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Medical Futility

Medical Futility

Tracks judicial, legislative, policy, and academic developments concerning medical futility. By Professor Thaddeus Mason Pope.

http://medicalfutility.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 452

Health Law Prof Blog

Health Law Prof Blog

Edited by Katharine Van Tassel, Jennifer S. Bard, Leslie Francis, Nicole Huberfeld, Mary Munson, David Orentlicher, Frank Pasquale, Nicolas P. Terry and Vickie Williams.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/healthlawprof_blog/
  • Jan 23

    Raising the King v. Burwell Stake

    Raising the King v. Burwell Stake
    Cross-Posted from Bill of Health Today, the Washington Post ran an interview with Laurence Tribe about the King v. Burwell subsidy litigation (recall that oral arguments are scheduled for March 4). Tribe speculated that Chief Justice Roberts…
  • Jan 20

    2012 All Over Again

    2012 All Over Again
    In 2012, the Supreme Court heard two important Medicaid cases, one in January of 2012 pertaining to payment rates (Douglas v. ILC), and the other in March 2012 pertaining to the ACA's Medicaid expansion (NFIB v. Sebelius). In Douglas, the...
  • Jan 17

    D.D.C. rejects DOL regulations requiring minimum wage and overtime for many home health aide

    D.D.C. rejects DOL regulations requiring minimum wage and overtime for many home health aide
    In a pair of recent decisions, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has struck down Department of Labor (DOL) regulations designed to provide wage protections for home care workers. Challenging the regulations were the Home…
Rank this Week: 1930

Nursing Home Law Blog

Nursing Home Law Blog

Information relating to nursing homes and the care that they provide. By Stark & Stark.

http://nursinghomelaw.stark-stark.com/
  • Jan 23

    Nursing Home Guilty of Abuse Pushes to Change Rules Limit Legal Exposure

    Nursing Home Guilty of Abuse Pushes to Change Rules Limit Legal Exposure
    Many times, in the world of nursing home litigation and medical malpractice, you hear things like “caps on damages,” “tort reform,” of “medical review panels.”  These measures are presented as ways to…
  • Jan 7

    Stark & Stark Nursing Home Negligence Attorneys Guest Speak at Local Radio Station

    Stark & Stark Nursing Home Negligence Attorneys Guest Speak at Local Radio Station
    Have you ever wondered about the difference between for profit and not for profit nursing homes? Listen to Stark & Stark Shareholders, David Cohen and Michael Brusca, along with Associate, Eric Dakhari, as they explain the difference and…
  • Dec 30

    Arbitration – Unnecessarily Giving up Your Right

    Arbitration – Unnecessarily Giving up Your Right
    In my practice, I am currently responding to a motion to dismiss a lawsuit because of a forced arbitration document that was slipped into admission paperwork.  “Arbitration” is basically something written in the fine print…
Rank this Week: 4452

The Health Law Firm Blog

The Health Law Firm Blog

Covers health care legislation, enforcement and regulation. By George F. Indest III, P.A.

http://thehealthlawfirmblog.wordpress.com/
Rank this Week: 3313

Cannabis Law Group's Medical…

Cannabis Law Group's Medical Marijuana Legal Blog

Covers marijuana collectives, dispensaries and legalization in California.

http://www.marijuanalawyerblog.com/
  • Jan 23

    Former Real Housewife Plans to Launch "Munchie Free" Marijuana

    Former Real Housewife Plans to Launch "Munchie Free" Marijuana
    These days, it seems like everyone is trying to cash in on the growing marijuana business. While entrepreneurs may have to wait for Congress to loosen restrictions nationwide, piecemeal business plans are already shaping up where pot is…
  • Jan 21

    Illinois Medical Card Holders Face Political Hurdle

    Illinois Medical Card Holders Face Political Hurdle
    While Washington, Oregon and Colorado navigate the legalities of recreational pot, other states are trying to establish ground rules for medicinal use. Even though Illinois voters have approved medical cannabis in the state, there seems to be…
  • Jan 19

    Is Legal Marijuana More Difficult to Sell?

    Is Legal Marijuana More Difficult to Sell?
    One of the problems with legal marijuana is it is more expensive than marijuana sold on the black market. Retailers in Colorado and Washington have complained that high taxes on legal marijuana still make black market marijuana appealing to…
Rank this Week: 465

Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform

Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform

Edited by Douglas A. Berman.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/marijuana_law/
  • Jan 23

    "Legalized marijuana might be the best thing to ever happen to heroin addicts"

    "Legalized marijuana might be the best thing to ever happen to heroin addicts"
    The title of this post is the headline of this notable new piece via Quartz. Here are excerpts (with links from the original): By 1970, legislation codified cannabis as one of the nation’s most dangerous drugs: the Controlled Substance Act…
  • Jan 23

    Are the marijuana industry's banking difficulties starting to work themselves out?

    Are the marijuana industry's banking difficulties starting to work themselves out?
    The question in the title of this post is prompted by this notable recent Denver Post article sent my way by one of my terrific students. The article is headlined "Oregon bank opens doors to Colorado marijuana businesses," and here…
  • Jan 22

    Many Central and Latin American countries moving away from failed pot prohibition

    Many Central and Latin American countries moving away from failed pot prohibition
    As this BBC article details, jurisdictions within the United States are not the only places in the Americas moving forward with marijuana reform. The article is headlined "Jamaica considers marijuana legalisation and production,"…
Rank this Week: 2447

Health Care Investor

Health Care Investor

Covers issues and trends that impact investments in healthcare and life sciences businesses. By McGuireWoods.

http://www.thehealthcareinvestor.com
  • Jan 23

    Novartis and Qualcomm Form Digital Health Investment Company

    Novartis and Qualcomm Form Digital Health Investment Company
    Novartis Pharmaceuticals has announced it has formed a joint investment company with Qualcomm Ventures, the venture investment group of Qualcomm. The company — dRx Capital AG — will invest up to $100 million to support early stage…
  • Jan 12

    Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: Vascular Dynamics Secures $17 Million in Financing

    Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: Vascular Dynamics Secures $17 Million in Financing
    Vascular Dynamics has announced it has secured $16.85 million in series B financing. Vascular Dynamics, headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., provides minimally invasive solutions for the treatment of refractive or resistant…
  • Jan 7

    Medgadget Lists 2014′s Best Medical Technologie

    Medgadget Lists 2014′s Best Medical Technologie
    Medgadget has come out with its list of the best medical technologies of 2014. They are as follows: Flexible Microelectronics 3D Printing in Medicine Smart Powered Prostheses XStat Rapid Hemostasis System Diabetes Monitoring/Glucose…
Rank this Week: 3881

Reproductive Rights Prof Blog

Reproductive Rights Prof Blog

Covers abortion, contraception, pregnancy and fetal rights. By Caitlin E. Borgmann.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/reproductive_rights/
  • Jan 22

    El Salvador Woman's 30-Year Sentence for Alleged Abortion Is Lifted

    El Salvador Woman's 30-Year Sentence for Alleged Abortion Is Lifted
    NPR: 30-Year Sentence Lifted For Woman In El Salvador Abortion Case, by Jason Beaubien: Seven years ago, Carmen Guadalupe Vasquez Aldana went to jail in El Salvador. She was initially charged with abortion but prosecutors elevated the charge…
  • Jan 22

    Fourth and Fifth Circuits Confront Abortion Exceptionalism

    Fourth and Fifth Circuits Confront Abortion Exceptionalism
    JURIST (commentary): Fourth and Fifth Circuits Confront Abortion Exceptionalism, by Caitlin Borgmann: Federal Courts of Appeals have recently addressed two important abortion cases, either of which could end up before US Supreme Court. Last…
  • Jan 22

    6 Facts About Abortion

    6 Facts About Abortion
    Vox: 6 very basic facts about abortion in America, by Sarah Kliff: Forty-two years ago today, the Supreme Court issued its landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized a woman's right to abortion. Ever since, America has debated and…
Rank this Week: 175

Health Industry Washington Watch

Health Industry Washington Watch

Covers U.S. legislative and regulatory developments affecting the life sciences and health care industry. By Reed Smith LLP.

http://www.healthindustrywashingtonwatch.com/
  • Jan 22

    Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Window is Now Open

    Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Window is Now Open
    The bidding window is now open for the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program Round 2 Recompete and the National Mail-Order Recompete for diabetic testing supplies.…
  • Jan 16

    MedPAC Voices Concerns about Growing Volume, Burden of Medicare Quality Measure

    MedPAC Voices Concerns about Growing Volume, Burden of Medicare Quality Measure
    In December 2014, CMS released a 329-page list of quality measures under consideration for the Medicare program. In a January 13, 2015 comment letter, MedPAC observes that volume of measures under consideration “reinforces our…
  • Jan 14

    New Postings on the Reed Smith Health Industry Washington Watch Blog

    New Postings on the Reed Smith Health Industry Washington Watch Blog
    The Reed Smith Health Industry Washington Watch blog has been updated to report on recent health policy developments, including the following: Regulatory Developments. The Obama Administration has issued proposed rules on Affordable Care Act…
Rank this Week: 4039

Health Law News and Notes

Health Law News and Notes

Covers healthcare regulatory news impacting physicians and other healthcare providers. By Amy Fehn.

http://www.healthlawoffices.com/blog/
  • Jan 22

    New Law Frees Some Experienced New York Nurse Practitioners from Physician Supervision Requirement

    New Law Frees Some Experienced New York Nurse Practitioners from Physician Supervision Requirement
    As recently reported by Modern Healthcare, the Nurse Practitioner Modernization Act brought about changes to the physician supervision requirements for nurse practitioners in New York with over 3,600 hours of clinical practice experience.…
  • Jan 12

    OIG Gives Green Light to Patient Assistance Program

    OIG Gives Green Light to Patient Assistance Program
    A non-profit charitable organization’s proposal to provide assistance in the form of partial or full coverage of copayment for certain financially needy patients with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis received a favorable…
  • Dec 29

    New Rules Make it Easier for CMS to Revoke Medicare Enrollment

    New Rules Make it Easier for CMS to Revoke Medicare Enrollment
    On December 3, 2014, CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner announced several new rules aimed at strengthening oversight of Medicare providers and protecting the Medicare Trust Fund. These rules could have a significant impact on Medicare…
Rank this Week: 1221

Dentistry Law Blog

Dentistry Law Blog

By George F. Indest III.

http://dentistrylawblog.wordpress.com/
Rank this Week: 1124

Neuroethics & Law Blog

Neuroethics & Law Blog

An interdisciplinary forum for legal and ethical issues related to the brain and cognition. By University of San Diego School of Law Professor Adam Kolber.

http://kolber.typepad.com/ethics_law_blog/
  • Jan 21

    "A Diet Enriched with Curcumin Impairs Newly Acquired and Reactivated Fear Memories"

    "A Diet Enriched with Curcumin Impairs Newly Acquired and Reactivated Fear Memories"
    "A Diet Enriched with Curcumin Impairs Newly Acquired and Reactivated Fear Memories" Monsey MS, Gerhard DM, et. al. Abstract Curcumin, a yellow-pigment compound found in the popular Indian spice turmeric (Curcuma longa), has been extensively…
  • Jan 18

    PEBS Neuroethics Roundup (JHU)

    PEBS Neuroethics Roundup (JHU)
    Last Edition's Most Popular Article(s): If You Want to Meet That Deadline, Play a Trick on Your Mind, New York Times In The Popular Press: The Woman Who Sees Like A Bat, Nature Audio I Tried A Brain-Altering Wearable That...
  • Jan 17

