Since 2003, when Congress created the Health Savings Account (HSA), banks have been involved in helping employers and individuals set up the accounts to fund future health care costs. HSAs are increasingly striking a chord among…more
Lane Powell Counsel to the Firm Matt Claman authored a July 4 Alaska Dispatch article titled “Independence Day: Time Also to Celebrate Fair and Impartial Courts.” In the article, Claman discussed the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent…more
Originally published in the Portland Business Journal - April 6, 2012.
In the closing hours of the 2012 Oregon legislative session, the Oregon Legislature paved the way for the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange. The…more
This year’s elections, the U.S. Supreme Court’s “Obamacare” decision and the economy appear likely to determine whether we will be looking at a repeat of Washington state’s 1990s health care reform experience.
We live in a time of ever-increasing government regulation and enforcement. One area in which this is becoming increasingly prevalent for medical providers is the area of Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) audits.
The state of Washington has recently adopted new rules, or “standards of practice,” relating to pain management that apply to all physicians within the state. These new rules are in response to the rising statistics regarding…more
Nursing homes in Washington will, for the first time, be allowed to directly employ staff physicians as a result of a bill that Governor Christine Gregoire signed last week.
The new law, drafted with the assistance of Lane…more
In July 2010, the White House published an ambitious strategy to “undertake a more coordinated national response to the HIV [human immunodeficiency virus] epidemic.” While public concern on the issue has waned in recent years,…more
It is common practice in long term care and other health care facilities for a resident or a resident’s family member to sign an arbitration agreement upon admission. Such agreements require the resident to arbitrate any…more
You are with a patient and there are more waiting to see you in adjacent offices and the reception area. Your staff assistant knocks at the door and says: “Doctor, several law enforcement officers are here to see our records.”…more
Nationwide we are witnessing increased scrutiny of healthcare providers who prescribe controlled substances, especially those involved in pain management practices. Physicians are being scrutinized to make sure they are…more
In yet another recent set-back to health care providers, the Washington Supreme Court ruled last week that RCW 7.70.100(1), which requires that a 90 day pre-suit notice be provided prior to filing professional negligence…more
Most providers of senior housing and assisted-living services market their communities in many ways; through written materials, web-based advertisements, testimonials, and broad-based advertisements, to name just a few. Once…more
The Washington Supreme Court has recently issued two significant rulings impacting the Long Term Care and Seniors Housing industry:
Certificate of Merit Requirement Declared Unconstitutional
In Putnam v. Wenatchee Valley…more
On Wednesday, March 12, 2008, Washington House Speaker Frank Chopp signed Substitute Senate Bill 6807 which affects boarding home providers’ ability to withdraw from the Medicaid program. The legislation had been approved by…more
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