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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: 178

California Insurance Lawyer Blog

California Insurance Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.californiainsurancelawyerblog.com/
  • Apr 15

    Asking the Right Questions About Your Disability Coverage

    Asking the Right Questions About Your Disability Coverage
    We represent a number of clients who suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis and various other rheumatic conditions. Recently, the American College of Rheumatology posted a blog on its website advising the newly diagnosed to ask the…
  • Apr 14

    Claim Denied! ... How To Deal With Surprising Insurance Denial

    Claim Denied! ... How To Deal With Surprising Insurance Denial
    It’s safe to say that most insureds have dealt with some type of insurance obstacle, whether it was a billing error that seemed nearly impossible to correct, a medication/procedure/treatment that was unfairly denied, or an outright…
  • Mar 27

    Your Insurance Company Wants You to Give Up On Your Claim

    Your Insurance Company Wants You to Give Up On Your Claim
    Insurance benefits provided by your employer benefit plan are usually governed by the federal laws of ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act). Not all plans are insured, and instead may be self-funded. But, when they are insured,…
Rank this Week: 278

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/
  • 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…
  • Dec 20

    Relationships are transcendental and compelling

    Relationships are transcendental and compelling
    When I began studying energy healing and morphing from my career as a Wall Street lawyer into a legal academic, then medical academic, then healthcare & FDA attorney, I could not have imagined the way all these threads would…
Rank this Week: 303

Health Industry Washington Watch

Health Industry Washington Watch

Covers U.S. legislative and regulatory developments affecting the life sciences and health care industry. By Reed Smith LLP.

http://www.healthindustrywashingtonwatch.com/
Rank this Week: 628

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/
  • Apr 15

    CBO Updates ACA Impact Estimate

    CBO Updates ACA Impact Estimate
    Concurrently with its April 2014 update of February 2014 projections of federal revenues and spending through 2024, the Congressional Budget Office revised its projection of how the Affordable Care Act will change insurance coverage, federal…
  • Apr 14

    Is The Full-Time Employer Mandate Causing Employers to Cut Weekly Work Hours?

    Is The Full-Time Employer Mandate Causing Employers to Cut Weekly Work Hours?
    Probably not yet, on net, this year, seems to be the correct answer, though temp staffing is trending upward.  Here are three charts that we created from data obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. CHANGE IN % OF…
  • Apr 10

    Who’s At Risk for Non-Payment During the ACA Subsidy “Grace Period”?

    Who’s At Risk for Non-Payment During the ACA Subsidy “Grace Period”?
    It’s buried deep, in small type, in a set of rules issued almost a year, and thousands of Federal Register pages ago.   Here’s the setup.  Jimmy has a chronic medical problem, and knows it, but he cannot afford…
Rank this Week: 718

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: 422

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: 411

False Claims Counsel

False Claims Counsel

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

http://www.falseclaimscounsel.com/wordpress
Rank this Week: 720

Health Care Fraud Blog

Health Care Fraud Blog

Covers durable medical equipment fraud, HIPAA violations, insurance fraud, medicaid fraud, and medicare fraud. By Robert David Malove.

http://www.healthcarefraudblog.com/
  • Mar 8

    Physician With Revoked Medical License Pleads Guilty for Role in Medicare Fraud Scheme

    Physician With Revoked Medical License Pleads Guilty for Role in Medicare Fraud Scheme
    DETROIT, MI (March 5, 2014) - Jose Mercado-Francis, 60, a former Detroit-area physician pleaded guilty today in the U.S. District for the Eastern District of Michigan to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud in violation of 1371…
  • Feb 14

    Houston Psychiastrist Indicted for Medicare Fraud

    Houston Psychiastrist Indicted for Medicare Fraud
    On December 16, 2014, a Houston psychiatrist was arrested on charges related to her alleged participation in a $158 million Medicare fraud scheme involving false claims for mental health treatment. Sharon Iglehart, 56, of Houston, was…
  • Dec 19

    How to Avoid the 230-year Sentence for Health Care Fraud

    How to Avoid the 230-year Sentence for Health Care Fraud
    LOUISVILLE, KY. - How does a doctor get convicted of money laundering, health care fraud and doling out prescription drugs like jelly beans and then sentenced to 230 years in prison with a fine of $10.2 million? By not having a health care…
Rank this Week: 704

Sidebar Blog

Sidebar Blog

Covers health care compliance and criminal defense. By Matthews Law Firm, P.A.

http://matthewspa.com/sidebar-blog
  • Sep 10

    Florida execution put on hold to accommodate Attorney General’s fundraising event

    Florida execution put on hold to accommodate Attorney General’s fundraising event
    Yes, you read that right. Here’s the story detailing how the execution of a Florida inmate has been delayed so the Attorney General can attend her re-election kick-off reception.
  • Mar 19

    When vacating convictions, which charge is the “lesser offense”?

