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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…
Rank this Week: 4876

Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform

Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform

Edited by Douglas A. Berman.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/marijuana_law/
  • Dec 18

    State versus State on marjiuana reform

    State versus State on marjiuana reform
    As Doug blogged, the states of Nebraska and Oklahoma just filed a suit in the United States Supreme Court (under its original jurisdiction) against Colorado. In a nutshell, they are seeking a declaration that Colorado’s Amendment 64 is…
  • Dec 18

    Nebraska and Oklahoma sue Colorado in US Supreme Court over marijuana legalization

    Nebraska and Oklahoma sue Colorado in US Supreme Court over marijuana legalization
    As reported in this local article, "Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning filed a lawsuit Thursday with the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking a declaration that Colorado’s legalization of marijuana violates the U.S. Constitution." Here…
  • Dec 18

    Highlighting that marijuana (law) is coming to more law school classroom

    Highlighting that marijuana (law) is coming to more law school classroom
    The National Law Journal has this lengthy new article headlined "Law Schools Firing Up Marijuana Law Classes." I was pleased to have been interviewed by the author of the piece, and here are excerpts discussing some of the activity…
Rank this Week: 1302

HIPAA Blog

HIPAA Blog

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

http://hipaablog.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 1451

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/
  • Dec 18

    Don’t Ring in the New Year with a HIPAA Audit – Safeguard Yourself Now

    Don’t Ring in the New Year with a HIPAA Audit – Safeguard Yourself Now
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Here’s a scary reminder: There are people attempting to hack into electronic health systems every second of every day. Thankfully, most of…
  • Oct 30

    CMS Extends Waivers under the ACO Shared Savings Program

    CMS Extends Waivers under the ACO Shared Savings Program
    By Lance O. Leider, J.D., The Health Law Firm On November 2, 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) promulgated the interim final rule on fraud and abuse waivers for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) participating in…
  • Oct 21

    Internal Medicine Specialists Should Be Aware of Impending Medicare Audit

    Internal Medicine Specialists Should Be Aware of Impending Medicare Audit
    Coming to a medical practice near you. . . It’s scary, it’s horrible, and it could cost you a lot of money! It’s the dreaded Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) audit. The Horror! The Horror! First Coast Service Options,…
Rank this Week: 2054

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/
  • Dec 18

    Published This Week

    Published This Week
    Marshall B. Kapp, Getting Physicians and Patients to Choose Wisely: Does the Law Help or Hurt?, 46 U. Tol. L. Rev. (Forthcoming 2015). Michael Ashley Stein, Christopher P. Guzelian, Kristina M Guzelian, Expert Testimony in Nineteenth Century…
  • Dec 17

    Guest Blogger Professor Rebecca Dresser: The Value of Role Reversal

    Guest Blogger Professor Rebecca Dresser: The Value of Role Reversal
    Not so long ago, medical researchers had a habit of using themselves as guinea pigs. Many scientists saw self-experimentation as the most ethical way to try out their ideas. By going first, researchers could test their hypotheses and see…
  • Dec 12

    Published This Week

    Published This Week
    David Bardey, Philippe De Donder, Cesar Mantilla, Adverse Selection vs Discrimination Risk with Genetic Testing. An Experimental Approach, SSRN. Bernadette M. McSherry, Mental Health Laws: Where to from Here?, 40 Monash U. L. Rev.175 (2014).
Rank this Week: 271

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: 636

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…
Rank this Week: 4484

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/
  • Dec 17

    Connecticut “Opens Floodgates” for HIPAA Litigation

    Connecticut “Opens Floodgates” for HIPAA Litigation
    My partner Elizabeth Litten and I were recently interviewed for an article entitled “Connecticut ‘opens floodgates’ for HIPAA litigation” published in “Privacy this Week” by DataGuidance. The full text of…
  • Dec 9

