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HTMLCourt Voids Labor Department’s Overtime Requirement and Narrowing of the 'Companionship' Exemption
Jerrold F. Goldberg; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 24, 2015, previously published on February 5, 2015
In two forcefully-worded opinions by Judge Richard J. Leon, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Dec. 22, 2014, and Jan. 14, 2015, struck down a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) regulation that would have required third party employers of employees engaged in companionship services...

 

HTMLStark Requirements for Physician Contracts
Kim Stanger; Holland Hart LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 24, 2015, previously published on December 11, 2014
Entities that employ or contract with physicians must ensure their agreements are structured to comply with the federal Ethics in Patient Referrals Act (“Stark”) if they intend to bill Medicare for services rendered or referred by the physicians. Under Stark, if a physician (or a member...

 

Adobe PDFDistrict of Columbia Enacts New Law Providing Increased Protections for Pregnant Workers and Nursing Mothers
Susan Richards Salen; Rees Broome, PC;
Legal Alert/Article
February 24, 2015
The District of Columbia joined Delaware, Illinois, West Virginia and Maryland by enacting legislation to give additional protections to pregnant workers. On October 24, 2014, the District of Columbia enacted the “Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act of 2014” (PPWFA or the...

 

HTMLInterface without Regulation - FDA Deregulates MDDS and Related Technologies
Vinay Bhupathy, Stephanie L. Zeppa; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 23, 2015, previously published on February 12, 2015
2015 has been a busy year for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In January, the FDA issued guidance documents addressing wellness applications as well as accessories to medical devices and it looks like the administration is continuing the trend into February with a finalized regulatory...

 

HTMLFDA Releases Recommendation against Using Power Morcellators to Treat Uterine Fibroids
Burg Simpson; Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh Jardine P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 23, 2015, previously published on December 2, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration warned against using laparoscopic power morcellators in either myomectomy or hysterectomy for the treatment of uterine fibroids. The warning is based on an FDA analysis of medical literature, from which it concludes that approximately 1 in 350 women undergoing...

 

HTMLSenate Addresses Hospital Medical Errors at Hearing
Seth A. Katz; Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh Jardine P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 20, 2015, previously published on January 23, 2015
Hospital patients are not any safer than they were 15 years ago, a Harvard professor recently told the U.S. Senate. Dr. Ashish Jha from the Harvard School of Public Health spoke to the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Ageing about the current and seemingly unchanging situation of modern...

 

HTMLNursing Home Chain Agrees to Pay Record Amount to Settle False Claims Allegations
I. Paul Mandelkern; Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed Professional Association;
Legal Alert/Article
February 20, 2015, previously published on December 11, 2014
Extendicare Health Services, Inc., which operates 146 skilled nursing facilities in eleven states, agreed in October to pay $38 million to the United States and eight states to resolve allegations that it billed Medicare and Medicaid for substandard nursing services that were so deficient they were...

 

HTMLTask Force of Healthcare Providers and Insurers are Shifting to Incentive Based Contracts
Aytan Dahukey, TyAnthony B. Davis; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 20, 2015, previously published on February 5, 2015
Some of the largest healthcare providers and insurers in the country have joined to form the Healthcare Transformation Task Force in an effort to change healthcare industry payment models. The announcement of the task force and its efforts come shortly after the Department of Health and Human...

 

HTMLFDA discourages use of laparoscopic uterine power morcellators
Seth A. Katz; Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh Jardine P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 20, 2015, previously published on January 23, 2015
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is urging physicians to think carefully before recommending laparoscopic uterine power morcellation to their patients, The Associated Press reported. A FDA panel of experts found the procedure used to remove uterine fibroids or perform hysterectomies could...

 

HTML4 Cases of Pneumonic Plague in Colorado
Seth A. Katz; Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh Jardine P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 20, 2015, previously published on January 23, 2015
According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, four cases of pneumonic plague have been identified in the state as of July 18th.

 


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