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Alphabet Soup — Changes to the Affordable Care Act

by LeClairRyan on

With the new Trump administration and Republican control of Congress, there has been a lot of discussion about eliminating the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with a different set of rules. Legislation has passed the...more

New Guidance on Coverage for Eating Disorders

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services recently released a frequently asked question (“FAQ”) regarding the implementation of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction...more

Recess Update on the Affordable Care Act and Its Repeal and Replacement

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The momentary lull in congressional activity on health care provides an opportune time for an update on the efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA)....more

How Medicare and Employer Coverage Coordinate

Medicare benefits start at age 65, but many people continue working past that age, either by choice or need. It is important to understand how Medicare and employer coverage work together....more

Health Alert (Australia) 14 August 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 10 August 2017 - Inquest into the Death of Stephen Herczeg 57/2016 (1808/2016) - The said Court finds that Stephen Herczeg aged 72...more

Even More At Stake Than Meets The Eye With Potential HIPAA Violations

by Fisher Phillips on

A federal court in New Mexico recently declined to dismiss tort claims asserted by a registered nurse against her employer, a government-run hospital, where she sought and obtained treatment for a brutal sexual assault. In...more

Transgender Benefits Revisited?

by Snell & Wilmer on

In a series of tweets published on July 26, 2017, President Trump announced a ban on transgender service in the armed forces. In the wake of this reversal of government policy, employers may question the current state of...more

WPI Insider Briefing: After ACA "Repeal and Replace" Effort Fails, What's Next For Employers on Health Care and Other Workplace...

by Littler on

Last month began with significant momentum but long odds that Senate Republicans would pass legislation repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the early hours of July 28, GOP efforts came to a screeching...more

Massachusetts Temporarily Imposes Employer Assessments for the Commonwealth’s Medicaid Program

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On August 1, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a measure intended to help the state pay for the costs of the Commonwealth’s Medicaid program, referred to as MassHealth, which covers...more

NC Legislative Update - Special Session - August 2017

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Last Week - Lawmakers reconvened last Thursday for two sessions in one day. Pursuant to the June 30th adjournment resolution, lawmakers were to reconvene August 3rd at 12:00 noon, in order to address veto overrides,...more

Health Alert (Australia) 7 August 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 26 July 2017 - Spragg and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency [2017] WASAT 103 - The applicant made a complaint to the...more

Healthcare Industry Sees Increase In Age Discrimination Claims

by Fisher Phillips on

Lawyers and medical professionals have noticed a recent uptick in age discrimination claims in the healthcare industry. What is causing this increase? Is it simply a statistical fluke, or are there specific reasons the...more

Telemedicine – An Expanding Landscape

by Bryan Cave on

According to one recent survey, telemedicine services (i.e., remote delivery of healthcare services using telecommunications technology) among large employers (500 or more employees) grew from 18% in 2014 to 59% in 2016. ...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 20

by Clark Hill PLC on

McConnell Sets Next Senate Vote for Sept. 5 (The Washington Post). House Set to Bundle 8 Leftover Spending Bills in September: Republicans are set to tackle remaining appropriations bills after returning from August recess,...more

Senate Rejects Proposals to Repeal and Replace Affordable Care Act

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Senate Republicans failed to pass legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act last week. After voting to proceed with debate on the American Health Care Act, which was passed by the House in May, the Senate...more

Prevention Is Key (Er…Required): Will Your State Soon Mandate Workplace Violence Prevention Programs?

by Fisher Phillips on

It is no secret to hospital and other healthcare employees that their workplace is no longer a guaranteed safe zone. In fact, recent statistics released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) indicate...more

Health Care Reform Weekly Roundup – Issue 8

Below is a summary of significant health care reform developments over the past two weeks. GOP Repeal and Replace Efforts Stalled. After releasing a revised version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) on July 13,...more

Third Circuit Rules That Johnson Controls Did Not Promise Lifetime Health Benefits

The Third Circuit rejected a claim for lifetime health insurance benefits filed by retired employees of Johnson Controls, finding that the clear and unambiguous language of the CBAs and group insurance booklets did not...more

Open Enrollment Looms and ACA Changes are Uncertain – What are Employers to Do?

by Snell & Wilmer on

On the morning of July 28, 2017, another effort to repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) failed in a 49-51 Senate vote when three Republican senators voted against the bill. Attempts to pass even a trimmed down...more

Building an Effective Compliance Program

We both recently returned from presenting to groups of health care providers on creating and implementing effective compliance programs. Although compliance plans and compliance programs are not new to the health care realm,...more

After GOP fails to repeal Obamacare, what’s next for U.S. health care?

As the late, sultry diva Peggy Lee used to croon: Is that all there is? The Republicans in Washington, after seven years of trying and dozens of faux earlier votes, have failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care...more

Saudi Arabia Update - July 2017

by Dentons on

Legal Developments - Saudization in the Kingdom - Saudization is a colloquial term used to refer to the Kingdom’s official government policy of ensuring the hiring, training, and development of Saudi Arabian nationals...more

Second Circuit Sets False Claims Act Pleading Standard For Claim Information

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Last week, the Second Circuit held that a False Claims Act relator does not have to plead details of specific alleged false billings or invoices to the government, as long as he can allege facts leading to a strong inference...more

Health Alert (Australia) 24 July 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 18 July 2017 - Ms Shahin Tavassoli v Bupa Aged Care Mosman [2017] FWC 3200 - Application for an unfair dismissal remedy. The...more

The Gig Economy Expands to the Healthcare Industry

by Fisher Phillips on

The United States is expected to see a shortage of 40,000 to 104,000 physicians by 2030. Due to this anticipated need for primary care physicians, freelance work among the healthcare industry is becoming increasingly popular....more

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