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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/
  • Aug 20

    ICD-10-CM/PCS Coordination and Maintenance Committee Meetings (Sept. 23-24)

    ICD-10-CM/PCS Coordination and Maintenance Committee Meetings (Sept. 23-24)
    CMS is hosting ICD-10-CM/PCS Coordination and Maintenance Committee meetings in September to provide a public forum to discuss proposed code changes to the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. The meeting scheduled for September 23 will address…
  • Aug 20

    OIG, GAO Reports Focus on Healthcare.gov Operation

    OIG, GAO Reports Focus on Healthcare.gov Operation
    The OIG has issued two reports on implementation of the ACA health insurance “Marketplaces.” The first report, “Marketplaces Faced Early Challenges Resolving Inconsistencies with Applicant Data,” looked at the extent…
  • Aug 19

    CMS Seeks Innovative Models on Beneficiary Engagement and Behavioral Insight

    CMS Seeks Innovative Models on Beneficiary Engagement and Behavioral Insight
    CMS is seeking input on potential initiatives to test innovative models that increase the engagement of Medicare, Medicaid, and/or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beneficiaries in their health and health care. CMS is…
Rank this Week: 4089

Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform

Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform

Edited by Douglas A. Berman.

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

    Oregon legalization campaign will run at least $2.3 million in TV ad

    Oregon legalization campaign will run at least $2.3 million in TV ad
    The Oregonian reported Monday that proponents of ballot measure 91 will spend at least $2.3 million on television advertising this election cycle. Here's their current ad: To my knowledge, there is not yet a formal opposition group to the…
  • Aug 20

    WA Attorney General files brief in case raising federal preemption

    WA Attorney General files brief in case raising federal preemption
    Although the Obama administration decided not to pursue a preemption challenge to Colorado and Washington's legalization laws, private parties and/or local officials can also raise the federal preemption issue in the right case. In…
  • Aug 19

    Big Law and Marijuana-Still Cautiou

    Big Law and Marijuana-Still Cautiou
    "Cannabis Quandary For Firms," the National Law Journal article which inspired this post is ancient [a week old] by the standards of the blogosphere. But in addition to my fascination with the "Bigs" that are eyeing the…
Rank this Week: 1858

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/
  • Aug 20

    Cyber Attack at Community Health Systems Affects 4.5 Million Patients-Could This be a New Trend?

    Cyber Attack at Community Health Systems Affects 4.5 Million Patients-Could This be a New Trend?
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar  in Health Law On August 18, 2014, Community Health Systems, a Tennessee-based hospital chain that has 206 hospitals in 29 states, announced that its…
  • Aug 14

    Watch Out for Legal Pitfalls Associated with Telemedicine

    Watch Out for Legal Pitfalls Associated with Telemedicine
    By Lance O. Leider, J.D., The Health Law Firm With all the new technologies, mobile medical applications, expansion of access to health care under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the emphasis on quality care, telemedicine is at the…
  • Aug 7

    The RACs, They’re Back! The Return of Medicare Recovery Audit

    The RACs, They’re Back! The Return of Medicare Recovery Audit
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law All good things must come to an end. This includes the two-month hiatus from Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) that healthcare professionals…
Rank this Week: 2183

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: 1436

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: 3663

HIPAA Blog

HIPAA Blog

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

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

    ICYMI: Rhode Island Hospital Pays Mass. AG…

    ICYMI: Rhode Island Hospital Pays Mass. AG for HIPAA Breach: In a rare cross-border reach, the Massachusetts attorney general fined a Rhode Island hospital (and the hospital paid the fine) for breaching the security of PHI of a bunch of…
  • Aug 18

    Community Health Systems: An APT hacker…

    Community Health Systems: An APT hacker group got into Community Health System's database and stole names, SSNs and DOBs of 4.5 million patients of Community's physician network.  The good news: the hackers are usually looking for medical…
  • Aug 13

    Weaponizing Your Breach Detection System:…

    Weaponizing Your Breach Detection System: If you're a HIPAA covered entity, you need a breach detection system, even if it's just your normal access audit reviews plus your employees keeping their eyes and ears open for something funny.  The…
Rank this Week: 698