    "The Ethics of Molecular Memory Modification"

    "The Ethics of Molecular Memory Modification"
    Recently published in the Journal of Medical Ethics: "The Ethics of Molecular Memory Modification" Katrina Hui Carl E. Fisher Novel molecular interventions have recently shown the potential to erase, enhance and alter specific long-term…
Rank this Week: 492

Health Law Attorney Blog

Health Law Attorney Blog

Covers health law and compliance issues. By The Health Law Partners.

http://www.healthlawattorneyblog.com/
  • Jan 21

    FDA Issues Draft Guidance on General Wellness and Medical Device Accessorie

    FDA Issues Draft Guidance on General Wellness and Medical Device Accessorie
    On January 20, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") published two draft guidance documents that revealed its way of thinking on the regulation of low risk general wellness products and regulation of medical device…
  • Jan 15

    OIG Recommends Changes to Hospice Benefit Payment

    OIG Recommends Changes to Hospice Benefit Payment
    According to a new report from the Office of Inspector General ("OIG") published on January 13, 2015, the OIG is concerned with the financial incentives created by the current Medicare payment system with regard to hospice beneficiaries in…
  • Dec 30

    New Home Health Requirements Effective Jan. 1, 2015

    New Home Health Requirements Effective Jan. 1, 2015
    The 2015 Home Care Prospective Payment Final Rule (effective January 1, 2015), relaxes the face-to-face encounter regulations as set forth by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("PPACA"). During an open door forum held on…
Rank this Week: 4197

PVW Health Care Law Blog

PVW Health Care Law Blog

Covers Health Care Reform, HIPAA compliance and practice management for health care practitioners. By Parsonage Vandenack Williams LLC.

http://www.pvwhealthcarelaw.wordpress.com/
  • Jan 21

    FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Starts New Office for Monitoring Drug Quality

    FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Starts New Office for Monitoring Drug Quality
    On January 12, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) started a new office for monitoring drug quality. The Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) will focus on drug application reviews,…
  • Jan 19

    FDA Proposed Guidance for 2015

    FDA Proposed Guidance for 2015
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a list of all the planned guidance for issuance in 2015. This list includes new guidance for items within Biopharmaceutics, Drug Safety, Pharmaceutical Quality, and other categories. The…
  • Jan 16

    Medicare Adds Payment for Chronic Care Management

    Medicare Adds Payment for Chronic Care Management
    By M. Thomas Langan II. Beginning January 1, 2015, health care providers can submit claims to Medicare for staff time used for developing and implementing a care plan for a patient with at least two chronic conditions. This addition is in…
Rank this Week: 2995

Chicago Nursing Home Lawyers Blog

Chicago Nursing Home Lawyers Blog

Comments on nursing home legal issues. By Robert Kreisman.

http://www.chicagonursinghomelawyersblog.com/
  • Jan 21

    Nursing Home Transfer of Liabilities Considered Fraudulent

    Nursing Home Transfer of Liabilities Considered Fraudulent
    The owners of a chain of nursing homes housed in multiple states around the United States have been held to have committed fraudulent transactions in an attempt to transfer liabilities to a “shell company.” The owners of…
  • Oct 8

    Resident’s Fall at Nursing Home Leads to $1.25 Million Settlement

    Resident’s Fall at Nursing Home Leads to $1.25 Million Settlement
    John Tully, 80, had a history of an unsteady gait. He was living at a nursing home owned and managed by the California Department of Veteran Affairs. Tully had fallen twice within a 10-day period and, as a result of his last fall, he…
  • Oct 1

    $13.2 Million Jury Verdict in Inadequate Staffing Case at Nursing Home

    $13.2 Million Jury Verdict in Inadequate Staffing Case at Nursing Home
    Mary Dwyer was 87 years old when she was admitted to Harbor View Heath Care Center for a short-term rehabilitation after she had surgery. During the following three months, she lost 20 pounds and developed multiple pressure sores, including a…
Rank this Week: 2917

Life Sciences Legal Update

Life Sciences Legal Update

Analysis and commentary on trends and developments in life sciences and health care law. By Reed Smith.

http://www.lifescienceslegalupdate.com/
  • Jan 21

    Drug Disposal Ordinance: Supreme Court Writ Filed

    Drug Disposal Ordinance: Supreme Court Writ Filed
    This post was written by Gary Jeffrey and Charlene Chen. On December 29, 2014, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (“PhRMA”), the Biotechnology Industry Organization (“BIO”), and the Generic…
  • Jan 16

    New Jersey Enacts Data Privacy Law for Health Insurance Carrier

    New Jersey Enacts Data Privacy Law for Health Insurance Carrier
    A newly-enacted law signed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie requires health insurance carriers in that state to adequately protect the personal information of individuals, with failure to do so being classified as a violation of the New…
  • Dec 23

    County Ordinances Place Responsibility for Collection of Unwanted Pharmaceuticals on Manufacturer

    County Ordinances Place Responsibility for Collection of Unwanted Pharmaceuticals on Manufacturer
    The Alameda County (CA) Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance (Alameda County Code Chapter 6.53, §§ 6.53.010-6.53.120) is one of several county-wide regulations across the United States to enforce the establishment of and/or participation in…
Rank this Week: 351

HIPAA Blog

HIPAA Blog

Features a discussion of medical privacy. By Jeffrey P. Drummond.

http://hipaablog.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 20

    Healthcare.gov: Who Has Access to What…

    Healthcare.gov: Who Has Access to What Data?  It seems a lot of vendors can access information of people who log onto healthcare.gov to look for Obamacare insurance or information.  I wonder if these vendors are subject to BAAs or other…
  • Jan 20

