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Health Alert (Australia) - May 4, 2015

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports & Publications. Excerpt from Reports & Publications: Queensland. Office of the Health Ombudsman 24 April 2015 - Health Ombudsman releases third...more

MACRA Brings Modifications to the Recovery Audit Program

This is the second K&L Gates Health Care Client Alert discussing the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015” (MACRA), signed into law by President Barack Obama on April 16, 2015. This alert focuses on...more

CMS Issues Proposed Rule Raising Hospice Provider Payments in FY 2016

On April 30, 2015, CMS issued a proposed rule that would give hospices serving Medicare beneficiaries an estimated 1.3 percent ($200 million) increase in their FY 2016 payments. Comments on the proposed rule are due by June...more

HIPAA “Phase 2” Audits: Are You Ready?

The Civil Rights Office of the Department of Health and Human Services announced a “Phase 2” audit program in the Fall of 2014. That audit program was delayed due to funding issues, but appears to be back on schedule for...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: House E&C Releases Discussion Draft of 21st Century Cures Legislation Ahead of Legislative Hearing... FDA Finalizes Biosimilar Guidance Documents... CMS Updates Wage Index and Payment Rates for the Medicare Hospice...more

Proposed GME Legislation Looks to Increase Residency Slots

Last week, new bi-partisan legislation was introduced to increase the number of graduate medical education (GME) slots over the next five years at teaching hospitals and academic medical centers. If passed, the Resident...more

CMS Issues Meaningful Use Stage 3 Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published a proposed rule (Proposed Rule) implementing Stage 3 of the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) Incentive Programs (Meaningful Use...more

Study: breast cancer often misdiagnosed in early stages

Misdiagnosis is a problem that continually plagues the U.S. healthcare system. A medical malpractice lawyer in Illinois often sees patients who are told that they don’t have a disease only to learn later that they have...more

3D Printing Medical Devices

The recent news that certain Lowe’s stores will offer customers the ability to custom-make 3D printed items has garnered a lot of attention. But perhaps even more exciting is that 3D printing (also known as additive...more

EEOC Issues Proposed Regulations On Wellness Programs

Last week, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) officially published proposed regulations that provide employers guidance on implementing wellness programs that comply with the Americans with Disabilities...more

All or Nothing: Federal Court Decides Exclusion from ‘Some’ Patients Insufficient for Refusal to Deal Claim

A federal district court in the Eighth Circuit dismissed claims brought against a physician-hospital organization and an insurer alleging that the defendants violated federal antitrust laws by refusing to deal with certain...more

Spotlight on Responsibility and Accountability: OIG’s New Compliance Guidance for Health Care Governing Boards

On April 20, 2015, the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources (“OIG”), in collaboration with the American Health Lawyers Association, the Association of Healthcare Internal...more

Meaningful Use Stage 3 Proposed Rule: Security Risk Analysis and Patient Access

Where HIPAA and Meaningful Use intersect, does the newly released Meaningful Use Stage 3 proposed rule provide greater clarity or create more confusion? As discussed in our earlier advisory, the Meaningful Use Stage 3...more

Telemedicine in Texas: New requirements approved by Texas Medical Board

Compliance with telemedicine rules are tricky these days, as many individual state medical boards regulate the practice of telemedicine within state borders. It is important to keep track of the changing laws related to...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - April 2015 #4

CMS Announces Round 1 2017 DMEPOS Competitive Bidding System – On April 21, 2015, CMS announced plans for a new bidding process for the supplier contracts awarded in the Round 1 Recompete of the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding...more

Hospitals Are Still In The OFCCP's Crosshairs

On February 12, 2015, U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) underscored its intent to continue to scrutinize hospitals, including nonprofit hospitals. The OFCCP found that Lahey Clinic...more

Digital Health Investment Maintains Momentum in 2015

Digital health investment is off to a healthy start in 2015 with our friends at Rock Health reporting more than $630 million invested in the first quarter. Fenwick clients Augmedix and Centrillion Technology Holdings received...more

FDA Finalizes Key Guidance Documents on Biosimilars

On the heels of its approval of the first biosimilar product in March, FDA has just released final versions of three key biosimilar guidance documents under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA). The...more

ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting Highlight: “Antitrust & Health Care: Square Peg in a Round Hole?”

In this month’s American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, the program “Antitrust & Health Care: Square Peg in a Round Hole?” featured debate and discussion about antitrust law treatment of health...more

"Defamation Claims Brought by Texas Health Care Providers Will Be Subject to Anti-SLAPP Act Requirements"

Health care providers should keep in mind that virtually any suit alleging defamation or other harm from a “communication” relating to the provision of services by a health care professional will be subject to the demanding...more

HHS Issues Proposed Rule for Stage 3 of EHR Incentive Program

On March 30, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) published its proposed rule for Stage 3 the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program (the “EHR Program”). The EHR Program is a three stage program that...more

Blog: Lawmakers Release New Version Of 21st Century Cures Legislation

Yesterday, a bipartisan group of representatives from the House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee released a new discussion draft of the 21st Century Cures initiative. ...more

Manatt on Medicaid: Montana Governor Signs Act to Expand Medicaid

On April 29, 2015, Montana Governor Steve Bullock signed Senate Bill 405, referred to as the Montana Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership Act (HELP Act), which expands Medicaid to cover an estimated 70,000 new adults....more

CMS Amends Ruling 1498-R Regarding Remedy for Recalculation of Medicare DSH Payment Adjustments

On April 22, 2015, CMS issued Ruling 1498-R2 (the Revised Ruling), a modification of the prior ruling governing Medicare Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payment adjustments. The Revised Ruling addresses the...more

When plastic surgery goes wrong?

In 2012, over 14.6 million plastic surgery procedures were performed in the U.S., according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Many people here in Illinois undergo these procedures to improve their appearance or...more

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