    When vacating convictions, which charge is the “lesser offense”?
    Imagine this scenario: A defendant is convicted of both Attempted Trafficking of Oxycodone and Possession of Oxycodone. He files an appeal arguing he should not have been convicted of both due to double jeopardy. The appellate court agrees…
  • Jan 16

    Prostitution Fine Amounts Increased in Florida

    Prostitution Fine Amounts Increased in Florida
    As of January 1, 2013, the civil penalty for committing prostitution has increased to $5,000.  From 796.07 (6): A person who violates paragraph (2)(f) shall be assessed a civil penalty of $5,000 if the violation results in any judicial…
Rank this Week: 450

BIZ LAW DDS

BIZ LAW DDS

Law blog for Wisconsin and Illinois dentists. By the Gauthier Law Group, LLC.

http://www.bizlawdds.com
  • 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…
  • Apr 12

    Illinois Says Dentists May Use Groupon

    Illinois Says Dentists May Use Groupon
    IDFPR Says Voucher Advertising Is Not Fee-Splitting If Advertising Fee Is Reasonable and Required Disclosures Are Made On April 10th, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (the “IDFPR”) issued a…
Rank this Week: 525

Healthcare Neutral ADR Blog

Healthcare Neutral ADR Blog

Covers healthcare arbitration and mediation, end-of-life decisions, and medical malpractice claims. By Healthcare Neutral.

http://www.healthcareneutraladrblog.com/
  • Sep 18

    Could ObamaCare Cause Hospitals To Lose Tax Exempt Status?

    Could ObamaCare Cause Hospitals To Lose Tax Exempt Status?
           I just read an interesting post by David Whelan on The Health Care Blog. In short, he points out that on full implementation, ObamaCare will drastically reduce the number of uninsured patients seen at most tax exempt hospitals in…
  • Sep 10

    AHLA Offers Enhanced ADR Training Opportunitie

    AHLA Offers Enhanced ADR Training Opportunitie
         For many years, the American Health Lawyers Association ("AHLA") Alternative Dispute Resolution Service has offered basic (one day) training courses in arbitration and mediation. I just heard from Geoff Drucker, Manager of the ADR…
  • Sep 4

    NJ Bar Health Law Section Opens With Program On Health Reform

    NJ Bar Health Law Section Opens With Program On Health Reform
         The New Jersey State Bar Association's Health Law Section kicks off its 2012-2013 meeting year on September 11th with a program entitled: "Health Reform Is Alive And Well...Sort Of...The View From Providers And Insurers." It begins…
Rank this Week: 362

Health Law Blog

Health Law Blog

By Tom Mayo.

http://healthlawblog.blogspot.com/
  • 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…
  • Mar 29

    Good article in

    Good article in
    Good article in today's NY Times comparing the Obama health reform plan to the Massachusetts experience, including a nifty graphic that summarizes the similarities and differences nicely.I think Obama's initial emphasis on cost-control is…
Rank this Week: 477

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
  • Apr 16

    Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: Tendyne Secures $25 Million in Financing

    Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: Tendyne Secures $25 Million in Financing
    Tendyne has announced (pdf) it has secured $25 million in series C financing. Tendyne Holdings, headquartered in Roseville, Minn., is a clinical stage medical device company focused on the development of minimally invasive therapies for the…
  • Apr 9

    Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: Adaptive Biotechnologies Secures $105 Million in Financing

    Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: Adaptive Biotechnologies Secures $105 Million in Financing
    Adaptive Biotechnologies has announced it has completed a series C financing round and completed a newly created series D round of financing with a $105 million investment from Viking Global Investors. Adaptive Biotechnologies, based in…
  • Apr 7

    ICD-10 Deadline Delayed Until Oct. 1, 2015

    ICD-10 Deadline Delayed Until Oct. 1, 2015
    The following alert was authored by our McGuireWoods colleagues Kimberly J. Kannensohn and John C. Saran. On April 1, 2014, President Obama signed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (the Act) into law, thereby delaying until at…
Rank this Week: 3586

