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Cuban Refugees Are Waiting at the Border

Many Cubans who were making the long and dangerous trek through jungles and other countries to the United States before the inauguration of President Donald Trump on January 20 are waiting at the U.S. border for word from the...more

FSMB and ATA Documents Shed Light on States’ Views on Telemedicine

Over the past year, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) have published documents regarding telemedicine that shed some new light on how state regulatory bodies view...more

Alert: 2016 Round-Up: Key Decisions Affecting Connecticut Health Care Providers

Connecticut state and federal courts faced a number of significant health care issues last year. We have summarized those cases that we think are particularly relevant to Connecticut hospitals, group practices and individual...more

Does Payment of Attendant Care Require a Prescription?

In Thompson v. Int’l Paper Co., the N.C. Court of Appeals addressed whether attendant care prescriptions needed to be provided in writing....more

Fraud and Abuse Investigations Should be Taken Very Seriously

According to the United States Government, fraud and abuse recovery has an excellent return for each investment dollar spent. According to the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (HCFAC) Program Report,released by the...more

NC Fiduciaries Have a Duty to Explain Arbitration Agreements in Contracts

The Supreme Court of North Carolina recently issued an opinion that could have a substantial impact on the enforceability of arbitration agreements when a fiduciary relationship exists, particularly in the context of consumer...more

2016 Round-Up: Key Decisions Affecting Connecticut Health Care Providers

Connecticut state and federal courts faced a number of significant health care issues last year. We have summarized those cases that we think are particularly relevant to Connecticut hospitals, group practices and individual...more

New Hampshire Finalizes Opioid Prescribing Rules

New Hampshire is starting 2017 with stepped-up efforts to manage its oft-described opioid epidemic. Though the most recent regulations are directed at individual prescribers, and do not apply to the administration of opioids...more

Just What the Doctor Ordered: Package Insert Does not Establish Standard of Medical Care

Like most Americans, we like our doctor. We like doctors in general. We are not looking to start another song battle with our friends over at the Abnormal Use blog, like when we competed to name as many law songs as...more

CMS makes economics of primary care ACOs more appealing: Smith Anderson

As you may have read, accountable care organizations have met uneven success over the last several years. But, when they are broken down into categories, physician-sponsored ACOs have done better, particularly those with a...more

Feds Two-Step on Texas Sovereignty has Far-Reaching Compliance Implications

The recent federal grand jury indictment of 21 health care executives, investors, and physicians in connection with the now defunct Dallas-based Forest Park Medical Center effectively turned the Texas health care compliance...more

Failure to Plead Objective Falsity Dooms Cardiologist’s FCA Complaint

A number of recent FCA decisions have grappled with the question of objective falsity, particularly in the context of FCA claims where the alleged falsity is premised on a lack of medical necessity in connection with the...more

Federal Circuit Finds Infringement Under Akamai Of Two-Step Method Of Treatment

In Eli Lilly & Co. v. Teva Parenteral Medicines, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court decision finding infringement under Akamai of a two-step method of treatment when the prescribing information for the...more

Hold the Phone! The Joint Commission Reinstates Ban on Texting Orders

The Joint Commission (TJC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took a firm stance against physicians texting patient orders in a recent joint statement, clarifying that it is not acceptable for physicians...more

The Brave New World of Physician Medicare Payment: MACRA Makes Sweeping Changes

On November 14, 2016, CMS published its final rule implementing the physician payment provisions of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (“MACRA”). The rule became effective January 1, 2017. Data collection from...more

Health Law Insights: January Newsletter

ALERT: Health Reform Outlook for 2017: A Year of Major Uncertainty - Fulfilling their promises, Congressional Republicans moved to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the first day of the new Congress when Senate...more

Connecticut CON Task Force Issues Final Report

A major purpose of the Certificate of Need (“CON”) Task Force established by Governor Malloy last February was to deliver recommendations on how to improve the existing CON program in light of the evolving health care...more

Ringing in the Change

The UAE legal system has always adopted globally accepted best practices when it comes to the issue of drug abuse. This approach is again witnessed in the newly effected Federal Law No. 8 of 2016, the new drug law, amending...more

Direct Infringement Prong of 35 U.S.C. § 271(b) in a Hatch-Waxman Case May Be Satisfied When the Prescribing Physician Directs or...

On January 12, 2017, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s holding that, under Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc., 797 F.3d 1020, 1022 (Fed. Cir. 2015) (en banc), the acts of patients may be...more

Expansion of Practice Autonomy of Physician Assistants Summary

As part of a flurry of activity at the end of 2016, Public Act 379 was enacted by the Michigan legislature and signed by Governor Snyder. That Act amends various provisions of the Michigan Public Health Code (the “Code”)...more

MACRA Participation Simplified

2017 kicked off CMS’ payment reform, MACRA, a new law that fundamentally changes how Medicare pays physicians and other clinicians who participate in the program. There’s been a lot of buzz around MACRA and the impact it...more

Potential Implications to the ACA Under the Incoming Republican Administration – Part II: Physicians

In contemplating the ways in which physicians may be affected by the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—and certain features of any legislation that may replace it—a good place to start is with the person...more

DHS Announces Changes to U.S. & Cuba Migration Policies

On January 12, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced changes to the policies and regulations affecting Cuban nationals. DHS stated the “changes represent another important step in the normalization of...more

Washington Supreme Court Expands Physicians’ Duty to Third Parties

Most states have laws either requiring or permitting mental health professionals to disclose information about patients who may become violent. These voluntary or mandatory reporting laws require a balancing of the...more

The MACRA Final Rule: In Search of the “Goldilocks” Model

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (“MACRA”) Final Rule published late last year implements CMS’ new payment approach for physicians and other Medicare Part B eligible clinicians under the Merit-Based Incentive...more

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