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Medical Futility

Medical Futility

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

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

    Brain in a Jar - Sufficient Reason to Keep Me Alive

    Brain in a Jar - Sufficient Reason to Keep Me Alive
    I share this treatment preference expressed by Atul Gawande at a recent Oregon Public Broadcasting book event. "If I'm a brain in jar and I have some sort of sensory devices hooked up to me that allow me to speak, to think, to hear, to talk…
  • Nov 20

    Resolving Medical Futility Disputes - Alberta follows Ontario in Chalifoux v. Alberta Health Service

    Resolving Medical Futility Disputes - Alberta follows Ontario in Chalifoux v. Alberta Health Service
    This month, the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta released an eleven-page opinion in Chalifoux v. Alberta Health Services.  This is a rather typical medical futility case resolved in a typical fashion. The PatientAva Alayla…
  • Nov 19

    Martha Perez - Texas Family Charges Organs Procured BEFORE Death

    Martha Perez - Texas Family Charges Organs Procured BEFORE Death
    I recently summarized a few cases in which a patient was either negligently or intentionally declared dead prematurely.   But this recent case reported by Fox News in Dallas Fort Worth indicates misunderstanding by the family rather…
Rank this Week: 306

Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform

Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform

Edited by Douglas A. Berman.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/marijuana_law/
  • Nov 21

    Weekend listening: new Marijuana Today podcast

    Weekend listening: new Marijuana Today podcast
    Looking for something to listen to while taking care of your weekend chores around the house? Episode 20 of the Marijuana Today podcast is up. On this epsidode, Dan Goldman, Andrew Livingston and Adam Smith join host Kris Lotlikar and…
  • Nov 21

    Does new bill to make it easier for veterans to get medical marijuana stand any chance in Congress?

    Does new bill to make it easier for veterans to get medical marijuana stand any chance in Congress?
    The question in the title of this post is prompted by this new Huffington Post article headlined "Veterans May Gain Easier Access To Medical Marijuana." Here are excerpts: A bill introduced in Congress would allow Department of…
  • Nov 20

    Congressional Research Service analyzes federal proposals to tax marijuana

    Congressional Research Service analyzes federal proposals to tax marijuana
    A helpful reader helpfully alerted me to this notable new Congressional Research Service report titled "Federal Proposals to Tax Marijuana: An Economic Analysis." Here is the detailed report's summary: The combination of state…
Rank this Week: 4744

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/
Rank this Week: 248

Health Law Attorney Blog

Health Law Attorney Blog

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

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

    House Ways & Means Health Chair Introduces Draft Legislation Impacting RAC Audits and Short-Term Hospital Admission

    House Ways & Means Health Chair Introduces Draft Legislation Impacting RAC Audits and Short-Term Hospital Admission
    On November 19, 2014, the House Ways & Means health subcommittee Chair Kevin Brady (R-TX) introduced draft legislation that would revamp the Medicare payment structure for short-term hospital admissions, aiming to resolve the backlog of…
  • Nov 18

    PSC Challenges Ruling Implicating RAC Contract Award

    PSC Challenges Ruling Implicating RAC Contract Award
    On November 7, 2014, the Professional Services Council ("PSC"), a national trade association of the government technology and professional services industry, filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to…
  • Nov 17

    Legal Manual for New York Physician

    Legal Manual for New York Physician
    The Health Law Partners, P.C. is proud to announce that various attorneys in the firm contributed healthcare-related articles that were included in the newly-published Fourth Edition of the Legal Manual for New York Physicians, a joint…
Rank this Week: 980

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/
  • Nov 21

    House Sues President Over ACA Administration

    House Sues President Over ACA Administration
    The U.S. House of Representatives filed its threatened lawsuit on Friday, November 21, in the D.C. federal district court.  Defendants are the HHS Secretary, HHS, the Treasury Secretary and the Treasury Department.  The House…
  • Nov 17

