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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/
  • Oct 21

    Welcome Reform Measures to Correct Questionable Self Reporting Staffing Levels in Nursing Home

    Welcome Reform Measures to Correct Questionable Self Reporting Staffing Levels in Nursing Home
    As an advocate for nursing home residents, one of my greatest frustrations has been the lack of oversight for self reported staffing levels.  This has lead to an extraordinarily low incidence of short staffing citations – and worse…
  • Oct 10

    Lack of Nurses in Nursing Homes Exposed

    Lack of Nurses in Nursing Homes Exposed
    When I began working in this field, I was astonished to realize that very few nursing homes and no assisted living facilities have a full-time doctor working there.  I found that facilities at times may be staffed almost entirely with…
  • Oct 2

    Know Your Resident’s Medication

    Know Your Resident’s Medication
    Many times I meet with families who were not told about medication changes or what a resident was prescribed.  It is easy to know what a resident is prescribed.  There is a document called a Medication Administration Record. …
Rank this Week: 1222

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/
  • 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,…
  • Oct 8

    “Doctor of Death” Trial Could Ignite Stricter Oversight in the Healthcare Industry

    “Doctor of Death” Trial Could Ignite Stricter Oversight in the Healthcare Industry
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law On paper, one Detroit-area oncologist appeared to be a wildly successful professional with impeccable medical credentials. According to his medical…
  • Sep 4

    Criminal Law: Warrantless Search of Cell Phone

    Criminal Law: Warrantless Search of Cell Phone
    Our guest author of this is article is Doug Plank, a legal research attorney with National Legal Research Group in Charlottesville, Virginia. In what some commentators have described as the most important criminal law decision of its…
Rank this Week: 877

Medical Futility

Medical Futility

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

http://medicalfutility.blogspot.com/
  • Oct 21

    North Dakota Personhood Amendment - Impact on End-of-Life Care

    North Dakota Personhood Amendment - Impact on End-of-Life Care
    On November 4, North Dakota residents will vote on eight ballot initiatives, one of which would amend the state constitution. If passed, the ballot initiative would add a new section to article I of the North Dakota Constitution:…
  • Oct 20

    Jean Davies - Successful VSED

    Jean Davies - Successful VSED
    Octogenarian Jean Davies, who is also a right-to-die campaigner, successfully used VSED to hasten her death.   She stopped drinking water on 16 September and passed away on 1 October.  (Sunday…
  • Oct 19

    VSED Interview - Not Here by Choice with Phyllis Shacter

    VSED Interview - Not Here by Choice with Phyllis Shacter
    The End-of-Life University has an online interview series that provides valuable resources and inspiration for the end of life.   On October 23, 2013 (1:00 ET), join Dr. Karen Wyatt and her guest Phyllis Shacter, an advocate for natural…
Rank this Week: 306

Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform

Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform

Edited by Douglas A. Berman.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/marijuana_law/
  • Oct 20

    Partial victory for 7th grade boy in disturbing marijuana strip search case

    Partial victory for 7th grade boy in disturbing marijuana strip search case
    A few years ago, an assistant principle at a Georgia middle school strip searched a twelve-year old boy in front of a few of his classmates, hoping to find marijuana. The school official did not find any marijuana and, I'm guessing, he is…
  • Oct 20

    Following the money and the polling surrounding Oregon's legalization initiative, Measure 91

    Following the money and the polling surrounding Oregon's legalization initiative, Measure 91
    This lengthy local article from Oregon provides a detailed look at the state of political debate in Oregon just a few weeks before final votes are cast concerning Measure 91 to legalize recreational marijuana in the state. The piece is…
  • Oct 20

    Colorado marijuana bankruptcy denial put on hold pending appeal

    Colorado marijuana bankruptcy denial put on hold pending appeal
    As Doug blogged about previously here, last month a Colorado bankrupcty judge dsimissed a Denver marijuana business owner's bankrupcty petition. The court reasonined that allowing the petition to go forward would put the bankrupcty trustee in…
Rank this Week: 4800

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/
  • Oct 20

    Baker Act Basic

    Baker Act Basic
    By Lance O. Leider, J.D., The Health Law Firm The Florida Mental Health Act, more commonly known as the Baker Act, was passed to allow for the creation of programs designed to "reduce the occurrence, severity, duration, and disabling…
  • Oct 16

