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Health Care Update - July 2015 #3

ACA Repeal Votes Continue: As part of a rare Senate Sunday session to consider a bill to replenish the highway trust fund for six years, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) brought up an amendment to repeal the ACA—in...more

Changes and Challenges for Mental and Behavioral Health Providers

As Kentucky’s Senate Bill 192 highlights, coverage and treatment of substance abuse problems is dramatically changing as the current penal model is slowly being replaced with a treatment model. Even terminology for what has...more

Legislature Reins in Addiction Recovery Residences

Florida law makers have decided it is high time to stop allowing addiction recovery residences to operate without regulatory oversight. In its last session, the Florida Legislature passed a new law (CS/CS/HB 21) requiring...more

UCLA Health System announces data breach affecting 4.5 million patients and medical providers

Adding to the long list of cyber hacking victims, the UCLA Health System announced on Friday (July 17, 2015) that it confirmed on May 5, 2015 that a cyber-attacker had accessed parts of UCLA Health’s network back to September...more

Case Alert: Employee Unfairly Dismissed for Going to Work Smelling of Alcohol

What happened? In McElroy v Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, an Employment Tribunal decided that the summary dismissal of a healthcare assistant for coming to work smelling of alcohol was unfair. Mr McElroy was...more

Medication-Assisted Therapies, Behavioral Health Services Organizations and Issues Facing Behavioral Health Providers, Part Two

In addition to regulations regarding buprenorphine, the General Assembly passed a new law to bolster the ability of behavioral health providers to provide substance abuse disorder services and receive Medicaid reimbursement...more

Medication-Assisted Therapies, Behavioral Health Services Organizations and Issues Facing Behavioral Health Providers, Part One

Kentucky seems to be losing physicians who treat opioid addicted patients with buprenorphine therapy as tough new standards for prescribing the medication have been enacted by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure (“KBML”)....more

“Burt’s Law” Places New and Enhanced Responsibilities on Employees and Volunteers In Facilities Providing Care for Those with...

According to press reports across North Carolina, Burt Powell was a resident of a group home for adults with mental disabilities. His parents placed him in the facility to increase his chances of achieving a more independent...more

Kentucky’s Evolving Behavioral Health Providers

One of the most important effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) is the profound change in the coverage of behavioral health services. ...more

Coverage and Delivery of Adult Substance Abuse Services in Medicaid Managed Care

Medicaid’s role in purchasing and delivering substance abuse services is changing dramatically. Prior to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), most state Medicaid programs did not cover childless adults and...more

Manatt on Medicaid: State Strategies for Integrating Physical and Behavioral Health Services in a Changing Medicaid Environment

Medicaid plays a central role in financing mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) services, accounting for 26 percent of all spending on behavioral health services in this country. Medicaid beneficiaries with...more

DOT Updates Guidance On Substance Abuse Test Collections

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance, with the Office of General Counsel, has recently issued new guidance governing the collection process for substance abuse testing....more

Maine Legislature to Consider Employer Drug Policies

Over the next few months, the Maine Legislature will be considering substance abuse policy regulation. Senator Andre Cushing has introduced a bill, LD 1669, An Act To Standardize and Simplify the Process for Employers To...more

Final Mental Health Parity Rules Clarify Requirements Regarding Treatment Limitations and Plan Disclosure Obligations

On November 8, 2013, over three years after issuing interim final regulations, the Obama administration released final rules implementing the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of...more

SCC Rules On Random Alcohol Testing At Pulp And Paper Mill

On June 14, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada released its highly anticipated decision in Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, Local 30, v. Irving Pulp & Paper, Ltd., 2013 SCC 34....more

Veterans' Issues and How They May Impact Your Practice  [Video]

Whether you're focusing your practice on tax preparation; family law; personal injury; disability; criminal law or general litigation, you're likely to encounter a situation where your client is a veteran. Don't be alarmed,...more

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