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Long-Term Care Facilities Subject to New Medicare Requirements for Participation Must Comply with Staffing, Training, and...

On October 4, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule which represents the most sweeping changes in twenty-five years regarding the requirements for participation for long-term care (LTC)...more

March Fadness: Wearable Tech in the Workplace

Wearable technology continues to do a full court press on the marketplace and in the process, the step counters of the world and health apps tied to devices capable of tracking real-time biostatistics, are revolutionizing the...more

Government Solidifies Victory Blocking Chicago Hospital Merger

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the State of Illinois successfully concluded their challenge to the proposed merger of Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University Health System earlier this month, when the U.S....more

The Affordable Care Act is here to stay

In the last few weeks we have talked to hundreds of employers about the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which was proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 6. Many of you have asked about the AHCA, how it might...more

FDA User Fee Hearings Picking Up Steam on Capitol Hill

As we noted previously in our introductory blog post on the 2017 User Fee Act (UFA) reauthorization process, the first UFA hearing on Capitol Hill was convened on March 2, 2017 by the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s (E&C)...more

NY AG Announces Settlements with Three Mobile-Health App Developers Over Privacy, Marketing Concerns

On March 23, 2017, New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced settlements with three mobile health application (app) development companies aimed at curbing deceptive marketing practices and inadequate...more

GAO, states jump into battles to rein in Big Pharma’s sky-high prices

Big Pharma’s skyrocketing prices are finally in for some real scrutiny by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), as well as new initiatives in the Maryland and New York statehouses....more

Medicaid’s Role in the Delivery and Payment of Substance Use Disorder Services in Montana

The State of Montana is grappling with a serious and growing public health problem in substance use disorders (SUDs)—including alcoholism, methamphetamine use and opioid abuse and overdose—as well as the related, profound...more

The Future of the Affordable Care Act Week 8: An Employer’s Guide to the Collapse of the American Health Care Act (Spoiler...

The stunning failure of the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) (which we previously reported on here) has political and policy implications that we cannot forecast. Nor it is it clear to...more

Health Alert (Australia) March 27, 2017

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 21 March 2017 - Hicks v Mater Misericordiae Ltd [2017] QSC 38 - The applicant brought proceedings against the respondents...more

Affordable Care Act Survives Again; Repeal and Replace Bill Withdrawn

As has been widely reported, proponents of the American Health Care Act withdrew the bill from consideration before the full House of Representatives could vote on it last Friday. Early statements suggest there is no...more

Issue 107: House Pulls AHCA Minutes After Expected Vote - Future of Repeal Efforts Uncertain

This is the one hundred and seventh issue in our series of alerts for employers on selected topics on health care reform. This series of Health Care Reform Management Alerts is designed to provide an in-depth analysis of...more

Proposed Employee Wellness Legislation Might Undermine Protections of GINA

Employees who don’t want to disclose genetic information about themselves and their families to their employers may have to pay a stiff price for that privacy in the future. The Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act (H.R....more

NY AG Targets Mobile Health Applications Over Privacy Policy, Misleading Claims Concerns

The Office of the New York State Attorney General (“NY AG”) recently announced a settlement of its investigation into the privacy policy and advertising-related business practices of three popular health-based mobile...more

Repeal Efforts Fail (for now): Can Obamacare Survive?

With the House GOP pulling the American Health Care Act (AHCA) due to lack of sufficient support even within its own party, Obamacare is not out of the woods. The ACA’s two pillars, the individual marketplaces and...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

House Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision to cancel Friday’s vote on the American Health Care Act triggered post-mortem jockeying among vying GOP factions struggling to come to grips with how the party failed to repeal a law it has...more

Cal/OSHA’s Workplace Violence Rules for Health Care Take Effect April 2017

Effective April 1, 2017, a new California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (“Standards Board”) regulation at Title 8, Section 3342 requires certain employers in the health care industry to develop and implement...more

The Surprise of Familiarity

Watching from afar the Scouts attempting to earn their orienteering merit badges, we could see it on the boys’ faces. They were lost; they were scared. They should have reached their destination an hour ago. Soon, these...more

HHS-OIG Publishes Resource on Compliance Program Effectiveness

On March 27, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) announced a 52-page resource guide, Measuring Compliance Program Effectiveness: A Resource Guide, aimed at helping...more

IRS Will Not Require Response to Qualifying Health Coverage Line on 2016 Form 1040 Filings

Individuals completing their 2016 IRS Form 1040s will recognize the question asking if they, their spouses and dependents had qualifying health care coverage in 2016 (Form 1040 line 61, Form 1040A line 38, Form 1040EZ line...more

Health Care Reform Update – American Health Care Act Shelved

The American Health Care Act (“AHCA”), the legislation intended to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), was shelved on Friday, March 24, 2017, ending for now efforts to repeal the ACA. The AHCA, described in...more

Update: HHS Decides Appeals Backlog Rule

On January 17, 2017, HHS published a rule addressing public comments and finalizing changes to the Medicare benefit claim appeals processes that were proposed on July 5, 2016. Although there was initially some speculation...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms A Very Unhappy Unverdict Against Hip Manufacturer

A funny thing happened on the way to a defense verdict last year—after the jury decided that the defendant’s product was not defective, the MDL judge told the jurors that perhaps they did not “fully understand” and instructed...more

The ACA Survives…Again

We feel like a broken record, because we’ve said it before: the Affordable Care Act is still here. We said the same thing after each of two Supreme Court challenges to central portions of the law, both of which (in 2012 and...more

Trump’s Budget Proposal: Increased Spending for Health Care Fraud Enforcement

Last week, President Donald J. Trump released his first proposed budget. Amidst headline making cuts to agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the State Department and the Department of Agriculture and spending...more

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