    Reap the Benefits of Electronic Health Records, Not the Liabilities - Part 2

    Reap the Benefits of Electronic Health Records, Not the Liabilities - Part 2
    By Lenis L. Archer, J.D., M.P.H., The Health Law Firm In part one, I discussed how the recent United States Ebola crisis in Texas appeared to bolster the argument for those wary of the implementation of electronic health records (EHRs). To…
  • Oct 10

    The United States Ebola Case May Have Cast Doubt On The Use of Electronic Health Records - Part 1

    The United States Ebola Case May Have Cast Doubt On The Use of Electronic Health Records - Part 1
    By Lenis L. Archer, J.D., M.P.H., The Health Law Firm The evolving world of electronic technology saturates every type of industry imaginable. Organizational communication and the resources utilized have come full circle; from paper and pens…
Rank this Week: 1202

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/
  • Oct 20

    Forum Announced to Address Medicare Appeals Backlog

    Forum Announced to Address Medicare Appeals Backlog
    The Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) recently announced that it will host a second OMHA Medicare Appellant Forum on October 29, 2014.  The forum will provide updates on OMHA and CMS initiatives designed to mitigate the…
  • Oct 14

    ONC Report to Congress Highlights EHR Interoperability Challenge

    ONC Report to Congress Highlights EHR Interoperability Challenge
    In the October 2014 Report to Congress, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) reviewed the progress made in adoption of Electronic Health Record technology (EHR) and discussed the ongoing challenges to…
  • Oct 8

    CMS Reopens Submission Period for Meaningful Use Hardship Exception

    CMS Reopens Submission Period for Meaningful Use Hardship Exception
    CMS recently announced that it is reopening the submission period for hardship exception applications for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals to avoid penalties for not meeting the meaningful use requirements. The new deadline will…
Rank this Week: 1377

False Claims Counsel

False Claims Counsel

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

http://www.falseclaimscounsel.com/wordpress
  • Oct 20

    Binghamton, NY hospital pays nearly $3.4 million following self-disclosure to HHS

    Binghamton, NY hospital pays nearly $3.4 million following self-disclosure to HHS
    On October 16, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York announced that Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital in Binghamton had paid over $3.37 million to resolve self-disclosed violations of the false claims for hyperbaric…
  • Oct 19

    Two Houston diagnostic centers pay $2.6 million to settle qui tam allegation

    Two Houston diagnostic centers pay $2.6 million to settle qui tam allegation
    On October 17, the Department of Justice announced that two Houston-area diagnostic services companies had each agreed to pay over $1 million to settle allegations, originally brought by three whistleblowers, that the companies submitted…
  • Oct 19

    DOJ files complaint, intervening in whistleblower’s suit against Sikorsky

    DOJ files complaint, intervening in whistleblower’s suit against Sikorsky
    On October 16, the Department of Justice announced that it had filed a complaint-in-intervention against defense contractor Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., and two subsidiaries, alleging that the parent company entered into illegal type of contract…
Rank this Week: 245

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
  • Oct 19

    Myriad’s Continuing Patent Debate

    Myriad’s Continuing Patent Debate
    On October 6, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit entertained oral argument in the interlocutory appeal of the district court’s denial of Myriad’s motion for preliminary injunction against Ambry Genetics. In re…
  • Oct 5

    FDA Issues Draft Guidance for Regulation of LDT

    FDA Issues Draft Guidance for Regulation of LDT
    On September 30th, 2014 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published the draft guidance entitled ”Framework for Regulatory Oversight of Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs)” (“Guidance”). The publication of the…
  • Sep 30

    Privacy Issues in the Sharing of Genetic Information

    Privacy Issues in the Sharing of Genetic Information
    Low cost sequencing of a patient’s genome and advances in the interpretation of a patient’s genetic information is promised to transform the delivery of health care. To date, much of personalized medicine has focused on the use of…
Rank this Week: 2459

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/
  • Oct 19

    California Marijuana Legalization on a State and Local Level

    California Marijuana Legalization on a State and Local Level
    While there is no question that the country is moving toward legalization of marijuana, there is a question of who is driving the recent trend. Some laws are created at the state level, while local governments enact others. A recent…
  • Oct 17

    Three Arrested in Large Marijuana Grow Operation in California

    Three Arrested in Large Marijuana Grow Operation in California
    In the ever-changing climate of marijuana legalization and medical marijuana legislation, it is sometimes hard to predict what police will do in any given situation. According to a recent news article from 760 AM KFMB News in San Diego,…
  • Oct 15

