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|Florida Is Not Colorado: Health Lawyers Give You 5 Things to Consider About Medical Marijuana|
Erin Smith Aebel, Rachel B. Goodman; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP;
August 12, 2014, previously published on August 6, 2014If voters pass Amendment 2 in November, the use of marijuana will be permitted for certain medical purposes. As a result, the Florida legislature and regulatory agencies will be charged with developing statutes and regulations that create a new type of health care provider and that alter the...
|How The ADA Impacts Your Hiring|
Elizabeth A. Olivier; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
August 12, 2014, previously published on August 1, 2014 Most employers understand their fundamental obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to protect against disability discrimination and to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified disabled employees, enabling them to perform essential functions of their jobs. But these...
|New York’s Health Information Highway - SHIN-NY - Get Involved as it Gets Rolling|
Eric L. Altman, Vinay Bhupathy; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
August 12, 2014, previously published on August 8, 2014The Statewide Health Information Network of New York , also referred to as SHIN-NY, is a State-sponsored secure database network that is intended to house patient records, clinical data as well as other critical health care information across the State. The network is designed to be an...
|Work A Full Eight Hours? That's Not In My Job Description!|
Myra K. Creighton; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
August 12, 2014, previously published on August 1, 2014 According to the EEOC, healthcare employers are disproportionately represented in the ranks of those sued for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Baptist Health South Florida, Inc. recently became one of those unlucky healthcare providers when the EEOC sued it for failure to...
|Health Care Providers to Get Greater Ability to Care for Veterans Under the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014|
Mark F. Tatelbaum; Foley & Lardner LLP;
August 12, 2014, previously published on August 7, 2014Today, President Obama signed into law the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (the “Act”). The Act will enable eligible veterans to obtain their health care from non-VA providers on an expanded basis.
|Bundled Payments under the Affordable Care Act Continue to Gain Influence|
Eric A. Klein, Lynsey Mitchel, Lauren Lee Tarantello; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
August 12, 2014, previously published on August 8, 2014The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that it will add roughly 4,100 providers to the 2,400 existing providers testing the possible use of Medicare bundled payment contracts. Providers must apply to be candidates, and this group of now roughly 6,500 providers,...
|Health Care Reform: Employers Should Prepare Now for 2015 to Avoid Penalties|
Jackson Lewis P.C.;
August 12, 2014, previously published on August 8, 2014Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, beginning in 2015, certain large employers who do not offer affordable health insurance that provides minimum value to their full-time employees may be subject to significant penalties. These penalties are explained below.
|Remember to adopt your Policy for Prevention, Detection and Resolution of Controlled Substance Abuse, Misuse and Diversion by August 25th!|
Priscilla E. Kimball; Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP;
August 11, 2014, previously published on August 7, 2014By August 25, 2014, all health care facilities and providers licensed by the State of New Hampshire under NH RSA 151 (except laboratories and collection stations) must adopt a policy establishing procedures for the (1) prevention, (2) detection and (3) resolution of controlled substance abuse,...
|Beware The “Anticipatory Pregnancy” Claim|
Jonathan T. Hyman; Kohrman Jackson & Krantz PLL;
August 11, 2014, previously published on August 6, 2014In Cadenas v. Butterfield Health Care II, Inc. (N.D. Ill. 7/15/14), a federal court asked the question of whether an employer could terminate a pregnant employee on the basis of its inability to accommodate her future pregnancy-related job restrictions. Even though the employee won this battle, the...
|Highlights from the Senate Special Committee on Aging’s Hearing on Medicare Observation Status|
Eric A. Klein, Rachel Landauer; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
August 8, 2014, previously published on August 6, 2014A recent Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing focused on the impact of Medicare observation status, a hospital outpatient designation for which Medicare covers fewer services and generally reimburses for services at a lower rate compared to inpatient care.