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In the Wake of Harvey and Irma, OCR Reminds Providers of HIPAA Rules

As Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean rebuild after the latest string of deadly hurricanes and prepare for the possibility of future storms, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR)...more

Health Care Reform Returns to the Spotlight

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Congress is now back in session and, once again, focus has turned to health care. With all eyes on returning health care reform to the forefront, a flurry of activity has sparked new legislative efforts including the...more

Section 4980H Large Employer Penalties – IRS Signals the Health Coverage Penalties Remain in Force

by Snell & Wilmer on

Many employers were hopeful that the Code Section 4980H penalties would be repealed now that Republicans control Congress and Trump is in the White House. To date, that has not happened, nor has the IRS announced it will not...more

Client Alert: Supreme Court Settles Debate in Florida in Favor of Protection of Referral Sources Under Non-Compete Statute at...

On September 14, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in consolidated cases White v. Mederi Caretenders Visiting Services of Southeast Florida, LLC, SC Appeal No. SC 16-28 and Americare Home Therapy,...more

CHMP Adopts Positive Opinions on BI’s CYLTEZO® and Samsung Bioepis’s ONTRUZANT®

by Goodwin on

On September 15, Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) and Samsung Bioepis each issued a press release announcing that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has adopted a...more

CMS To Expand Use of TPE Audits Nationwide by End of 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Perhaps lost amid the healthcare news coverage of competing proposals regarding “Medicare for All” and the repeal of Obamacare, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) last month announced the expansion of its...more

Health Alert (Australia) 18 September 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 6 September 2017 - Finding of inquest into death of Phillip William Michell - Phillip William Michell died on 11 July 2015 at the...more

Blocked Shot? Employer Runs into Religious Issues with Mandatory Flu Vaccines

If you require your employees to get a flu shot, what do you do with the ones who refuse on religious grounds? As with so much in employment law, it depends. In Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Mission Hospital, a...more

Health Update - September 2017

Using Telehealth as a Tool for Health System Integration - As discussed in our August Health Update article on patient engagement and digital health—the first in our new digital health series—the advent of digital and...more

Congress Takes Up FDA Over-The-Counter (OTC) Drug Regulation Reform

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On September 13, the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health held a hearing to examine draft legislation to create a new user fee program and completely revamp the review process...more

Protection against DOJ interference with state medical cannabis programs extended until Dec. 8

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

A bipartisan short-term funding deal signed into law by President Donald Trump on Sept. 8 extended the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment protections for lawful medical cannabis programs that allow producers, retailers and...more

Bill That Aims to Ease Stark Penalties Receives House Committee Approval

by King & Spalding on

On Wednesday, September 13, the House Ways and Means Committee gave unanimous approval to H.R. 3726, the Stark Administrative Simplification Act (the “Bill”). The Bill would amend the Stark law, codified at 42 U.S.C. §...more

CMS Announces Revisions to State Operations Manual for Hospitals “Primarily Engaged” in Providing Care to Inpatients

by King & Spalding on

On September 6, 2017, CMS’s Center for Clinical Standards and Quality/Survey & Certification Group announced revisions to Appendix A of the State Operations Manual (SOM), which governs hospital surveys. The revisions are...more

Expanded Fraud and Abuse Liability under Proposed “Medicare for All” Bill

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On September 13, 2017, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced his “Medicare for All Act of 2017” which, as the name implies, would expand Medicare to cover nearly every American. Although it is unlikely that the bill will...more

Concierge Medicine – Medicare Compliance Is Still A Consideration

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In our July 10, 2017 post, Concierge Medicine – Is it for you?, we cautioned that Medicare compliance concerns do not fall away when moving to a concierge or direct-pay model. HHS has determined that concierge-style...more

Revoked: CMS's New Take on Record Retention and Access

Recently, we have noticed an alarming increase within the Spilman footprint of revocations by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") of physicians' Medicare billing privileges. In particular, CMS has been...more

Research into Cannabidiol (CBD) Progresses

by Knobbe Martens on

Kalytera Therapeutics, clinical-stage pharmaceutical company, recently announced plans for clinical trials focused on the treatment of Graft versus Host Disease using Cannabidiol (CBD), a compound found in cannabis. This...more

What Hospitals Need to Know About the Natural Disaster Exception to Stark Law

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Hospitals operating in regions affected by the recent hurricanes and other natural disasters may be able to obtain temporary regulatory relief. During times of disasters and emergencies, CMS can provide some flexibility...more

Sleeping On the Job… Again? Second New York Appellate Court Finds Home Healthcare Employees Entitled to Pay for all 24 Hours on an...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department (“Second Department”) joined the First Department in finding that home healthcare employees who work 24-hour...more

CMS Proposes Cancellation of Bundled Payment Initiatives

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On August 15, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule (the “Proposed Rule”) that, if finalized, would (A) cancel the mandatory Episode Payment Models (“EPM Models”) and Cardiac...more

Duties Owed to All by a Healthcare Provider Sound in Premises Liability, Not Medical Malpractice

In Johnson v. Open Door Community Health Centers, No. A143992, the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Four, recently held that MICRA did not apply where a patient who was attempting to exit a clinic after the...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

Republican senators pushing a last-ditch effort to overhaul the Affordable Care Act (ACA) say they are within one vote of having the support needed to pass their bill. Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)...more

Blog: California Governor Considers Drug Price Reporting Bill and Ban on Discounts and Rebates for Branded Pharmaceutical Products

by Cooley LLP on

The California State Legislature sent two new pharmaceutical pricing measures, S.B. 17 and A.B. 265, to Governor Jerry Brown on September 13th. S.B. 17 would impose new reporting requirements on pharmaceutical manufacturers...more

Ind. Upholds Reduction of Obese Decedent’s Life Expectancy

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Actuarial tables put the life expectancy of a 31-year-old male at 46.5 more years. But when Christopher McDaniel died at 31, allegedly as a result of medical negligence, the court calculated his life expectancy at no more...more

SuperVision - Labor & Employment Law Insights - September 2017

...This issue of SuperVision is dedicated to questions our friends and clients may have regarding insurance and benefit topics. While not a common part of the Labor & Employment field, Spilman prides itself on having...more

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