    Couple Arrested for Facebook Marijuana Busine

    Couple Arrested for Facebook Marijuana Busine
    Despite more states decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana for medical use and distribution, the fact remains that marijuana is still illegal under federal law. Medical marijuana business owners must be wary of state regulations as well as…
Rank this Week: 976

HIPAA Blog

HIPAA Blog

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

http://hipaablog.blogspot.com/
  • Oct 17

    Ebola, Public Health, Emergency, and…

    Ebola, Public Health, Emergency, and Related Disclosure Questions: Some of the AHLA ListServs are buzzing today with questions about how and why Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital (which is just over a mile from my house) has disclosed the…
  • Oct 13

    Community Health Systems update: As…

    Community Health Systems update: As previously reported, CHS was hacked.  The sequelae has started: one of the community hospitals in New Mexico has been sued, and the attorneys are seeking class certification. The lesson here is that the…
  • Oct 10

    Accounting for Disclosures: Have you been…

    Accounting for Disclosures: Have you been worrying about how to comply with the accounting for disclosures rule that HHS published way back in 2011?  No?  Hell, even I'd forgotten about it, even though I gave quite a few speeches and…
Rank this Week: 607

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/
  • Oct 17

    TRAP Laws Impose Costs, Even When Clinics Stay Open

    TRAP Laws Impose Costs, Even When Clinics Stay Open
    RH Reality Check: The Hidden Costs of Abortion Restrictions, by Carole Joffe (Univ. of Calif.): “You walk into our surgery center and it’s so cold and scary. There’s no art. The lights are bright, the recovery rooms smell like…
  • Oct 17

    Reviews of Katha Pollitt's "Pro," And Interviews with Pollitt

    Reviews of Katha Pollitt's "Pro," And Interviews with Pollitt
    The New York Times: Take Back the Right: Katha Pollitt's 'Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights', by Clara Jeffery: “I never had an abortion, but my mother did. She didn’t tell me about it, but from what I pieced together after her...
  • Oct 17

    Excerpt from Katha Pollitt's New Book, "Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights"

    Excerpt from Katha Pollitt's New Book, "Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights"
    The Huffington Post -- The Blog: The Abortion Conversation We Need To Have, by Katha Pollitt: Abortion. We need to talk about it. I know, sometimes it seems as if we talk of little else, so perhaps I should say...
Rank this Week: 79

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/
  • Oct 17

    Egg Freezing and Women's Decision Making

    Egg Freezing and Women's Decision Making
    The announcement by Apple and Facebook that they will cover the costs of egg freezing predictably provoked some controversy—predictably because it involves reproduction and also because too many people do not trust women to make…
  • Oct 16

    Published This Week

    Published This Week
    Barbara A. Noah, A Role for Law in Preparing for Death, Tr. & Est.55 (2014). Herman Omiti, Elizabeth Cheupe Fundi, Assessing the Legal Mechanisms for Redressing Medical Malpractice in Kenya: Just How Effective are They?, SSRN. Kara…
  • Oct 16

    Guest Blogger Research Fellow and Lecturer in Law Tara A. Ragone: Experimenting with Transparency and Decision Support to Inform Health Plan Selection

    Guest Blogger Research Fellow and Lecturer in Law Tara A. Ragone: Experimenting with Transparency and Decision Support to Inform Health Plan Selection
    As we prepare for the second open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplaces to begin in just over one month, transparency offers a potential means of empowering consumers to make better decisions regarding the health plans they…
Rank this Week: 248

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/
Rank this Week: 745

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/
  • Oct 17

    Boeing Settles False Claims Act Case for $23 Million

    Boeing Settles False Claims Act Case for $23 Million
    The Justice Department announced that the Boeing Company has agreed to settle four whistleblowers’ qui tam claims alleging violations of the False Claims Act.  Boeing has agreed to pay the federal government $23 million to resolve…
  • Oct 13

    Extendicare Health Services Settles False Claims Act Case

    Extendicare Health Services Settles False Claims Act Case
    Extendicare Health Services, Inc. (“Extendicare”) and its subsidiary Progressive Step Corporation (“ProStep”) have agreed to settle two whistleblowers’ qui tam claims that they violated the False Claims Act…
  • Sep 29

    Shire Pharmaceuticals Settles False Claims Act Case

    Shire Pharmaceuticals Settles False Claims Act Case
    Shire Pharmaceuticals, LLC (“Shire”) has agreed to settle two qui tam lawsuits brought by whistleblowers alleging violations of the False Claims Act for allegedly making false and unsupported claims related to Adderall XR,…
Rank this Week: 3994