    ACA Employer Compliance Post-Subsidy

    ACA Employer Compliance Post-Subsidy
    Granting a petition to review the availability of subsidies for insurance purchased through www.healthcare.gov, the Supreme Court on November 7, 2014 put the question this way: Section 36B of the Internal Revenue Code, which was enacted as…
  • Nov 7

    Supreme Court to Hear Case ACA Subsidie

    Supreme Court to Hear Case ACA Subsidie
    As a follow up to our Blog dated 10/21/14 (blog), earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider a challenge to the premium tax credits (subsidies) that are a key component of the ACA.  King v. Burwell challenges whether the…
Rank this Week: 4556

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/
  • Nov 21

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

    Office of Inspector General Work Plan 2015: A Provider's Overview-Part 1
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law and Michael L. Smith, R.R.T., J.D., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Each new fiscal year, the Office of the Inspector General…
  • Nov 17

    IRS Beefs Up Whistle-blower Awards Program

    IRS Beefs Up Whistle-blower Awards Program
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is hoping that a change in the law and the possibility of big payout will influence more whistle-blowers…
  • Nov 11

    Failure to Comply With HIPAA Can Result in Both Civil and Criminal Penaltie

    Failure to Comply With HIPAA Can Result in Both Civil and Criminal Penaltie
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Even though a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security provisions do not allow a…
Rank this Week: 1191

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/
  • Nov 21

    The Law's Position on Free Will

    The Law's Position on Free Will
    Will advances in neuroscience radically transform criminal law? Stephen Morse believes they won't. To the extent neuroscience merely gives us a fuller picture of brain mechanisms, he argues, it ought not affect the law because the law does…
  • Nov 20

    PEBS Neuroethics Roundup (JHU)

    PEBS Neuroethics Roundup (JHU)
    Last Edition's Most Popular Article(s): How Bionic Technology Will Change What It Means To Be Human, Vox In The Popular Press: His Brain, Her Brain, Science Scientists Just Rediscovered A Long-Lost Region of the Brain, Vox Are Modafinil's…
  • Nov 18

    The Misreading of Greene and Cohen

    The Misreading of Greene and Cohen
    One of the most cited papers in neurolaw circles is For the Law, Neuroscience Changes Nothing and Everything by Joshua Greene and Jonathan Cohen. Many neurolaw scholars seem taken by its claims that we lack free will and that the...
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/
Rank this Week: 561

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/
  • Nov 20

    Fifth Circuit Denies En Banc Review of Decision Blocking Mississippi's Admitting Privileges Law

    Fifth Circuit Denies En Banc Review of Decision Blocking Mississippi's Admitting Privileges Law
    The Jackson Clarion-Ledger: 5th Circuit refuses to reconsider Mississippi's abortion law, by Jimmie E. Gates: The full 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has refused to reconsider a ruling blocking Mississippi from enforcing a law requiring…
  • Nov 20

    Shoddy "Factfinding" on Abortion Is Pervasive in State Legislatures, and Often Finds Its Way to the Court

    Shoddy "Factfinding" on Abortion Is Pervasive in State Legislatures, and Often Finds Its Way to the Court
    RH Reality Check: How Shoddy Evidence Finds Its Way From State Legislatures to the U.S. Supreme Court, by Sharona Coutts & Sofia Resnick: If you were a South Dakota legislator looking for expert evidence on how abortion affects women,…
  • Nov 13

    Katha Pollitt Debunks Abortion Myth

    Katha Pollitt Debunks Abortion Myth
    TIME: 6 Myths About Abortion, by Katha Pollitt: 1. The Bible forbids abortion. It shouldn’t matter what the Bible says about abortion. The United States is not a theocracy. Still, given the certitude of abortion opponents that abortion…
Rank this Week: 79

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/
  • Nov 20

    New Postings on the Reed Smith Health Industry Washington Watch Blog

    New Postings on the Reed Smith Health Industry Washington Watch Blog
    The Reed Smith Health Industry Washington Watch blog has been updated to report on recent health policy developments, including the following: Regulatory Developments. CMS has issued major final rules to update Medicare payment and other…
  • Nov 20

