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|Docs v. Glocks Development: Glocks Win Round Three|
August 1, 2014, previously published on July 31, 2014In 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....
|Department of Health Announces its Second Workshop on Charlotte's Web|
August 1, 2014, previously published on July 30, 2014The Department of Health announced that it will be conducting a workshop to which all persons are invited.
|Massachusetts 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;
July 31, 2014, previously published on July 2014Massachusetts 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...
|Pot 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.;
July 31, 2014, previously published on July 2014Approximately 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...
|Big Increase in 2014 Service Contract Act Health & Welfare Rate Announced|
Jackson Lewis P.C.;
July 31, 2014, previously published on July 28, 2014The 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...
|OIG Sticks It to Physician Specimen Collectors|
Douglas S. Griswold; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
July 31, 2014, previously published on July 14, 2014On 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...
|Labor Board Allows Micro-Unit at Retailer, Citing Specialty Healthcare|
Jackson Lewis P.C.;
July 31, 2014, previously published on July 30, 2014In 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...
|Federal Government Report Summarizes Health Care Privacy Compliance Efforts|
Margaret Young Levi; Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP;
July 31, 2014, previously published on July 29, 2014The 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:
|Two Ohio Bills Impose New Requirements on Prescribers of Opioids|
Gregory W. Bee, Rhonda B. Schechter; Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP;
July 31, 2014, previously published on July 31, 2014In 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...
|CMS Publishes Proposed Rule Revising Physician Fee Schedule|
Chris M. Morrison; GrayRobinson, P.A.;
July 30, 2014, previously published on July 29, 2014On 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...