    Celebrities’ Health Information Compromised by Sony Hacking

    Celebrities’ Health Information Compromised by Sony Hacking
    Fox Rothschild partner Scott Vernick recently appeared as a guest on the Willis Report to discuss fallout of the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment.  Click here to view the segment.  Celebrities’ individually identifiable…
  • Nov 18

    Michael Kline’s “List of Considerations” for Indemnification Provisions in Business Associate Agreement

    Michael Kline’s “List of Considerations” for Indemnification Provisions in Business Associate Agreement
    I strongly urge every covered entity and business associate faced with a Business Associate Agreement that includes indemnification provisions to read Michael Kline’s “List of Considerations” before…
Rank this Week: 4949

Health Law Sidebar

Health Law Sidebar

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

http://healthlawsidebar.com/
Rank this Week: 4974

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: 3159

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/
  • 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…
  • Nov 18

    U.S. Supreme Court will hear ACA subsidies case

    U.S. Supreme Court will hear ACA subsidies case
    On Nov. 7, the U.S. Supreme Court decided it would hear a case concerning the health insurance subsidies provided to millions of Americans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. A June 2015 decision is expected in the case of…
  • Nov 12

    "Right to Try" Becomes a Reality in Michigan

    "Right to Try" Becomes a Reality in Michigan
    On Friday, October 17, Governor Rick Snyder signed the Right to Try Act, which allows patients to try experimental drugs and other treatments before they have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The law gives patients…
Rank this Week: 4353

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/
  • Dec 17

    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: Legislative Developments. President Obama has signed a government funding bill with health…
  • Dec 17

    President Signs Government Funding Bill with Health Spending/Policy Provision

    President Signs Government Funding Bill with Health Spending/Policy Provision
    On December 16, 2014, President Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that funds most government agencies through the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2015 (funding for the Department of Homeland Security is funded through…
  • Dec 17

    CMS Proposes Changes to Medicare Shared Savings Program/ACO Payment Regulation

    CMS Proposes Changes to Medicare Shared Savings Program/ACO Payment Regulation
    On December 8, 2014, CMS published a proposed rule that would revise the regulations governing the Medicare Shared Savings Program, which is intended to encourage physicians, hospitals, and certain other types of providers and suppliers to…
Rank this Week: 2661

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/
  • 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…
  • Dec 12

    CMS Issues Proposed Rule Postponing ACO Penaltie

    CMS Issues Proposed Rule Postponing ACO Penaltie
    On December 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would postpone penalties against accountable care organizations (ACOs) for three years. The proposed rule is one of the latest measures CMS…
  • Dec 5

    Deadlines for Certification with the American Board of Radiology Approaching Quickly

    Deadlines for Certification with the American Board of Radiology Approaching Quickly
    The American Board of Radiology's ("ABR") Board Eligibility Policy, implemented on January 1, 2012, limited the period of time that may elapse between the completion of residency training and achievement of Board Certification. Because a…
Rank this Week: 2407

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/
  • Dec 17

    Omnibus Spending Bill Promises Increased Funding for Ebola Response in FY 2015

    Omnibus Spending Bill Promises Increased Funding for Ebola Response in FY 2015
    The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, an omnibus spending bill that provides funding for many areas of federal government in the remainder of FY 2015, was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama…
  • Dec 16

    EU Article 29 Data Protection Working Party Releases Guidelines Stemming from Google Spain Case

    EU Article 29 Data Protection Working Party Releases Guidelines Stemming from Google Spain Case
    Reed Smith’s Global Regulatory Enforcement Law Blog features a post on a recent set of guidelines issued by the European Union’s Article 29 Data Protection Working Party outlining how EU Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) intend…
  • Dec 12

    OCR Settlement Reflects Continued Emphasis on HIPAA Security Rule Safeguard

    OCR Settlement Reflects Continued Emphasis on HIPAA Security Rule Safeguard
    This post was written by Brad Rostolsky and Jeremy Alexander. On December 8, 2014, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that it has agreed to settle potential HIPAA Security Rule violations with Anchorage Community Mental Health…
Rank this Week: 1207