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/
  • Oct 16

    PEBS Neuroethics Roundup (JHU)

    PEBS Neuroethics Roundup (JHU)
    Last Edition's Most Popular Article(s): 5 Myths About the Human Brain Debunked, Vox In The Popular Press: How Scientists are Studying Consciousness — With Mirrors, Electrodes, and Anesthesia, Vox Let Science Decide the Voting Age,…
  • Oct 15

    "Confronting Cognitive 'Anchoring Effect' and 'Blind Spot' Biases in Federal Sentencing: A Modest Solution for Reforming a Fundamental Flaw"

    "Confronting Cognitive 'Anchoring Effect' and 'Blind Spot' Biases in Federal Sentencing: A Modest Solution for Reforming a Fundamental Flaw"
    Recently published in SSRN (and recently published in 104 Journal of Criminal law and Criminology 489 (2014)): "Confronting Cognitive 'Anchoring Effect' and 'Blind Spot' Biases in Federal Sentencing: A Modest Solution for Reforming a…
  • Oct 15

    "The Brain, Cognitive Enhancement Devices, and European Regulation"

    "The Brain, Cognitive Enhancement Devices, and European Regulation"
    Recenlty published in SSRN: "The Brain, Cognitive Enhancement Devices, and European Regulation" ANDREAS KUERSTEN, Government of the United States of America - National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ROY HAMILTON, University…
Rank this Week: 232

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/
  • Oct 16

    Recognition of Preemption For Design Defect Claim

    Recognition of Preemption For Design Defect Claim
    Over on the Drug & Device Law blog, Reed Smith partner Eric Alexander calls attention to Booker v. Johnson & Johnson, 2014 WL 5113305 (N.D. Ohio Oct. 10, 2014), a recent decision from the Ortho Evra multi-district litigation (MDL)…
  • Oct 8

    New California Amendment Aims to Increase Breach Responsibility and Accountability

    New California Amendment Aims to Increase Breach Responsibility and Accountability
    Reed Smith’s Global Regulatory Enforcement Law Blog features a post on a California bill recently signed into law which expands the scope of requirements for entities that own, license, and maintain personal data or information about a…
  • Oct 7

    Omnicare's Appellate Victory Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court

    Omnicare's Appellate Victory Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court
    The February 2014 decision (discussed in an earlier blog post) in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit dismissed the False Claims Act (FCA) charges brought in United States ex rel. Rostholder v. Omnicare, Inc. was confirmed…
Rank this Week: 562

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/
  • Oct 16

    Bill Limits Physician Dispensing Under Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Program

    Bill Limits Physician Dispensing Under Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Program
    Physicians in Pennsylvania who have been dispensing and billing for prescription drugs under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation program will be disappointed to learn that House Bill 1846 (which already passed the House) was approved…
  • Sep 29

    Does Your Practice Need a Disruptive Physician Policy?

    Does Your Practice Need a Disruptive Physician Policy?
    One of the most challenging  problems I encounter in representing physician practice is disruptive physician behavior.  This type of behavior usually manifests in a host of unpleasant ways such as outbursts in the office…
  • Sep 26

    Physician Employment Agreements: For Cause or Not-For-Cause

    Physician Employment Agreements: For Cause or Not-For-Cause
    As a health care attorney, I am called upon quite frequently to draft and/or review .  One of the recurring discussions I have with physicians about such arrangements revolves around the issue of contract termination.  Many…
Rank this Week: 1722

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: 2403

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: 1337

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: 286

HealthBlawg

HealthBlawg

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

http://www.healthblawg.com/
  • Oct 14

    Apple HealthKit - Epic Integration at Ochsner Health System - David Harlow Interviews Dr. Richard Milani

    Apple HealthKit - Epic Integration at Ochsner Health System - David Harlow Interviews Dr. Richard Milani
    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
  • Oct 2

    mHealth Fitness Trackers Have a Long Way to Go

    mHealth Fitness Trackers Have a Long Way to Go
    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
  • Oct 1

    HealthCamp Boston, November 3, 2014 - Register Now For The Health Innovation Unconference

    HealthCamp Boston, November 3, 2014 - Register Now For The Health Innovation Unconference
    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: 273

