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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/
  • Jul 28

    CMS Proposes Welcomed Changes to the Medicare Home Health Face-to-Face Requirement

    CMS Proposes Welcomed Changes to the Medicare Home Health Face-to-Face Requirement
    On July 1, 2014, CMS published the 2015 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update proposed rule, which included proposed changes to the home health face-to-face encounter requirement. The face-to-face encounter, a requirement added…
  • Jul 24

    Anti-Kickback and Stark Law Whistleblower Suit Results in $24.5 Million Settlement

    Anti-Kickback and Stark Law Whistleblower Suit Results in $24.5 Million Settlement
    The Department of Justice released a statement on Monday July 21, 2014 discussing a recent $24.5 million settlement with Alabama-based Infirmary Health System Inc. (IHS), two IHS-affiliated clinics and Diagnostic Physicians Group, P.C.…
  • Jul 22

    Senate Report Finds Medicare Audit Programs Have Failed to Reduce Improper Payment Rate

    Senate Report Finds Medicare Audit Programs Have Failed to Reduce Improper Payment Rate
    The Senate Special Committee on Aging recently issued a report addressing the current Medicare audit programs, the impact of these programs on reducing improper payment rates and the burden providers face when undergoing a Medicare audit. The…
Rank this Week: 1722

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: 504

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/
  • Jul 28

    Medicare Trust Fund Exhaustion Pushed Back Until 2030

    Medicare Trust Fund Exhaustion Pushed Back Until 2030
    In its Trustees Report released July 28, 2014, CMS announced that the Medicare trust fund will remain solvent until 2030, four more years than previously projected, due in part to cost controls implemented in the Affordable Care Act. Factors…
  • Jun 30

    Dueling MSA Recommendation

    Dueling MSA Recommendation
    We knew it was inevitable but the day has come. The Court of Appeals of Ohio published an opinion within which the parties debate the need for an LMSA and use the polar extreme of MSA providers to argue their cases. Unlike dueling life care…
  • Jun 6

    Hearing on the Merit

    Hearing on the Merit
    Although I’m sure you’ve seen the abundant posts this week regarding the new WCMSA Reference Guide and are aware that CMS has added a new section, it looks like this: 4.1.4 Hearing on the Merits of a Case When a state WC judge…
Rank this Week: 521

HIPAA Blog

HIPAA Blog

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

http://hipaablog.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 28

    Self Regional (Greenwood, SC) laptop…

    Self Regional (Greenwood, SC) laptop theft: Two knuckelheads broke into a building and stole a laptop.  They've been caught, but said when they realized what they stole, they threw it into a lake.  Divers were not able to find the…
  • Jul 25

    HIPAA on Offense: Yes, it happens. 

    HIPAA on Offense: Yes, it happens. 
  • Jul 23

    Sutter Health Data Breach Update: No proof…

    Sutter Health Data Breach Update: No proof of harm, no statutory damages. As you know, someone threw a brick through a plate glass door and stole a desktop (!) computer from a Sutter Health location.  The desktop had protected health…
Rank this Week: 787

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/
  • Jul 28

    Thinking About Contacting the Professionals Resource Network (PRN) or the Intervention Project for Nurses (IPN)? Read This.

    Thinking About Contacting the Professionals Resource Network (PRN) or the Intervention Project for Nurses (IPN)? Read This.
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Physicians, dentists, nurses and other health professionals, accused of wrongdoing, may be referred to or receive recommendations from…
  • Jul 23

    What You Need to Know About Florida's Baker Act - Part 2

    What You Need to Know About Florida's Baker Act - Part 2
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law We are frequently consulted by family members or friends of individuals who are erroneously confined under Florida's Baker Act or the …
  • Jul 21

    What You Need to Know About Florida's Baker Act - Part 1

    What You Need to Know About Florida's Baker Act - Part 1
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law We are frequently consulted by family members of individuals who are erroneously confined under Florida's Baker Act, Section 394.451, Florida…
Rank this Week: 482

Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform

Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform

Edited by Douglas A. Berman.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/marijuana_law/
Rank this Week: 4257

Medical Futility

Medical Futility

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

http://medicalfutility.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 28

    The End of End-of-Life Law

    The End of End-of-Life Law
    Check out this new article by UVA professor Lois Shepherd "The End of End-of-Life Law." As the title suggests, Shepherd's article argues that questions about medical care at the end of life should be approached like…
  • Jul 27

    New NINR Video Focuses on Preparing for the End of Life

    New NINR Video Focuses on Preparing for the End of Life
    A new video, co-produced by the National Institute of Nursing Research seeks to help people by answering one of life’s most sensitive questions: how can a person best prepare for the end of life?  Developed to highlight content…
  • Jul 25

    Even after Tracey Decision, Unilateral & Covert DNR Orders Continue

    Even after Tracey Decision, Unilateral & Covert DNR Orders Continue
    Last month, the UK Court of Appeal confirmed that while clinicians do not need family consent to write a DNR order, they must at least consult with families before writing a DNR order on an incapacitated patient.  But a court decision…
Rank this Week: 293

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/
  • Jul 27

    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: Circuit Split on Availability of ACA Tax Credits in Federal Exchanges. Two circuit court panels…
  • Jul 25

    CMS Issues Proposed CY 2015 Medicare OPPS/ASC Rule

    CMS Issues Proposed CY 2015 Medicare OPPS/ASC Rule
    On July 14, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published its proposed rule to update the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System rates…
  • Jul 25

    CMS Publishes Proposed MPFS Rule for 2015

    CMS Publishes Proposed MPFS Rule for 2015
    On July 11, 2014, CMS published its proposed rule to update the Medicare physician fee schedule for CY 2015. The proposed rule reflects enactment of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) of 2014, which provides for a 0% update to the…
Rank this Week: 367

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/
  • Jul 27

    Gov. Christie Urges Republicans To Soften Rhetoric, But Not Position, on Abortion

    Gov. Christie Urges Republicans To Soften Rhetoric, But Not Position, on Abortion
    Bloomberg Business Week: Christie Call to Cool Abortion Talk Follows Curbs in N.J., by Elise Young: Chris Christie, who last week prodded Republicans to drop anti-abortion rhetoric to appeal to more voters, has steadily weakened access to the…
  • Jul 26

    Testimony Against Women's Health Protection Act Replete With Bad Science

    Testimony Against Women's Health Protection Act Replete With Bad Science
    The Hill - Contributors blog: Debunking the bad science on abortion and women's health, by Andrea Flynn: Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on the Women's Health Protection Act (WHPA), a bill that would prevent…
  • Jul 26

    Anti-Family Planning Nurse Sues Family Planning Clinic for Refusing To Hire Her

    Anti-Family Planning Nurse Sues Family Planning Clinic for Refusing To Hire Her
    Gender & Sexuality Law Blog: When Reality Becomes Satire: Anti-Contraception Nurse Sues Family Planning Clinic For Not Hiring Her, by Kara Loewentheil: And now for an exercise in absurdity: a nurse who refuses to prescribe contraception…
Rank this Week: 78

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/
  • Jul 27

    Health Care Decisions in the New Era of Health Care Reform (North Carolina Law Review Symposium)

    Health Care Decisions in the New Era of Health Care Reform (North Carolina Law Review Symposium)
    HealthLawProf Blog is pleased to post the following introduction to a very interesting Symposium published by the North Carolina Law Review entitled "Health Care Decisions in the New Era of Health Care Reform:" Optimal decision…
  • Jul 26

    Thank You to June's Guest Blogger

    Thank You to June's Guest Blogger
    HealthLawProf Blog would like to thank our June guest bloggers Associate Dean and Professor Alicia Ouellette, Professor Erin Fuse Brown, Professor Seema Mohapatra, and Professor Wendy Mariner. Here is a short recap of their posts: Associate…
  • Jul 26

