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HTMLFDA Finds that Artificial Trans Fats Are Unsafe
Edgar J. Asebey, Jonathan Berman, Colleen Heisey, Stephanie L. Resnik, Emily K. Strunk; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
June 24, 2015, previously published on June 2015
On June 16, 2015, FDA announced it has finalized its determination that partially hydrogenated oils ("PHOs") are not "generally recognized as safe" ("GRAS") for use in human food. This finding effectively bans PHOs, which are the primary source of artificial trans fat...

 

HTMLChildren With Special Needs May Receive Medicaid Coverage for Home Care Despite Parents' Assets
Ryan W. Barry; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 23, 2015, previously published on June 2015
If you have a child with special needs who requires an institutional level of care that can be provided in your home instead of in a hospital or other institution, the Katie Beckett Medicaid Waiver program may allow you to keep your child at home, even if you think that your assets are too high to...

 

HTMLNursing Home Injuries: A More Common Threat Than Many Families Realize
Caroselli Beachler McTiernan Coleman LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
June 23, 2015, previously published on June 22, 2015
Placing the health and well-being of an elderly loved one in the hands of a third party is never an easy decision. Many families in Pittsburgh take solace in knowing that their loved ones will enjoy better care and long-term health in a nursing home or assisted living facility. Sadly, though, this...

 

HTMLDentists Who Write Prescriptions Must Make a Decision: Enroll in Medicare or Opt-Out
Mark A. Cunningham, Jed Roebuck; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 23, 2015, previously published on June 16, 2015
If you are a dentist who writes prescriptions to Medicare beneficiaries for drugs covered under Medicare Part D, this article contains important information for you and your patients regarding your new enrollment requirements with Medicare.

 

HTMLOIG Cautions Physicians to Consider Compensation Arrangements Carefully
Michele R. Goodman, Gerald M. Griffith, Rebekah N. Plowman; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
June 23, 2015, previously published on June 2015
The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General ("OIG") recently released a fraud alert cautioning physicians who enter into medical directorships and other compensation arrangements, recommending that they consider whether the terms and conditions of such...

 

HTMLLatest Medicare Fraud Strike Force Takedown Is The Most Significant To Date
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 22, 2015, previously published on June 19, 2015
As we discussed yesterday, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force’s eighth annual nationwide takedown resulted in charges in 17 districts against 243 individuals for approximately $712 million in false billings.

 

HTMLStudent Employees and the Affordable Care Act - Part 4 of 4: If Students are Employees, How are their Hours Counted?
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 18, 2015, previously published on June 12, 2015
In our prior installments, we determined that students who work at least 30 hours per week for their educational institutions are “full time” employees of those institutions under the Affordable care Act’s employer shared responsibility mandate. As such, employers who are...

 

HTMLBritish Patients Also Suffering From Dangerous Metal Hip Device
Waters Kraus LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 18, 2015, previously published on April 17, 2015
Patients in the United Kingdom are experiencing the same problems with metal-on-metal hip replacements that those here in the United States are suffering. The manufacturers of one defective metal hip device called the ‘Birmingham Hip Modular Head total hip replacement’ (BHMH) have...

 

HTMLCMS Takes Initial Steps to Address Medicare & Medicaid Coverage for Biosimilars
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 18, 2015, previously published on April 9, 2015
On March 30, 2015, CMS released guidance addressing Medicare and Medicaid coverage for biosimilar drug products. The Medicare/Medicaid coverage guidance comes on the heels of the FDA’s landmark approval of a biosimilar version of the reference cancer drug Neupogen. Our colleague Tom Wintner...

 

HTMLMesothelioma Treatments May Include New Immunotherapy Drug
Waters Kraus LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 18, 2015, previously published on April 20, 2015
The benefit of immunotherapy for mesothelioma patients is that the treatment uses the body’s own immune system to attack mesothelioma cells without causing injury to healthy cells nearby. In a recently published study of tremelimumab, Italian researchers from the University Hospital of Siena...

 


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