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/
  • Oct 13

    DOJ Criminal Division's "New Qui Tam Process" - Attempting to Share in the Civil Division's Succe

    DOJ Criminal Division's "New Qui Tam Process" - Attempting to Share in the Civil Division's Succe
    Dear Readers:Sorry to have been away so long.  There is much to catch up about. The recent remarks by Leslie R. Caldwell, Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Criminal Division, at…
  • Jul 30

    Worth the Read: "Meet the Serial Whistleblowers" by the WSJ

    Worth the Read: "Meet the Serial Whistleblowers" by the WSJ
    I recommend the Wall Street Journal's recent article, "Meet the Serial Whistleblowers," by Peter Loftus, WSJ, July 24, 2014. The article profiles a serial relator, Dr. William LaCorte, who brought 12 qui tam False Claims Act suits against…
  • Jul 1

    Worth the Read: The Third Circuit Adopts a Lenient Application of Rule 9(b)

    Worth the Read: The Third Circuit Adopts a Lenient Application of Rule 9(b)
    I commend to you the recent blog post, "Third Circuit Adopts More Lenient Application of Rule 9(b) in FCA" by Robert Conlan, Jr. of Sidley Austin's Original Source False Claims Act blog. Rule 9(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure…
Rank this Week: 1285

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/
  • Oct 13

    OIG Releases Proposed Rule Affecting Anti-Kickback Statute Safe Harbor

    OIG Releases Proposed Rule Affecting Anti-Kickback Statute Safe Harbor
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently published a proposed rule that affects providers and suppliers seeking to comply with the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) and Civil Monetary…
  • Oct 6

    Office for Civil Rights Advisor Warns Providers on HIPAA Audits: "Get Your House In Order"

    Office for Civil Rights Advisor Warns Providers on HIPAA Audits: "Get Your House In Order"
    On September 9, Linda Sanches, the Senior Advisor for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (OCR) warned that Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) audits are forthcoming. Speaking at…
  • Oct 2

    CMS Open Door Forum Clarifies Key Points of 68% Settlement Offer to Hospital

    CMS Open Door Forum Clarifies Key Points of 68% Settlement Offer to Hospital
    On September 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Hospital & Hospital Quality Open Door Forum on a variety of topics pertinent to hospitals. CMS opened the forum with an unexpected update on CMS' recently…
Rank this Week: 1824

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: 1826

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/
  • Oct 12

    OIG Proposes Revisions to Anti-Kickback Safe Harbors, Beneficiary Inducement Rules, and Gainsharing Regulation

    OIG Proposes Revisions to Anti-Kickback Safe Harbors, Beneficiary Inducement Rules, and Gainsharing Regulation
    On October 3, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a proposed rule to amend the safe harbors to the anti-kickback statute as well as the civil monetary penalty (CMP) rules. While…
  • Oct 1

    How Technology is Transforming Healthcare

    How Technology is Transforming Healthcare
    While the healthcare industry has historically been knocked as slow to adapt to emerging technologies, the technological modernization of the industry is now occurring at a furious pace. From the digitization of health care records,…
  • Sep 23

    Hackers Declare War on Health Care and Industry Fights Back

    Hackers Declare War on Health Care and Industry Fights Back
    "It's a war we're in." That's how John Halamka, the chief information officer of Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, described the current state of affairs between the health care industry and the hackers and identity thieves…
Rank this Week: 3544

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/
  • Oct 10

    MOOP and Reference-Based Pricing

    MOOP and Reference-Based Pricing
    With group health plan premium increases limited by market and regulatory forces, insurers and self-insurers have raised deductibles, co-insurance, co-pays and other cost-shifting provisions, subject to the ACA’s 2015 maximum…
  • Oct 2

    Final Rules for Excepted Benefit

    Final Rules for Excepted Benefit
    The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury (Departments) have jointly issued final regulations that address the treatment of dental and vision benefits and employee assistance programs (“EAP”s) as…
  • Sep 25

    The Look-Back Measurement Consequences of Job Change

    The Look-Back Measurement Consequences of Job Change
    For plan eligibility purposes, ongoing employees, and those hired without expectation of full-time service, may have their ACA “full-time employee” status determined under a “look-back measurement method.” …
Rank this Week: 4551

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: 888

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: 999

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: 4530

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: 3066

Law Links | Health Links

Law Links | Health Links

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

http://lawlinkshealthlinks.blogspot.com/
  • 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…
  • Sep 21

