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Health Care Law Blog

Health Care Law Blog

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

http://www.healthcarelaw-blog.com/
Rank this Week: 3216

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 22

    Changes to New Jersey’s Mental Health Privilege

    Changes to New Jersey’s Mental Health Privilege
    By Michael Coco The New Jersey Supreme Court, through the Committee on the Rules of Evidence (the “Committee”) is proposing changes to the rules on admitting evidence and allowing testimony from health care professionals involved…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 4442

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/
  • Apr 21

    First to File Bar Based on Comparing Complaints and Not Settlement

    First to File Bar Based on Comparing Complaints and Not Settlement
    Speaking of the first-to-file rule, 31 USC 3730(b)(5), a first-to-file relator in Texas sought to share in the qui tam settlement of a subsequent relator who filed suit against the same defendant as the first realtor but alleged a different…
  • Apr 21

    The False Claims Act and the First to File Bar: DC Circuit Breaks with 10th, 7th, and 4th Circuit

    The False Claims Act and the First to File Bar: DC Circuit Breaks with 10th, 7th, and 4th Circuit
    I commend to you the recent post by Scott Stein and Catherine Kim of Sidley's Original Source blog and their article, "DC Circuit Opens Circuit Split on FCA's First-to-File Bar," addressing the D.C. Circuit's recent ruling in United States ex…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 3443

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
  • Apr 19

    Recommendations for NextGen Health IT Infrastructure

    Recommendations for NextGen Health IT Infrastructure
    Health care information technology (health IT) facilitates the delivery of personalized medicine by providing and supporting the infrastructure for patients, consumers and health care providers to communicate and distribute information. The…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 3955

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/
  • Apr 18

    Doolittle Raiders - April 18, 1942

    Doolittle Raiders - April 18, 1942
    From one of our good friends and supporters, Ross Levin, owner of Aviation Art Hanger I post this wonderful remembrance and tribute: Commemorating the 72nd Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo Seventy-two years ago today, on 18 April…
  • Feb 20

    Our Past Defines Our Future

    Our Past Defines Our Future
    At the Law Office of Robert B. Goss, P.C., www.attorneyforveterans.com, we have been going through a transition. Changes are sometimes very good, and in this case our changes are very good. The biggest change has been the addition of the…
  • Dec 30

    To all the Veterans and Future Veterans - God Bless you.

    To all the Veterans and Future Veterans - God Bless you.
    To all who have served and their families - - Thank you for your service. We have included a video that says it all without saying a word. Hoping you enjoy this video and to those who served or have been the family or a service member you…
Rank this Week: 4528

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: 3320

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: 3351

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: 4962

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: 3895

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: 4452

Dentistry Law Blog

Dentistry Law Blog

By George F. Indest III.

http://dentistrylawblog.wordpress.com/
  • 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…
  • Jan 29

    Florida Dentist Performs Disappearing Act With Patients’ Money

    Florida Dentist Performs Disappearing Act With Patients’ Money
    By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law A Pensacola, Florida, dentist has disappeared, with his patients’ cash, and now the Escambia Sheriff’s Office is looking for both,…
Rank this Week: 3905

Massage Therapy Law Blog

Massage Therapy Law Blog

By George F. Indest III, P.A.

http://massagelawblog.wordpress.com/
Rank this Week: 3831

Texas Medical Licensing Law Blog

Texas Medical Licensing Law Blog

Covers professional licensing matters and related regulatory issues for health care professionals. By the Leichter Law Firm.

http://www.txmedicallicensinglaw.com/
Rank this Week: 4451

The Health Law Firm Blog

The Health Law Firm Blog

Covers health law.

http://www.healthlawfirm.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 3878

Health Information Technology and…

Health Information Technology and Privacy Blog

Provides guidance to health care providers and facilities as they move into a new electronic era of privacy and security concerns under HIPAA and the HITECH Act. By Ober Kaler.

http://www.oberhealthinformationtechnology.com/
  • May 23

    NOIs Due Soon to Apply for 2014 ACO Program

    NOIs Due Soon to Apply for 2014 ACO Program
    The Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) for accountable care organizations (ACOs) established under the Affordable Care Act is about to kick-off its second year with a new round of applications for the January 1, 2014 start date. As part…
  • Jan 24

    HHS Overhaul of HIPAA: Summary of New Obligations for Covered Entities and Business Associate

    HHS Overhaul of HIPAA: Summary of New Obligations for Covered Entities and Business Associate
    On January 17, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) posted Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules [PDF] (the Final Rule) under the authority of the HITECH Act and the…
  • Jan 17