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/
  • Aug 19

    Warning: Texting Patients' Sensitive Information Could Have Serious Consequence

    Warning: Texting Patients' Sensitive Information Could Have Serious Consequence
    By Lance O. Leider, J.D., The Health Law Firm I regularly lecture to residents and interns of local hospital residency programs. I like to discuss life skills for health care professionals that they may not learn in a classroom. At the…
  • Aug 12

    As a Health Care Professional in Florida, You Need to Stay In the Know on Medical Marijuana

    As a Health Care Professional in Florida, You Need to Stay In the Know on Medical Marijuana
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law During the 2014 session, the Florida legislature passed Senate Bill 1030 or the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014. The bill was signed…
  • Aug 5

    Stay Sharp and Aware: Employee Embezzlement in the Medical Field - Part 2

    Stay Sharp and Aware: Employee Embezzlement in the Medical Field - Part 2
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Embezzlement should be a concern to all healthcare facilities , medical practices and business owners . Part one of my embezzlement…
Rank this Week: 967

False Claims Counsel

False Claims Counsel

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

http://www.falseclaimscounsel.com/wordpress
  • Aug 19

    Samsung settles GSA false claims allegations for $2.3 million

    Samsung settles GSA false claims allegations for $2.3 million
    On August 19, the Department of Justice announced that Samsung Electronics America, the U.S. subsidiary of the Korean electronics corporation, has paid $2.3 million to resolve allegations that it submitted false claims for goods it provided…
  • Aug 18

    Washington Post describes Medicare wheelchair scam in detail

    Washington Post describes Medicare wheelchair scam in detail
    The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold authored an excellent article published on Sunday, August 17, describing in detail how Medicare scammers perpetrated a long-running fraudulent scheme to bill for power wheelchairs and scooters,…
  • Aug 14

    Inspectors General criticize DOJ, Peace Corps, and EPA’s responsivene

    Inspectors General criticize DOJ, Peace Corps, and EPA’s responsivene
    On August 5, forty-seven Inspectors General sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, complaining that…
Rank this Week: 203

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/
  • Aug 19

    Weak Passwords Put Patients’ EHR at Risk

    Weak Passwords Put Patients’ EHR at Risk
    By M. Thomas Langan II. A recent government report criticized the current electronic health record certification process for failing to require strong passwords.  These vulnerabilities make it easier for hackers to penetrate electronic…
  • Aug 18

    HHS Confirms October 2015 Deadline for ICD-10

    HHS Confirms October 2015 Deadline for ICD-10
    By M. Thomas Langan II. The deadline to implement ICD-10 has been confirmed to be October 1, 2015.  The implementation date was most recently postponed from October 1, 2014 to an undetermined date.  In its statement announcing the…
  • Jul 9

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

    Medicare and Medicaid Requesting Comment on Proposed Changes to Home Health Regulation
    A proposed rule issued July 1 by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) (CMS-1611-P) looks to change payment rates for home health agencies and simplify the  face-to-face encounter regulatory requirements. The decrease in…
Rank this Week: 3116

Medical Futility

Medical Futility

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

http://medicalfutility.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 19

    Minnesota v. Final Exit Network - Assisted Suicide Case Resume

    Minnesota v. Final Exit Network - Assisted Suicide Case Resume
    The Minnesota assisted suicide case against the Final Exit Network begins again at 9:00 a.m. on September 8, 2014, in the Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings.  In June 2014, the Supreme Court of Minnesota denied…
  • Aug 18

    Nursing Homes Rank as Worst Setting For End-of-Life Care

    Nursing Homes Rank as Worst Setting For End-of-Life Care
    Reported end-of-life care experiences are typically worse in the nursing home setting, according to the latest results of a recent CMS survey developed and field tested by RAND. The Hospice Experience of Care Survey measured experiences of…
  • Aug 11

    "Critical Gaps" in Legal Knowledge of Doctors Practicing End-of-Life Medicine

    "Critical Gaps" in Legal Knowledge of Doctors Practicing End-of-Life Medicine
    Queensland researchers led by Ben White at the Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Queensland University of Technology (where I'll be tomorrow), have just published research in the Medical Journal of Australia demonstrating "critical…
Rank this Week: 570

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: 2261

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/
  • Aug 18

    First Look at ACA Employer Compliance Software

    First Look at ACA Employer Compliance Software
    As we explained last month, employers who want to use the “look-back measurement method” of full-time employee identification should be shopping for IT solutions.  Here are four that we think deserve consideration.  None…
  • Jul 31

    Healthcare.gov Debacle Part Deux?