    Two Boston-Area CPA Firms Merge

    Two Boston-Area CPA Firms Merge
    Johnson O’Connor Feron & Carucci LLP (Wakefield, MA) and Hartnett & Company (Winchester, MA) announce the merger of their two accounting firms effective October 1, 2014. The combined firm will operate under the name Johnson…
  • Sep 11

    Granite State Title Services Expand

    Granite State Title Services Expand
    CONCORD, NH — Cleveland, Waters and Bass, P.A., announces expansion of its title services company Granite State Title Services and the naming of Tenley Callaghan as managing director. Granite State Title Services provides title and closing…
Rank this Week: 1543

Pharmacy Law Blog

Pharmacy Law Blog

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

http://pharmacylawblog.wordpress.com/
  • 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,…
  • Aug 28

    OIG Issues Advisory Opinion to Specialty Pharmacy for Support Service Payment

    OIG Issues Advisory Opinion to Specialty Pharmacy for Support Service Payment
    By Lenis L. Archer, J.D., M.P.H., The Health Law Firm There is an inherent risk in entering into financial arrangements where payments to a service provider are only made when a referral is generated. On August 15, 2014, the Office ……
Rank this Week: 3121

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: 3162

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: 732

Health Care Law Blog

Health Care Law Blog

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

http://www.healthcarelaw-blog.com/
  • Sep 30

    Michigan Bill Would Benefit Direct Primary Care Doctor

    Michigan Bill Would Benefit Direct Primary Care Doctor
    A Michigan legislator's bill, SB 1033, sponsored by Senator Patrick Colbeck, would benefit direct primary care doctors in that State, and the idea may warrant consideration in other States. The purpose of the bill is to provide physicians…
  • Sep 24

    Physician Practices: Recent Survey Reviews the Effects of Expanded Patient Acce

    Physician Practices: Recent Survey Reviews the Effects of Expanded Patient Acce
    A well-intended objective of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to improve patient access to doctors. Sometimes this objective is artfully stated as "better" access to care, rather than "increased" access to care, perhaps to acknowledge the…
  • Sep 16

    Health Care Fraud Report: OIG Alert Regarding Laboratory Payments to Referring Physician

    Health Care Fraud Report: OIG Alert Regarding Laboratory Payments to Referring Physician
    Clinical laboratory payments to physicians in excess of the fair market value of services provided or that correlate to the volume or value of referrals can constitute health care fraud and trigger very serious civil and criminal penalties. …
Rank this Week: 3862

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: 540

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/
  • Sep 24

    OCR Offers Advice in Advance of Upcoming Audit

    OCR Offers Advice in Advance of Upcoming Audit
    By M. Thomas Langan II. A senior advisor for the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently gave health care providers advice on how to prepare for an OCR audit.  Speaking at a HIPAA conference, the advisor said that a…
  • Sep 16

    AMA Proposes Medicare Billing Codes for End of Life Consultation

    AMA Proposes Medicare Billing Codes for End of Life Consultation
    By Mary E. Vandenack. Continued efforts by the American Medical Association (“AMA”)  are being made to get physicians paid for consultations related to end of life and advanced care discussions. The Centers of Medicare and…
  • Sep 3

    HHS Issues Temporary and Proposed Rules on Contraceptive Coverage

    HHS Issues Temporary and Proposed Rules on Contraceptive Coverage
    The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) has recently issued rules to address the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby ruling. Under a temporary final rule, religious nonprofit organizations can notify the…
Rank this Week: 4688

Health Care Update

Health Care Update

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

http://slphealthcareupdate.wordpress.com
  • Sep 19

    OIG Warns Pharma Manufacturers to Prevent Copayment Coupon Use for Part D Drug Purchase

    OIG Warns Pharma Manufacturers to Prevent Copayment Coupon Use for Part D Drug Purchase
    Pharmaceutical manufacturers risk sanctions unless they take appropriate steps to ensure that their copayment coupons intended to reduce patient out of pocket costs for purchase for specific brand name drugs do not induce improperly the…
  • Aug 7

    10/10 Kidney Foundation Professional Symposium Offers 7.5 Hours CME/CEU

    10/10 Kidney Foundation Professional Symposium Offers 7.5 Hours CME/CEU
    CKD 2014 Professional 10/10/14 Symposium Early registration ends September 1! The Professional Symposium scheduled for Friday, October 10, 2014 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Magnolia Hotel in Dallas, Texas offers 7.5 CMEs/CEUs. Register…
  • Aug 7