    CMS Town Hall Meeting on FY 2016 New Technology Add-on Payments (Feb. 3)

    CMS Town Hall Meeting on FY 2016 New Technology Add-on Payments (Feb. 3)
    On November 21, 2014, CMS is publishing a notice announcing that it will be holding a town hall meeting on February 3, 2015 to discuss fiscal year (FY) 2016 applications for add-on payments for new medical services and technologies under…
  • Nov 20

    CMS Publishes Final 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Rule for 2015

    CMS Publishes Final 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Rule for 2015
    On November 12, 2014, CMS published its final rule to update the Medicare physician fee schedule (MPFS) for CY 2015. Highlights of the sweeping rule include the following: The Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) of 2014 provides for a 0%…
Rank this Week: 750

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
  • Nov 20

    Baird Capital Closes $185 Million Fourth VC Fund

    Baird Capital Closes $185 Million Fourth VC Fund
    Baird Capital has announced the final close of its fourth venture capital fund with a total of $185 million in committed capital. This figure exceeds Baird’s original goal of $150 million and the size of its previous fund ($171 million,…
  • Nov 19

    Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: Monteris Medical Secures $30 Million in Financing

    Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: Monteris Medical Secures $30 Million in Financing
    Monteris Medical has announced it has secured $30 million in series B financing. Monteris, headquartered in Plymouth, Minn., is a developer of minimally invasive laser systems for the ablation of pathologic brain lesions such as primary and…
  • Nov 14

    CMS Finalizes Rules for ESRD Dialysis Payment System and Incentive Program

    CMS Finalizes Rules for ESRD Dialysis Payment System and Incentive Program
    Private equity investors continue to be active investors in the dialysis industry, as we’ve frequently discussed in the past, including in the Law360 report on “Private Equity Interest in the Dialysis Sector Continues to…
Rank this Week: 2392

HealthBlawg

HealthBlawg

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

http://www.healthblawg.com/
  • Nov 20

    Health Wonk Review: The Turkey Edition

    Health Wonk Review: The Turkey Edition
    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
  • Nov 14

    HIPAA: Liability to Private Parties for Violation

    HIPAA: Liability to Private Parties for Violation
    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
  • Nov 13

    Telemedicine: CY 2015 MPFS reportage and dangers of the echo chamber

    Telemedicine: CY 2015 MPFS reportage and dangers of the echo chamber
    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: 275

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: 735

Health Law Sidebar

Health Law Sidebar

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

http://healthlawsidebar.com/
  • Nov 19

    CONFIRMED The Guard is Changing: James Cox is Leaving OMIG’s Top Spot

    CONFIRMED The Guard is Changing: James Cox is Leaving OMIG’s Top Spot
    Earlier this week, we blogged about postings found on job-search sites Monster.com and indeed.com advertising that New York State is now accepting applications for the Medicaid Inspector General, the head of the state agency charged with…
  • Nov 17

    The Changing of the Guard? The Search for a New Medicaid Inspector General

    The Changing of the Guard? The Search for a New Medicaid Inspector General
    It appears that Governor Cuomo’s office is looking to replace New York State Medicaid Inspector General James C. Cox. An internet posting seeking applications for the position of the Medicaid Inspector General (MIG) was seen on…
  • Nov 7

    SCOTUS Grants Cert in King v. Burwell

    SCOTUS Grants Cert in King v. Burwell
    In what could be very important news this afternoon regarding the Patitent Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA,” or more commonly called “Obamacare”), the Supreme Court of the United States announced that it was…
Rank this Week: 1822

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: 873

HIPAA Blog

HIPAA Blog

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

http://hipaablog.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 19

    Shasta Update: Prime Healthcare Services'…

    Shasta Update: Prime Healthcare Services' Shasta Regional Medical Center in California was fined by the State of California and OCR in a case involving an advocacy group trying to make the hospital look bad.  A patient disclosed her own…
  • Nov 19