    Healthcare.gov Debacle Part Deux?
    Testifying before a Congressional subcommittee this morning, a GAO executive described a just-published analysis of the disastrous 2013 rollout of www.healthcare.gov.  CMS management had unrealistic expectations and failed to implement…
  • Jul 29

    Administering the Look-Back Measurement Method

    Administering the Look-Back Measurement Method
    We have been warning that employers will need months of advance planning and an automated process to use the ACA’s “look-back measurement method” to identify the full-time employees who will be entitled to an offer of…
Rank this Week: 2454

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/
  • Aug 18

    Physician Liable Under Contract To Repay Income Guarantee and Attorneys’ Fee

    Physician Liable Under Contract To Repay Income Guarantee and Attorneys’ Fee
    The need for physicians to carefully review and understand contract language before signing an employment contract was highlighted in a recent Kentucky Court of Appeals unpublished decision.   The decision, Alzadon v Highlands Hospital…
  • Aug 11

    Physician Office Baby Photos on Display Require HIPAA Authorization

    Physician Office Baby Photos on Display Require HIPAA Authorization
    According to a recent article in the New York Times, a Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) spokesperson has confirmed that photos on display in a physicians’ office (such as those frequently displayed by…
  • Aug 7

    Medicare Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) Slated to Make a Limited Return

    Medicare Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) Slated to Make a Limited Return
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are set to restart RAC audits for a limited number of fee-for-service claims. Modern Healthcare reported that Lauren Aronson, Director of CMS’ Office of Legislation, sent an email…
Rank this Week: 4203

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
  • Aug 18

    Castle Biosciences Secures $11.8 Million in Financing

    Castle Biosciences Secures $11.8 Million in Financing
    Castle Biosciences has announced (pdf) it raised $11.8 million in financing. Castle Biosciences, headquartered in Friendswood, Texas, is a cancer-focused molecular diagnostics company which currently offers prognostic tests for patients with…
  • Aug 12

    Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: Andrew Alliance Secures Series B Financing

    Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: Andrew Alliance Secures Series B Financing
    Andrew Alliance has announced the closing of a series B financing round. Andrew Alliance, which is based in Switzerland and will be opening an office in Boston, is a developer of life science robotics. In January 2013, Andrew Alliance…
  • Aug 4

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

    Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: Epic Sciences Secures $30 Million in Financing
    Epic Sciences has announced it raised $30 million in financing. Epic Sciences, headquartered in San Diego, Calif., is a biotech company developing diagnostic tests to molecularly characterize circulating tumor cells (CTC) in the blood. The…
Rank this Week: 1936

Pharmacy Law Blog

Pharmacy Law Blog

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

http://pharmacylawblog.wordpress.com/
  • Aug 18

    Need Last Minute Deposition or Hearing Representation? Call The Health Law Firm

    Need Last Minute Deposition or Hearing Representation? Call The Health Law Firm
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Our office often takes phone calls from pharmacies and pharmacists needing short-notice representation at a Board of Pharmacy hearing or at a…
  • Jul 7

    Florida Legislature Reforms Pharmacy Benefit Manager Audit Practice

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

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

    Out-of-State Compounding Pharmacies May Need a Permit To Do Business in Florida
    By Lance O. Leider, J.D., The Health Law Firm Beginning on October 1, 2014, out-of-state compounding pharmacies may be required to hold a compounded sterile product permit. That’s because the Regulated Industries Committee of the…
Rank this Week: 3896

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: 1417

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/
  • Aug 15

    Baby Boomers Stand to Benefit Most from Medical Marijuana Legalization

    Baby Boomers Stand to Benefit Most from Medical Marijuana Legalization
    Medical marijuana has been proven to help individuals with a wide range of medical conditions in a diverse pool of users, ranging from children to the elderly. While the benefits of marijuana aren't narrowed to one group, studies show that…
  • Aug 14