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
  • Dec 16

    Fetal Diagnostics Patent Claims Fall in Inter Partes Review

    Fetal Diagnostics Patent Claims Fall in Inter Partes Review
    Post grant inter partes review proceedings have lowered the hurdle to invalidate U.S. patents. The “broadest reasonable construction” of the claims and the lower burden to prove invalidity (by a preponderance of the evidence) of…
  • Dec 15

    USPTO Releases Revised Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance

    USPTO Releases Revised Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance
    On December 15th, 2014, the USPTO released its much anticipated revised subject matter eligibility examination guidance to assist patent examiners evaluate inventions that may be related to any one of the three judicial exceptions to subject…
  • Dec 7

    Another Patent Challenge for Personalized Medicine

    Another Patent Challenge for Personalized Medicine
    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent trilogy of patent-eligibility decisions (Prometheus, Myriad and Alice) have called into question the validity of many U.S. patents on diagnostic medical methods. Nevertheless, legal battles ensue and to…
Rank this Week: 2433

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/
  • 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…
  • Dec 12

    Defense Contractor Agrees to Settle False Claims Act Case

    Defense Contractor Agrees to Settle False Claims Act Case
    The Justice Department announced that defense contractors Supreme Foodservice GmbH, Supreme Foodservice FZE, and their subsidiaries (collectively “Supreme”) have agreed to settle criminal and civil allegations by a whistleblower…
  • Dec 9

    OtisMed Agrees to Settle False Claims Act Allegation

    OtisMed Agrees to Settle False Claims Act Allegation
    OtisMed Corporation (“OtisMed”) has agreed to pay over $80 million to resolve criminal and civil allegations by a whistleblower in a qui tam suit that it and one of its former executives violated the False Claims Act and Food,…
Rank this Week: 1173

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/
  • Dec 16

    HHS-OCR HIPAA Settlement Bulletin Highlights the Potential Impact of Unpatched and Unsupported Software

    HHS-OCR HIPAA Settlement Bulletin Highlights the Potential Impact of Unpatched and Unsupported Software
    The Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently released a bulletin outlining the terms of a settlement with Anchorage Community Mental Health Services (ACMHS) over potential violations of the HIPAA…
  • Dec 11

    ACO Homebound Waiver for Home Health Proposed by CMS

    ACO Homebound Waiver for Home Health Proposed by CMS
    The Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organization Proposed Rule published in the Federal Register on December 8, 2014 proposes to allow certain Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to waive the “homebound”…
  • Nov 19

    State Court Cases Address Liability for HIPAA Privacy Violation

    State Court Cases Address Liability for HIPAA Privacy Violation
    Several recent state court decisions involving HIPAA privacy violations are raising serious questions regarding liability on behalf of healthcare providers as well as hefty monetary damage awards. While HIPAA itself does not provide a private…
Rank this Week: 3775

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/
  • Dec 15

    Supreme Court Declines to Review Decision Blocking Arizona Medication Abortion Restriction

    Supreme Court Declines to Review Decision Blocking Arizona Medication Abortion Restriction
    The New York Times: Justices Let Abortion Decision Stand, by Adam Liptak: The Supreme Court on Monday let stand a decision temporarily blocking an Arizona law that limits the availability of medicinal, nonsurgical abortions. As is its custom…
  • Dec 8

    Religious Non-Profits Challenge Exemption to Affordable Care Act's Contraception Rule

    Religious Non-Profits Challenge Exemption to Affordable Care Act's Contraception Rule
    The Salt Lake Tribune/AP: Religious nonprofits challenge birth-control coverage in health law. by Kristen Wyatt: Faith-based nonprofit organizations that object to covering birth control in their employee health plans are in federal court…
  • Dec 8

