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Firm Profile: Akerman LLP
Three Brickell City Centre
98 Southeast Seventh Street
Miami, FL 33131, United States
Contact: Kirk S. Davis, Chair, Healthcare Practice Group
Phone: 305.374.5600
Fax: 305.374.5095
Areas of Practice
  • Health
Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • California
  • Colorado
  • D.C.
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Nevada
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin
Number of Attorneys
400+ Attorneys

Derailing the Gravy Train – Trump Unveils Plan to Reduce Drug Prices

Throughout his presidential campaign, President Trump championed the need to allow the government to negotiate drug prices on behalf of the Medicare program. However, that third rail for pharmaceutical companies was not included…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

California Attorney General Brings Action Against Sutter Health Contending its Contracting Practices Violate the Antitrust Laws

The California Attorney General recently filed a precedent-setting antitrust action against Sutter Health, the largest health system in Northern California (People of the State of California v. Sutter Health, Case No…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Consumer Protection, Health

Health Insurers Contend Allergy Test Maker’s Antitrust Claims Make No Economic Sense – Seek Early Dismissal on that Basis

Three health insurers accused of having violated the antitrust laws in Academy of Allergy & Asthma in Primary Care v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, et al. (Eastern District of Louisiana), have filed motions seeking a…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Consumer Protection, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

GDPR: What You Need to Know Now

It is safe to say that there has been much fear and confusion over the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Rule, or GDPR…more
 /  Health

Reversal of Fortune: Rhode Island Court Withdraws “Tentative” Decision to Grant Summary Judgment to Health Insurer in Health System Antitrust Case and Sets Matter for Trial

In what was a surprise result, on April 23, Judge William Smith (Chief Judge of the District of Rhode Island) reversed the “tentative” decision he had announced last November, in Stewart Health v. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection, Health

Courts May Now Stop Medicare from Recouping Payments

In recent years, many Medicare providers who have received significant overpayment determinations from Medicare contractors have gone out of business while waiting to be heard before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) for a…more
 /  Administrative Law, Government Contracting, Health

Partial Summary Judgment Granted to Plaintiffs in the In re Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation MDL Proceeding

On April 5, United States District Judge David Proctor (N.D. Alabama) granted partial summary judgment to the plaintiffs in the In re Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation, ruling that a network of trademark licensing…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Consumer Protection, Health

Outpatient Surgery Center Avoids Dismissal of Antitrust Action Through an Assist from the DOJ

In 2012, Marion Healthcare, an outpatient surgery center in southern Illinois, commenced an antitrust action against Southern Illinois Healthcare (“SIH”), a multi-hospital system operating in the same market…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Consumer Protection, Health

Class III Hospital Permits – Efficient Drug Management May Become a Reality

At the close of the 2018 session, the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill (SB) 675, which if allowed to become law by the Governor, will help hospitals and their facilities that are under common control manage their patients’…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Health

New Jersey Congressman Calls for a Hearing on the Proposed Cigna/Express Scripts Merger

Recently, Cigna announced its plan to purchase pharmacy benefit manager (“PBM”) Express Scripts. In a March 14, 2018 letter to the chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Gregory Walden (R-Oregon), Congressman Frank…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Health, Mergers & Acquisitions

Florida Clinic License Exemptions Subject to Change

Holders of Florida healthcare clinic license exemptions take note. Exemption certificates, which currently bear no expiration date, will expire every two years if a bill recently passed by the Florida Legislature becomes law…more
 /  Health

Cigna Announces Proposed Acquisition of Express Scripts, Quickening the Pace of Vertical Mergers in the Healthcare Industry

Late last year, CVS and Aetna announced a merger, combining one of the nation’s largest health insurance companies and a large PBM, that being CVS’ Caremark division. The trend continues, as on March 8, Cigna announced its…more
 /  Health, Mergers & Acquisitions

House Judiciary Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Proposed CVS/Aetna Merger

On February 27, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law held a hearing to consider the implications of the proposed CVS/Aetna merger. The transaction, valued at approximately $69…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Consumer Protection, Elections & Politics, Health, Mergers & Acquisitions

CMS Expands Reimbursement for Telehealth Services

Despite telehealth’s significant expansion over the past ten years, it has been plagued by a historically unstable regulatory and reimbursement landscape…more
 /  Government Contracting, Health

New Consequences for Unpaid Medicare Overpayments

For years, CMS has had the authority to refuse to enroll new Medicare providers if they or their owners have an unpaid Medicare overpayment, but CMS was not exercising this authority. Now, it appears that CMS is going to start…more
 /  Government Contracting, Health
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