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What Employer Shared Responsibility Does Not Say

So much energy has been spent on what the final regulations on the employer shared responsibility tax and the related final reporting regulations (the “ESRR”), that some of the most significant considerations have been missed...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update September 2014

Congress is back in session, and work on a Continuing Resolution is underway. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is back center stage with House Republicans attaching a medical device tax repeal provision to a jobs package set for...more

Want To Complain About The 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule? Take A Number.

Apparently Americans feel that way about Medicare’s traditional fee-for-service physician compensation schedule. Everybody complains about it, but nobody likes any proposed changes. That’s clear from the reaction to the...more

FTC Rejects Proposed Settlement Agreement with Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc.

On September 5, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rejected a proposed settlement agreement with Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc., and returned the matter to administrative court to assess whether Phoebe Putney’s 2011...more

Corridors Fall 2014 - Medicaid Reform – House Bill 1181, the Medicaid Modernization Act

With about 2.3 million North Carolina residents receiving Medicaid services for at least part of 2013, Medicaid reform is a top priority for the General Assembly. The significant funding allocations required to supplement the...more

California Repeals 60-Day Limit on Waiting Periods

On August 15, 2014, California passed Senate Bill 1034, which repealed an insurance law (Assembly Bill 1083) that prohibited insurance companies from including waiting periods in excess of 60 days in their group health...more

HealthCare Fraud and Courtesies: What to Know Before Waiving a Copayment

Many healthcare facilities and physicians waive the insurance copayment for physicians and their families (known as professional courtesy) or other patients. Yet, despite how prevalent the practice is and the limited...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 16: So What, Exactly, is an “Offer of Coverage”?

Whether an employer makes the requisite offer of group health plan coverage is critical to the application of the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility rules as reflected in final implementing regulations...more

CMS Approves Pennsylvania’s Medical Assistance (Medicaid) Waiver

CMS approved Pennsylvania’s Medical Assistance (“Medicaid”) waiver request entitled Healthy Pennsylvania (“Waiver” or “Healthy Pennsylvania”) by letter dated August 28, 2014. Governor Tom Corbett and the Pennsylvania...more

What's the Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid in the Context of Long-Term Care?

Although their names are confusingly alike, Medicaid and Medicare are quite different programs. Both programs provide health coverage, but Medicare is an “entitlement” program, meaning that everyone who reaches age 65 and is...more

Incurred Treatment

A recent Appeal decision by Director’s Delegate Evans provides some guidance on the requirement that treatment be “incurred” before it is payable under the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule, Accidents on or after November...more

Getting the Best Medical Care: a Newsletter from Patrick Malone - August 2014

In This Issue: - One Consumer's Story - Why Were You Denied? - Preparing for a Successful Appeal - Getting Help - Persistent Consumer Wins Big - Excerpt from Introduction: When Your Health Insurer...more

CMS, ONC Adopt EHR Standards Flexibility for Eligible Providers; Delay Start of Stage 3

On August 29, 2014, CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) issued a final rule adopting the agencies’ proposal to grant flexibility for eligible providers regarding which edition of certified EHR...more

Illinois Supreme Court Rules that Public Sector Retiree Health Subsidies are Constitutionally Protected Benefits

As covered in more detail in a separate alert, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled in Kanerva v. Weems by a 6-1 margin that state-subsidized retiree health coverage premiums are subject to the pension protection clause of the...more

OIG Advisory Opinion Approves Medigap Insurer’s Plan to Use Preferred Hospital Network

On August 25, 2014, the OIG released an advisory opinion declining to impose civil monetary penalties on a Medicare Supplemental Health Insurance – or Medigap – insurer that planned to discount inpatient hospital deductibles...more

California Legislative Update: August 2014

AB 2074 amends Section 1194.2 of the California Labor Code to allow an employee who alleges minimum wage violations to file suit for liquidated damages any time before the expiration of the statute of limitation on the...more

Efforts to Stop Health Insurance Fraud Through Use of Contractors Under Fire

In recent reports, from June 25, 2014 and August 13, 2014, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) highlights the mixed results achieved by the federal government's increased efforts to crack down on health insurance fraud...more

News from the Health Law Gurus™

Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Health System Network Affecting 4.5 Million Individuals – Community Health Systems, Inc. (“CHS”) reported this week that the information of approximately 4.5 million individuals has been affected by...more

Failure to Cover Applied Behavior Analysis for Autism Spectrum Disorder Violates Federal Mental Health Parity Law

Parents have searched for effective therapies for children with autism spectrum disorder. One therapy that has shown promise, at least for some children, is applied behavior analysis (“ABA”), which is an intensive behavioral...more

News from the Health Law Gurus™

News from the Health Law Gurus™ is a weekly summary of notable health law news from around the country with helpful links to related content. Check back every week for the latest health law news stories....more

Bundling Gains Momentum, Even as New Study Raises Questions

Health care cost bundling—the aggregating of all the costs of an episode of medical care into a single bill—seems to be here to stay. After all, it’s the way most all other billing is done. When your car is serviced, you...more

Missouri Insurance Department Reaches $7.8 Million Settlement with Anthem

The Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration (DIFP) recently announced that it has entered into a $7.8 million regulatory settlement with Healthy Alliance Life Insurance Co. and...more

Boehner Brings Suit Against Obama Regarding Employer-Mandate Delays

On Wednesday, July 30, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) moved to bring suit against President Barack Obama regarding employer-mandate delays as they pertain to the Affordable Care Act. The House voted along party lines...more

Monthly Benefits Update - July 2014

Two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on the validity of subsidies for the purchase of health insurance under the federal marketplace established pursuant to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On July 22, a...more

Does Medicare NOTICE Bill Miss the Point?

The bill would require hospitals to give meaningful notice to patients who have been assigned “observation” status for over 24 hours. Observation status is different from inpatient status under the rules of Medicare and other...more

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