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Health Care Mergers Come Under Scrutiny

In July, 2015, Aetna struck a deal to buy Humana for $37 billion, which would cover 33 million members. Merging with Humana would give Aetna more than one-quarter of the total Medicare Advantage market, analysts say. In...more

Recent Developments in Massachusetts Health Policy

Building on the momentum of early October hearings on the state’s growing health care expenditures, the Health Policy Commission (HPC), the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, Governor Charlie Baker, and others spent...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - October 2015 #3

Arizona seeks Medicaid Waiver to implement new coverage restrictions for Medicaid expansion enrollees and delivery system reform; Tennessee’s uninsured rate continues to drop; and Louisiana gubernatorial candidates line up...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - September 2015 #5

New study shows Marketplace premiums parallel the employer market; Montana likely to select a private insurer to administer benefits to its Medicaid expansion population; and Washington’s Exchange customers will begin paying...more

Health Alert (Australia) - September 28, 2015

In This Issue: -Judgments; Legislation; and Reports In This Issue: -Judgments; Legislation; and Reports Australia Federal Court Alphapharm Pty Ltd v H Lundbeck A/S [2015] FCAFC...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - September 2015 #4

The Massachusetts Marketplace takes steps to ease consumer confusion by reducing choice among QHPs; North Carolina appears poised to pass Medicaid reform legislation; and bipartisan support is gaining for defining businesses...more

HHS Proposes Rules for Nondiscrimination in Health Care

On September 8, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) proposed new regulations implementing Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). Section 1557 prohibits...more

Illinois Enacts Patient Notification Requirement for Observation Stays

Illinois joins a growing number of states to pass laws requiring that hospitals provide notice to patients who are placed under observation status. 210 ILCS 86/6.09b As with the recent federal NOTICE Act, the laws respond to...more

Precision Medicine - Even Medicare Will Pay for It!

President Barack Obama announced in his 2015 State of the Union address that he was introducing a new Precision Medicine Initiative, supported with over $200 million in the proposed 2016 federal budget. "Precision Medicine"...more

Third Cir. Holds Hospitals May Sue Health Insurers Directly

Before September 11 the Third Circuit Court of Appeals had been out of step with its sister federal circuits when it came to the right of hospitals, physicians and other health providers to sue health insurers that failed to...more

The Insidious Myth of Tort Reform | Medical Malpractice

We all have the right to safety, to know that if we are harmed, those responsible will be held accountable, regardless of their occupation. For years, insurance companies and lobbyists have tried to sway state legislators and...more

Take 2: A lesson from the healthcare industry

There are certain mistakes made by doctors or other healthcare professionals that result in the need for further treatment. An example is sponge that is left behind during surgery, which generally necessitates further...more

Health Alert (Australia) - August 24, 2015

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgements: Victoria 17 August 2015 - Bourke v Coroners Court [2015] VSC...more

Waivers of Co-Pays and Deductibles: Insurance Benefit Exclusions Grow

Recent changes to policy and plan language and increased litigation by third-party payers suggests that out-of-network providers who waive co-pays and deductibles may be in for some rough sailing. Providers must be aware of...more

Senate Passes NOTICE Act Regarding Observation Care

On July 29, 2015, the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication of Care Eligibility (NOTICE Act) was approved by the U.S. Senate. The law will require hospitals to provide written notification to patients within 24...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: CMS Releases Guidance on Fast Track Process for 1115 Waivers for Medicaid and CHIP... CEO Sends Letter to State Insurance Commissioners Concerning 2016 Premium Decisions... Medicare Board of Trustees...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - July 2015

CMS Reopens Attestation Period For First-Time Hospitals Until August – CMS recently announced that eligible hospitals participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program for the first time in 2015 may...more

Health Update - July 2015

Lessons From the Frontlines: Strategies for Supporting Informed Consumer Decision-Making in the Health Insurance Marketplace - Editor's Note: As marketplaces prepare for the third open enrollment period, consumers are...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - July 2015 #3

In quick succession, governors in Alaska and Utah announce Medicaid expansions this week; Iowa is transitioning its expansion away from the Marketplace to Medicaid managed care, for now; and, HHS extends its exception to...more

Delivery System Reform 2.0: Scaling Alternative Payment Models is the New Normal

For some health care providers, a pair of recent announcements made by the Obama Administration to implement mandatory alternative payment models (APMs) for home health value-based purchasing and bundled payments for hip and...more

GAO Recommends Congress Reduce Incentives for Prescribing 340B Drugs

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report entitled “Medicare Part B Drugs: Action Needed to Reduce Financial Incentives to Prescribe 340B Drugs at Participating Hospitals” (“the...more

Telemedicine Practice and Remote Prescribing in Delaware

Note: This is a companion piece to our parallel article discussing the various Delaware commercial insurance coverage requirements in the Act. Delaware Gov. Jack Merkell signed into law, on July 7, 2015, a bill...more

Health Alert (Australia) - July 6, 2015

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgments: Victoria. 26 June 2015 - Northern Health v Kuipers [2015] VSCA 172 - The Victorian Supreme Court has allowed an appeal...more

Connecticut Passes Law Imposing New Burdens On Health Insurance Companies

Public Act 15-146, "An Act Concerning Hospitals, Carriers and Health Care Consumers," was signed into law by Governor Malloy on June 30, 2015 and will have a significant impact on health insurance companies in Connecticut....more

China Issues New Guiding Opinions for Public Hospital Reform

Recently, the General Office of the State Council published the Guiding Opinions on Pilot Comprehensive Reform of Urban Public Hospitals, which took effect on 6 May 2015. The Guiding Opinions give directions for the ongoing...more

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