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HTMLDocs v. Glocks Development: Glocks Win Round Three
GrayRobinson P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 1, 2014, previously published on July 31, 2014
In 2011, Florida's Firearm Owners Privacy Act (the "Act") made it illegal for doctors to ask patients whether they own firearms unless the doctor believes the "information is relevant to the patient's medical care or safety, or the safety of others." § 790.338, Fla. Stat....

 

HTMLDepartment of Health Announces its Second Workshop on Charlotte's Web
GrayRobinson P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 1, 2014, previously published on July 30, 2014
The Department of Health announced that it will be conducting a workshop to which all persons are invited.

 

HTMLMassachusetts Bans Physician Self Referral to Clinical Labs; Healthfirst Case May Help Clarify 60-Day Rule
Leslie J. Levinson, Michaela ("Kayla") Tabela; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 31, 2014, previously published on July 2014
Massachusetts physicians can no longer refer Medicaid and private pay patients to clinical laboratories in which they or a family member have a direct or indirect ownership interest. The provision was included in the commonwealth’s 2015 budget bill. Governor Deval Patrick signed the budget on...

 

Adobe PDFPot Luck - Best Practices for NY & NJ Employers Addressing Medical Marijuana Use in the Workplace
Grace A. Byrd, Charles H. Kaplan, Galit Kierkut, David I. Rosen; Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 31, 2014, previously published on July 2014
Approximately 18 years after California passed the first state medical marijuana law in 1996, 23 states and Washington D.C. now have enacted medical marijuana statutes. After years of failed attempts, on July 7, 2014 Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the Compassionate Care Act (“NY...

 

HTMLBig Increase in 2014 Service Contract Act Health & Welfare Rate Announced
Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 31, 2014, previously published on July 28, 2014
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released its annual memorandum with the rate increase for Service Contract Act (SCA) Health and Welfare (H&W) Fringe Benefits. The new rate of $4.02 per hour (up from last year’s $3.81 per hour) is required in all government contract bids or other...

 

HTMLOIG Sticks It to Physician Specimen Collectors
Douglas S. Griswold; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 31, 2014, previously published on July 14, 2014
On June 25, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of the Inspector General ("OIG") issued a Special Fraud Alert updating the previous guidelines concerning compensation by clinical laboratories to referring physicians and physician groups. The Special Fraud Alert...

 

HTMLLabor Board Allows Micro-Unit at Retailer, Citing Specialty Healthcare
Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 31, 2014, previously published on July 30, 2014
In a much-anticipated decision, the National Labor Relations Board has held a union’s petitioned-for micro-bargaining unit of retail store employees was appropriate, rejecting the employer’s argument that the employees the union sought to represent shared an “overwhelming...

 

HTMLFederal Government Report Summarizes Health Care Privacy Compliance Efforts
Margaret Young Levi; Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 31, 2014, previously published on July 29, 2014
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued two reports to Congress required by Section 13402(i) of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act:

 

HTMLTwo Ohio Bills Impose New Requirements on Prescribers of Opioids
Gregory W. Bee, Rhonda B. Schechter; Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 31, 2014, previously published on July 31, 2014
In mid-June, Governor Kasich signed into law two bills that impose new requirements on prescribers of opioids in Ohio. Ohio House Bill 314 (“HB 314”), which will become effective on Sept. 17, 2014, requires prescribers to follow specific informed consent procedures before prescribing...

 

HTMLCMS Publishes Proposed Rule Revising Physician Fee Schedule
Chris M. Morrison; GrayRobinson, P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 30, 2014, previously published on July 29, 2014
On July 11, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") published in the Federal Register a proposed rule revising the Medicare physician fee schedule ("PFS") and other Medicare Part B payment policies. These changes would be applicable to services furnished on...

 


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