    Is HIPAA Enforcement Increasing?  Or is…

    Is HIPAA Enforcement Increasing?  Or is the delay in the roll-out of the 2nd phase of audits indicative of lackluster enforcement by OCR?  That's what some are saying.
  • Jan 12

    Bleg: I'm looking for recommendations for…

    Bleg: I'm looking for recommendations for HIPAA auditors, to review a covered entity for HIPAA compliance.  Let me know if you have any recommendations.
Rank this Week: 822

ACA Review

ACA Review

Covers labor and employment, tax, employee benefits and healthcare law issues associated with the Affordable Care Act. By Balch & Bingham LLP.

http://www.acareview.com/
  • Jan 20

    Negotiating Employee Leasing Agreement

    Negotiating Employee Leasing Agreement
    Our clients include employee leasing firms and their employer customers. Sometimes, both ask us to explain their ACA exposures related to proposed lease revisions, which we cannot do. Professional ethics rules generally forbid lawyers to work…
  • Dec 30

    SBC Updates for 2015

    SBC Updates for 2015
    In the December 30, 2015 Federal Register, DOL, HHS and IRS jointly proposed revised rules regarding Summary of Benefits and Coverage forms to be provided by insurers and group health plans beginning September 1,  2015. Concurrently, the…
  • Dec 4

    . . . Better Not Cry; Better Not Use a Three Month Measurement Period, We’re Tellin’ You Why

    . . . Better Not Cry; Better Not Use a Three Month Measurement Period, We’re Tellin’ You Why
    A reader recently asked us to comment on a consultant’s warning against a three month look-back measurement period.  We concur.  Here’s why. The preamble to the IRS Employer Shared Responsibility Cost final…
Rank this Week: 3070

Whistleblower Qui Tam Lawyer Blog

Whistleblower Qui Tam Lawyer Blog

Provides updates and commentary on whistleblower cases. By McCabe Rabin, P.A.

http://www.whistleblowerquitamlawyerblog.com/
  • Jan 20

    Whistleblowers Claim Boca Raton Company Committed Fraud

    Whistleblowers Claim Boca Raton Company Committed Fraud
    Three whistleblowers allege that Med-Care Diabetic & Medical Supplies, Inc. (“Med-Care”) committed Medicare fraud in violation of the False Claims Act.  Med-Care is a durable medical equipment supply company based in Boca…
  • Dec 22

    Record Management Company Settles False Claims Act Case

    Record Management Company Settles False Claims Act Case
    Iron Mountain Incorporated and Iron Mountain Information Management LLC (collectively “Iron Mountain”) has agreed to settle allegations by two whistleblowers in a qui tam lawsuit that it overcharged the government in violation of…
  • Dec 16

    Research Foundation Agrees to Settle False Claims Act Case

    Research Foundation Agrees to Settle False Claims Act Case
    The State University of New York’s Research Foundation (“Research Foundation”) has agreed to settle claims brought by five whistleblowers in a qui tam lawsuit filed in 2010 under the False Claims Act that it knowingly…
Rank this Week: 748

HIPAA, HITECH & HIT

HIPAA, HITECH & HIT

Covers legal issues, developments, and other pertinent pertinent information relating to the creation, use, and exchange of electronic health records. By Fox Rothschild LLP.

http://hipaahealthlaw.foxrothschild.com/
  • Jan 20

    HIPAA Compliance Trends for 2015

    HIPAA Compliance Trends for 2015
    As she had done in 2014, Marla Durben Hirsch interviewed my partner Elizabeth Litten and me for her annual Medical Practice Compliance Alert article on compliance trends for the New Year.  While the article, which was entitled “6…
  • Jan 13

    New NJ Standard More Stringent than HIPAA

    New NJ Standard More Stringent than HIPAA
    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill (S.562) into law on January 9, 2015 that will impose a standard more stringent than HIPAA on health insurance carriers authorized (i.e., licensed) to issue health benefits plans in New…
  • Jan 7

    “No” to ACO Data Sharing? Proposed Rules Tweak Medicare Beneficiary Opt-Out Notice Procedure

    “No” to ACO Data Sharing? Proposed Rules Tweak Medicare Beneficiary Opt-Out Notice Procedure
    Medicare beneficiaries whose healthcare providers participate in an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) under the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) may want to add the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website,…
Rank this Week: 798

Drug Injury Watch

Drug Injury Watch

Site provides developing information about prescription drug side effects as well as up-to-date news from the legal, medical, FDA, and pharmaceutical sectors. From attorney Thomas J. Lamb.

http://www.drug-injury.com/druginjurycom/
Rank this Week: 2733

Health Care Law Blog

Health Care Law Blog

Comments on health care law. By Kevin S. Little P.C.

http://www.healthcarelaw-blog.com/
Rank this Week: 1638

False Claims Counsel

False Claims Counsel

Covers False Claims Act and related statutes. By Ben Vernia.

http://www.falseclaimscounsel.com/wordpress
Rank this Week: 1034

False Claims Act & Qui Tam Law

False Claims Act & Qui Tam Law

Covers the False Claims Act, Qui Tams, whistleblowers, and other related collateral proceedings, with special emphasis on health care fraud. By A. Brian Albritton.

http://www.falseclaimsactlawblog.com/
Rank this Week: 1036

The Official Medicare Blog and…

The Official Medicare Blog and Information Resource

Follows the issues related to Medicare Set Asides and MMSEA compliance. By MEDVAL, LLC.

http://www.medval.com/blog/
  • Jan 14

    Louisiana Court Approves Zero Set Aside in Product Liability Settlement

    Louisiana Court Approves Zero Set Aside in Product Liability Settlement
    Louisiana courts continue to lead the nation in opining on MSA issues. In a declaratory judgment rendered this week, the court found that plaintiff had presented sufficient evidence from his treating physicians (one of which was a dentist) to…
  • Jan 7

    Bankruptcy Court Declares WCMSAs are a “Trust”