    10/10 Kidney Foundation Professional Symposium Offers 7.5 Hours CME/CEU

    10/10 Kidney Foundation Professional Symposium Offers 7.5 Hours CME/CEU
    CKD 2014 Professional 10/10/14 Symposium Early registration ends September 1! The Professional Symposium scheduled for Friday, October 10, 2014 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Magnolia Hotel in Dallas, Texas offers 7.5 CMEs/CEUs. Register…
Rank this Week: 747

Health Law Attorney Blog

Health Law Attorney Blog

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

http://www.healthlawattorneyblog.com/
  • Sep 19

    DOJ to Scrutinize False Claims Act Investigations and Lawsuits for Criminal Conduct

    DOJ to Scrutinize False Claims Act Investigations and Lawsuits for Criminal Conduct
    The Department of Justice's ("DOJ") Criminal Division announced, through its Assistant Attorney General, Leslie R. Caldwell, that the DOJ is closely scrutinizing civil False Claims Act investigations and lawsuits for criminal conduct.…
  • Sep 19

    ICD-10 Compliance Date Officially Set for October 1, 2015

    ICD-10 Compliance Date Officially Set for October 1, 2015
    As expected, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") officially set the ICD-10 compliance date for October 1, 2015. Previously, providers and payors had until October 1, 2014 to transition from the ICD-9 to the ICD-10…
  • Sep 11

    DEA ELEVATES HYDROCODONE-COMBINATION PRODUCTS TO THE MORE RESTRICTIVE CATEGORY OF SCHEDULE II DRUGS

    DEA ELEVATES HYDROCODONE-COMBINATION PRODUCTS TO THE MORE RESTRICTIVE CATEGORY OF SCHEDULE II DRUGS
    In an attempt to combat prescription drug abuse, on August 22, 2014, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration ("DEA") published a final rule (here) elevating Hydrocodone-combination products ("HCPs") to the more restrictive schedule II…
Rank this Week: 985

SCG Healthcare Blog

SCG Healthcare Blog

By State Capital Group.

http://healthcare.scglegal.com/
  • 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…
  • Sep 3

    Health Care Industry Familiar with HIPAA Breaches, Not So Much Hacker

    Health Care Industry Familiar with HIPAA Breaches, Not So Much Hacker
    Community Health Systems, which operates 206 hospitals in 29 states, recently notified 4.5 million of its patients that online hackers had stolen personal data information from its systems between April and June 2014. The data included names,…
  • Aug 20

    FDA Issues Guidance for Drug & Device Companies’ Social Media Interaction

    FDA Issues Guidance for Drug & Device Companies’ Social Media Interaction
    In June, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued two draft guidance documents for the pharmaceutical and medical device industries related to social media. The guidance is part of an asserted effort by FDA to provide more clarity…
Rank this Week: 4459

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: 4853

Dentistry Law Blog

Dentistry Law Blog

By George F. Indest III.

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

BioLaw: Law and the Life Sciences

BioLaw: Law and the Life Sciences

By Jim Chen, Kristi L. Bowman, Rebecca M. Bratspies, Holly D. Doremus, Peter H. Huang, Elizabeth Weeks Leonard, Andrew Long, Barbara A. Noah, Jordan Paradise, J.B. Ruhl, Andrew W. Torrance, and Katherine Van Tassel.

http://biolaw.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 13

    Call for papers: Ebola and the law

    Call for papers: Ebola and the law
    Call for papers Ebola and the Law Biolaw section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS)Washington, D.C.Monday, January 5, 2015, 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The 2014 west African outbreak of the Ebola virus is the most severe epidemic…
  • Mar 1

    Reel Bio-Horror

    Reel Bio-Horror
    Victoria Sutton of Texas Tech very kindly put her new book, Reel Bio-Horror: The Things That Keep Us Up at Night, on the Biolaw bookshelf. The book has its own website and a Facebook fan page. It covers the genre of biohorror and…
  • Oct 9

    PLI's EPA Compliance and Enforcement Answer Book for 2013

    PLI's EPA Compliance and Enforcement Answer Book for 2013
    The Practising Law Institute has very kindly provided Biolaw a copy of its EPA Compliance and Enforcement Answer Book for 2013. Edited by by Adam Sowatzka and Richard E. Glaze, Jr., this volume reviews the full array of laws enforced by the…
Rank this Week: 1350

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: 4495

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: 1622