedhealth Discussing Possible Merger

In the health care industry, saying competitive and operating efficiently is important for survival, and businesses in this industry need to continually seek to consolidate resources to ensure they are operating in as...more

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