    South Korean Health Ministry Recalls Sexist Ad Promoting Contraception

    South Korean Health Ministry Recalls Sexist Ad Promoting Contraception
    BBC: South Korea: Contraception poster prompts outcry: South Korea's government is under fire for a poster promoting contraception use which has been criticised by both men and women, it's reported. The Ministry of Health and Welfare poster…
Rank this Week: 111

Health Law Attorney Blog

Health Law Attorney Blog

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

http://www.healthlawattorneyblog.com/
  • Dec 15

    OIG Releases 2015 Work Plan

    OIG Releases 2015 Work Plan
    On October 31, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") Office of the Inspector General ("OIG") released its Fiscal Year ("FY") 2015 Work Plan summarizing its new and ongoing investigative, enforcement, and compliance…
  • Dec 9

    AHA Submits Comments to OMHA on ALJ Backlog

    AHA Submits Comments to OMHA on ALJ Backlog
    In a letter dated December 4, 2014, the American Hospital Association ("AHA") submitted comments in response to the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals ("OMHA") request for information on current and potential initiatives to resolve the…
  • Dec 9

    AMA Urges CMS to Make Changes to the RAC Program

    AMA Urges CMS to Make Changes to the RAC Program
    In a letter dated December 3, 2014, the American Medical Association ("AMA") urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") to resolve the two-year backlog of Medicare and Medicaid appeals. The AMA noted that while it…
Rank this Week: 851

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/
  • Dec 14

    'Minds, Brains and Law: A…

    'Minds, Brains and Law: A Multidisciplinary Conference on Law and Neuroscience.' Bebhinn Donnelly-Lazarov, Swansea University Neurolaw is a burgeoning field. This Swansea University College of Law conference brought many controversies to the…
  • Dec 13

    TEDx Talk on "The Dark Side of Free Will"

    TEDx Talk on "The Dark Side of Free Will"
    Gregg Caruso on "The Dark Side of Free Will":
  • Dec 12

    PEBS Neuroethics Roundup (JHU)

    PEBS Neuroethics Roundup (JHU)
    Last Edition's Most Popular Article(s): Brain Training Doesn’t Make You Smarter, Scientific American In The Popular Press: Special K, a Hallucinogen, Raises Hopes and Concerns as a Treatment for Depression, New York Times A Crowd Of…
Rank this Week: 1089

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/
  • Dec 12

    Rating the Nursing Homes in New Jersey and Pennsylvania

    Rating the Nursing Homes in New Jersey and Pennsylvania
    The official U.S. government website for Medicare provides a tool that allows consumers to compare information about nursing homes. It is called Nursing Home Compare, and contains quality-of-care information on every Medicare- and…
  • Dec 10

    The True Cost of Anti-Psychotics and Tort “Reform”

    The True Cost of Anti-Psychotics and Tort “Reform”
    A recent series of disturbing stories by NPR report finding with objective data what many of us practitioners know already – that in many substandard facilities residents are over medicated with sometimes dangerous medications just to…
  • Dec 4

    Non-Disparagement Clauses: Buying the Silence of Guardian

    Non-Disparagement Clauses: Buying the Silence of Guardian
    I’ve noticed in my practice a dangerous and burgeoning phenomenon. That is, the emergence of non-disparagement clauses for people who know the dangerous secrets of the worst of the worst long-term care facilities. I am finding that the…
Rank this Week: 1569

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: 703

HealthBlawg

HealthBlawg

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

http://www.healthblawg.com/
  • 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
  • Dec 3

    Down, Down, Down: Avoidable Errors, Uninsurance, Cost Inflation

    Down, Down, Down: Avoidable Errors, Uninsurance, Cost Inflation
    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: 607

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…
Rank this Week: 3515

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/
  • Dec 11

    CMS Expands Medicare's Authority to Deny and Terminate Physicians and Other Providers-Why This Matter