    Guest Blogger Professor Leslie E. Wolf: Lessons from the Facebook “Emotional Contagion” Experiment

    Guest Blogger Professor Leslie E. Wolf: Lessons from the Facebook “Emotional Contagion” Experiment
    Having spent a good part of my career focused on research ethics issues, I have read with interest the reports and fallout about Facebook’s “emotional contagion” experiment. It’s not often that you get an example of research gone awry…
Rank this Week: 531

False Claims Counsel

False Claims Counsel

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

http://www.falseclaimscounsel.com/wordpress
Rank this Week: 474

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/
  • Jul 25

    Draft IRS ACA Forms Now Online

    Draft IRS ACA Forms Now Online
    On July 24, 2014, the IRS posted preliminary, unofficial drafts of forms that the ACA compels employers, plan administrators and employees to file, inter alia, to certify coverages offered and provided to employees in 2015.  They…
  • Jul 24

    Check Subsidy Certifications Closely and Appeal All Error

    Check Subsidy Certifications Closely and Appeal All Error
    As we explained a year ago, then again on January 14, 2014 and March 18, 2014, HHS is doing very little in 2014 and 2015 to verify the accuracy of information given by healthcare.gov subsidy applicants.  Failure to appeal subsidy…
  • Jul 23

    Courts Split in Round 2 of the Healthcare.gov Subsidy Smack-down

    Courts Split in Round 2 of the Healthcare.gov Subsidy Smack-down
    Do you recall any of the appellate opinions preceding the Supreme Court’s June 2012 affirmance of the ACA’s individual mandate?  Come June 2016, you’re no more likely to remember the two decisions that dominated the…
Rank this Week: 3910

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/
  • Jul 24

    PEBS Neuroethics Roundup (JHU)

    PEBS Neuroethics Roundup (JHU)
    Last Edition's Most Popular Article(s): The Trouble With Brain Science, New York Times Opinion Pages In The Popular Press: Does Your Dog Feel Jealous, Or Is That A Purely Human Flaw? National Public Radio Shots Blog Smarter than a…
  • Jul 18

    PTSD Treatment and Large Scale Propranolol Trial

    PTSD Treatment and Large Scale Propranolol Trial
    Emily Anthes discusses memory dampening here, including some helpful information about ongoing, large scale trials of propranolol to treat PTSD in those who already have it. Here's an excerpt (footnote omitted): Perhaps, researchers…
  • Jul 17

    PEBS Neuroethics Roundup (JHU)

    PEBS Neuroethics Roundup (JHU)
    Last Edition's Most Popular Article(s): The pill to banish painful memories—forget it!, Practical Ethics In The Popular Press: The Moral Hazards and Legal Conundrums of Our Robot-Filled Future, Wired The Trouble With Brain Science, New…
Rank this Week: 443

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: 1599

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/
  • Jul 24

    Projections 2014-2016: Legislative Changes in Marijuana Law

    Projections 2014-2016: Legislative Changes in Marijuana Law
    Recreational marijuana use is legal in both Colorado and Washington, and now 23 states have passed legislation for some form of medical use. Despite the rapid changes taking place state-by-state, there is still no clear path on how marijuana…
  • Jul 22

    Medical Marijuana Researcher Loses University Position Over PTSD Trial

    Medical Marijuana Researcher Loses University Position Over PTSD Trial
    Medical marijuana research is complicated by federal law, the FDA, as well as varying opinions in the public and private sector. According to recent reports, a University of Arizona researcher lost her job over a study involving the impact of…
  • Jul 20

    L.A. Marijuana Farmers' Market Forced to Shut Down

    L.A. Marijuana Farmers' Market Forced to Shut Down
    The L.A. marijuana farmers market, which only opened over the 4th of July weekend, had a short existence and was ordered to shut down by a Superior Court Judge after a city attorney filed an injunction. The farmers' market is being forced to…
Rank this Week: 297