    New HIPAA Rule Released Today

    New HIPAA Rule Released Today
    The new HIPAA/HITECH rule in an unpublished version was released today and can be found at www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/01/25/2013-01073/modifications-to-the-hipaa-privacy-security-enforcement-and-breach-notification-rules.…
Rank this Week: 4054

Healthcare Integration Advisors

Healthcare Integration Advisors

Covers health care compliance, fraud, HIPAA, and laws. By Iseman, Cunningham, Riester & Hyde, LLP.

http://www.healthcareintegrationadvisors.com
  • May 21

    CMS Proposes to Increase Reward for Reporting Medicare Fraud to $10 Million

    CMS Proposes to Increase Reward for Reporting Medicare Fraud to $10 Million
    Posted by Laurie K. ChisolmHealth provider compliance officers may soon have another cause for busy days and sleepless nights.  CMS recently issued a proposed rule that, if finalized, would revise its little-used Medicare Incentive…
  • May 7

    Who Decides Who Visits a Hospital Patient?

    Who Decides Who Visits a Hospital Patient?
    Posted by Laurie K. ChisolmUnder federal regulations, a hospital patient has the right to determine who can visit during the hospital stay.  Hospitals may not prevent “non-traditional” family members or any others from…
  • Apr 23

    Revise Your Notice of Privacy Practices By September 23, 2013

    Revise Your Notice of Privacy Practices By September 23, 2013
    Posted by Linda TernerPatient-focused health care providers understand that privacy is important to patients.  Providing patients with an explanation of their health information privacy rights has been a standard part of provider office…
Rank this Week: 4087

Medicare-Medicaid Audit World

Medicare-Medicaid Audit World

Covers RACs, MACs, and Medicare and Medicaid court cases. By David S. Dessen of Dessen, Moses & Rossitto.

http://www.medicaremedicaidblog.com/
Rank this Week: 3727

ALJ Hearings and Appeals to the…

ALJ Hearings and Appeals to the MAC

Examines the Medicare administrative appeals process and covers issues related to the appeal of ZPIC, PSC and RAC audits of Medical claims. By Lilies Parker.

http://www.aljappeal.com/
  • Jan 29

    ZPIC Audits Involving Extrapolated Damages Can Bankrupt Your Practice.

    ZPIC Audits Involving Extrapolated Damages Can Bankrupt Your Practice.
    (January 30, 2013): The Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Benefits Improvement and Protection Act of 2000 (also referred to as “BIPA”), amended Section 1869 of the Social Security Act, resulting in a number of significant changes to…
  • Jan 21

    Medicare Appeals Have Become More Complex Than Ever.

    Medicare Appeals Have Become More Complex Than Ever.
    (January 21, 2013):  Medicare appeals of denied claims for services are somewhat common.  In years past, both health care providers and members of their staff have represented themselves or their practice in the…
  • Jan 21

    Medicare Administrative Appeals Have Become More Complex Than Ever.

    Medicare Administrative Appeals Have Become More Complex Than Ever.
    (January 21, 2013):  In years past, many health care providers would have been involved, at least to some extent, in the Medicare administrative claims appeals process. Notably, the hearings conducted in today’s administrative…
Rank this Week: 3553

GovtFraudLawyer

GovtFraudLawyer

Addresses issues related to the False Claims Act, with a focus on health care fraud. By Dan Hargrove.

http://www.govtfraudlawyer.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 3655

New York Guardian Law

New York Guardian Law

Covers the guardianship process and life as a guardian. By the Law Office of Daniel A. Jimenez P.C.

http://nyguardian.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 9

    Estate Planning Essentials for New Parents (or Responsibility in Six Not So Difficult Steps)

    Estate Planning Essentials for New Parents (or Responsibility in Six Not So Difficult Steps)
    I have had the opportunity to meet with many new parents to discuss what steps they need to take in order to make sure their loved ones are provided for should the unexpected occur.  The trust that these individuals have placed in my…
  • Dec 3

    Calls for increased monitoring of Article 81 guardian

    Calls for increased monitoring of Article 81 guardian
    Today the New York Law Journal has an article relating to a clinic run by the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and the recommendations it has put forward regarding monitoring and standardization of Article 81 guardianship practice. I am…
  • Sep 19

    Who inherits the intangible iTunes library? or my World of Warcraft avatar?