    CMS Expands Medicare's Authority to Deny and Terminate Physicians and Other Providers-Why This Matter
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Stop me if you've heard this one before: the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently increased Medicare's authority over…
  • Nov 24

    Office of Inspector General Work Plan 2015: A Provider's Overview-Part 2

    Office of Inspector General Work Plan 2015: A Provider's Overview-Part 2
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law and Michael L. Smith, R.R.T., J.D., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. …
  • Nov 21

    Office of Inspector General Work Plan 2015: A Provider's Overview-Part 1

    Office of Inspector General Work Plan 2015: A Provider's Overview-Part 1
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law and Michael L. Smith, R.R.T., J.D., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Each new fiscal year, the Office of the Inspector General…
Rank this Week: 2427

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: 3968

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
  • Dec 10

    The Unique Risks Of Investing In Out-Of-Network Provider

    The Unique Risks Of Investing In Out-Of-Network Provider
    Last week we published an article discussing the nuances of investing in a healthcare business with heavy “out-of-network” reimbursement. We get a lot of questions from funds and lenders on this topic as such investments…
  • Dec 8

    Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: Direct Flow Medical Secures $32 Million in Financing

    Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: Direct Flow Medical Secures $32 Million in Financing
    Direct Flow Medical has announced it closed a new round of financing totaling $32 million. Direct Flow Medical, headquartered in Santa Rosa, Calif., is a developer of transcatheter heart valve technologies. The financing rounds includes $17…
  • Dec 1

    Study: Disruptive Changes Could Cost Medical Device Industry $34 Billion by 2020

    Study: Disruptive Changes Could Cost Medical Device Industry $34 Billion by 2020
    A new study conducted by management consulting firm A.T. Kearney identifies five disruptive forces that could cost the medical device industry $34 billion over the next five years. For the study, titled “Medical Devices: Equipped…
Rank this Week: 2439

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: 418

False Claims Counsel

False Claims Counsel

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

http://www.falseclaimscounsel.com/wordpress
  • Dec 7

    Rite-Aid pays nearly $3 million over gift card kickback allegation

    Rite-Aid pays nearly $3 million over gift card kickback allegation
    On December 3, the Department of Justice announced that Rite-Aid Corp. had agreed to pay $2.99 million to settle a whistleblower’s allegations that the company violated the antikickback statute and submitted false claims by handing out…
  • Dec 7

    Georgia hospice settles whistleblower suit for nearly $600,000

    Georgia hospice settles whistleblower suit for nearly $600,000
    On December 2, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia announced that a Dublin, Georgia hospice, had agreed to pay nearly $600,000 to settle allegations, originally brought by a whistleblower, of false Medicare claims…
  • Dec 7

    Texas ear, nose, and throat practice settles false claims allegations with OIG-HHS for over $200k

    Texas ear, nose, and throat practice settles false claims allegations with OIG-HHS for over $200k
    On December 3, the Office of Inspector General of HHS announced (no permalink available) that a Texas otolaryngology practice had paid over $200,000 to resolve allegations that it had submitted false claims to federal health care programs.…
Rank this Week: 297

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/
  • Dec 5

    New Regulations for Supplier & Service Provider Enrollment in Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service

    New Regulations for Supplier & Service Provider Enrollment in Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service
    On December 3, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule with new provisions for supplier and service provider enrollment in CMS programs. In sum, three provisions are applicable to healthcare providers who…
  • Nov 19

    HHS Releases Bulletin: HIPAA Privacy in Emergency Situation

    HHS Releases Bulletin: HIPAA Privacy in Emergency Situation
    Generally, when you visit a healthcare facility or receive any health treatments, you expect a certain level of privacy. Patient privacy is protected by HIPAA, or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. However, the…
  • Oct 29

    Provider Preparation for Infectious Disease

    Provider Preparation for Infectious Disease
    Most hospitals and health-care providers have protocols and procedures for contending with infectious diseases, including those creating public-panic, such as the Ebola outbreak. However, when a new crisis hits, many of these protocols may…
Rank this Week: 3221