SCG Healthcare Blog

SCG Healthcare Blog

By State Capital Group.

http://healthcare.scglegal.com/
  • Jul 24

    Labs & Referring Physicians Take Note of OIG’s Special Fraud Alert

    Labs & Referring Physicians Take Note of OIG’s Special Fraud Alert
    Recently, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General issued a Special Fraud Alert entitled, “Laboratory Payments to Referring Physicians.” The Alert focuses on specimen processing arrangements…
  • Jul 18

    New Law Affecting APRNs Takes Effect July 16, 2014

    New Law Affecting APRNs Takes Effect July 16, 2014
    Senate Bill 7, signed by Governor Beshear on February 26, 2014, becomes effective today. The new law allows for an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse to request to discontinue a Collaborative Agreement for Prescribing Authority for…
  • Jul 16

    New Part D Regulations Face Increased Scrutiny from Advocacy Groups & Congre

    New Part D Regulations Face Increased Scrutiny from Advocacy Groups & Congre
    On March 10, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a memorandum to Part D Plan Sponsors and Medicare Hospice Providers, entitled “Part D Payment for Drugs for Beneficiaries Enrolled in Hospice – Final 2014…
Rank this Week: 3226

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/
Rank this Week: 3127

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
Rank this Week: 1044

Law Links | Health Links

Law Links | Health Links

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

http://lawlinkshealthlinks.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 23

    Lubin & Meyer Land Top 3 Largest Verdicts in Massachusett

    Lubin & Meyer Land Top 3 Largest Verdicts in Massachusett
    Medical malpractice law firm Lubin & Meyer tops the list of the largest verdicts of the year as reported in Mass. Lawyers Weekly in its mid-year issue which features the largest verdicts, settlements and government settements from June of…
  • Jul 7

    Stephen Eldridge Recognized as Top Financial Advisor

    Stephen Eldridge Recognized as Top Financial Advisor
    Stephen F. Eldridge, a financial advisor with Eldridge Investment Advisors, Inc. of Manchester, NH, has been recognized as a top financial advisor by LPL Financial. Eldridge is named to the LPL Financial Executive Council, a distinction…
  • Jun 23

    New Hampshire's Distinction: Fewest Health Insurers in Federal Marketplace — One

    New Hampshire's Distinction: Fewest Health Insurers in Federal Marketplace — One
    A new report released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finds that people who selected silver plans, the most popular plan type in the federal Marketplace, with tax credits paid an average premium of $69 per month. In the…
Rank this Week: 768

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/
Rank this Week: 791

HealthBlawg

HealthBlawg

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

http://www.healthblawg.com/
  • Jul 22

    FDA Social Media Guidance - Hangout on Air

    FDA Social Media Guidance - Hangout on Air
    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
  • Jul 17

    Health Information Exchange: Meaningful Consent

    Health Information Exchange: Meaningful Consent
    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
  • Jul 16

    Consumer Generated Data: Your "Data Exhaust"

    Consumer Generated Data: Your "Data Exhaust"
    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: 1327

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/
Rank this Week: 3247

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/
  • Jul 22

    Disruptive Physicians: Nobody Likes a Nuisance

    Disruptive Physicians: Nobody Likes a Nuisance
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law and Christopher E. Brown, J.D., The Health Law Firm Identifying and eliminating disruptive physicians has become a paramount concern of many…
  • Jul 17

    Why Have You Received a Denial on Your Medicare Enrollment Application?