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: 1838

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/
  • Apr 16

    OIG Report Calls for Greater Oversight of Home Health Face-to-Face Requirement

    OIG Report Calls for Greater Oversight of Home Health Face-to-Face Requirement
    A recent report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for Health and Human Services (HHS), is calling upon CMS to increase scrutiny of home health claims – specifically the required face-to-face documentation.  According to a…
  • Apr 9

    CMS Releases EHR Stage 2 Meaningful Use Calculator

    CMS Releases EHR Stage 2 Meaningful Use Calculator
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a calculator for providers to measure whether they can meet the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements.  Similar to the HIPAA Security Risk…
  • Apr 7

    Electronic Prescribing and Physician Quality Reporting Programs See Increased Participation

    Electronic Prescribing and Physician Quality Reporting Programs See Increased Participation
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reported a marked increase by providers in participation in the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program.   The CMS press release on…
Rank this Week: 1137

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/
  • Apr 16

    Wild West Data Breach Sheriff Wins a Round Back East

    Wild West Data Breach Sheriff Wins a Round Back East
    LabMD is not the only company that has tried to buck the FTC’s assertion of authority over data security breaches. Wyndham Worldwide Corp. has spent the past year contesting the FTC’s authority to pursue enforcement actions based…
  • Mar 18

    The Wild West of Data Breach Enforcement by the Fed

    The Wild West of Data Breach Enforcement by the Fed
    Imagine you have completed your HIPAA risk assessment and implemented a robust privacy and security plan designed to meet each criteria of the Omnibus Rule.  You think that, should you suffer a data breach involving protected health…
  • Mar 11

    HHS Enforces Against County Government in Washington State

    HHS Enforces Against County Government in Washington State
    Last week’s Resolution Agreement between the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“HHS”) and a small county in Washington State marks the first time HHS has settled an action against a county…
Rank this Week: 1296

HIPAA Blog

HIPAA Blog

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

http://hipaablog.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 2502

Medical Futility

Medical Futility

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

http://medicalfutility.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 16

    7th Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day

    7th Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day
    IT’S HERE!  Today is the 7th Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day!  ACTIVITIES/RESOURCES:  Even if you have your own resources, please also direct patients, residents, clients, and the public to…
  • Apr 15

    International Conference on End of Life: Law, Ethics, Policy and Practice - ABSTRACT DEADLINE

    International Conference on End of Life: Law, Ethics, Policy and Practice - ABSTRACT DEADLINE
    From August 13-15  2014, the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia will be hosting the International Conference on End of Life: Law, Ethics, Policy and Practice.  The call for abstracts closes Wednesday,…
  • Apr 14

    The Changing Legal Climate for Physician Aid in Dying

    The Changing Legal Climate for Physician Aid in Dying
    Posted today and available for free from JAMA:  "The Changing Legal Climate for Physician Aid in Dying." A summary of the trend toward legalization that I prepared with David Orentlicher and Ben Rich.
Rank this Week: 1016

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/
  • Apr 16

    "Addiction, Compulsion, and Agency"

    "Addiction, Compulsion, and Agency"
    "Addiction, Compulsion, and Agency" by Ezio Di Nucci has been published in the most recent issue of Neuroethics: Abstract I show that Pickard’s argument against the irresistibility of addiction fails because her proposed dilemma,…
  • Apr 14

    "Clinicians’ Attitudes toward Patients with Disorders of Consciousness: A Survey"

    "Clinicians’ Attitudes toward Patients with Disorders of Consciousness: A Survey"
    "Clinicians’ Attitudes toward Patients with Disorders of Consciousness: A Survey" by Michele Farisco, et al., has been published in the most recent issue of Neuroethics: Abstract Notwithstanding fundamental methodological advancements,…
  • Apr 11

    " Painful Disparities, Painful Realities"

    " Painful Disparities, Painful Realities"
    Recently posted to SSRN (and published as a Univeristy of Maryland Legal Studies Research Paper): "Painful Disparities, Painful Realities" AMANDA C. PUSTILNIK, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Legal doctrines and…
Rank this Week: 2549

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/
  • Apr 16

    Use Caution in USMLE Step Exam Preparation

    Use Caution in USMLE Step Exam Preparation
    By Catherine T. Hollis, J.D., The Health Law Firm and George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Bulletin of Information outlines several…
  • Apr 10