    Bankruptcy Court Declares WCMSAs are a “Trust”
    I have been waiting for over seven years since In re Sanchez for another bankruptcy court to tell us whether or not MSA funds would be excluded assets in bankruptcy. Today I finally found out that they are not, but the point is kind of…
  • Jan 7

    CMS Releases MMSEA Section 111 NGHP User Guide Version 4.4

    CMS Releases MMSEA Section 111 NGHP User Guide Version 4.4
    CMS released an updated NGHP User Guide, Version 4.4, dated January 5, 2015. The primary changes include: The TPOC Liability Claim Report Rejection code CJO7 changed in definition so that cumulative liability TPOC reports of amounts less than…
Rank this Week: 333

Wachler & Associates Health Law…

Wachler & Associates Health Law Blog

Covers health law, recovery audit contractors, compliance and medicare. By Wachler & Associates, P.C.

http://www.wachlerblog.com/
  • Jan 13

    House Republicans Release Proposal to Eliminate Two-Midnight Rule

    House Republicans Release Proposal to Eliminate Two-Midnight Rule
    In November 2014, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives circulated a "discussion draft," which proposed significant reforms to the process by which Medicare reimburses hospitals for short stays. Perhaps most notably, the GOP…
  • Dec 22

    Final Rule Tightens Provider Enrollment Policies, Expands CMS Authority

    Final Rule Tightens Provider Enrollment Policies, Expands CMS Authority
    On December 3, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") released a final rule that broadens its authority to deny providers or suppliers from enrolling in Medicare and revoke providers already participating. The final…
  • Dec 17

    Medicare Pilot Program Requires Prior Authorization for Ambulance Transport Service

    Medicare Pilot Program Requires Prior Authorization for Ambulance Transport Service
    On December 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") launched a three-year pilot program ("the program") in an effort to curb improper Medicare payments to ambulances providers. Under the program, CMS requires prior…
Rank this Week: 3902

Health Care Law Blog

Health Care Law Blog

Covers health care reform, HIPAA, compliance, regulations, billing/payment, Medicare & Medicaid, fraud & abuse, employment, tax and other related topics. By Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC.

http://www.healthlawyersblog.com/
  • Jan 12

    And Then There Was One: Economic Pressures Squeeze Metro Detroit Hospitals into Consolidation

    And Then There Was One: Economic Pressures Squeeze Metro Detroit Hospitals into Consolidation
    Reduced reimbursements. A shift toward global payment. A demand for integration, quality of care and medical specializations. In order to compete amidst today’s healthcare market pressures, independent hospitals in Michigan and around…
  • Dec 23

    Happy Holidays!

    Happy Holidays!
    Thank you so much for checking out the Foster Swift Health Care Law Blog. We are taking a short break from posting and look forward to providing you the latest news and information in 2015. Happy Holidays! Tags: News & Event
  • Dec 17

    Reimbursing Individual Health Insurance Policy Premiums May Result in Significant Penalties for Employer

    Reimbursing Individual Health Insurance Policy Premiums May Result in Significant Penalties for Employer
    Employers, including municipal employers, have historically struggled to develop a health insurance benefit program for their employees that provides quality benefits and is cost-effective. After the Health Insurance Marketplace opened for…
Rank this Week: 3122

The Health Law Firm Blog

The Health Law Firm Blog

Covers legal issues impacting health care providers and professionals, including Medicare and Medicaid audits and fraud, pain management regulations, professional licensing, and clinical privileges. By George F. Indest III.

http://www.thehealthlawfirm.com/blog/
  • Jan 12

    It's Winter Time and Flurries of Subpoenas Are Flying on Medicare and Medicaid Case

    It's Winter Time and Flurries of Subpoenas Are Flying on Medicare and Medicaid Case
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Here it is: the New Year. We all want to start it off on the right foot, with bills from last year paid and realistic resolutions made. Then…
  • Dec 24

    CMS Proposes Equal Rights Changes to Same-Sex Couple

    CMS Proposes Equal Rights Changes to Same-Sex Couple
    By Lance O. Leider, J.D., The Health Law Firm Under a new proposed rule hospitals and other health care facilities would have to give equal rights to the spouse of same sex and straight patients as long as the marriages are legal somewhere…
  • Dec 22

    Hey Health Care Professionals, Why Can't We Be Friends?!

    Hey Health Care Professionals, Why Can't We Be Friends?!
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law This past year our firm has attended more medical industry events than ever before. Needless to say, our law firm table is not the most…
Rank this Week: 1749

Health Care Update

Health Care Update

Provides health care regulatory, legislative, enforcement, legal, and management updates. From Solution Law Press.

http://slphealthcareupdate.wordpress.com
Rank this Week: 1439

California Attorneys Representing…

California Attorneys Representing Licensed, Regulated And Other Professionals

Addresses issues faced by license professionals and regulated businesses in civil, business, administrative and criminal matters with an emphasis on health care. By Green & Associates.

http://greenandassociates.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 320

HealthBlawg

HealthBlawg

Covers new developments in health care law and policy. By David Harlow.

http://www.healthblawg.com/
  • Jan 6

    2015 Health IT Predictions and Reflection

    2015 Health IT Predictions and Reflection
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.healthblawg.com/healthblawg Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. http://feeds.healthblawg.com/healthblawg
  • Dec 11

    Disruptive Innovation or "Woo"?

