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HTMLNew Venture Seeks to Support Independent Physicians in Texas
Eric A. Klein, Rachel Landauer; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 20, 2015, previously published on February 10, 2015
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas are launching a new services company, TMA PracticeEdge, to facilitate bringing the benefits of value-based reimbursements to the state’s independent physicians.

 

HTMLTask Force of Healthcare Providers and Insurers are Shifting to Incentive Based Contracts
Aytan Dahukey, TyAnthony B. Davis; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 20, 2015, previously published on February 5, 2015
Some of the largest healthcare providers and insurers in the country have joined to form the Healthcare Transformation Task Force in an effort to change healthcare industry payment models. The announcement of the task force and its efforts come shortly after the Department of Health and Human...

 

HTMLIndiana Wins Federal Approval to Expand Medicaid Coverage Under Obamacare
Peter A. Berg; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 20, 2015, previously published on January 28, 2015
Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced on Tuesday that an agreement had been reached on the state’s Medicaid expansion proposal submitted in July. As many as 350,000 people could gain coverage under the federal health law after a key concession from the Obama administration was made....

 

HTMLMedicare Hospital Compliance Reviews are Legal and Sound, According to OIG
Rachel Landauer, Lynsey Mitchel; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 20, 2015, previously published on February 4, 2015
The Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) recently defended its practices pertaining to hospital compliance reviews in a published response to a letter from the American Hospital Association (AHA), while simultaneously announcing a voluntary suspension of...

 

HTMLHHS Aims to Tie Most Medicare Reimbursements to Quality by 2018
Florence T. Wang; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 20, 2015, previously published on January 29, 2015
On January 26, 2015, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced specific goals and a timeline for shifting Medicare reimbursements from the traditional fee-for-service (FFS) model, to a quality or value-based model. This is the first time in Medicare’s history that...

 

HTMLFDA Issues Guidance for Low-Risk General Wellness Products
Andrew S. Kreider, Stephanie L. Zeppa; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 18, 2015, previously published on January 23, 2015
On January 20, 2015, the FDA issued draft guidelines[1] designed to give developers whose products and applications promote healthy lifestyles (so-called “general wellness products”) direction on when such products qualify as medical devices under Section 201(h) of the Food Drug &...

 

HTMLNinth Circuit Rejects Use of Preemptive Litigation to Validate Federal Approvals
James Rusk; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 17, 2015, previously published on November 24, 2014
The Ninth Circuit has rejected a “novel litigation strategy” that Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc., employed in an effort to preempt a possible litigation challenge to federal approvals that Shell received for Arctic oil exploration. After receiving the approvals, but before any suit had been...

 

HTMLFourth District’s Split Decision Further Complicates CEQA Requirements Surrounding GHG Impact Analysis and Mitigation Measures - Dissent Warns Majority Opinion Will Weaken and Confuse the Law
Jeffrey W. Forrest, Jennifer L. Gunsch; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 17, 2015, previously published on December 11, 2014
In a split decision on November 24, 2014, the Fourth District California Court of Appeal invalidated the program EIR for San Diego Association of Governments’ (SANDAG) 2050 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (Regional Transportation Plan). The court found the EIR in...

 

HTMLCity of Los Angeles Outsources Defense of CEQA/Land Use Lawsuits To Private Law Firms - Developers To Foot The Bill
Jack H. Rubens; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 17, 2015, previously published on December 30, 2014
On December 16, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously authorized the City Attorney to establish a Land Use/CEQA Panel, which will consist of five municipal law firms, to defend the City in CEQA and land use lawsuits that challenge the entitlements for private development projects, and to require...

 

HTMLLA Mayor Proposes Mandatory Earthquake Retrofitting for Commercial and Residential Buildings
Tetlo N. Emmen, Alfred Fraijo; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 17, 2015, previously published on December 19, 2014
Capping a year-long partnership between the City of Los Angeles and Dr. Lucy Jones, a well-known seismologist with the United States Geological Survey, Mayor Eric Garcetti released “Resilience by Design” last week, a plan that includes an ambitious set of proposed seismic regulations....

 


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