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CMS Proposes Changes to Sunshine Act Reporting

Drug and device manufacturers breathing a sigh of relief after completing their 2013 data submissions under the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (the “Sunshine Act’) must now contend with four proposed changes to the Sunshine...more

California Court Limits Liability for Loss of Certain Patient Information under CMIA

California appellate courts are clarifying potential liability under California’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act, Cal. Civ. Code § 56 et seq. (“CMIA”) of health care providers, health plans, pharmaceutical...more

OIG issues Special Fraud Alert on laboratory payments to referring physicians

The Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently issued a Special Fraud Alert on laboratory payments to referring physicians. Specifically, the alert is concerned with Specimen Processing...more

Torts – Standard for Elder Abuse v. Professional Negligence

Gregory Worsham v. O’Connor Hospital, et. al. - Court of Appeal, Sixth District (May 20, 2014) - The Elder Abuse Act (“Act”) does not apply to simple or gross negligence by health care providers. This case...more

Fair Share Fees Unconstitutional in the Public Sector? Not So Fast

The United States Supreme Court has been issuing employment-law related decisions like a boss over the past week or so. Many observers thought that the Court's decision in Harris v. Quinn, a case examining the...more

Health Alert (Australia) - July 7, 2014

In This Issue: Judgments, Legislation, and Reports. Excerpt from Reports: Australia. Department of Health & Ageing Media releases ..3 July 2014 - Fighting mosquito-borne diseases in Queensland....more

Begin Preparing for Pennsylvania’s Enforcement of Act 122

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (“DOH”) Bureau of Laboratories (“Bureau”) recently announced that it will begin to phase-in enforcement of Act 122, which amended the Pennsylvania Clinical Laboratory Act (“Lab Act”),...more

Arbitrator may order change to hours, location of doctor who sexually-harassed hospital nurse

Where a doctor has sexually harassed a nurse, a labour arbitrator has authority to decide how close the doctor should be able to work with the nurse, and under what conditions, an Ontario arbitrator has decided....more

OIG Special Fraud Alert on Laboratory Payments to Referring Physicians

On June 25, 2014, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a Special Fraud Alert titled “Laboratory Payments to Referring Physicians” in which it addresses compensation arrangements and potential anti-kickback statute...more

OIG Issues Special Fraud Alert About Laboratory Payments to Referring Physicians

On Wednesday, June 25, 2014, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a Special Fraud Alert (the Alert) addressing compensation paid by laboratories to referring physicians. The latest in a series of guidance documents...more

OIG Issues Special Fraud Alert Regarding Laboratory Payments To Referring Physicians

On June 25, 2014, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General ("OIG"), issued a Special Fraud Alert that addressed its concerns about compensation paid by clinical laboratories...more

OIG Issues Special Fraud Alert on Lab/Physician Arrangements

The Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) has issued another Special Fraud Alert, this time specifically targeting a recent trend in arrangements between laboratories and physicians. The alert describes two types of...more

Healthcare Law: What Every Provider Should Know

Healthcare is an incredibly broad, diverse and dynamic industry. Because of the breadth in the field, providers are surrounded by a wide array of legal issues relating to: employment contracts, taxes, business structure,...more

OIG Publishes Special Fraud Alert Regarding Laboratory Payments To Referring Physicians – Some Arrangements May Violate the...

The laboratory market has become quite competitive in recent years, raising compliance concerns and investigations into lab relationships with referring physicians. Accordingly, on June 25, 2014, the OIG released a Special...more

OIG Releases Special Fraud Alert on Laboratory Payments to Physicians

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a Special Fraud Alert regarding laboratory payments to referring physicians. The Special Fraud Alert reaffirms OIG’s...more

Immigration Options for the Employment of International Physicians

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will do many things to alter health care delivery in the United States. One thing it will not do, however, is significantly increase the supply of physicians. The new law calls...more

Home Health Face-to-Face: Continuing Deficiencies and Possible Relief

The Affordable Care Act mandates that a Medicare beneficiary have a “face-to-face” (F2F) encounter with a physician before the physician can certify that the patient is homebound and in need of skilled care and thus qualifies...more

Snapshot of Sunshine Rules in EU Countries for The Pharmaceutical Industry

Since the enactment of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (US Sunshine Act) by the United States, a number of EU Member States have adopted similar rules or strengthened pre-existing regulation in order to improve the...more

Lawsuit Against Medtronic Alleges Racketeering Over Infuse Bone Graft

When one big industry sues another we learn a lot about how business as usual is conducted. In this case Humana, a giant health insurer, has sued the medical device company Medtronic, maker of the Infuse bone graft. ...more

The Doctor May NOT Be In!

Traditionally, parents encouraged the next generation to seek careers as doctors or lawyers – not only the most prestigious but also, at that time, the most lucrative. However, in today’s world, particularly from the...more

Physician Owned Distributorship Concerns Continue to Make News

On June 17, 2014, Southern California Public Radio affiliate KPCC broadcasted a report about physician-owned distributors of implantable medical devices (“PODs”) and the legal and ethical concerns that are raised when POD...more

OIG: Medicare Inappropriately Paid for 2010 E/M Services Claims - Physicians should expect higher scrutiny on Medicare claims...

Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson with the Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) recently issued a startling report explaining that Medicare inappropriately paid $6.7 billion for claims for E/M Services in 2010. These...more

Health Care E-Note - June 19, 2014

In This Issue: - Report Ranks U.S. Last Out of 11 in Health Care System Quality - Analysis Identifies Un-Tracked Avoidable Hospital Complications - Number of Doctors Employed by Hospitals Grew 34% Over 10...more

Risk Taking in the Provider World: Is a Knox-Keene Plan a Good Strategic Move For You?

Reimbursement for health care services in California continues its shift toward capitation, resulting in health care providers increasingly forming their own health plans under the Knox Keene Health Care Service Plan Act (the...more

Loose Lips Sink Ships and Careless E-mails Torpedo a Transaction

Federal antitrust laws prohibit hospital systems, like other businesses, from using a dominant market position to exclude competitors and restrain trade. Recently, e-mail communications exchanged between a...more

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