    Disruptive Innovation or "Woo"?
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.healthblawg.com/healthblawg Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. http://feeds.healthblawg.com/healthblawg
  • Dec 9

    Farzad Mostashari on the Proposed ACO Regulation: The future of the Medicare Shared Savings Program examined in an interview with David Harlow

    Farzad Mostashari on the Proposed ACO Regulation: The future of the Medicare Shared Savings Program examined in an interview with David Harlow
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.healthblawg.com/healthblawg Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. http://feeds.healthblawg.com/healthblawg
Rank this Week: 641

Personalized Medicine Bulletin

Personalized Medicine Bulletin

Covers legal, business and regulatory developments in the personalized medical industry. By Foley & Lardner LLP.

http://www.personalizedmedicinebulletin.com
  • Jan 3

    FDA Considering New Regulatory Approaches for NGS – Part II

    FDA Considering New Regulatory Approaches for NGS – Part II
    The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) announced a workshop to be held February 20th, 2015, entitled “Optimizing FDA’s Regulatory Oversight of Next Generation Sequencing Diagnostic Tests” to obtain public input…
  • Dec 28

    FDA Considering New Regulatory Approaches for NGS – Part I

    FDA Considering New Regulatory Approaches for NGS – Part I
    The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) announced a workshop to be held February 20th, 2015, entitled “Optimizing FDA’s Regulatory Oversight of Next Generation Sequencing Diagnostic Tests” to obtain public input…
  • Dec 21

    An Early Test for the USPTO’S Eligibility Analysi

    An Early Test for the USPTO’S Eligibility Analysi
    Just last week, the USPTO released its revised subject matter eligibility guidance (2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility “Interim Guidance” reviewed in my prior post of December 16th, 2014). The Interim…
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Physician Law

Physician Law

Features news, updates, and tips on legal issues affecting physicians and non-institutional providers. By Fox Rothschild LLP.

http://physicianlaw.foxrothschild.com/
  • Dec 31

    Study Finds That Many Hospitals Are Losing Money On Physician Network

    Study Finds That Many Hospitals Are Losing Money On Physician Network
    In news that may not come as a shock to those of us who have been through the cycle of hospitals purchasing physician practices before, a recent study has found that hospitals are losing considerable amounts of money on acquired physician…
  • Dec 31

    Medicare to Hold Claims for First 14 Days of 2014

    Medicare to Hold Claims for First 14 Days of 2014
    Although unlikely to have a major impact on cash flow, physicians should keep in mind that under the CY 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) which was published in November, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)…
  • Nov 18

    HHS Cost Data Transparency Perhaps Not So Transparent

    HHS Cost Data Transparency Perhaps Not So Transparent
    Despite the Department of Health and Human Services’ intent to make Medicare healthcare cost data more transparent for the healthcare consumer, according to a recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, current…
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Health Law Sidebar

Health Law Sidebar

Covers regulatory and statutory updates from the healthcare industry. By O'Connell & Aronowitz.

http://healthlawsidebar.com/
  • Dec 23

    ATTENTION MEDICAID TRANSPORTATION PROVIDERS: OMIG RELEASES COMPLIANCE GUIDANCE FOR CORPORATE COMPLIANCE PROGRAMS

    ATTENTION MEDICAID TRANSPORTATION PROVIDERS: OMIG RELEASES COMPLIANCE GUIDANCE FOR CORPORATE COMPLIANCE PROGRAMS
    The New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) has released Compliance Guidance for use by Transportation providers. The routine identification of compliance risk areas, relating to the particular type of services being…
  • Dec 23

    ATTENTION MEDICAID DENTAL PROVIDERS: OMIG RELEASED AUDIT PROTOCOLS

    ATTENTION MEDICAID DENTAL PROVIDERS: OMIG RELEASED AUDIT PROTOCOLS
    The New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) has released its final audit protocols for Dental providers in the Medicaid program. These protocols became effective October 1, 2014 and are the OMIG’s audit tool that…
  • Dec 22

    US DOJ Sets New Record for Fraud and False Claims Recoveries in FY2014

    US DOJ Sets New Record for Fraud and False Claims Recoveries in FY2014
    As 2014 comes to a close, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has many reasons to celebrate as it reflects on the year that was. In FY2014, the DOJ recovered $5.69 billion in settlements and judgments resulting from…
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Texas Medical Licensing Law Blog

Texas Medical Licensing Law Blog

Covers professional licensing matters and related regulatory issues for health care professionals. By the Leichter Law Firm.

http://www.txmedicallicensinglaw.com/
  • Dec 18

    Recent Changes to the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurse

    Recent Changes to the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurse
    In the past year-and-a-half there have been several changes to the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses (TPAPN). First, the length of participation has been increased from two years to three years for RNs and LVNs and three to five years…
  • Dec 17

    Inappropriate Referrals to the Texas Physician Health Program

    Inappropriate Referrals to the Texas Physician Health Program
      Since its inception several years ago, the Texas Physician Health Program has provided a valuable option for physicians suffering from chemical dependency, serious mental illness, or physical impairment. For appropriate Texas…
  • Feb 28

    An Overview of the Physician Peer Review Process and the Importance of Legal Counsel

    An Overview of the Physician Peer Review Process and the Importance of Legal Counsel
      A hospital peer review has the potential to seriously disrupt a physician’s medical practice, often bringing with it a cascade of legal consequences that can devastate a health professional's practice and reputation. If you…
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California Insurance Lawyer Blog

California Insurance Lawyer Blog

Covers various ERISA, disability, health, and life insurance issues. By Kantor & Kantor.

http://www.californiainsurancelawyerblog.com/
  • Dec 17

    Senator Patrick Kennedy and Public Respond to Anthem’s Behavior in CBS’ 60 minutes segment, ‘Denied’

    Senator Patrick Kennedy and Public Respond to Anthem’s Behavior in CBS’ 60 minutes segment, ‘Denied’
    On Sunday December 14, 2014, CBS’ 60 minutes reported on the tragic and avoidable death of 15 year old Katherine West. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mental-illness-health-care-insurance-60-minutes/. Katherine suffered from a severe…
  • Dec 13

    Kantor & Kantor Helps Cancer Patient Get Life Saving Treatment

    Kantor & Kantor Helps Cancer Patient Get Life Saving Treatment
    Kantor & Kantor recently helped a client who had been denied health insurance coverage for his life saving cancer treatment. Our client was a participating member of the U.S. Jesco International, Inc. Health and Welfare Plan (Plan).…
  • Dec 2

    A Grateful Thanksgiving for another Kantor & Kantor Client!

