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Uncle Sam’s bad reverse: nursing homes returning to forced arbitration

Look out Baby Boomers and Gen Xers: Just when you or your elderly loved ones may be most vulnerable and needing nursing home care, the government is going back to allowing nursing home administrators to push a pile of...more

The Supreme Court and President Trump Agree -- Nursing Homes Plaintiffs May Be Required to Arbitrate

by Melito & Adolfsen on

The Supreme Court and President Trump Agree -- Nursing Homes Plaintiffs May Be Required to Arbitrate - A provision in a contract providing for care of a resident in a nursing home may require the parties to arbitrate any...more

CMS Proposes Rule to Reverse Pre-Dispute Binding Arbitration Ban

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

On June 8, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") published a proposed rule that would remove the ban on pre-dispute arbitration agreements instituted in an extensive final rule (The Reform of Requirements...more

Be Careful With That Power of Attorney!: Arbitration Clauses and Nursing Home Lawsuits

by LeClairRyan on

On May 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its opinion in Kindred Nursing Centers, L.P. v. Clark. This case addressed the issue of whether an agent acting pursuant to a power of attorney could bind...more

Supreme Court Rules Federal Arbitration Act Preempts Kentucky State Law

by King & Spalding on

On May 15, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Kentucky Supreme Court decision and sided with a nursing home operator regarding an attorney-in-fact’s ability to bind principals to arbitration clauses. The U.S. Supreme...more

Arizona Enacts “Surprise Out-Of-Network” Balance Billing Law

by Snell & Wilmer on

Arizona has joined the national trend of trying to solve the “problem” of “surprise medical out-of-network bills.” The prevalence of this concern was reported in the New England Journal of Medicine which stated that 22% of...more

Trump Administration Gives First Peek Into Its Arbitration Strategy

In a first indication of the Trump Administration’s stance on consumer arbitration, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this week issued a new proposed rule that rolls back the Obama Administration’s...more

Considering Arbitration

by Reed Smith on

We first mused over arbitration and drug/medical device claims exactly six years ago, when the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 563 U.S. 333 (2011). In that widely studied...more

Specificity Sometimes Key; Sometimes Not

by BakerHostetler on

Time spent drafting and negotiating an agreement often pays dividends in assuring that each party gets the benefits they desire through the agreement and incurs obligations no greater than they intended. Two recent cases,...more

Finally, a Win for Long-Term Care Facilities: United States Supreme Court Invalidates Kentucky Rule Singling Out Arbitration...

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Anyone familiar with long term care litigation knows that the number of disputes regarding the use and enforcement of arbitration agreements in the context of assisted living/nursing home admissions has risen sharply over the...more

Supreme Court Holds Federal Arbitration Act Preemption Applies To Contract Formation Rules

by Carlton Fields on

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Kentucky Supreme Court’s use of a clear-statement rule to require that powers of attorney specifically authorize a representative to enter into an arbitration agreement, finding...more

Supreme Court Emphatically Defends Arbitration Agreements from State Interference

by Littler on

On May 15, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court reiterated the principle that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) requires states to treat arbitration agreements just as they treat other types of contracts. In Kindred Nursing Centers...more

No Pre-Emption Exemption - The U.S. Supreme Court and the Kentucky Supreme Court are not kindred spirits with respect to state law...

The U.S. Supreme Court and the Kentucky Supreme Court are not kindred spirits with respect to state law restrictions on arbitration agreements....more

U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirms FAA Preemption Over Discriminatory State Laws

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Emphasizing that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts state laws that "single out arbitration agreements for disfavored treatment," the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the Kentucky Supreme Court's refusal to enforce...more

Supreme Court Applies FAA Preemption to Contract Formation

The Supreme Court held that the Federal Arbitration Act preempts state law governing contract formation where a state rule discriminates against arbitration, a holding with broad implications for state-court decisions that...more

Supreme Court Reinforces the Primacy of the Federal Arbitration Act, Even Over a “Divine God-Given Right”

by Benesch on

Kentucky law speaks of the right to jury trial in theological terms. The Kentucky Constitution provides that “[t]he ancient mode of trial by jury shall be held sacred, and the right thereof remain inviolate, subject to such...more

Nursing Homes Finally Score a Victory: the Supreme Court of the United States Rules that States May Not Treat Arbitration...

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

As blogged about before, the nursing home industry has long been under fire for the arbitration agreements used as part of the industry’s admissions process. Yesterday, in a victory for the industry, the Supreme Court of the...more

SCOTUS Reverses KY Nursing Home Arbitration Decision; Refuses To Prioritize Right To Jury Trial

Just as I predicted, SCOTUS reversed the Kentucky Supreme Court’s decision in Kindred this morning. The interesting piece, though, is that the seven member majority went out of its way to cut off some of the “on trend”...more

Third Circuit Holds Overtime Class Action Is Not Subject To Arbitration

by Carlton Fields on

The Third Circuit recently affirmed the decision of a Pennsylvania district court, holding that a class action involving overtime compensation filed against the operating companies of a senior care facility is not subject to...more

Employee Benefits Developments - April 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Deadline to Provide QSEHRA Notice Suspended - IRS Notice 2017-20 - Citing the lack of published guidance, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) suspended the employer advance notice requirement for qualified small...more

Florida Supreme Court Rulings Affecting Health Care Providers

by Wilson Elser on

It is well established that Florida physicians are required to report any adverse incident that occurs in their office to the Department of Health. Discovery of these reports is a patient’s constitutional right under Article...more

Fifth Circuit Dances On Head of Arbitration Pin

Demonstrating just how difficult it can be to separate questions about the “formation” of an arbitration agreement from the “validity” of that agreement, the Fifth Circuit found this month that when an argument was applied to...more

Court Upholds Arbitration Award Despite Challenge To Arbitrator’s Use Of Excluded Evidence

by Carlton Fields on

Jersey Shore University Medical Center discharged a staff nurse employee for her actions when a female patient was assaulted by another patient in the nurse’s assigned work area. A labor organization that represents employees...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - April, 2017 #2

by Brooks Pierce on

This week at the Legislature, House members filed dozens of bills and tried to get as much accomplished as possible prior to the legislature's spring recess. Confirmations - The Senate continued the process of...more

Is Your Arbitration Agreement Enforceable?

by Snell & Wilmer on

Health care providers may favor arbitration due to the perception that it is a faster, less expensive alternative to litigation. State and federal policy favors arbitration for the same reasons.  Because of the strong public...more

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