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Supreme Court to Hear Argument on California Law Requiring Pro-Life Clinics to Notify Patients of Abortion Services

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The United States Supreme Court is poised to hear a First Amendment case likely to determine the boundaries for government-imposed speech. Although the case arises in the controversial area of abortion rights, the outcome may...more

Supreme Court Denies Cert Petition in CareFirst v. Attias

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court of the United States denied certiorari in CareFirst v. Attias, a closely watched case that some thought provided the Court with an opportunity to clarify the standing analysis under Spokeo...more

Supreme Court Declines Review of Standing in Data Breach Class Actions

by Carlton Fields on

Counsel hoping for Supreme Court guidance on standing issues dividing the circuit courts will have to wait a bit longer. On February 20, the Court denied a petition for writ of certiorari in Attias v. CareFirst to resolve a...more

$50 Million Lawsuit Filed Against FDA

by Knobbe Martens on

On January 22, 2018, a $50 million lawsuit was filed against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the Central District of California. The complaint was filed by Semler Research Center Pvt. Ltd., a contract research...more

U.S. Supreme Court Watch: Whether to Resolve Circuit Split on Standing for Data Breach Plaintiffs

At its first conference this month, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether to weigh in on a Circuit split over standing to sue in the aftermath of a data breach. ...more

Religious Institutions Update: January 2018 - Lex Est Sanctio Sancta

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Timely Topics - By Shannon B. Hartsfield - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Jan. 18, 2018, the creation of a new division within its Office for Civil Rights (OCR). OCR is described...more

Tenth Circuit Answers Questions Left Open Following Supreme Court’s Advocate Health Network v. Stapleton Decision, Significantly...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Medina v. Catholic Health Initiatives, — F.3d —, 2017 WL 6459961 (10th Cir. Dec. 19, 2017), the Tenth Circuit held that a retirement plan sponsored by Catholic Health Initiatives (“CHI”), a...more

The Battle over Medicare's Treatment of Provider Taxes May be Coming to an End

by Baker Ober Health Law on

For much of the past decade, hospitals and CMS have battled over whether providers may claim, as Medicare reasonable costs, the full amount of provider tax assessments levied upon them by the states in which they operate. In...more

2018 Georgia Legislative Session Preview

by Dentons on

After clearing the cobwebs from the General Assembly's levers of power, Georgia lawmakers arriving in Atlanta today will find no shortage of thorny propositions awaiting them: budget priorities, rural development and...more

Inauspicious Debut for Depakote Plaintiffs’ First Amendment Argument

by Reed Smith on

We’ve been aware of the other side attempting to construct a First Amendment counter-argument to our preemption defense for some time. It first cropped up in a 2015 360 article by a P-side thought leader (no, not necessarily...more

Michigan Strikes Back . . . In Pennsylvania

by Reed Smith on

A (relatively) long time ago in a state not so far away, the Michigan Legislature enacted the Michigan Product Liability Act. It contained a provision providing the manufacturers of FDA-approved drugs with immunity from...more

Supreme Court of Georgia Upholds Constitutionality of Certificate of Need Statute

by Miller & Martin PLLC on

The Supreme Court of Georgia has rejected an outpatient surgery center’s constitutional challenge to the state’s Certificate of Need (“CON”) statute, Women’s Surgical Center, LLC, v. Berry. The applicable code section,...more

Standing Out

by Reed Smith on

Last month we brought you word of an excellent result (preemption) in a ridiculous case - a class action claiming that the drops in eye-drops are too big. That decision was in accord with an earlier decision likewise...more

Florida Supreme Court: Physicians' Peer Reviews Not Protected from Public Disclosure

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The Florida Supreme Court has reversed a decision of the Florida Second District Court of Appeal and held that an analysis of a medical malpractice claim sent by an attorney to an external medical review company in...more

The Past, Present, and Future of Government Regulation of Off-Label Communications – Part 5

In this post, I will be focusing on the intersection of off-label communications with government enforcement of health care fraud through the False Claims Act. Over the past eight years, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”)...more

California’s Drug Price Transparency Bill

by Knobbe Martens on

On October 9, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the new drug price transparency bill SB 17. The new law requires pharmaceutical companies to give 60 days’ notice to state and health insurers if they plan to raise...more

Illinois Supreme Court Grants Petition to Appeal Ruling on Constitutionality of Illinois Hospitals’ Property Tax Exemption Law

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Illinois hospitals continue to face uncertainty regarding the law under which they may seek exemption from property taxes. As reported in our March 30, 2017, Health Law Alert, the Illinois Supreme Court declined to rule on...more

Revoked: CMS's New Take on Record Retention and Access

Recently, we have noticed an alarming increase within the Spilman footprint of revocations by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") of physicians' Medicare billing privileges. In particular, CMS has been...more

In New York, It's a Crime to Help Someone Commit Suicide

by Melito & Adolfsen on

Everyone Has the Right to Refuse Life Saving Medical Treatment But New York Statutes Prohibiting Assisted Suicide Are Constitutional - Kirk Kekorian, a medical doctor, brought nationwide attention to the idea of assisting...more

Recent Arrest of Utah Nurse Causes a Necessary, but Unfortunate Policy Change for the Hospital

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

The Incident - On July 26, 2017, multiple media sources reported a head nurse in a Utah hospital’s burn unit was arrested for refusing to allow the taking of a blood sample by a University of Utah police officer from an...more

North Carolina Law Requires Nurses to Comply with Police Demand for Blood Draw

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

The drawing of blood by healthcare providers for law enforcement purposes has been big news lately. In June, the North Carolina Supreme Court held in a case of first impression that North Carolina’s implied consent statute...more

Cyber Briefing: Second “Envelope” Lawsuit Against Aetna, Yahoo to Answer for 1.5 Billion Hacked Accounts and Eighth Circuit...

As we head into the new week, here’s a quick summary of major data security developments from around the country. Aetna Hit With Second “Envelope” Lawsuit - Aetna Inc. is now facing a second lawsuit over the disclosure...more

D.C. Circuit Holds Cyber-Theft of Customers’ Medical Identifying Information Created Sufficient Increased Risk of Harm to...

Earlier this month, an appellate panel of the federal DC Circuit unanimously held that individuals affected by a healthcare insurer’s data breach in 2014 could pursue claims against the insurer stemming from the cyberattack....more

Ninth Circuit Victory Opens the Door to Medicaid Reimbursement Challenges Based on Equal Access Requirement

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Ninth Circuit held August 7 that the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary erred in approving a Medicaid State Plan Amendment (SPA) that cut reimbursement for outpatient hospital services in California by 10%...more

Recent 11th Circuit Decision Is a Victory for Health Care Providers Challenging Insurer Reimbursement Decisions and a Reminder of...

by K&L Gates LLP on

The existence and scope of assignments of benefits from patients to health care providers continues to be critically important to a provider’s ability to challenge an insurer’s reimbursement decision under the Employee...more

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