    A Grateful Thanksgiving for another Kantor & Kantor Client!
    We represented Mr. Polnicky, who was employed as a Reserve Mortgage Consultant at Wells Fargo. He suffered from back and neck pain and was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis, chronic lumbago, hamstring contractures and generalized anxiety and…
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SCG Healthcare Blog

SCG Healthcare Blog

By State Capital Group.

http://healthcare.scglegal.com/
  • Dec 11

    Failure to update HPSA and MUA Designations Threatens Rural Health Clinic

    Failure to update HPSA and MUA Designations Threatens Rural Health Clinic
    For Medicare certification as a rural health clinic (“RHC”), the clinic must be located in a rural area that is designated as a shortage area.[1] Specifically, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”)…
  • Dec 4

    Telehealth/Telemedicine: Opportunity for Physicians & Providers to Add New Service

    Telehealth/Telemedicine: Opportunity for Physicians & Providers to Add New Service
    The cost effectiveness of providing health care via telemedicine or telehealth promises to be an effective tool to increase coverage and reimbursement of healthcare provided remotely or through telehealth. Towers Watson, a national consulting…
  • Sep 19

    Reminder: Update Your “Grandfathered” HIPAA Business Associate Agreements Now!

    Reminder: Update Your “Grandfathered” HIPAA Business Associate Agreements Now!
    In January 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services published its Final Rule, which significantly increased the privacy and security responsibilities for the “business associates” of “covered entities,” as…
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Psychology and Mental Health Law…

Psychology and Mental Health Law Blog

Covers health law, psychology and mental health law. By George F. Indest III, P.A.

http://mentalhealthlawblog.wordpress.com/
  • Nov 25

    Mental Health Professionals Need to Know How To Handle Difficult Patients – Part 1

    Mental Health Professionals Need to Know How To Handle Difficult Patients – Part 1
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and other psychotherapists, because of the nature of their professions, will often…
  • Nov 25

    Mental Health Professionals Need to Know How To Handle Difficult Patients – Part 1

    Mental Health Professionals Need to Know How To Handle Difficult Patients – Part 1
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and other psychotherapists, because of the nature of their professions, will often…
  • Oct 3

    Your Professional Therapist License Is a Valuable Asset; Insure It!

    Your Professional Therapist License Is a Valuable Asset; Insure It!
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Time and time again, I am contacted by mental health counselors, social workers, and other therapists who have worked hard for years, have ……
Rank this Week: 3839

Law Links | Health Links

Law Links | Health Links

Connecting legal, health and marketing resources with a New England focus.

http://lawlinkshealthlinks.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 15

    NH Insurance Department Issues Updated List of Health Care Provider Network

    NH Insurance Department Issues Updated List of Health Care Provider Network
    2015 Marketplace Will Offer Five Insurers and More Plans Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Insurance Department has updated its listing of health care provider networks that will be available through 2015 insurance plans sold on the…
  • Nov 14

    Concord Law Firm Announces "Best Law Firms" Rankings in 7 Area

    Concord Law Firm Announces "Best Law Firms" Rankings in 7 Area
    Concord, NH law firm Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell, PC announces metropolitan first-tier rankings by U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers® in the 2015 edition of “Best Law Firms.” The firm received first-tier rankings in…
  • Oct 6

    Driving in Vermont? Put Down the Phone!

    Driving in Vermont? Put Down the Phone!
    Driving while using a hand-held device is now illegal in Vermont. As of October 1, 2014, drivers may not use hand-held cell phones, music players, or computers. Drivers may use some mobile devices if they employ hands-free technology such as…
Rank this Week: 1434

Massage Therapy Law Blog

Massage Therapy Law Blog

By George F. Indest III, P.A.

http://massagelawblog.wordpress.com/
  • Nov 13

    Deadline Looming: New Fingerprint Requirement for Florida Massage Therapist

    Deadline Looming: New Fingerprint Requirement for Florida Massage Therapist
    By Lance O. Leider, J.D., The Health Law Firm You can run, but you can’t hide. During the 2014 Legislative Session CS/HB 1065 was passed. This law requires all new applicants and existing massage therapists and establishment owners to…
  • Nov 13

    Deadline Looming: New Fingerprint Requirement for Florida Massage Therapist

    Deadline Looming: New Fingerprint Requirement for Florida Massage Therapist
    By Lance O. Leider, J.D., The Health Law Firm You can run, but you can’t hide. During the 2014 Legislative Session CS/HB 1065 was passed. This law requires all new applicants and existing massage therapists and establishment owners to…
  • Mar 4

    Administrative Law Judge Recommends Dismissal of All Charges Against Massage Therapist

    Administrative Law Judge Recommends Dismissal of All Charges Against Massage Therapist
    FACTS: As reported in the June 2013 edition of DOAH Case Notes, Guiping Diamond graduated from the Florida College of Natural Health (“FCNH”) and became a Florida-licensed massage therapist in 2009. However, FCNH’s former…
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Pharmacy Law Blog

Pharmacy Law Blog

Covers health law and pharmacy law. By George F. Indest III, P.A.

http://pharmacylawblog.wordpress.com/
  • Nov 12

    Selling Tobacco Can Get You Penalized By Insurance Panel

    Selling Tobacco Can Get You Penalized By Insurance Panel
    By Lance O. Leider, J.D., The Health Law Firm Beware: selling cigarettes could burn a hole in your pocket. The CVS Health Corporation (CVS), the nation’s second-largest drug store, is currently in the midst of launching a tobacco-free…
  • Nov 12