    Simulator Tests Drivers' Ability While Stoned

    Simulator Tests Drivers' Ability While Stoned
    One of the problems with setting a legal limit and prosecuting "stoned drivers" is that researchers and law enforcement officials have not yet determined, "how stoned is too stoned" to drive. Scientists working for the federal government…
  • Aug 12

    Bill Exempts "Charlotte's Web" Strain Under Controlled Substances Act

    Bill Exempts "Charlotte's Web" Strain Under Controlled Substances Act
    In a federal shift that could signal leniency in future national marijuana laws, the House of Representatives announced a bill that would exempt certain strains of marijuana for medical purposes. The bill stops short of legalizing the strains…
Rank this Week: 362

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/
  • Aug 15

    "Autonomy and Enhancement"

    "Autonomy and Enhancement"
    Recently published in Neuroethics: "Autonomy and Enhancement", by G. Owen Schaefer, Guy Kahane, and Julian Savulescu Abstract Some have objected to human enhancement on the grounds that it violates the autonomy of the enhanced. These…
  • Aug 14

    "Morse, Mind, and Mental Causation"

    "Morse, Mind, and Mental Causation"
    Recently published in SSRN (and forthcoming in Criminal Law and Philosophy): "Morse, Mind, and Mental Causation" MICHAEL S. PARDO, University of Alabama School of Law DENNIS PATTERSON, European University Institute, Rutgers University School…
  • Aug 14

    "Does the Endowment Effect Justify Legal Intervention? The Debiasing Effect of Institutions"

    "Does the Endowment Effect Justify Legal Intervention? The Debiasing Effect of Institutions"
    Recently published in SSRN: "Does the Endowment Effect Justify Legal Intervention? The Debiasing Effect of Institutions" JENNIFER ARLEN, New York University School of Law STEPHAN W. TONTRUP, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective…
Rank this Week: 262

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/
  • Aug 14

    Anti-Choice Advocates Track License Plates of Cars Parked at Clinic

    Anti-Choice Advocates Track License Plates of Cars Parked at Clinic
    Houston Chronicle: Anti-abortion activists adopt a new tactic: tracking license plates, by Brian M. Rosenthal: Advocates say tactic is legitimate; critics contend that it is intimidation On nearly every weekday morning between late 2010 and…
  • Aug 12

    Texas Law Could Force Women to Seek Abortions in Mexico

    Texas Law Could Force Women to Seek Abortions in Mexico
    Fox News Latino: Texas Anti-Abortion Law Could Force Women Across The Border For Procedure: Crossing borders is a part of life in El Paso in far West Texas, where people may walk into Mexico to visit family or commute to...
  • Aug 11

    Iran's Parliament Votes to Ban Permanent Forms of Contraception

    Iran's Parliament Votes to Ban Permanent Forms of Contraception
    The Guardian: Iran bans permanent contraception to boost population growth: Parliament prohibits vasectomies and other lasting birth control measures after Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calls for more babies Iran's parliament has voted to ban…
Rank this Week: 151

Health Law Attorney Blog

Health Law Attorney Blog

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

http://www.healthlawattorneyblog.com/
  • Aug 14

    OIG Posts New Guidance for Submitting a Contractor Self-Disclosure

    OIG Posts New Guidance for Submitting a Contractor Self-Disclosure
    On August 12, 2014, the Office of Inspector General ("OIG") posted new guidance for contractors self-disclosing violations of federal criminal law involving fraud, conflict of interest, bribery, or gratuity violations or violations of the…
  • Jul 16

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

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

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

    D.C. Circuit Restores Attorney-Client Privilege Protection for Internal Investigation
    Companies doing business in highly-regulated industries, including the health care industry, were left holding their breath after a D.C. district court ruled that the attorney-client privilege doctrine did not attach to a company's internal…
Rank this Week: 335

