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HTMLOIG 2015 Work Plan - Hospice
Ari J. Markenson; Duane Morris LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 22, 2015, previously published on November 21, 2014
Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (the OIG) released its work plan for 2015. The work plan provides stakeholders with a road map to the OIG’s activities in the coming year as they relate to its enforcement priorities and issues it will...

 

HTMLNew HSE Annual Statistics
Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 20, 2015, previously published on December 10, 2014
Although the number of workers killed in Britain last year has fallen to the lowest annual rate on record, construction continues to have the highest rate of fatal injuries of all the main industrial sectors.

 

HTMLSentencing Council Consultation on New Draft Guideline for Regulatory Offences
Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 20, 2015, previously published on December 10, 2014
The Sentencing Council (‘SC’) is consulting until 18 February 2015 on a new draft guideline for sentencing health & safety, corporate manslaughter, food safety and hygiene offences. Wider-ranging and more comprehensive than previous guidance, the proposed new guideline will cover...

 

HTMLThe Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 5: Health and Human Services (HHS) Wastes No Time Issuing Proposed Rules Modifying Minimum Value Rules
Alden J. Bianchi, Edward A. Lenz; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 19, 2015, previously published on November 24, 2014
Over the last couple of months, we have followed and reported on a particular ACA compliance strategy under which an employer subject to the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility (or “pay-or-play”) rules satisfies the requirement to make an offer of coverage under a...

 

HTMLSaskatchewan Repeals its OHS Act and brings into force a new Employment Act
Tari M. Hiebert, Jennifer A. Miller; Bennett Jones LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 19, 2015, previously published on May 5, 2014
If you are doing business in Saskatchewan, you should consider whether this legal change applies to your operations. If it does, you should also stay alert to the next expected changes. This is particularly the case if you own worksites, as you may need to amend your contracts and your OHS...

 

HTMLThe Affordable Care Act - Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 0: Final Thoughts and Acknowledgements
Alden Bianchi; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 16, 2015, previously published on December 24, 2014
The Affordable Care Act is the single most important piece of Federal social legislation in more than a generation. While there was and is broad agreement on the law’s principal goals - to expand medical coverage, increase the quality of medical outcomes, and constrain costs - there is little...

 

HTMLFederal Judge Rules That Integrated Healthcare System Comprised of Separately Owned Hospitals Incapable of Conspiring Under Section One of The Sherman Act
Robert B. Craig; Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 16, 2015, previously published on October 29, 2014
In recent years, some competing hospital systems have achieved the benefits of merging without a change in ownership of their assets by undertaking highly integrated joint ventures so that the combination essentially becomes a single enterprise with a complete unity of interest. Such “virtual...

 

HTMLPhysicians Should Beware Illegal Conspiracies when Dealing with Hospitals
Melissa Starry; Holland Hart LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 16, 2015, previously published on December 3, 2014
Physicians and other providers must beware illegal conspiracies when taking coordinated action to obtain payment from hospitals. On December 1, 2014, the State of Idaho Office of the Attorney General reached settlements with four physicians who were investigated for their actions during on-call pay...

 

HTMLNYS Department of Health Proposes Changes to Certificate of Need Process
Nili S. Yolin; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 16, 2015, previously published on October 28, 2014
On October 15, 2014, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) released proposed changes that will simplify the certificate of need (CON) process. Specifically, the Department is proposing to require prior notice, rather than a CON application, for certain construction projects involving...

 

HTMLDo You Offer or Accept Copayment Coupons? OIG says YOU are Responsible for Compliance with Federal Law
Bridgette A. Wiley; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 16, 2015, previously published on October 23, 2014
In recent years, copayment coupon programs have become standard promotional practices for both large and small pharmaceutical manufacturers. Copayment coupons are typically offered to commercially insured patients in order to reduce or eliminate out-of-pocket costs for specific brand name drugs...

 


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