    Detroit: Hospital employees steal patient…

    Detroit: Hospital employees steal patient identities, file false tax returns.  HIPAA breach, but really just plain old identity theft.
  • Nov 18

    Brigham & Women's Hospital Laptop and…

    Brigham & Women's Hospital Laptop and Phone Theft: approximately 1000 patients affected.  Can't really tell if the devices were encrypted, but don't know if that would matter if the robbers made the victim give up the codes.  As the…
Rank this Week: 614

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/
  • Nov 19

    State Court Cases Address Liability for HIPAA Privacy Violation

    State Court Cases Address Liability for HIPAA Privacy Violation
    Several recent state court decisions involving HIPAA privacy violations are raising serious questions regarding liability on behalf of healthcare providers as well as hefty monetary damage awards. While HIPAA itself does not provide a private…
  • Nov 17

    HIPAA and Ebola: OCR Issues Bulletin

    HIPAA and Ebola: OCR Issues Bulletin
    In light of the recent Ebola outbreak and other recent events, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently released a bulletin to remind providers of the ways in which the HIPAA Privacy Rule allows Protected Health Information (PHI) to be…
  • Nov 11

    CMS Set to Release Comparative Billing Report on Modifier 25: Family Practice

    CMS Set to Release Comparative Billing Report on Modifier 25: Family Practice
    In the November 6, 2014 MLN Connects Provider eNews, CMS announced that it will issue a national provider Comparative Billing Report (CBR) in November 2014 on the use of Modifier 25 by family practice providers. Modifier 25 is used to…
Rank this Week: 1382

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/
  • Nov 19

    HHS Releases Bulletin: HIPAA Privacy in Emergency Situation

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

    Provider Preparation for Infectious Disease

    Provider Preparation for Infectious Disease
    Most hospitals and health-care providers have protocols and procedures for contending with infectious diseases, including those creating public-panic, such as the Ebola outbreak. However, when a new crisis hits, many of these protocols may…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 4729

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: 755

Physician Law

Physician Law

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

http://physicianlaw.foxrothschild.com/
  • Nov 18

    HHS Cost Data Transparency Perhaps Not So Transparent

    HHS Cost Data Transparency Perhaps Not So Transparent
    Despite the Department of Health and Human Services’ intent to make Medicare healthcare cost data more transparent for the healthcare consumer, according to a recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, current…
  • Nov 7

    CMS Issues FY2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

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

    Office of Inspector General Releases Work Plan for FY 2015

    Office of Inspector General Releases Work Plan for FY 2015
    Each year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) publishes a Work Plan for the coming fiscal year which summarizes new and ongoing reviews and activities that the OIG plans to pursue with…
Rank this Week: 1729

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/
  • Nov 18

    Tennessee Home Health Company Settles False Claims Suit

    Tennessee Home Health Company Settles False Claims Suit
    A home health agency, CareAll Management LLC, has agreed to settle a whistleblower’s qui tam lawsuit alleging it upcoded patient billings submitted to Medicare and Medicaid in violation of the False Claims Act.   According to…
  • Oct 31

    Hospital System Agrees to Settle False Claims Act Case

    Hospital System Agrees to Settle False Claims Act Case
    Dignity Health (“Dignity”), formerly known as Catholic Healthcare West, has agreed to settle allegations by a whistleblower in a qui tam lawsuit that 13 of its hospitals submitted false claims to Medicare and TRICARE in violation…
  • Oct 24

    DaVita to Pay $389 Million to Resolve Kickback Allegation

    DaVita to Pay $389 Million to Resolve Kickback Allegation
    The Department of Justice announced that DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc. (“DaVita”) has agreed to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute for $350 million, plus the civil forfeiture…
Rank this Week: 3949

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/
  • Nov 18

    U.S. Supreme Court will hear ACA subsidies case

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

    "Right to Try" Becomes a Reality in Michigan

    "Right to Try" Becomes a Reality in Michigan
    On Friday, October 17, Governor Rick Snyder signed the Right to Try Act, which allows patients to try experimental drugs and other treatments before they have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The law gives patients…
  • Nov 4

    PPACA's Employer Mandate Draws Near…Non-Calendar Plans Beware!