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: 1277

Health Care Law Blog

Health Care Law Blog

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

http://www.healthcarelaw-blog.com/
  • Aug 14

    Medicare Issues for Direct Pay and Concierge Practice

    Medicare Issues for Direct Pay and Concierge Practice
    The strain of health care reform and third-party-payer bureaucracy will likely continue to push physicians towards non-traditional business models for practicing medicine. This is especially true for non-specialists. As the trend of…
  • Jul 31

    Medicare Fraud: Federal Strike Force Brings Nationwide Charge Against 90 Individual

    Medicare Fraud: Federal Strike Force Brings Nationwide Charge Against 90 Individual
    As part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) continued efforts to combat Medicare fraud, federal charges were recently brought against 90 individuals across the nation for false billings to Medicare, totaling $260 million…
  • Jul 17

    Healthcare Whistleblower Claims Based on Self-Referral Arrangement

    Healthcare Whistleblower Claims Based on Self-Referral Arrangement
    Two federal laws regulate referrals and financial arrangements between healthcare providers and facilities - Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute.1 These laws have recently been at the center of important healthcare whistleblower fraud…
Rank this Week: 3009

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: 340

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: 2873

Whistleblower Qui Tam Lawyer Blog

Whistleblower Qui Tam Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.whistleblowerquitamlawyerblog.com/
Rank this Week: 2187

SCG Healthcare Blog

SCG Healthcare Blog

By State Capital Group.

http://healthcare.scglegal.com/
  • Aug 13

    Upcoming HIPAA Deadlines for Employer-Sponsored Group Health Plan

    Upcoming HIPAA Deadlines for Employer-Sponsored Group Health Plan
    September 22, 2014, Deadline for Certain Business Associate AgreementsThe Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) requires a covered entity, including an employer-sponsored group health plan subject to HIPAA,…
  • Jul 29

    Update: CMS Issues Revised Guidance on Hospice & Part D Prior Authorization Proce

    Update: CMS Issues Revised Guidance on Hospice & Part D Prior Authorization Proce
    A few weeks ago, we discussed CMS’ newly-issued guidance establishing a prior authorization process for Hospice and Part D providers (read more here). As our previous blog post emphasized, soon after its March 10 implementation,…
  • Jul 24

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

    Labs & Referring Physicians Take Note of OIG’s Special Fraud Alert
    Recently, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General issued a Special Fraud Alert entitled, “Laboratory Payments to Referring Physicians.” The Alert focuses on specimen processing arrangements…
Rank this Week: 2509

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/
  • Aug 12

    It’s Official (at least for now): ICD-10 Implementation Date is Now October 1, 2015

    It’s Official (at least for now): ICD-10 Implementation Date is Now October 1, 2015
    According to a final rule published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on August 4, 2014, providers will be required to use  the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision for diagnosis coding starting on…
  • Jul 31

    OIG Publishes Fraud Alert on Physician Lab Arrangement

    OIG Publishes Fraud Alert on Physician Lab Arrangement
    Physician ancillary service joint ventures continue to proliferate and not surprisingly, federal and state regulators are on the lookout for arrangements which may violate fraud and abuse laws .  In its recent “Special Fraud Alert:…
  • Jul 29

    Pennsylvania Department of Health Clarifies Clinical Laboratory Law

    Pennsylvania Department of Health Clarifies Clinical Laboratory Law
    On December 18, 2013, Pennsylvania Act 122 amended the Pennsylvania Clinical Laboratory Act to, among other things, impose licensure requirements on out of state clinical laboratories and to place certain prohibitions on physician…
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HealthBlawg

HealthBlawg

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

http://www.healthblawg.com/
  • Aug 11

    Practice Pointers in the Wake of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Privacy Settlement

    Practice Pointers in the Wake of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Privacy Settlement
    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
  • Aug 8

    Solving Sovaldi: David Harlow Talks Value-Based Payment with Cyndy Nayer

    Solving Sovaldi: David Harlow Talks Value-Based Payment with Cyndy Nayer
    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
  • Aug 6

    Solving Solvadi: David Harlow Talks Value-Based Payment with Cyndy Nayer

    Solving Solvadi: David Harlow Talks Value-Based Payment with Cyndy Nayer
    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
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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/
  • Aug 11

