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HTMLNew Massachusetts Law Targets Self-Referrals of Clinical Laboratory Services
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 23, 2014, previously published on July 18, 2014
The Fiscal Year 2015 budget for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which was signed into law earlier in the week, included a broad prohibition on clinical laboratory self-referrals. This legislation (the “Bill”) originally proposed by the Attorney General’s office was intended to...

 

HTMLFDA Continues to Bolster Regulation of Compounding Pharmacies
Laurie A. Clarke, Colleen Heisey, Mark Mansour, Christopher M. Mikson, Emily K. Strunk; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
July 22, 2014, previously published on July 2014
Armed with new authority granted by the Drug Quality and Security Act ("DQSA"), FDA is increasingly using its regulatory powers to enhance oversight of compounding pharmacies. DSQA amended section 503A of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act ("FDCA") to clarify the scope of...

 

HTMLDOJ intervenes in first False Claim Act case involving ACA ’60-day repayment provision’
Edward L. Barker, Kimela R. West; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 22, 2014, previously published on July 17, 2014
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the New York State Attorney General intervened in a federal False Claims Act (FCA) case on June 27, 2014, accusing Mount Sinai Health System of failing to report and return Medicaid overpayments within 60 days of identifying them. See U.S. ex rel Kane v....

 

HTMLThe Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 23: The Impact of Employment Contract Terms on Variable Hour Employee Status
Alden J. Bianchi; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 22, 2014, previously published on July 20, 2014
For applicable large employers (i.e., employers who employed at least 50 full-time and full-time equivalent employees on business days during the preceding calendar year) endeavoring to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility rules, determining an employee’s...

 

Adobe PDFUpdated Model Cobra Continuation Coverage Election Notice
Lamb Barnosky LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 22, 2014, previously published on July 9, 2014
The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued an updated Model COBRA Continuation Coverage Election Notice (a copy is attached to this memo and available at http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/COBRA.html). The Updated Notice must be provided to COBRA qualified beneficiaries within 14 calendar days after the...

 

HTMLOIG Sticks It to Physician Specimen Collectors
Douglas S. Griswold; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 21, 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...

 

HTMLNew Yorker Cartoonist Lauds Elder Law Profession in Interviews About Her Book
Dana B. Perry; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 21, 2014, previously published on July 2014
The popular New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast has created a graphic memoir of coping with her parents’ final years, titled Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? The book has received widespread attention and critical praise.

 

HTMLCMS Proposes Changes to the Home Health Face-to-Face Encounter Requirement
Leslie J. Levinson, Michaela ("Kayla") Tabela; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 21, 2014, previously published on July 2014
On July 7, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a proposed rule updating the Home Health Prospective Payment System (“HH PPS”) rates, including the national, standardized 60-day episode payment rates, the national per-visit rates, and the...

 

HTML5 Tips on Deciding Whether to Buy Long-Term Care Insurance
Dana B. Perry; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 21, 2014, previously published on July 2014
One of the most difficult decisions in long-term care planning is whether to purchase long-term care insurance (LTCI) and which of the wide variety of products to purchase.

 

HTMLScorecard Ranks States on Long-Term Care Services
Dana B. Perry; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 21, 2014, previously published on July 2014
A new report ranks states on the quality and accessibility of their long-term care services and concludes there is a lot of room for improvement. The 2014 State Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard finds that quality of care varies enormously across the states, but affordability is a big issue...

 


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