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Making a Case for Sanctuary Hospitals

Last week, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a resolution in its House of Delegates, opposing the presence of federal Immigration & Customs Enforcement Agents (ICE) in hospitals, clinics, and outpatient centers....more

Department of Veterans Affairs Aims to Trump State Telemedicine Rules

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) is taking a significant step towards expanding needed services to Veterans by proposing a rule to preempt state restrictions on telehealth....more

Consumers beware: There’s lots of ugly in beauty products

The quest for beauty—whether skin deep or in the eye of the beholder—not only carries high costs. It also can be health risky. Jane Brody reminds us in the New York Times that due “to a lack of federal regulations, the...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decision in Protz Marks Major Change in Workers’ Compensation Law

Prior to June 20, 2017, a powerful tool was available to employers and workers’ compensation carriers to cap exposure on long term workers’ compensation claims. That tool, provided by the Act 44 amendments in 1996, was...more

IREs Held as Unconstitutional in Workers’ Compensation Cases

by Barley Snyder on

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court last week drastically altered the landscape for workers’ compensation carriers and created future uncertainties when it struck down aspects of the Workers’ Compensation Act....more

American Medical Association To Tackle Texting With Patients

by Roetzel & Andress on

This June, the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates will take up the issue of patient-physician texting at its annual meeting. With respect to physician-patient communications, the AMA has already issued...more

SC court awards Lowe's employee workers' comp disability benefits

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Employee disabilities are becoming a common issue that employers must address. Short- and long-term disability plans employers often make available to employees, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the varying...more

AMA Speaks Out Against Possible Settlement in Anthem/Cigna Antitrust Merger Litigation

by King & Spalding on

In a February 28, 2017 letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ), the American Medical Association (AMA) expressed concern regarding Anthem’s recent statements about a potential settlement with DOJ that would allow the...more

CMS Says MACRA Implementation Will Begin on January 1, 2017 but Physicians Can “Pick Their Pace of Participation”

by King & Spalding on

On September 8, 2016, CMS announced in a blogpost that new physician payment model reforms, established in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), will begin implementation on January 1, 2017, as...more

Health Care E-Note - August 2016

by Burr & Forman on

The Alabama Natural Death Act contains the provisions on how an individual may plan for end-of-life decisions. Specifically, it outlines the requirements for a valid Advanced Directive and the removal and withdrawal of life...more

AMA Adopts Ethical Guidelines for Telemedicine Providers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

At its annual meeting on June 13, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted ethical guidelines for the use of telemedicine, affirming the organization’s support of the use of telemedicine technologies within the confines...more

FDA Issues Final Guidance for General Wellness Devices

by Morgan Lewis on

The final guidance confirms FDA’s enforcement discretion for many fitness and wellness technologies but raises issues for certain testing services. On July 29, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the...more

Telemedicine Gains Further Acceptance

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Last month the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted ethical guidance related to the practice of telemedicine and telehealth which further expands upon the policy report on Coverage and Payment for Telemedicine [PDF] it...more

AMA Demands Appeals Process for Physician Payment Rates

by King & Spalding on

On June 14, 2016, during its annual meeting in Chicago, the American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates approved a resolution recommending the overhaul of CMS’s physician payment rate determination methodologies,...more

AMA Approves New Ethical Guidance Policy and Encourages Telemedicine Training for Students and Residents

by McDermott Will & Emery on

New Ethical Guidelines - On June 13, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a new ethical guidance policy governing the practice of telemedicine that will be published in the coming months. The policy is based on...more

CMS Redefines Alternative Payment Models and Offers Option for Merit-Based Incentive Payment System in New Proposed Rule

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is expected to drastically change how physicians are paid by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Under the proposed rule, physicians will be given the...more

Did drug maker fuel abuse by insisting that OxyContin works for 12 hours?

OxyContin in two decades not only has become a highly profitable, exceedingly popular prescription, it also has become one of the nation’s most abused painkillers-for a crucial reason, the Los Angeles Times says. The paper...more

Health Care Update - November 2015 #3

by Mintz Levin - ML Strategies on

Drug Pricing Issues Heat Up Following HHS Forum - Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hosted a forum on prescription drug costs which featured players from every corner of the industry, including...more

Health Alert (Australia) - November 23, 2015

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: -Judgments; Legislation; and Reports -Excerpt from Judgments: Commonwealth. Federal Court - 17 November 2015 - Burnett v Eastern Health [2015] FCA 1247 The Federal Court of Australia...more

Congress Takes Long Look at Proposed Health Insurance Mergers

by Baker Donelson on

While the Department of Justice Antitrust Division is responsible for reviewing the proposed Anthem/Cigna and Aetna/Humana mergers for any potential competitive concerns, Congress jumped into the process with both feet in...more

Navigating the Diagnostic Commercialization Process

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Guest Post By: Perry Dimas, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Premier Source, part of AmerisourceBergen The 2015 Business of Personalized Medicine Summit was an inspiring day with talented professionals. One...more

Yep, There’s a Billing Code for That

If you think you’re waiting even longer at your doctor’s office these days, you might be right. And it might be due to the overhaul of the medical billing code system that requires providers to enter an alphanumeric...more

Workers' Compensation Update Impairment Rating Evaluations

Last Friday, September 18, the Commonwealth Court issued an interesting decision invalidating Section 306 (a.2) of the PA Workers' Compensation Act dealing with Impairment Rating Evaluations (IREs), as an unconstitutional...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - September 2015 #3

by King & Spalding on

FDA and CDC Issue An Alert on Properly Cleaning Medical Devices – On September 11, 2015, the CDC and FDA issued a joint advisory alerting providers and facilities about properly cleaning medical devices, due to concern with...more

Washington Healthcare Update

by McGuireWoods LLP on

This Week: House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Legislation to Strengthen Medicaid Program Integrity and Fraud Controls... Bipartisan Senate Bill Introduced to Stop Anti-Competitive “Pay-For-Delay”...more

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