    Governor Requests the Agency for Health Care Administration to Inspect Florida’s VA Hospital

    Governor Requests the Agency for Health Care Administration to Inspect Florida’s VA Hospital
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law In response to recent deaths at Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals throughout Florida and the rest of the nation, on April 1, 2014, Governor ……
  • Apr 7

    Duke University Health System Pays $1 Million to Settle Allegations of False Claims in Whistleblower Lawsuit

    Duke University Health System Pays $1 Million to Settle Allegations of False Claims in Whistleblower Lawsuit
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law On March 21, 2014, Duke University Health System in Raleigh, North Carolina, settled a whistleblower/qui tam lawsuit, according to the Department…
Rank this Week: 2692

Health Law Prof Blog

Health Law Prof Blog

By University of Cincinnati Law Professor S. Elizabeth Malloy.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/healthlawprof_blog/
  • Apr 15

    The Delay of ICD-10

    The Delay of ICD-10
    As part of the “Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014,” Congress provided that DHHS may not set ICD-10 as the code standard before October 15, 2015. October 15, 2014 had been the day set by DHHS for ICD-10 implementation....
  • Apr 15

    Guest Blogger Professor Deborah L. Forman: Introducing The ABA's Draft Model Act Governing Assisted Reproductive Technology Agencie

    Guest Blogger Professor Deborah L. Forman: Introducing The ABA's Draft Model Act Governing Assisted Reproductive Technology Agencie
    The use of assisted reproductive technology to create families is often described as collaborative reproduction. Intended parents, gamete donors and surrogates can all play a role in the process. Assisted reproduction typically involves…
  • Apr 11

    The Game of Succession

    The Game of Succession
    It is almost always dramatic when a well-known figure resigns. So it was this week, one leader gone and another swiftly nominated. Almost inevitably the process and new nominee were subject to conservative sniping. Then, Secretary Sebelius…
Rank this Week: 2504

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/
  • Apr 15

    CONTRACTS: Forum-Selection Clause—Enforcing by 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a) Motion to Transfer Venue

    CONTRACTS: Forum-Selection Clause—Enforcing by 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a) Motion to Transfer Venue
    Our guest author of this is article is Charlene Hicks, a legal research attorney with National Legal Research Group in Charlottesville, Virginia. Forum-selection clauses are commonly used in contracts to specify the location in which the…
  • Apr 14

    Contracting 101: Tips for Physicians and Health Professionals-Part 12

    Contracting 101: Tips for Physicians and Health Professionals-Part 12
    By Christopher E. Brown, J.D., The Health Law Firm and George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Tip 28-Verify That the Relationship Between the Physician and the Employer is Legal. Our…
  • Apr 8

    Texas Medicaid Settlement Raises Questions Among Health Care Provider

    Texas Medicaid Settlement Raises Questions Among Health Care Provider
    By Lenis L. Archer, J.D., M.P.H., The Health Law Firm and George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law On March 17, 2014, Carousel Pediatrics in Austin, Texas, agreed to pay the state a $3.75…
Rank this Week: 3678

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/
  • Apr 15

    The Marijuana Legalization Debate has Changed Dramatically

    The Marijuana Legalization Debate has Changed Dramatically
    Public support for the legalization of marijuana has increased in recent years. Our Los Angeles marijuana lawyers realize that the discussion over marijuana laws is now a more focused and individualized discussion about the details of…
  • Apr 13

    Medical Marijuana may Alleviate Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosi

    Medical Marijuana may Alleviate Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosi
    The medical uses for marijuana are varied and new medicinal uses are being established frequently. Recently, our Los Angeles marijuana lawyers have seen information regarding how medicinal marijuana may help patients with multiple…
  • Apr 12

    Marijuana Policy Shifting in California

    Marijuana Policy Shifting in California
    California might finally begin to see a significant shift in its marijuana policy and regulations. Our Los Angeles marijuana lawyers have seen a shift in the landscape of marijuana legalization after nearly two decades of the substance…
Rank this Week: 4967

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/
  • Apr 15

    IT Contract Review

    IT Contract Review
    As health care providers continue to increase their use of technology, they are asked more and more frequently to enter into software or other IT contracts.  While many health care providers sign these agreements without reviewing them,…
  • Apr 10

    Health Insurance Providers Beware – April 15 is Quickly Approaching

    Health Insurance Providers Beware – April 15 is Quickly Approaching
    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires that certain health insurance providers pay an annual fee based on the net premiums they wrote during the preceding calendar year. The providers required to pay this fee include health…
  • Apr 2