    Selling Tobacco Can Get You Penalized By Insurance Panel

    Selling Tobacco Can Get You Penalized By Insurance Panel
    By Lance O. Leider, J.D., The Health Law Firm Beware: selling cigarettes could burn a hole in your pocket. The CVS Health Corporation (CVS), the nation’s second-largest drug store, is currently in the midst of launching a tobacco-free…
  • Oct 6

    Florida Toughens Up Drug Compounding Law for Out-of-State Pharmacie

    Florida Toughens Up Drug Compounding Law for Out-of-State Pharmacie
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law A new, stricter law on Florida’s compounding pharmacy industry took effect October 1, 2014. The new law increases the restrictions for…
Rank this Week: 3835

Military Veterans' Lawyer Blog

Military Veterans' Lawyer Blog

Covers veterans affairs, consumer law, and other legal topics catering to U.S. military veterans. By the Law Offices of Robert B. Goss, P.C.

http://www.militaryveteranlawyer.com/
  • Nov 5

    2014 Veterans Day Free Meals and Discount

    2014 Veterans Day Free Meals and Discount
    The following list was sent to us by one of our good friends, Chip Beazley, of Alabama. We take pride the members of the Law Office of Robert B. Goss, P.C. http://www.attorneyforveterans.com are all military veterans or the spouse of a…
  • Nov 3

    Veterans Day 2014 Concert

    Veterans Day 2014 Concert
    ALL: The Morton Ranch High School Choir (Katy) will be presenting a: Veteran’s Day Concert on Sunday, November 9 at 3:00 pm in the Morton Ranch High School Performing Arts Center, 21000 Franz Road, Katy. Enjoy, The Law Office of…
  • May 26

    Wishing you a safe and reflective Memorial Day

    Wishing you a safe and reflective Memorial Day
    The Law Office of Robert B. Goss, P.C. http://www.attorneyforveterans.com wishes you a safe, reflective , and peaceful Memorial Day. Thank you to our veterans. Serving is difficult for both the service member and their families. We thank…
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Nursing Law Blog

Nursing Law Blog

Covers health law and nursing law. By George F. Indest III, P.A.

http://nursinglawblog.wordpress.com/
  • Oct 9

    Join Us for Florida Laws and the Nurse: New Licensure Requirement

    Join Us for Florida Laws and the Nurse: New Licensure Requirement
    Join Joanne Kenna nurse attorney with The Health Law Firm and the Greater Orlando Chapter of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants for: FLORIDA LAWS AND THE NURSE – NEW LICENSURE REQUIREMENT:  Keep Your Patients Safe…
  • Oct 9

    Join Us for Florida Laws and the Nurse: New Licensure Requirement

    Join Us for Florida Laws and the Nurse: New Licensure Requirement
    Join Joanne Kenna nurse attorney with The Health Law Firm and the Greater Orlando Chapter of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants for: FLORIDA LAWS AND THE NURSE – NEW LICENSURE REQUIREMENT:  Keep Your Patients Safe…
  • Sep 24

    Your Professional Nursing License May Be Your Most Valuable Asset; Insure It!

    Your Professional Nursing License May Be Your Most Valuable Asset; Insure It!
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Suppose you had an item that you really wanted but was very expensive.  Suppose this item cost you $80,000.  Perhaps you took out…
Rank this Week: 3836

The Medicare Compliance Blog

The Medicare Compliance Blog

Covers Medicare secondary payer compliance, Medicare set-asides, mandatory insurer reporting, recovery resolutions, conditional payment notification, Medicare risk assessment, self-administration support issues, Medicare impact on long-term care. By Gould & Lamb.

http://themedicarecomplianceblog.com/
  • Oct 6

    Humana v. Farmers – Medicare Advantage Plans at Issue

    Humana v. Farmers – Medicare Advantage Plans at Issue
    A recent federal court decision from Texas gives a Medicare Advantage plan a potential green light to seek reimbursement under the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Act. At issue in the case, Humana Insurance Company v. Farmers Texas Mutual…
  • Jul 18

    US Court of Appeals Provides Opinion on Michigan Spine and Brain Surgeons v. State Farm

    US Court of Appeals Provides Opinion on Michigan Spine and Brain Surgeons v. State Farm
    The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit published its opinion in Michigan Spine and Brain Surgeons, PLLC v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company on July 16, 2014. The long awaited decision addresses the…
  • Jun 5

    CMS Amends the Workers Compensation Reference Guide

    CMS Amends the Workers Compensation Reference Guide
    On May 29, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) amended the recently released Workers’ Compensation Reference Guide published in February 2014. The changes affect medical review, treating physician reports,…
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BIZ LAW DDS

BIZ LAW DDS

Law blog for Wisconsin and Illinois dentists. By the Gauthier Law Group, LLC.

http://www.bizlawdds.com
  • Sep 5

    How to Negotiate a Dental Office Lease

    How to Negotiate a Dental Office Lease
    One of the most valuable assets of a health care practice is its location. If you do not own that location, it is extremely important that you secure the value of this key asset through a well-drafted medical office lease. … Continue…
  • May 8

    Wisconsin Senate Approves Non-Covered Services Legislation

    Wisconsin Senate Approves Non-Covered Services Legislation
    Yesterday, the Wisconsin Senate, by an overwhelming vote of 30 to 3, passed a bill that prohibits insurers from setting fees for dental and related services not covered by their policies.  This non-covered services bill was approved by…
  • Apr 18

    Wisconsin Assembly Approves Limits on Price Setting by Dental Insurer

    Wisconsin Assembly Approves Limits on Price Setting by Dental Insurer
    On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, the Wisconsin Assembly, by a vote of 89 to 8, passed a bill that prohibits insurers who provide limited-scope dental benefit policies from setting fees for dental and related services not covered by those…
Rank this Week: 2817