    Why Have You Received a Denial on Your Medicare Enrollment Application?
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law and Christopher E. Brown, J.D., The Health Law Firm Did you receive a denial on your Medicare enrollment application and can’t figure out…
  • Jul 2

    CMS in the Hot Seat for Lax Oversight of Medicaid Managed Care Organization

    CMS in the Hot Seat for Lax Oversight of Medicaid Managed Care Organization
    By Lenis L. Archer, J.D., M.P.H., The Health Law Firm For years, each state has kept an eye on its own Medicaid managed care plans, while the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is required to monitor how well … Continue…
Rank this Week: 2639

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: 883

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/
  • 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,…
  • Apr 23

    Workers Compensation Review Center (WCRC) Changes Position on Development Letter

    Workers Compensation Review Center (WCRC) Changes Position on Development Letter
    As a result of Gould and Lamb’s continued advocacy with CMS Central Office, WCRC, and Regional Offices, Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set Aside submitters will see a light at the end of the tunnel. Based on direct conversations,…
Rank this Week: 2593

Health Care Law Blog

Health Care Law Blog

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

http://www.healthcarelaw-blog.com/
  • Jul 17

    Healthcare Whistleblower Claims Based on Self-Referral Arrangement

    Healthcare Whistleblower Claims Based on Self-Referral Arrangement
    Two federal laws regulate referrals and financial arrangements between healthcare providers and facilities - Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute.1 These laws have recently been at the center of important healthcare whistleblower fraud…
  • Jul 10

    Negotiating Professional Liability Insurance Protection in Physician Employment Agreement

    Negotiating Professional Liability Insurance Protection in Physician Employment Agreement
    In our practice as an Atlanta and Augusta health care law firm, we see varying options regarding professional liability insurance coverage made to physicians in their employment agreements. All doctors apprehend in general that there are…
  • Jul 1

    HIPAA's Teeth

    HIPAA's Teeth
    Although most health care providers understand in the abstract that they must comply with The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), many may not fully appreciate the legal and financial significance of…
Rank this Week: 3380

Health Law Attorney Blog

Health Law Attorney Blog

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

http://www.healthlawattorneyblog.com/
  • Jul 16

    Halifax Health to Pay $1M Settlement in False Claims Case

    Halifax Health to Pay $1M Settlement in False Claims Case
    One of the most widely viewed False Claims Act (FCA) cases filed against a hospital is coming to an end--Florida hospital, Halifax Health, is preparing to pay $1 million to settle a $73 million dollar Medicare overbilling case. Potentially,…
  • Jul 16

    D.C. Circuit Restores Attorney-Client Privilege Protection for Internal Investigation

    D.C. Circuit Restores Attorney-Client Privilege Protection for Internal Investigation
    Companies doing business in highly-regulated industries, including the health care industry, were left holding their breath after a D.C. district court ruled that the attorney-client privilege doctrine did not attach to a company's internal…
  • Jul 14

    Office of Medicare Hearings & Appeals Announces Settlement Conference Facilitation Pilot Program

    Office of Medicare Hearings & Appeals Announces Settlement Conference Facilitation Pilot Program
    The landscape of the Medicare appeals process is quickly changing with the launch of the Settlement Conference Facilitation ("SCF") pilot program. The program is designed to be an alternate dispute resolution process where the appellant and…
Rank this Week: 718

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/
Rank this Week: 905

Chicago Nursing Home Lawyers Blog

Chicago Nursing Home Lawyers Blog

Comments on nursing home legal issues. By Robert Kreisman.

http://www.chicagonursinghomelawyersblog.com/
Rank this Week: 4099

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/
  • Jul 9

    Boston Nursing Home Cuts Wages of Worker

    Boston Nursing Home Cuts Wages of Worker
    Shortly after Lexington took over this nursing home, plans were made to cut wages of important healthcare providers by as much as 40%.  This represents a true danger to those residents.  For more information, read here.
  • Jun 9

    Nursing Home Resident Presses On to Attend D-Day Ceremony in Normandy

    Nursing Home Resident Presses On to Attend D-Day Ceremony in Normandy
    As a veteran myself, I loved this amazing story from England.  Bernard Jordan is a 90 year-old WWII D-Day veteran.  Unfortunately, he was originally unable to go to the ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day…
  • Jun 2

