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The Affordable Care Act & the Impact on the C-Suite – Interview with Alden Bianchi, Member, Mintz Levin
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Condo Adviser: What is 'FHA approved,' exactly?
Greenberger: Derivatives Legislation Would Seriously Weaken Dodd-Frank
NFA Chairman Chris Hehmeyer Talks Bankruptcy Reform
Ritholtz: Insurance Regulators Should Oversee Derivatives
How to Respond to President Obama's Cybersecurity Executive Order
Ritholtz: 'Dot Com Bonus Envy' Stymies Wall St. Reform
Insurance Lawyer: Very Limited Coverage for Hurricane Sandy
Weekly Brief: Hurricane Sandy, GC Donations, Tweeting Fake News
Crystal Ball Perspective: Will Healthcare Reform be Repealed if Romney Wins the Presidential Election?
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The Benefits of WRAP Insurance on Large Construction Projects - Ray Buddie
Highlights from Day Three of Health Care Arguments [audio]
Highlights from Day Two of Health Care Arguments [audio]
Highlights from Day One of Health Care Arguments [audio]
Health Care Cases in 90 Seconds
Health Care 5: Will This Be a Landmark Decision?
Health Care 4: Can Congress Force States to Expand Medicaid?
Health Care 2: Can Congress Force Individuals to Buy Insurance?
A federal district court in Illinois recently issued a pair of rulings in cases where insurers sought to recoup payments from practitioners. Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association v. Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, 2013...more
Approximately 300 employers and other organizations, many of which are in Northern California, were named as co-defendants in an ERISA class action lawsuit filed on November 22, 2013, in the U.S. District Court for the...more
The MNsure Board met this week and provided metrics on the rollout of the MNsure program for the October 1 through November 30, 2013 timeframe. According the Executive Director April Todd-Malmlov, about 25,000 are in the...more
First you have the problem and then you have the litigation. This more-or-less iron rule of American life will be honored once again in the aftermath of the “roll out” of Obamacare.
The design and operational failures...more
On November 8, 2013, the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services (collectively, the "Departments") jointly issued final regulations under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (the...more
In This Issue:
Judgments; Legislation; and Reports.
Excerpt from Judgments:
22 November 2013 - Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation v Eastern Health  FCAFC 137...more
The Supreme Court will review two of the numerous lawsuits challenging the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) requirement that group health plans and insurers cover, without cost-sharing, contraceptives and/or abortifacients (the...more
In a recent report [PDF], the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) highlighted hospital outlier payment trends it found troubling: Of the nearly 3,200 hospitals reviewed, approximately...more
The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California recently upheld coverage under a commercial general liability policy for a hospital data breach that compromised the confidential medical records of nearly 20,000...more
In This Issue:
Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other HHS and Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; and Hearings and Mark-Ups Scheduled.
Beginning January 1, 2014, millions of low-income parents and other adults will become newly eligible for coverage in states implementing the Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) expansion of Medicaid to adults with incomes at or...more
CMS recently released the results of a study that analyzed the experiences of six “early expander” Medicaid states. Following the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, these six states and...more
More than a million California residents whose health plans were cancelled under the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, will not be able to keep their existing coverage, despite President Obama’s directive that insurers...more
In This Issue:
- Top News
..HHS Gives Mixed Messages Regarding Federal Health Care Program-Status of Qualified Health Care Plans (QHPs)
..HHS Issues Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Report...more
A federal court in New York appears to have issued the first published decision addressing alleged violations of the enhanced benefit claim procedures arising out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The new procedures contain...more
As we approach the end of the year, employers and plan sponsors of qualified retirement plans and health and welfare plans should take time to meet various upcoming deadlines. Failure to comply with the deadlines may result...more
This week, a federal district court in Florida concluded that a hospital violated Stark as a matter of law by entering into employment agreements with physicians that included bonus compensation that was not based exclusively...more
On September 18, Congressman Phil Roe (R-Tennessee) introduced legislation (H.R. 3121) that would, among other things, amend Section 3 of the McCarran-Ferguson Act (15 U.S.C. 1013) to repeal the Act’s antitrust exemption for...more
On November 15, 2013, CMS issued Transmittal 1315, a One-Time Notification (CMS Transmittal), instructing Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs), Recovery Auditors and the Supplemental Medical Review Contractor not to...more
Current events were top-of-mind last Friday, November 15, 2013, as Akerman LLP's Healthcare Practice Group and Wells Fargo invited clients and industry professionals to engage in a thoughtful discussion on healthcare reform...more
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently granted summary judgment in favor of a chiropractor who alleged that Anthem VA, a Virginia-based subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc., violated the...more
Unlike financial identity theft, which targets a victim’s financial health, medical identity theft threatens a victim’s very existence. The unauthorized access of a victim’s medical record not only grants the thief access to...more
CMS posted a list on its website of the 2014 bonuses and penalties applicable to each subsection (d) hospital participating in the value-based purchasing (VBP) program. The posted rate increases or reductions are effective...more
Final regulations have been issued implementing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (Act). The Act generally requires group health plans (or health insurance coverage offered in connection with such a...more