    PPACA's Employer Mandate Draws Near…Non-Calendar Plans Beware!
    As is well known by now, transitional relief from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's Employer Mandate in 2015 is available for certain applicable large employers that sponsor non-calendar year health plans. This transitional…
Rank this Week: 3508

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: 1340

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: 287

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: 539

False Claims Counsel

False Claims Counsel

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

http://www.falseclaimscounsel.com/wordpress
Rank this Week: 246

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
  • Nov 16

    Federal Circuit’s Post-Alice Eligibility Analysis of Business Method

    Federal Circuit’s Post-Alice Eligibility Analysis of Business Method
    The Federal Circuit in Ultramercial, Inc. v. WildTangent, Inc., held that an “entrepreneurial” multi-step process for distributing copyrighted media products over the Internet to consumers is not patent-eligible under 35 U.S.C.…
  • Nov 1

    Supreme Court Asked To Review Standing in Stem Cell Challenge

    Supreme Court Asked To Review Standing in Stem Cell Challenge
    The Public Patent Foundation and Consumer Watchdog (collectively “CW”) petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court on October 31, 2014, seeking reversal of the Federal Circuit’s dismissal of its appeal from a decision of the USPTO…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 2465

Cannabis Law Group's Medical…

Cannabis Law Group's Medical Marijuana Legal Blog

Covers marijuana collectives, dispensaries and legalization in California.

http://www.marijuanalawyerblog.com/
  • Nov 16

    12-Year-Old Arrested for Pot Brownie Distribution

    12-Year-Old Arrested for Pot Brownie Distribution
    For opponents of marijuana legalization, one of the concerns is the potential abuse of marijuana or accidental ingestion of edibles by children and teens. In cases of intentional distribution or consumption of edibles by children, there is…
  • Nov 14

    Could Medical Marijuana Help Ebola Patients?

    Could Medical Marijuana Help Ebola Patients?
    Recent fears about the Ebola outbreak are prompting international investigations and medical probes into potential cures and treatments. The Ebola virus has erupted in West Africa, already killing over 4,500 people, and causing medical…
  • Nov 11

    Two Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Raided by DEA in L.A.

    Two Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Raided by DEA in L.A.
    Marijuana dispensary owners must always be wary of regulatory and compliance issues, as well as unlawful search and seizure. A search and seizure by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration can result in serious criminal charges and…
Rank this Week: 970

Law Links | Health Links

Law Links | Health Links

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

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

    NH Insurance Department Issues Updated List of Health Care Provider Network

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

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

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

    Driving in Vermont? Put Down the Phone!

    Driving in Vermont? Put Down the Phone!
    Driving while using a hand-held device is now illegal in Vermont. As of October 1, 2014, drivers may not use hand-held cell phones, music players, or computers. Drivers may use some mobile devices if they employ hands-free technology such as…
Rank this Week: 1542

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/
  • Nov 13

    Staffing Levels Lower than Reported

    Staffing Levels Lower than Reported
    A new study by Public Integrity finds widespread discrepancies in actual staffing levels and those reported to the state and federal government.  You can read the full article here. I often find significant issues with the…
  • Nov 11

    Challenges Faced Within a Growing Elderly Population

    Challenges Faced Within a Growing Elderly Population
    I read with great interest the recent article in The New York Times about the particular challenges faced within a growing elderly population and an alarming statistic with regard to the number of deaths caused by falls in the elderly. A 2012…
  • Nov 4

    Front-Line Healthcare Workers: The Most Important Resource in Delivering Quality Care