    HIPAA Compliance: Conducting a Risk Assessment

    HIPAA Compliance: Conducting a Risk Assessment
    Maybe you have determined you're a Business Associate (or a subcontractor of a Business Associate) or maybe you’re a Covered Entity for purposes of HIPAA and have not gotten around to conducting or updating your risk assessment. Now is…
Rank this Week: 2676

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/
  • Apr 14

    OIG Finds Limited Compliance with Face-to-Face Home Health Requirement

    OIG Finds Limited Compliance with Face-to-Face Home Health Requirement
    In a report released on Thursday, April 10, the Office of the Inspector General ("OIG") found that, thus far, there has been limited compliance with the face-to-face documentation requirement for home health providers. As a result, the OIG…
  • Apr 8

    Moody's Report: Two-Midnight Rule to Weaken Hospital Profitability

    Moody's Report: Two-Midnight Rule to Weaken Hospital Profitability
    On Wednesday, March 12, Moody's Investor Services released a report predicting that Medicare's new inpatient admissions policy, the "Two-Midnight rule", will negatively affect hospitals' bottom lines. The Two-Midnight rule instructs…
  • Apr 4

    Two-Midnight Rule Enforcement Delay Extended to March 31, 2015

    Two-Midnight Rule Enforcement Delay Extended to March 31, 2015
    On April 1, 2014, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill (H.R. 4302) extending the enforcement delay of the two-midnight rule. Under the newly adopted law, Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) will not conduct patient status reviews of…
Rank this Week: 3601

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/
  • Apr 11

    Self Administration Toolkit for WCMSA

    Self Administration Toolkit for WCMSA
    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services added a Self Administration Toolkit for Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Arrangements on April 11
  • Mar 28

    House Passes Measure to Delay ICD-10 Transition

    House Passes Measure to Delay ICD-10 Transition
    By voice vote on Thursday, March 27, the House approved another temporary (one-year) fix to prevent steep cuts in Medicare’s physician reimbursement scheduled to take effect March 31. It now moves to the Senate which is expected to take…
  • Mar 13

    After FDA Authorization, Lots of Pressure to Rescind Zohydro ER Approval

    After FDA Authorization, Lots of Pressure to Rescind Zohydro ER Approval
    In October 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) went against the recommendation of its own advisory committee and approved Zohydro® ER. The FDA's Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Advisory Committee of independent experts voted…
Rank this Week: 3124

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/
  • Apr 11

    CMS Publishes Self-Administration Toolkit

    CMS Publishes Self-Administration Toolkit
    On April 11, 2014, CMS added an entire subsection to its WCMSA website for self-administration help. In the agency’s usual overreaching style, it has created requirements that are not supported by any law or regulation. While many of…
  • Apr 4

    Zohydro ER – The New Actiq

    Zohydro ER – The New Actiq
    Yesterday MEDVAL did its first MSA evaluation for a California applicant taking Zohydo ER. We were genuinely shocked as this drug was not even expected to hit the market until March so we didn’t really anticipate seeing it included in…
  • Mar 24

    Louisiana Attorneys Seek MSA Seed Money as Fee

    Louisiana Attorneys Seek MSA Seed Money as Fee
    On March 19, 2014, the Court of Appeal of Louisiana affirmed an OWC ruling denying two attorneys a request for their fee. While attorneys are frequently criticized for the amounts they take from settlements, no one expects them to work for…
Rank this Week: 4891

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: 3192

HealthBlawg

HealthBlawg

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

http://www.healthblawg.com/
  • Apr 10

    HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance: Should You Care?

    HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance: Should You Care?
    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
  • Apr 7

    FDASIA Health IT Report Issued; Comments Welcomed on Three-Agency Approach

    FDASIA Health IT Report Issued; Comments Welcomed on Three-Agency Approach
    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
  • Mar 27

    Unlocking the Power of Health Data

    Unlocking the Power of Health Data
    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: 2165

Health Law Attorney Blog

Health Law Attorney Blog

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

http://www.healthlawattorneyblog.com/
  • Apr 9

    NYS Final Budget Out of Network Reform

    NYS Final Budget Out of Network Reform
    The final budget bill was recently passed in New York State containing several provisions for Out-of-Network ("OON") reforms. The major changes related to OON reform include: 1) transparency provisions requiring the reestablishment of…
  • Apr 8