    A Call for Action to Address Abuse of Older American

    A Call for Action to Address Abuse of Older American
    Last month, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a framework for tackling the challenges to elder-abuse prevention and prosecution. In doing so, the departments called on all…
  • Aug 6

    Staffing Issues May Affect the Quality of Care Rendered in Nursing Home

    Staffing Issues May Affect the Quality of Care Rendered in Nursing Home
    When families are considering whether to use nursing-home services to care for their loved ones, they must consider various issues in determining whether a nursing home is capable of providing adequate care. Among other issues, a family must…
  • Aug 4

    Stark & Stark Shareholder Speaks at 2014 AAJ Annual Convention

    Stark & Stark Shareholder Speaks at 2014 AAJ Annual Convention
    Stark & Stark Shareholder, David R. Cohen, Esq. spoke on the topic “Advocacy Track: Social Media and Technology” at the 2014 American Association for Justice Annual Convention in Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Cohen is a…
Rank this Week: 966

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/
  • Aug 10

    OIG Issues Special Fraud Alert on Clinical Laboratory Payments to Physician

    OIG Issues Special Fraud Alert on Clinical Laboratory Payments to Physician
    The Office of the Inspector General for the United States Department of Health and Human Services (the “OIG”) recently issued a Special Fraud Alert regarding laboratory payments to referring physicians (the…
  • Aug 3

    Michigan's Tax on Paid Health Care Claims is Upheld

    Michigan's Tax on Paid Health Care Claims is Upheld
    The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has upheld Michigan’s tax on paid health care claims in an opinion published on August 4.  The decision has very significant implications for the State of Michigan, which…
  • Jul 22

    Dumping Medical Records Results in $800,000 HIPAA Fine for Health Care System

    Dumping Medical Records Results in $800,000 HIPAA Fine for Health Care System
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced that it reached a resolution agreement with a health care system in connection with alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability…
Rank this Week: 3265

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/
  • Aug 7

    FDA to Bolster its Regulation of Diagnostic Testing

    FDA to Bolster its Regulation of Diagnostic Testing
    With the passage of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) on July 9, 2012, Congress expanded the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) authority to safeguard and advance public health. Exercising such authority,…
  • Aug 1

    Bipartisan House Bill Proposes Increased Medicare Coverage of Telemedicine

    Bipartisan House Bill Proposes Increased Medicare Coverage of Telemedicine
    A bill amending Title XVIII of the Social Security Act will be proposed soon, marking the culmination of bipartisan efforts in the House of Representatives. Representatives Glenn Thompson (R-Penn.) and Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) are prepared to…
  • Jul 14

    Senate Report Finds the RAC Program to be Ineffective in Reducing Improper Payment Rates and Burdensome on Provider

    Senate Report Finds the RAC Program to be Ineffective in Reducing Improper Payment Rates and Burdensome on Provider
    In a report released on July 9, 2014, the Senate Special Committee on Aging criticized the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the increase in improper payments in the Medicare program, despite the increasing amount of audit…
Rank this Week: 594

Health Care Update

Health Care Update

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

http://slphealthcareupdate.wordpress.com
  • 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…
  • Jul 6

    Parkview Hospital To Pay $800K To Settle HIPAA Charges After Retiring Physician Blows The Whistle

    Parkview Hospital To Pay $800K To Settle HIPAA Charges After Retiring Physician Blows The Whistle
    Health care providers, health plans, heath care clearinghouses and their business associates heed both the lesson about properly protecting protected health information and the more subtle lesson about the role of employees and other…
  • Jun 26

    Whistleblower To Get $17M+ of Omnicare $124M False Claims Settlement

    Whistleblower To Get $17M+ of Omnicare $124M False Claims Settlement
    Former employee turned whistleblower Donald Gale will receive $17.24 million of the $124.24 million that the U.S.’ largest provider of pharmaceuticals and pharmacy services to nursing homes, Omnicare, Inc. has agreed to pay to settle…
Rank this Week: 4924