    Front-Line Healthcare Workers: The Most Important Resource in Delivering Quality Care
    Nursing homes, in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, must maintain enough nursing staff to provide nursing care, and related services, to their residents to maintain the residents’ physical, mental, and social well-being. In facilities across…
Rank this Week: 1221

Massage Therapy Law Blog

Massage Therapy Law Blog

By George F. Indest III, P.A.

http://massagelawblog.wordpress.com/
Rank this Week: 2233

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: 1293

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/
  • Nov 12

    CMS Announces Increased Reimbursement for Telehealth

    CMS Announces Increased Reimbursement for Telehealth
    On October 31, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its CY 2015 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule. The rule included several important changes as it relates to telehealth services. With respect to reimbursement…
  • Nov 5

    CMS Finalizes Home Health Prospective Payment System Rule

    CMS Finalizes Home Health Prospective Payment System Rule
    On October 30, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its final rule regarding changes to the Medicare home health care prospective payment system. The changes, which are set to go into effect in calendar year…
  • Nov 4

    Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals Hosts Second Medicare Appellant Forum

    Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals Hosts Second Medicare Appellant Forum
    On October 29th, the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) hosted its second Appellant Forum in Washington, D.C. OMHA is responsible for the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) level of the Medicare administrative process, and thus…
Rank this Week: 1824

Pharmacy Law Blog

Pharmacy Law Blog

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

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

    Selling Tobacco Can Get You Penalized By Insurance Panel

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

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

    Florida Toughens Up Drug Compounding Law for Out-of-State Pharmacie
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law A new, stricter law on Florida’s compounding pharmacy industry took effect October 1, 2014. The new law increases the restrictions for…
  • Sep 17

    DEA Offers New Prescription Drug Return Policy

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

Military Veterans' Lawyer Blog

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

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

    2014 Veterans Day Free Meals and Discount

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

    Veterans Day 2014 Concert

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

    Wishing you a safe and reflective Memorial Day

    Wishing you a safe and reflective Memorial Day
    The Law Office of Robert B. Goss, P.C. http://www.attorneyforveterans.com wishes you a safe, reflective , and peaceful Memorial Day. Thank you to our veterans. Serving is difficult for both the service member and their families. We thank…
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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 30

    CMS Extends Waivers under the ACO Shared Savings Program

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

    Internal Medicine Specialists Should Be Aware of Impending Medicare Audit

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

Health Care Law Blog

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

http://www.healthcarelaw-blog.com/
  • Oct 28

    Health Care Fraud Report: DOJ Obtains $389M From DaVita Healthcare to Settle Medical Fraud Allegation

    Health Care Fraud Report: DOJ Obtains $389M From DaVita Healthcare to Settle Medical Fraud Allegation
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on October 22, 2014 a resolution of claims that DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc., a provider of dialysis services, engaged in a referral and kickback scheme that violated the False Claims Act (FCA). …
  • Oct 21

    Blowing the Whistle in Court

    Blowing the Whistle in Court
    The vast majority of physicians and other health care providers endeavor to provide services and bill for them in an ethical, legal manner. Trust is at the core of the federal government's provider reimbursement scheme under Medicare and…
  • 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…
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Nursing Law Blog

Nursing Law Blog

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

http://nursinglawblog.wordpress.com/
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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…
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The Medicare Compliance Blog

The Medicare Compliance Blog

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

http://themedicarecomplianceblog.com/
  • Oct 6

    Humana v. Farmers – Medicare Advantage Plans at Issue

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

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

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

    CMS Amends the Workers Compensation Reference Guide

    CMS Amends the Workers Compensation Reference Guide
    On May 29, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) amended the recently released Workers’ Compensation Reference Guide published in February 2014. The changes affect medical review, treating physician reports,…
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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: 3160

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: 4458

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: 4777

Dentistry Law Blog

Dentistry Law Blog

By George F. Indest III.

http://dentistrylawblog.wordpress.com/
Rank this Week: 3311

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…
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