    CMS Establishing a Hospice Quality Reporting Program

    CMS Establishing a Hospice Quality Reporting Program
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") announced in a Federal Register notice that it is creating a new data-collection program for hospice quality reporting called the Hospice Item Set ("HIS") System. The HIS System,…
  • Apr 8

    Medicare to Release Physician Payment Information

    Medicare to Release Physician Payment Information
    On April 2, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") announced its intent to publish data on its payments to individual physicians. Beginning on April 9, 2014, CMS plans to release information regarding the charges for…
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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/
  • Apr 8

    ICD-10 Deadline Delayed at Least 1 Year

    ICD-10 Deadline Delayed at Least 1 Year
    The implementation deadline for ICD-10 has been delayed to at least October 1, 2015.  Congress has previously pushed back the deadline several times, most recently to October 1st, 2014.  The law provides that the implementation date…
  • Apr 3

    How Does the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Affect My Business?

    How Does the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Affect My Business?
      How the Affordable Care Act will affect your business depends, in part, on the size of your business. If you are a business that has 50+ employees then you have certain requirements regarding proving health insurance or paying…
  • Mar 28

    How Does HIPAA Affect My Business?

    How Does HIPAA Affect My Business?
    HIPAA was enacted to protect the privacy of an individual’s health information. The vast majority of HIPAA requirements apply to covered entities and business associates. A covered entity is an organization that transmits or produces…
Rank this Week: 1655

Reproductive Rights Prof Blog

Reproductive Rights Prof Blog

Covers abortion, contraception, pregnancy and fetal rights. By CUNY School of Law Professor Caitlin E. Borgmann.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/reproductive_rights/
  • Apr 7

    With Loss of Abortion Clinics, Women Resort to Self-Induced Abortion

    With Loss of Abortion Clinics, Women Resort to Self-Induced Abortion
    The Huffington Post: The Return Of The Back-Alley Abortion, by Laura Bassett: . . . The proliferation of well-trained, regulated, legal abortion doctors in the last 40 years has led to "dramatic decreases in pregnancy-related injury and…
  • Apr 6

    Senegal Is Denying an Abortion to a 10-Year-Old Rape Victim

    Senegal Is Denying an Abortion to a 10-Year-Old Rape Victim
    ThinkProgress: A 10-Year-Old Rape Victim Who’s Pregnant With Twins Is Being Denied An Abortion In Senegal, by Tara Culp-Ressler: A 10-year old Senegalese girl who became pregnant with twins after being raped by a neighbor is being forced to…
  • Apr 4

    Mississippi Judge Throws Out Murder Charges Against Woman in Death of Stillborn Child

    Mississippi Judge Throws Out Murder Charges Against Woman in Death of Stillborn Child
    ProPublica: Judge Throws Out Murder Charge in Mississippi Fetal Harm Case, by Nina Martin: The ruling means that the woman whose drug use had her facing a possible life term can at most be charged with manslaughter in the death...
Rank this Week: 2332

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
  • Apr 6

    Implications of the NAF Fiasco for Nursing Home Agreement

    Implications of the NAF Fiasco for Nursing Home Agreement
     April 6, 2014Until recently, the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) was a designated arbitrator in thousands of nursing home agreements. When a nursing home resident complained about medical malpractice or other mistreatment, her…
  • Mar 14

    Medical Malpractice Decision of the Year: Florida Supreme Court voids the $1M cap on noneconomic damages for a patient’s wrongful death

    Medical Malpractice Decision of the Year: Florida Supreme Court voids the $1M cap on noneconomic damages for a patient’s wrongful death
    March 14, 2014 McCall v. United States, --- So.3d ----, 2014 WL 959180 (Fla. 2014)We are just in mid-March, but yesterday’s decision of the Florida Supreme Court, McCall v. United States, --- So.3d ----, 2014 WL 959180 (Fla. 2014),…
  • Mar 8

    Merit Affidavits and the Poor

    Merit Affidavits and the Poor
    March 8, 2014Traylor v. Gerratana, --- A.3d ----, 2014 WL 839165 (Conn.App. 2014)Two days ago, the Appellate Court of Connecticut affirmed the dismissal of an indigent plaintiff’s action to void a statute requiring plaintiffs to support…
Rank this Week: 1635

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: 4109

SCG Healthcare Blog

SCG Healthcare Blog

By State Capital Group.