    Residents Not "Improving" May Now Get Physical, Occupational Therapy if Helping

    Residents Not "Improving" May Now Get Physical, Occupational Therapy if Helping
    I have heard many stories over the years of families that fight to keep a nursing home resident getting physical, occupational, or speech therapy. It used to be that if there was a determination that a resident wasn’t progressing…
Rank this Week: 1224

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/
  • Jul 9

    Medicare and Medicaid Requesting Comment on Proposed Changes to Home Health Regulation

    Medicare and Medicaid Requesting Comment on Proposed Changes to Home Health Regulation
    A proposed rule issued July 1 by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) (CMS-1611-P) looks to change payment rates for home health agencies and simplify the  face-to-face encounter regulatory requirements. The decrease in…
  • Jun 23

    CMS Expands Proposed Five-Star Rating System for Provider

    CMS Expands Proposed Five-Star Rating System for Provider
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have announced another expansion to their planned five-star rating system for various medical facilities. At present, CMS uses star ratings to allow consumers to compare Medicare Advantage plans…
  • May 28

    Latest Healthcare Premium Costs Within the Nebraska Exchange

    Latest Healthcare Premium Costs Within the Nebraska Exchange
    The Congressional Research Service recently published the latest costs for a healthcare plan within the Nebraska Exchange. Every plan has variables that may affect the costs associated with securing health insurance. The Nebraska exchange…
Rank this Week: 4022

Pharmacy Law Blog

Pharmacy Law Blog

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

http://pharmacylawblog.wordpress.com/
  • Jul 7

    Florida Legislature Reforms Pharmacy Benefit Manager Audit Practice

    Florida Legislature Reforms Pharmacy Benefit Manager Audit Practice
    According to the Florida Legislature, it’s time for pharmacists to focus on their patients instead of paperwork. On June 13, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed Florida Senate Bill 702 into law. This law introduces clear guidelines…
  • Mar 25

    Out-of-State Compounding Pharmacies May Need a Permit To Do Business in Florida

    Out-of-State Compounding Pharmacies May Need a Permit To Do Business in Florida
    By Lance O. Leider, J.D., The Health Law Firm Beginning on October 1, 2014, out-of-state compounding pharmacies may be required to hold a compounded sterile product permit. That’s because the Regulated Industries Committee of the…
  • Feb 25

    Florida Board of Pharmacy Updates Record Retention Rules for Pharmacie

    Florida Board of Pharmacy Updates Record Retention Rules for Pharmacie
    By Lance O. Leider, J.D., The Health Law Firm At its meeting held on February 12, 2014, the Florida Board of Pharmacy voted to approve language changes to a number of rules. Specifically, those changes were put into effect to ……
Rank this Week: 4687

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: 1037

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
  • Jul 4

    Personalized Medicine Today: PMC Issues Fourth State of the Industry Report

    Personalized Medicine Today: PMC Issues Fourth State of the Industry Report
    Personalized medicine is changing the paradigm of the research, development and delivery of health care. The Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC), a consortium of interested stakeholders that seeks to promote the understanding and adoption…
  • Jun 25

    USPTO Extends Deadline to Comment on Subject Matter Eligibility Analysi

    USPTO Extends Deadline to Comment on Subject Matter Eligibility Analysi
    Yesterday at BIO’s session entitled “Patent-Eligibility from the Trenches: Practical Implications of the Supreme Court’s Prometheus (Mayo) and Myriad Decisions” a panel of experts and an engaged audience…
  • Jun 15

    Federal Circuit Dismisses WARF Stem Cell Case – A Missed Opportunity

    Federal Circuit Dismisses WARF Stem Cell Case – A Missed Opportunity
    Recently in Consumer Watchdog v. Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, No. 2013-1377 (Fed. Cir. 2014), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Federal Circuit) dismissed Appellant Consumer Watchdog’s appeal on the ground…
Rank this Week: 2743

