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California’s Surprise Medical Bill Statute: Part 1: Implications and National Trends

I. Executive Summary - On September 23, 2016, the California Legislature passed, and Governor Jerry Brown signed, Assembly Bill 72 (“the Law”), creating a new regime for the regulation of “surprise bills.” Surprise bills...more

Lessons Learned from FCA Settlement Involving Waiver of Medicare Coinsurance Amounts

The waiver of copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles owed by patients treated by out-of-network laboratories and other providers is a hot topic in the health care industry. Despite the near absence of clear legal...more

Healthcare Litigation - October 2016

Recently, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law “surprise medical bill legislation,” seeking to curb out-of-network medical bills. This law, designated AB 72, amends California’s Health and Safety Code to limit the...more

Continuing Assaults on Surprise Out-of-Network Bills

California struck the most recent blow against surprise out-of-network medical bills. Surprise bills are different from the bills you get when you knowingly choose an out-of-network provider. Those are painful, but they...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

California Clamps Down On Surprise Out-Of-Network Bills

On September 23, 2016, Governor Brown signed AB 72, California’s surprise out-of-network law. The bill protects patients who seek care at an in-network facility from balance billing by individual health care providers who are...more

California Targets Surprise Medical Bills, Follows on the Heels of New York and Florida

Governor Brown approved a new law last Friday that limits patient exposure to so-called surprise medical bills. AB 72 caps the cost-sharing obligations of patients who unexpectedly receive care from non-contracted providers...more

Physician Alert: CA Balance Billing Legislation Signed Into Law

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that is meant to address the issue of balance billing patients when they receive non-emergency medical services from an out-of-network physician at an in-network...more

California Joins New York and Florida, Passes Out-Of-Network Legislation

Last month the California legislature passed AB-72, which amends the Health & Safety Code to address reimbursement for out of network (OON) providers who provide services at in-network facilities, such as hospitals and...more

California puts curbs on surprise medical bills

Surprise! California lawmakers waited until the very end of their legislative session before joining an increasing number of states in protecting patients from unexpected out-of-network medical charges. As many as 70 percent...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - September 2016

The national uninsurance rate hits a record low; Georgia’s Chamber of Commerce outlines three Medicaid expansion proposals; and California legislation targets surprise medical bills. FEDERAL AND STATE MARKETPLACE...more

[Webinar] 28th Annual Employee Benefits Seminar - September 21st, 8:20am Central / 9:20am Eastern

Program Highlights Please join the Locke Lord Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group for our 28th annual employee benefits seminar via webinar.  Our attorneys will provide an overview of current developments...more

Client Alert: Florida: What the New Balance Billing Law Means for Physicians

This year two bills became law in Florida that are intended to equip Floridians with tools to make health care decisions based on cost and to protect them from significant unanticipated medical bills. The first (HB1175)...more

Waves of Guidance and Benefit Plan Developments Worth Watching

Notices on Second Round of Privacy and Security Audits are Out, Expat Plans, OON Surgery Center Billing Issues, and New Nondiscrimination Rules for Federal Contractors, New ERISA Civil Monetary Penalties, COBRA Notices and...more

Federal Government Sued Over Emergency Physician Reimbursement Policy

Emergency physicians have long alleged that health insurance companies are unfairly and inconsistently setting low out-of-network reimbursements for emergency care, and now they are imploring the federal government to do...more

Court Orders Cigna to Pay Out-of-Network Surgical Claims

On June 1, 2016, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas ordered Cigna to pay nearly $13.7 million to Humble Surgical Hospital, LLC (“Humble”). Of the nearly $13.7 million, almost $11.4 million...more

Employee Benefits Developments - May 2016

Agencies Issue New FAQs on the Affordable Care Act.The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (the agencies) issued another set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the implementation of...more

Health Care Providers Can Fight Back Against Insurer Recoupment Demands Using ERISA

In the daily skirmishes between health care providers and payors, this scenario is not uncommon: A health care provider renders services to a patient and submits a reimbursement claim to the patient’s insurer. The insurer...more

After New York, Florida Curbs Surprise Bills for Emergency and Out-of-Network Services

It is generally understood that if a managed care member utilizes the services of a non-participating provider, the member could incur significant out of pocket expenses. However, there are instances where a member may...more

New ACA, et. al. FAQs Cover Items From “Top” to “Bottom”

On April 20, the “Big Three” agencies (DOL, Treasury/IRS, and HHS) released another set of FAQs (the 31st, for those of you counting at home). Consistent with earlier FAQs, the new FAQs cover a broad range of items under the...more

HHS Sets New Requirements to Limit Surprise Medical Bills from Out-of-Network Providers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) recently released a final rule titled “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2017” (“Final Rule”)[1] that sets...more

New Affordable Care Act FAQs Released on Rescissions of Coverage, Preventive Care Mandate, Out-of-Network Emergency Service...

The U.S. Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of the Treasury (collectively, the “Departments”) have jointly issued a new set of answers to frequently asked questions about the...more

Insurer Actions Cut the Heart Out of Out-of-Network Providers

Aetna Life Insurance Company recently won a $37 million verdict against a group of Northern California surgical centers, Bay Area Surgical Management, LLC and its affiliates (collectively, Bay Area), for an alleged...more

Aetna vs. BASM: Pigs Get Fat and Hogs Get Slaughtered

On April 13, 2016, a jury in Santa Clara, California awarded Aetna, Inc. $37.4 million from Bay Area Surgical Management, LLC (“BASM”), six of its affiliated surgery centers and its three principals. Aetna had accused the...more

Court Rules Hospitals Must Exhaust HHS Administrative Appeals Process for Medicare Advantage Out-of-Network Payment Dispute

According to a Georgia federal district court ruling issued on February 11, 2016, a group of hospitals must exhaust their out-of-network Medicare Advantage (MA) payment dispute through the Department of Health and Human...more

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