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HMOs May Not Terminate Physicians for Recommending Out-of-Network Providers

Under a new Texas law, effective September 1, 2015, health maintenance organizations (HMOs) can no longer terminate a physician from their networks solely because the physician informs his or her patients about the full range...more

Lack of Proximate Cause for Failure to Warn Nets a Directed Verdict

A week ago, in a post-script to a post on Daubert decisions, we reported that the trial court in Hexum v. Eli Lilly & Co., No. 2:13-cv-02701-SVM-MAN, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 109737 (C.D. Cal. Aug. 18, 2015), had granted...more

Proposed Changes to Stark Rule Would Create New Hospital Exceptions and Lessen Burden of Self-Disclosures

In a development that is limited in scope but still welcomed by hospitals, the proposed 2016 Physician Fee Schedule proposes a number of new exceptions to the physician self-referral or Stark law and other refinements that...more

Court Rejects Claim that a Doctor’s Loss of Privileges is an Antitrust Injury

A federal appeals court held that a doctor who lost his privileges at a local hospital failed to establish an antitrust injury sufficient to confer standing under the Sherman Act. The United States Court of Appeals for the...more

Breaking News: Proposed 340B Omnibus Guidance Released

The Health Resources and Services Administration (“HRSA”) released an advanced copy of its long-awaited proposed 340B Omnibus Guidance (“Guidance”) today. The document can be found here. Polsinelli is currently reviewing the...more

CMS Seeks Feedback on Home Health Face-to-Face Encounter Clinical Templates

CMS is inviting comments on voluntary home health electronic and paper “progress note” templates intended to assist physicians with documenting a face-to-face examination for purposes of the Medicare home health benefit....more

Conscience Clauses for Health Care Providers

There has been a lot of news lately about a person’s right to decline to provide a service to another for reasons of conscience. For example, after the U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding marriage equality, the N.C....more

Proposed 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Includes Changes to Stark Regulations

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") recently released the proposed 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (the "Proposed Rule"), which includes a number of proposed revisions to the regulations under the...more

The 60 Day Rule — Identification and Knowing Avoidance

On August 3, 2015, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued an opinion and order in Kane v. Healthfirst, Inc., et al.[1] that provides the first judicial interpretation of the requirement...more

Corridors September 2015 - News for North Carolina Hospitals

This article will provide an outline of some of the most significant points for hospitals to use when confronted with a formal government investigation under the Criminal or Civil False Claims Act. As noted below, you should...more

The Health Law Guide to Hospital Operations

This operations guide provides a brief look at health law issues hospitals deal with on a daily basis. While a detailed coverage of the elements, drafting, implementation and continued governance of a hospital compliance...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: FDA Begins Device User Fee Talks with Patients and Consumers Sept. 15... CMS Extends Partial Enforcement Delay of Two-Midnight Policy Through 2015... Alaska Legislature Sues Governor Over Medicaid Expansion....more

The Difficulty Of Challenging FCA Fine As Excessive

Last month, in U.S. ex rel. Drakeford v. Tuomey, No. 13-2219, (4th Cir. July 2, 2015), the Fourth Circuit affirmed a False Claims Act verdict against a nonprofit hospital in Sumter, South Carolina. In an area of the law where...more

Preemption (and Other Things) Defanging Depakote Claims

It wasn’t a complete win, but the summary judgment outcome in Rheinfrank v. Abbott Laboratories, Inc., ___ F. Supp.3d ___, 2015 WL 4743056 (S.D. Ohio Aug. 10, 2015), has to put a spring in the step of the defendants as they...more

Central District of California "Discontinues" Much of Plaintiffs' Experts' Testimony in Cymbalta "Discontinuation Symptoms" Case

“I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV” – shorthand for “I am pretending to know what I’m talking about, but I really don’t.” We have blogged frequently about experts inclined to such pretense and about courts’ varying...more

Free Patient Parking May Trigger False Claims Act Violation

Who knew? When you park for free at your doctor’s office, you may be a pawn in a scheme to violate the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark Law, and the False Claims Act. It’s enough to make you sick....more

Two-Midnight Rule Update

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a further delay, through December 31, 2015, of the Recovery Auditors’ (RA) audits of the “Two-Midnight” Rule. Congress previously passed a law delaying...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. House District 19 Special Election - On November 3, 2015 the citizens of Sanford can take...more

CMS Stark Proposals Allow “Holdover” Arrangements and Signature Window

In July 2015, CMS released proposals to provide several new Stark Law exceptions and to clarify issues regarding existing exceptions. The full text of these proposal and CMS comments and explanations is available below....more

[Event] PSST! - Physician Strategies & Success Tools - Grand Rapids - Sept. 11th, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Registration & Continental Breakfast - 8:00AM Seminar - 8:30 - 11:00AM Topics will include: • Healthcare Contracting – Legal Issues and Practical Considerations • Clinical Integration – ACOs, Super Groups...more

Does the “No-Rehire” Provision in Your Settlement Agreement Restrain the Lawful Practice of a Profession?

When resolving an employment dispute, employers often wish to include a “no-rehire” provision in the settlement agreement. In a typical no-rehire clause, the parties agree that they wish to resolve their dispute and sever any...more

Another Delay for the Two-Midnight Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced, on August 12, 2015, that it has extended the enforcement delay of the controversial two-midnight rule governing short hospital stays until the end of the year....more

Antitrust Issues Facing Physicians in Medicaid and Professional Licensing

Physicians who were practicing in the 1990s were involved in numerous attempts to organize themselves in order to be able to participate in and even financially survive the onslaught of managed care delivery systems. The new...more

Florida Nursing Home Pays Record Settlement to Resolve Federal Anti-Kickback Case

In a recent case Hebrew Homes Health Network, Inc. and its former president and executive Director agreed to pay $17 million to settle allegations that Hebrew Homes violated the federal anti-kickback statute. According to the...more

Health Law Pulse - August 2015

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently issued a favorable advisory opinion (Advisory Opinion) to a nonprofit health system (System) and a nonprofit psychiatric hospital (Center) regarding a proposal whereby the...more

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