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: 1275

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/
  • Jun 30

    Medicare Rolls Out 5-Star Rating System for Providers/Physician

    Medicare Rolls Out 5-Star Rating System for Providers/Physician
    Are you and your practice ready to be rated by Medicare?  If not, you should probably get ready. According to a CMS blog post by Dr. Patrick Conway, CMS Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer, the…
  • Jun 30

    Considering Telemedicine? Pay Attention to Legal Requirement

    Considering Telemedicine? Pay Attention to Legal Requirement
    The topic of telemedicine is becoming increasingly more common in the medical community.  For certain, telemedicine can be a cost effective way of communicating with and monitoring patients, but it is not without its risks.  For one…
  • Jun 30

    DOJ Joins Whistleblower Case On 60-day Overpayment Refund Requirement

    DOJ Joins Whistleblower Case On 60-day Overpayment Refund Requirement
    One of the often overlooked requirements in the federal Affordable Care Act  is that healthcare providers now have an obligation to refund overpayments to the Medicare within 60 days of discovery.  Failing to do…
Rank this Week: 2226

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/
  • Jun 26

    Are You Sure Your Company Is "At Home" In All 50 States?

    Are You Sure Your Company Is "At Home" In All 50 States?
    As Jim Beck (of the Drug and Device Law Blog) and Michelle Cheng explain in a recent Washington Legal Foundation Legal Backgrounder, "The Other Shoe Drops on General Jurisdiction: Making the Most of Supreme Court’s Bauman & Goodyear…
  • Jun 23

    Was It Worth the Wait? - FDA Releases Two Social Media Guidance Documents for Drug/Device Industry

    Was It Worth the Wait? - FDA Releases Two Social Media Guidance Documents for Drug/Device Industry
    Earlier this week, the FDA issued two draft guidances on social media, and in this client alert, attorneys Colleen Davies, Celeste Letourneau, Kevin Madagan, and Jennifer Pike have analyzed them both in detail. The first guidance pertains to…
  • Jun 4

    Law360 Article - U.S. and French Sunshine Laws Present Compliance Challenges for Manufacturer

    Law360 Article - U.S. and French Sunshine Laws Present Compliance Challenges for Manufacturer
    In “From Sea to Shining Sea: French and US Sunshine Laws,” (Law360 subscription required), Reed Smith attorneys Elizabeth Carder-Thompson and Daniel Kadar discuss recent legislation from both sides of the Atlantic designed to…
Rank this Week: 677

California Insurance Lawyer Blog

California Insurance Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.californiainsurancelawyerblog.com/
Rank this Week: 2363

STEIN on Medical Malpractice

STEIN on Medical Malpractice

Discusses new court decisions, legislation, and other cutting-edge developments in medical malpractice laws across the United States. By Alex Stein, Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

http://steinmedicalmalpractice.com
  • Jun 9

    Interpreting Nevada’s Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice Suit

    Interpreting Nevada’s Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice Suit
    June 9, 2014 Libby v. The Eights Judicial District Court, --- P.3d ----, 2014 WL 2428791 (Nev. 2014) The Nevada Supreme Court recently delivered an important decision interpreting the state’s statute of limitations for medical…
  • Jun 9

    Interpreting Nevada’s Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice Suit

    Interpreting Nevada’s Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice Suit
    June 9, 2014 Libby v. The Eights Judicial District Court, --- P.3d ----, 2014 WL 2428791 (Nev. 2014) The Nevada Supreme Court recently delivered an important decision interpreting the state’s statute of limitations for medical…
  • Jun 9

    Causation Defenses in New Jersey

    Causation Defenses in New Jersey
    June 9, 2014 Komlodi v. Picciano, --- A.3d ----, 2014 WL 2050758 (N.J. 2014)This new decision of the New Jersey Supreme Court restated the rule that denies the comparative negligence defense to doctors who negligently fail to guard…
Rank this Week: 3908

Dentistry Law Blog

Dentistry Law Blog

By George F. Indest III.

http://dentistrylawblog.wordpress.com/
  • Jun 5

    Dangerous Dentistry: What One Connecticut Dentist Did That Got His License Suspended