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
  • Aug 6

    Managing IP Risk in the Age of Personalized Medicine

    Managing IP Risk in the Age of Personalized Medicine
    As discussed on Foley’s  Health Care Law Today blog, personalized medicine treatment trends and innovations are leading diagnostic and therapeutic companies to form complex arrangements and partnerships with the ultimate goal of…
  • Aug 3

    FDA Set to Regulate LDTs - Citing Safety Concerns and Advanced Technologie

    FDA Set to Regulate LDTs - Citing Safety Concerns and Advanced Technologie
    Advances in medical technology have increased the use of diagnostic tests to guide therapeutic decisions for many diseases and conditions, especially in the context of personalized medicine. Citing the need to ensure that certain tests used…
  • Jul 4

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

    Personalized Medicine Today: PMC Issues Fourth State of the Industry Report
    Personalized medicine is changing the paradigm of the research, development and delivery of health care. The Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC), a consortium of interested stakeholders that seeks to promote the understanding and adoption…
Rank this Week: 3951

Chicago Nursing Home Lawyers Blog

Chicago Nursing Home Lawyers Blog

Comments on nursing home legal issues. By Robert Kreisman.

http://www.chicagonursinghomelawyersblog.com/
Rank this Week: 2695

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: 383

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: 379

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: 3432

Law Links | Health Links

Law Links | Health Links

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

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

    Lubin & Meyer Land Top 3 Largest Verdicts in Massachusett

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

    Stephen Eldridge Recognized as Top Financial Advisor

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

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

    New Hampshire's Distinction: Fewest Health Insurers in Federal Marketplace — One
    A new report released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finds that people who selected silver plans, the most popular plan type in the federal Marketplace, with tax credits paid an average premium of $69 per month. In the…
Rank this Week: 2970

The Medicare Compliance Blog

The Medicare Compliance Blog

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

http://themedicarecomplianceblog.com/
  • Jul 18

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

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

    CMS Amends the Workers Compensation Reference Guide

    CMS Amends the Workers Compensation Reference Guide
    On May 29, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) amended the recently released Workers’ Compensation Reference Guide published in February 2014. The changes affect medical review, treating physician reports,…
  • Apr 23

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

    Workers Compensation Review Center (WCRC) Changes Position on Development Letter
    As a result of Gould and Lamb’s continued advocacy with CMS Central Office, WCRC, and Regional Offices, Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set Aside submitters will see a light at the end of the tunnel. Based on direct conversations,…
Rank this Week: 3609

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: 2439

Dentistry Law Blog

Dentistry Law Blog

By George F. Indest III.

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

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

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

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

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

    Florida Medicaid Audits Dental Claim

    Florida Medicaid Audits Dental Claim
    By Michael L. Smith, R.R.T., J.D., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) is auditing Medicaid claims submitted by dental providers in Florida. AHCA is auditing dental practices…
Rank this Week: 3816

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: 1753

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: 2082

CAMLAW : Complementary And…

CAMLAW : Complementary And Alternative Medicine Law Blog

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

http://www.camlawblog.com/
  • May 28

    Physicians and chiropractors navigate functional medicine legal issue

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

    Stem cell therapies engender changing regulatory environment

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

    Acupuncture lawsuits rare but expert witnesses may help

    Acupuncture lawsuits rare but expert witnesses may help
    Although acupuncture malpractice may be rare, experts can be deployed to help mitigate liability (for defendants) or make the liability case (for plaintiffs).One such expert is Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac., DNBAO. Anthony…
Rank this Week: 146

Military Veterans' Lawyer Blog

Military Veterans' Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.militaryveteranlawyer.com/
  • May 26

    Wishing you a safe and reflective Memorial Day

    Wishing you a safe and reflective Memorial Day
    The Law Office of Robert B. Goss, P.C. http://www.attorneyforveterans.com wishes you a safe, reflective , and peaceful Memorial Day. Thank you to our veterans. Serving is difficult for both the service member and their families. We thank…
  • May 24

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

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

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

    VA's Benefits Phone: 1-800-827-1000
    Several years ago the VA lumped all VA Regional Offices into 8 call centers to handle all the calls from anywhere in the nation. Because you may think you are talking to your Regional Office, I wanted to explain what you need to know…
Rank this Week: 1317