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ERISA: Winning Tactic on Summary Judgment to Prove Claimant Received the Policy: Get Key Evidence into the Administrative Record

You know that to apply an exclusion in a policy, the claims administrator must show that the claimant received the policy. But what happens when the claimant submits a declaration disputing your proof that she received...more

Washington Supreme Court Expands Physicians’ Duty to Third Parties

Most states have laws either requiring or permitting mental health professionals to disclose information about patients who may become violent. These voluntary or mandatory reporting laws require a balancing of the...more

Insurers’ Suit Against Government for Affordable Care Act Payments May Proceed; If Successful, Insurers Entitled to Billions from...

In a closely watched case, the Court of Federal Claims last week refused to dismiss a health insurer’s putative class action against the Federal government for payments authorized under the Affordable Care Act. The Court’s...more

CMS Issues Alert Updating and Clarifying Mandatory Reporting Thresholds for Certain Liability Insurance Settlements, Judgments,...

On December 12, 2016, CMS issued a Technical Alert that announced a change in reporting requirements for several different types of settlements with total payment obligation to claimant (TPOC) dates on or after January 1,...more

Indiana Supreme Court Extends the Stanley Doctrine to State-Sponsored Medical Reimbursements

On October 21, 2016, the Indiana Supreme Court weighed-in on a closely watched case that drew much attention from the defense and plaintiff’s bar alike. Approximately one (1) year ago, I reported that the Indiana Court of...more

Dealing with Long-Winded Out-of-Network Provider Nuisance Letters

Over the past couple years, more and more of my clients with self-funded plans have received letters from out-of-network providers appealing denied claims. The letters are usually 20 to 30 pages long, not very specific, and...more

Big Summary Judgment Win for Hospital Defending $300M Exclusive Dealing Antitrust Suit

After fending off a motion for judgment on the pleadings in March 2015, a small hospital in Peoria, Illinois lost on summary judgment in its $300 million antitrust suit alleging illegal exclusive dealing and attempted...more

UnitedHealth Plan Holders Win Class Certification in ERISA Lawsuit

The District Court for the Northern District of California recently granted certain members of UnitedHealth health plans class certification in their suit alleging improper denial of benefits. Plaintiffs in the putative...more

Sixth Circuit Vacates Class Settlement, Finding that Sealed Documents Prevented Objectors from Assessing Settlement’s Fairness

This summer, the Sixth Circuit rejected class action litigants’ filing of the bulk of their class settlement documents under seal. Shane Grp., Inc. v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mich., 825 F.3d 299 (6th Cir. 2016). The Sixth...more

California Physician Loses at Dating Game

A California appellate court has declared physician Visha Dev the loser in his dating contest with Blue Shield Life and Blue Shield California. The contest arose when the Blues moved for summary judgment in Dev’s action...more

Eleventh Circuit Finds Mere Existence Of Insurance Contract Satisfies Condition Precedent To Action For Double Damages Under The...

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a private insurance company/PART C Medicare Advantage Organization (MAO) may sue a Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance carrier for reimbursement of medical...more

Hospital and Fixed Indemnity Policies; Excepted Benefits; Supplemental Coverage under Recently Proposed Treasury Regulations; and...

We reported in a recent post on proposed regulations dealing with, among other things, the treatment of hospital indemnity or other fixed indemnity insurance products in the group market. This post takes a closer look at the...more

Eleventh Circuit Finds Insurer Liable for Medicare Lien Notwithstanding Insurer's Efforts to Satisfy the Lien in Settlement, also...

In a case with far-reaching implications, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion concluding that the Medicare Secondary Payer Act (MSP) permits a private insurance company/PART C Medicare Advantage...more

11th Circuit Awards Humana Double Damages Under Medicare Secondary Payer Act

Humana Medical Plan, Inc. v. Western Heritage Insurance Co., case number 15-11436. Liability insurers beware, as the 11th Circuit held that Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAO) are entitled to the same rights...more

Michigan Health Insurance Claims Assessment Act is Not Preempted by ERISA

The Sixth Circuit, has decided, on remand from the Supreme Court, that the Michigan Health Insurance Claims Assessment Act (Act) is not preempted by ERISA. The Act imposes a 1 percent tax on all paid claims by insurers or...more

ERISA Preempts State Law Requiring Insurer “Prompt Payment”

Alaska’s prompt pay statute—which requires insurers to pay benefit claims within 30 days of submission—is preempted by federal laws governing employer-provided benefits and benefits for government workers, a federal judge...more

Settling Defendants Beware: Eleventh Circuit Holds Settling Insurer Liable for Failure to Protect Medicare Payments Made by...

Congress created an uproar among personal injury tort defendants and their insurers when it passed the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (MMSEA) less than 10 years ago. The $1,000 per day fine for failure to...more

ERISA: 2nd Circuit — Mental Health Provider Lacks Standing to Challenge ERISA Benefit Denial

Who can challenge an ERISA benefit denial? Does a physician have standing to challenge the denial of a patient’s coverage? It depends....more

No Health Insurers Need Apply: Health Plan Can’t Recover Medical Costs From NY No-Fault Insurer

Under no-fault laws, automobile policies typically must cover the cost of certain medical services provided to policyholders who have been injured in covered accidents. New York’s insurance laws also permit those costs to be...more

Is There Coverage for The Pill Mill Lawsuits?

In an effort to deal with the terrible epidemic of drug abuse and the human and economic costs of this dilemma, the state of West Virginia has brought lawsuits in several jurisdictions against pharmaceutical companies and...more

Clinics Pay Heavy Price for Failing to Audit Claims

Health clinics may want to review their auditing obligations and practices in light of a June 23 ruling by the Eleventh Circuit. Allstate decided to look into the billing practices of a group of Florida health clinics. ...more

Insurer Held to Have Duty to Defend Allegations that Patients’ Medical Records Were Accessible Via Google Search

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that an insurer had a duty to defend an insured against class action allegations that the insured posted confidential medical records on the Internet. Two patients at Glen...more

Federal Court Strikes Down ACA Cost Sharing Reduction Payments

In Depth - A federal district court judge in Washington, DC ruled on May 12, 2016, that Congress did not appropriate funds for the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies. See United States...more

A District Court Just Dealt a Blow to the ACA. Employers, Don’t Get Excited!

On May 12, 2016, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued an opinion in U.S. House of Representatives v. Burwell et al., No. 14-1967 (D.D.C. May 12, 2016), enjoining the federal government’s use of...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms Insurance Coverage for Cyber Claim Under CGL Policy

In a decision issued April 11, the Fourth Circuit added to a small but growing body of case law across the country finding coverage for cyber claims under traditional general liability insurance policies. In Travelers...more

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