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Massachusetts Proposed Legislation to Curb Health Care Costs by Regulating Hospital Reimbursement Rates

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In a previous blog post, we began to dissect the new Massachusetts State Senate bill, “An Act Furthering Health Empowerment and Affordability by Leveraging Transformative Health Care,” and focused on a provision that would...more

A Legal and Commercial Checklist for Bankable Solar EPC Contracts: A Developer’s Guide

Large-scale solar development is big business, and solar EPC Contracts are big business by association. In Q2 2017, the U.S. solar market installed 2,387 MWdc, an 8% increase year-over-year, and the largest second quarter...more

Value-based health care: provider integration

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

John Chesley, Ropes & Gray health care partner, addresses developments for providers to consider as they join together and move towards value-based health care models....more

White House Issues Interim Guidance Memo on Implementation of "Two-for-One" Executive Order On Regulations, Invites Public Comment

by Bracewell LLP on

On February 2, 2017, the Acting Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (“OIRA”) issued a guidance document (the “Interim Guidance”) intended to help clarify President Trump’s January 30, 2017...more

Claims Management versus Settlement: Cost Containment Strategies for the End of the Claim (Part 10 of 10) | CSH Law NC Workers'...

This final segment in this “Cost Containment Strategies” Blog series addresses strategies for the end of the worker’s compensation claim. The considerations at this point in the claim are typically whether to keep the claim...more

The Supreme Court Strikes Down the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

While the Court’s decision marks a symbolic defeat for EPA, it may not significantly alter power plant operators’ compliance efforts. In a much anticipated decision delivered on the last day of the term, the Supreme...more

Will Personalized Medicine Survive Alternative Payment Models?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

There is no doubt that health care costs in the United States are rising. According to a recent study published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, personal health care expenditures in the United States...more

The Cost of a Data Breach

by LeClairRyan on

In 2014, the Ponemon Institute published the 2014 Cost of Data Breach Study that includes interesting cost information related to remediation efforts undertaken by 61 companies that operate in the United States....more

Abbott v. Banner Health Network - Hospitals Cannot Place Liens on AHCCCS Patients’ Third Party Recoveries

The Arizona Court of Appeals recently handed down this decision holding that hospitals that accept payment from the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (“AHCCCS”) for services to AHCCCS patients cannot later impose or...more

Anatomy of an Independent Primary Care ACO – Part II

by Smith Anderson on

Our Secret Weapon and Our Biggest Disappointment - In our last column, we highlighted the Rio Grande Valley Health Alliance, an accountable care organization in McAllen, Tex., composed of 14 independent primary care...more

What Ails the Large Law Firm? Will the Real FutureFirm Please Stand Up

by William Henderson on

What Ails Big Law?” was written in the early summer of 2009, shortly after the completion of FutureFirm 1.0 — a “collaborative competition” in which teams of law firm partners, in-house lawyers, and junior associates competed...more

Sold-Out RGGI Auction Triggers Cost Containment Reserve (Which Sells Out, Too)

Last week’s auction of CO2 allowances by the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) was the 23rd in the program’s history, but the first auction under the new RGGI rules and reduced cap. The new rules undoubtedly explain...more

California Court Denies Summary Judgment on Known Conditions Exclusion

In its recent decision in Lennar Mare Island v. Steadfast Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26405 (E.D. Cal. Feb. 28, 2014), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California had occasion to consider the...more

Seven Things You Should Know About Arbitration Clauses

by Goodwin on

Arbitration clauses are routinely added to commercial contracts, but often with very little reflection on the many strategic and tactical issues that should be considered. Further, there is a great deal of misunderstanding of...more

ESI & Electronic Discovery - October 3, 2013

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

The emergence of mid-size firms outside the major metropolitan areas as players in the Ediscovery market is coming. Clients who are tired of soaring document hosting and review costs associated with Big Data will appreciate...more

Healthcare Law -- May 21, 2013

Clearing up the Rumors around Health Reform Delays: What Really Happened, What Won’t and Steps Employers and Insurers Can Take Now - Rumors are flying in health policy circles that the Obama Administration might delay...more

In Site Spring 2013

by K&L Gates LLP on

Welcome to the Spring edition of In Site. This edition covers the following topics: - A brief overview of the “Jackson cost reforms” to civil litigation which came into force on 1 April 2013 - A note of the...more

Despite the ACA’s Cost-Saving Measures, Modest Increases in Health Care Costs Unlikely to Continue

Earlier this week, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Altarum Institute’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending published an analysis of the recent slowdown in health care spending. The study asserts that macroeconomic...more

Budgeting for Litigation

Now, more than ever, businesses are confined by their budgets. Long gone are the days of the blank check for many business expenses, and that includes litigation. If businesses need to live by budgets, so to should the law...more

M*A*S*H and Triage in Your FCPA Investigation Protocol

by Thomas Fox on

One of the things that I learned from the television series M*A*S*H was the need for triage. In the hospital setting, triage is the process of determining the priority of patients’ treatments based on the severity of their...more

Jackson Reform Implementation Imminent

by Reed Smith on

Billed as the most wide-ranging changes to the civil litigation system since 1999, radical reforms following a review by Lord Justice Jackson will come into effect in England and Wales on 1st April 2013....more

Arbitration or Arbitrary? A Guide to Help You Decide Whether to Arbitrate Construction Disputes

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

When will mankind be convinced and agree to settle their difficulties by arbitration? - Benjamin Franklin As a general rule, I am almost convinced that all disputes in the construction context should be settled by...more

LPOs Stealing Deal Work from Law Firms

by Bloomberg Law on

Feb. 8 (Bloomberg Law) -- Legal process outsourcers (LPOs) and other alternative legal service providers are beginning to take the bread-and-butter of large law firms -- handling whole mergers and acquisitions, not just the...more

A Better 2012 for BigLaw (With Big Asterisks)

by Bloomberg Law on

Feb. 7. (Bloomberg Law) -- Law firm profits at a selection of the nation's largest firms increased by 4.3 percent in 2012, but "we do have some concerns about what drove the results," Dan DiPietro, chairman of Citi Private...more

Law Prof: Schools May Close if 2-Year Program Adopted

by Bloomberg Law on

Jan. 25 (Bloomberg Law) -- A proposal to allow students to leave law school after two years, take the bar and practice could lead to fewer law schools, according to one of its authors, Professor Samuel Estreicher of New York...more

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