    Dangerous Dentistry: What One Connecticut Dentist Did That Got His License Suspended
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Connecticut officials have suspended the license of an Enfield, Connecticut, dentist after a patient apparently died in the dentist’s chair…
  • Mar 6

    Dentists: Call The Health Law Firm Attorneys From Representation in Short-Notice Depositions and Hearing

    Dentists: Call The Health Law Firm Attorneys From Representation in Short-Notice Depositions and Hearing
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Our attorneys often receive calls from dentists and other health professionals regarding the possibility of representing them on short notice at a…
  • Feb 26

    Florida Medicaid Audits Dental Claim

    Florida Medicaid Audits Dental Claim
    By Michael L. Smith, R.R.T., J.D., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) is auditing Medicaid claims submitted by dental providers in Florida. AHCA is auditing dental practices…
Rank this Week: 4787

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: 4694

Health Law Blog

Health Law Blog

By Tom Mayo.

http://healthlawblog.blogspot.com/
  • May 28

    American University's 7th annual Health Law & Policy Summer Institute

    American University's 7th annual Health Law & Policy Summer Institute
    From Matthew W. Pierce, Associate Director of American University's Health Law & Justice Program, comes an announcement about the school's upcoming Health Law & Policy Summer Institute: “American University Washington College…
  • Mar 21

    It's obviously been

    It's obviously been
    It's obviously been a while since I posted to this blog. Between directing an ethics center and maintaining a pretty heavy teaching and consulting load, the blog simply took a back seat to more pressing concerns. Since September 2009, a lot…
  • Sep 27

    Dallas Morning News' excellent series on health care costs (and other things that matter)

    Dallas Morning News' excellent series on health care costs (and other things that matter)
    Hooray to the Dallas Morning News for its week-long series on health care and the systemic issues that have contributed to the crisis we are now in. Free registration may be required to view all of these articles. . . .Sun., 9/27: High…
Rank this Week: 763

CAMLAW : Complementary And…

CAMLAW : Complementary And Alternative Medicine Law Blog

Covers chiropractic, dietary supplements, ethical issues, insurance, malpractice and risk management, spirituality and yoga. By Michael H. Cohen.

http://www.camlawblog.com/
  • May 28

    Physicians and chiropractors navigate functional medicine legal issue

    Physicians and chiropractors navigate functional medicine legal issue
    Physicians, naturopathic medical doctors, chiropractors, nutritionists, psychologists, and other healthcare providers must navigate legal and liability rules to successfully practice functional medicine.Functional medicine is an approach to…
  • Mar 5

    Stem cell therapies engender changing regulatory environment

    Stem cell therapies engender changing regulatory environment
    Accelerating technologies are changing the regulatory environment to accommodate novel approaches to treating disease--stem cell laws being a case in point.We've published several posts and expect to expand these in coming days. Look…
  • Jan 7

    Acupuncture lawsuits rare but expert witnesses may help

    Acupuncture lawsuits rare but expert witnesses may help
    Although acupuncture malpractice may be rare, experts can be deployed to help mitigate liability (for defendants) or make the liability case (for plaintiffs).One such expert is Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac., DNBAO. Anthony…
Rank this Week: 215

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/
  • 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…
  • May 24

    VA Health Care system to allow veterans to go to private provider

    VA Health Care system to allow veterans to go to private provider
    On Saturday, May 24th, 2014, Sec. Shinseki announced the besieged VA Health Care system is making changes to allow some veterans to obtain treatment at private facilities. This link is to an article published on Saturday, May 24th,…
  • Apr 28

    VA's Benefits Phone: 1-800-827-1000

    VA's Benefits Phone: 1-800-827-1000
    Several years ago the VA lumped all VA Regional Offices into 8 call centers to handle all the calls from anywhere in the nation. Because you may think you are talking to your Regional Office, I wanted to explain what you need to know…
Rank this Week: 2083

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: 4688