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/
  • 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…
  • Dec 2

    Providers May Get Guidance on the 60-Day Rule

    Providers May Get Guidance on the 60-Day Rule
    The ACA turned mistaken overpayments by intermediaries, carriers and Medicaid agencies into potential False Claims Act violations by healthcare providers when it required that an overpayment be reported and refunded within 60 days after it…
  • Nov 28

    IRS Penalties for Employer Coverage Offer Reporting Violation

    IRS Penalties for Employer Coverage Offer Reporting Violation
    It’s time to bust another ACA myth.  If the employer mandate goes away, ACA requirements to report the mandated coverage offers go away too, right?  Wrong. The employer mandate of Code § 4980H is enforced by…
Rank this Week: 3447

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/
  • Nov 29

    New Study Linking Addiction and Marijuana

    New Study Linking Addiction and Marijuana
    There are many drugs that are known for their highly addictive qualities: cocaine, pharmaceuticals, alcohol, even cigarettes. Addiction and chemical dependency are dangerous and can threaten the health and quality of life for users, but…
  • Nov 27

    Marijuana Legalization and the Real Estate Market

    Marijuana Legalization and the Real Estate Market
    Legalization of marijuana has changed not only the market for marijuana, but has impacted other industries as well. As the trend of legalization sweeps through the U.S., those in the real estate business have had to take note. New marijuana…
  • Nov 25

    Flying with Pot: Is it Legal?

    Flying with Pot: Is it Legal?
    Drug sniffing dogs at the airport and other security measures to prevent illegal trafficking and smuggling make flying with drugs seem like an unquestionably illegal activity. But, now that more states have legalized marijuana, residents…
Rank this Week: 4005

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/
Rank this Week: 1961

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/
Rank this Week: 458

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/
  • 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…
  • Nov 7

    CMS Issues FY2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

    CMS Issues FY2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
    Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final Physician Fee Schedule for Fiscal Year 2015.   The annual Physician Fee Schedule includes various policy and payment changes to be…
  • Oct 31

    Office of Inspector General Releases Work Plan for FY 2015

    Office of Inspector General Releases Work Plan for FY 2015
    Each year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) publishes a Work Plan for the coming fiscal year which summarizes new and ongoing reviews and activities that the OIG plans to pursue with…
Rank this Week: 4890

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: 419

Massage Therapy Law Blog

Massage Therapy Law Blog

By George F. Indest III, P.A.

http://massagelawblog.wordpress.com/
Rank this Week: 3339

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: 2061

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…
  • 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…
  • Sep 17

    DEA Offers New Prescription Drug Return Policy

    DEA Offers New Prescription Drug Return Policy
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Looking to improve the prescription drug abuse epidemic in the United States, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced September 8,…
Rank this Week: 1916

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…
Rank this Week: 967

Nursing Law Blog

Nursing Law Blog

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

http://nursinglawblog.wordpress.com/
Rank this Week: 3301

Chicago Nursing Home Lawyers Blog

Chicago Nursing Home Lawyers Blog

Comments on nursing home legal issues. By Robert Kreisman.

http://www.chicagonursinghomelawyersblog.com/
  • 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…
  • Sep 16

    Nursing Home Resident Suffers Fractures and Settles for $1.5 Million for Injurie

    Nursing Home Resident Suffers Fractures and Settles for $1.5 Million for Injurie
    Peter Piel, 62, resided at the Mirajoy Home. When a nurse’s aide attempted to transfer Piel from his bed to a shower chair, he fell, hitting his head, fracturing his left hip and injuring his right leg. He required surgery for the hip…
Rank this Week: 1437

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,…
Rank this Week: 4939

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: 3365

Dentistry Law Blog

Dentistry Law Blog

By George F. Indest III.

http://dentistrylawblog.wordpress.com/
Rank this Week: 1822