http://healthcare.scglegal.com/
  • Apr 3

    A New HIPAA Security Risk AssessmentTool for Your Compliance Arsenal

    A New HIPAA Security Risk AssessmentTool for Your Compliance Arsenal
    On Friday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a new security risk assessment (“SRA”) tool for small and medium size healthcare providers.The downloadable tool (available for free here) is a self-contained,…
  • Mar 26

    FTC: Don’t Limit APRNs Crucial Role in Health Care

    FTC: Don’t Limit APRNs Crucial Role in Health Care
    The Federal Trade Commission recently released a policy paper suggesting that state legislators should be cautious when evaluating legislative proposals to limit the scope of practice of Advance Practice Registered Nurses.  The FTC is…
  • Mar 17

    Secure Text Messaging in a HIPAA World? Part II

    Secure Text Messaging in a HIPAA World? Part II
    In an earlier post, I referred to mobile applications such as TigerText and Doc Halo which are being touted as a method of “HIPAA-compliant” texting. These apps allegedly secure protected health information (PHI) sent via text…
Rank this Week: 1596

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: 3518

Garlo Ward Blog

Garlo Ward Blog

Covers Alzheimer's disease, end-of-life, HIPAA, medicaid, medicare, nursing homes, and physicians.

http://www.garloward.com/blog/
  • Apr 1

    HCS Providers: Additional Life Safety Documentation Kept in Four-person Home

    HCS Providers: Additional Life Safety Documentation Kept in Four-person Home
    DADS Information Letter 14-19 (Revised): Additional Life Safety Documentation Kept in Four-person Homes Beginning April 1, 2014, HCS program providers must ensure that the required documentation related to life safety requirements is…
  • Apr 1

    DADS Accepting Nominations for 2014 Vision Award

    DADS Accepting Nominations for 2014 Vision Award
    Do you know a volunteer providing exemplary service to an older person or an individual with a disability? Please nominate that individual or group for the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) 2014 Vision Awards.…
  • Apr 1

    Consumer Directed Services Budget Workbook Revisions to Accommodate Rate Changes for the CBA Program

    Consumer Directed Services Budget Workbook Revisions to Accommodate Rate Changes for the CBA Program
    The purpose of the letter is to provide direction to Financial Management Services Agencies (FMSAs) on updating Consumer Directed Services (CDS) employers’ budgets to accommodate the new payment rate, effective March 1, 2014, for…
Rank this Week: 2768

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/
  • Apr 1

    New Tool For HIPAA Security Assessment

    New Tool For HIPAA Security Assessment
    This past Friday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, in collaboration with the HHS Office for Civil Rights and HHS Office of the General Counsel, developed a HIPAA “Security Risk Assessment…
  • Mar 12

    Why Medical Practice Mergers Fail (or Fail to Get Off the Ground)

    Why Medical Practice Mergers Fail (or Fail to Get Off the Ground)
    Mergers and acquisitions are exceedingly common in most industries as business leaders have seen the obvious value in consolidation. Even in healthcare, major players such as hospitals and insurance companies are moving to consolidate and…
  • Mar 3

    Physicians Leaving Private Practice for Hospital Employment but at What Cost?

    Physicians Leaving Private Practice for Hospital Employment but at What Cost?
    There was an interesting article published on nytimes.com over the weekend (see ”New Law’s Demands on Doctors Have Many Seeking a Network“) comparing and contrastng the practice of two primary care physicians, one…
Rank this Week: 1466

GreisGuide to LTACHs

GreisGuide to LTACHs

Presents business and legal resources for long term acute care hospitals.

http://greisguide.com
Rank this Week: 1201

Law Links | Health Links

Law Links | Health Links

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

http://lawlinkshealthlinks.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 27

    CPA CPE Forum Slated for June 12 in Manchester, NH

    CPA CPE Forum Slated for June 12 in Manchester, NH
    MANCHESTER, NH — Eldridge Investment Advisors will host it annual CPA CPE Forum on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at The Derryfield in Manchester, NH. The keynote speaker will be Natalie B. Choate, a leading speaker on estate and distributuion…
  • Jan 27

    Trends: NH Legal Services Landscape

    Trends: NH Legal Services Landscape
    The New Hampshire Business Review explores the changing legal services landscape in the state interviewing a handful of attorneys in the state for their opinions on what is shaping the market for local and regional law services. The article…
  • Dec 11