    Who inherits the intangible iTunes library? or my World of Warcraft avatar?
    A friend of mine just pointed out a very interesting article on Marketwatch, who inherits your itunes library, which deals with the new reality of music and book ownership. 
Rank this Week: 3647

Health Care Lawyer Blog

Health Care Lawyer Blog

Covers health care law news, issues and court decisions. By Frank Haron Weiner, P.L.C.

http://www.healthcarelawyerblog.com/
Rank this Week: 4423

Health Law Blog

Health Law Blog

Covers Medicare, Medicaid, audits, compliance and identity theft. By Martin Law Firm.

http://www.jbmartinlaw.com/blogs/health-law/
  • Aug 10

    PA Supreme Court Denies State Farm’s Appeal In Chiropractors’ Delegation Case

    PA Supreme Court Denies State Farm’s Appeal In Chiropractors’ Delegation Case
    On July 30, 2012, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied State Farm’s petition for an appeal in the case of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, et al. v. Robert J. Cavoto, Jr., et al. (No. 943 MAL 2011).  State Farm…
  • Jun 5

    New Electronic Signature Process for Social Security Form SSA-827

    New Electronic Signature Process for Social Security Form SSA-827
    Adults applying for disability benefits online will now “click and sign” the SSA-827 as part of the electronic application process.  Upon execution of this process, an image of the electronically signed form immediately…
  • May 30

    HIPAA Audits Have Begun

    HIPAA Audits Have Begun
    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, in Section 13411 of the HITECH Act, requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide for periodic audits to ensure covered entities and business associates are complying…
Rank this Week: 2482

Physician Law and Finance

Physician Law and Finance

Provides legal and financial information for Pennsylvania physicians. By Dennis Hursh.

http://physicianlaw.blogspot.com/
  • May 9

    My new book

    My new book
    It seems like I've been waiting for years, but my book, The Final Hurdle - A Physician's Guide to Negotiating a Fair Employment Agreement is finally out!
  • Nov 29

    What does a winning streak tell us?

    What does a winning streak tell us?
    Bill Miller is one of the most closely watched money managers in the industry, so it was big news when he announced his decision last week to step down as portfolio manager of Legg Mason Capital Management Value Trust (LMVTX) early next year.…
  • Sep 20

    Curve Ball

    Curve Ball
    Predicting interest rate movements correctly is hard. Predicting them for a living is harder still. But getting it wrong is nowhere near as painful as the experience of those who lose their own money based on someone's forecast.
Rank this Week: 4692

HealthReformStat

HealthReformStat

"Translates" various provisions of the 2010 Health Reform law into English. By Jennifer Stiller.

http://healthreformstat.com/whats-in-the-bills/
  • Jan 16

    Issues the Supreme Court will consider

    Issues the Supreme Court will consider
    What exactly are the issues that the Supreme Court will decide in its review of the Affordable Care Act?  The best summary I’ve found is here.
  • Jun 8

    INDEPENDENT PAYMENT ADVISORY BOARD

    INDEPENDENT PAYMENT ADVISORY BOARD
    One of the most far-reaching innovations in the PPACA is the creation of an Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which will allow changes in Medicare reimbursement rules to be fast-tracked starting in 2015.  The purpose of the IPAB is…
  • Jun 5

    Provider reimbursement – reduction in market basket update

    Provider reimbursement – reduction in market basket update
    Effective immediately, the annual market basket updates are being reduced for 15 different types of Medicare services.  The statute expressly provides, as to each of the following services that, as a result of these adjustments, a…
Rank this Week: 4738

Partial Hospitalization Program…

Partial Hospitalization Program Claims

Focuses on the health law issues and challenges faced by Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) around the country. By Liles Parker.

http://www.partialhospitalization.com
Rank this Week: 4763

Florida Collection Law Blog

Florida Collection Law Blog

Covers consumer, commercial, and medical debt collection in Florida. By Jorge M. Abril.

http://floridacollectionlaw.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 4151

Whitney on Health Care Fraud

Whitney on Health Care Fraud

Features analysis of recent legislation and case law impacting the successful pursuit of False Claims Act qui tam actions involving Medicare and Medicaid fraud. By Daniel W. Whitney.

http://whitneyonhealthcarefraud.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 6

    Pleading Medicare Fraud

    Pleading Medicare Fraud
    Depending on where suit is filed may determine whether the complaint is subject to dismissal for failure to comply with Fed. R. Civ. P. 9(b). Circuit courts are divided in their interpretation of the specificity requirement of Rule 9(b). See…
  • May 6

    Relief From Retaliation Against False Claims Act Whistleblower

    Relief From Retaliation Against False Claims Act Whistleblower
    People may witness Medicare or Medicaid fraud but choose to look the other way. That may be entirely understandable, but is that the most we should expect from our fellow citizens? If health care fraud becomes ever more rampant, should any…
  • Apr 19

    The Diminished Public Disclosure Defense

    The Diminished Public Disclosure Defense
    Courts have dismissed countless False Claims Act (“FCA”), 31 U.S.C. § 3729-33, lawsuits based on the “public disclosure bar.” This defense jurisdictionally barred claims that had been “publicly disclosed” under certain…
Rank this Week: 4667