    Robert Shea To Be Chair of SBANE Board

    Robert Shea To Be Chair of SBANE Board
    The Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) has announced that Massachusetts Employment Lawyer Robert Shea has been elected chair of its board of directors for a two-year term. Shea is a partner at Morse, Barnes-Brown &…
Rank this Week: 2115

Pharmacy Law Blog

Pharmacy Law Blog

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

http://pharmacylawblog.wordpress.com/
  • Mar 25

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

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

    Florida Board of Pharmacy Updates Record Retention Rules for Pharmacie

    Florida Board of Pharmacy Updates Record Retention Rules for Pharmacie
    By Lance O. Leider, J.D., The Health Law Firm At its meeting held on February 12, 2014, the Florida Board of Pharmacy voted to approve language changes to a number of rules. Specifically, those changes were put into effect to ……
  • Feb 18

    Florida Board of Pharmacy Approves Change to Destruction of Controlled Substances Rule

    Florida Board of Pharmacy Approves Change to Destruction of Controlled Substances Rule
    By Lance O. Leider, J.D., The Health Law Firm At its meeting held in Orlando, Florida, on February 12, 2014, the Florida Board of Pharmacy approved final changes to Rule 64B16-28.303, Florida Administrative Code. This rule governs the…
Rank this Week: 3519

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
  • Mar 20

    USPTO Releases Examiner Post-”Myriad” Training Slides – Points to Ponder

    USPTO Releases Examiner Post-”Myriad” Training Slides – Points to Ponder
    The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published its examiner training materials (Training Materials) for applying ”2014 Procedures For Subject Matter Eligibility Analysis Of Claims Reciting Or Involving…
  • Mar 6

    USPTO Issues Guidance for Examining Process Patent

    USPTO Issues Guidance for Examining Process Patent
    On March 4th, 2014, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued “2014 Procedures For Subject Matter Eligibility Analysis Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature/Natural Principles, Natural Phenomena, And/Or…
  • Mar 4

    USPTO to Apply Myriad Beyond Isolated DNA

    USPTO to Apply Myriad Beyond Isolated DNA
    Today, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”)  issued a Guidance, advising examiners and the public of the factors for determining whether an invention satisfies the U.S. Supreme Court’s interpretation…
Rank this Week: 3603

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/
  • Mar 19

    Limiting Discovery and Preventing Claim Smuggling in False Claims Act Case

    Limiting Discovery and Preventing Claim Smuggling in False Claims Act Case
    Dear Readers:Joining the growing number of courts that limit or phase discovery in False Claims Act cases ("FCA"), the Southern District of Mississippi recently rejected attempts by the relators to obtain "unfettered discovery" so that they…
  • Mar 3

    The False Claims Act Is Not a Remedy for Technical Regulatory Violation

    The False Claims Act Is Not a Remedy for Technical Regulatory Violation
    Dear Readers:I recently came across another interesting example of a court refusing to permit the False Claims Act ("FCA") to be used as remedy for a technical regulatory violation that was unrelated to a claim for payment submitted to the…
  • Feb 5

    State Courts have Concurrent Jurisdiction Over False Claim Act Retaliation Claim

    State Courts have Concurrent Jurisdiction Over False Claim Act Retaliation Claim
    Perhaps everyone knows this, but I didn't: a relator may bring a False Claims Act (FCA) retaliation claim in state court.  Recently, in Driscoll v. Superior Court of Madera County, 2014 WL 333411 (January 30, 2014, Cal. App. 5 Dist.),…
Rank this Week: 2698

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/
  • Mar 14

    New Blood Test Predicts Development of Alzheimer'

    New Blood Test Predicts Development of Alzheimer'
    Alzheimer’s can be a devastating illness that we see in many of our cases.  Good news from the front against this disease is that a new blood test was developed that can accurately predict the development of the disease. …
  • Mar 13

    Arkansas Judge gets donations from Nursing home industry

    Arkansas Judge gets donations from Nursing home industry
    QuickPost | System Overview | LexBlog Publishing Platform As can be seen from the blog-post below, it is alleged that on the same day that he dramatically reduced a jury's award to the victim of nursing home abuse, the judge received an…
  • Feb 20

    New Study Illustrates Problems with Sedentary Lifestyle

    New Study Illustrates Problems with Sedentary Lifestyle
    If you’re over 60, the next time someone tells you to “take a hike” it might not be a bad idea.    A new study shows how problematic a sedentary lifestyle can be.  The study found that adults over the age…
Rank this Week: 1380