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|Parents' Medical History May Make Long-Term Care Insurance More Expensive|
Leah Mitchell McElmoyl; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
November 15, 2014, previously published on Fall 2014Your parents' health could be one of the many factors that long-term care insurance providers take into account when deciding how much to charge you. One large insurer has started rating applicants based, in part, on the applicant's parents' medical histories.
|Alberta Government Invites Feedback on Proposed Changes to Occupational Health and Safety Code|
Justin Turc, Shana Wolch; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
November 15, 2014, previously published on November 4, 2014The Code applies to most employers in Alberta. Over the last few years, the Government of Alberta has conducted a review of the Code and solicited feedback on areas in want of revision.
|Legislation Imposing Limits on Direct Dispensing of Medications to Injured Workers by Physicians Becomes Law in Pennsylvania|
Francis X., Esq. Wickersham; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman Goggin P.C.;
November 15, 2014, previously published on November 3, 2014On October 27th, Governor Tom Corbett signed into law House Bill 1846, which will limit the practice of physicians dispensing drugs directly to injured workers. A recent front page article in The Philadelphia Inquirer by Don Saptkin highlighted the significant costs Pennsylvania employers were...
|Realizing the Potential of Telemedicine in China, Part 2: Data Privacy and Security|
Tianran Yan; Foley Lardner LLP;
November 14, 2014, previously published on November 5, 2014The Chinese market presents a tremendous opportunity for U.S. hospitals and providers, as long as the intricacies of data privacy and security issues are thoroughly understood. This includes Chinese regulations regarding medical records, electronic health record (EHR) storage, and practical...
|For Single-Enterprise Immunity, the Bottom Line May Be Having One Bottom Line|
Benjamin R. Dryden; Foley Lardner LLP;
November 14, 2014, previously published on November 6, 2014A federal court in Ohio has provided some of the clearest guidance to date on the application of the single-enterprise immunity doctrine to healthcare organizations. The single-enterprise immunity doctrine is critically important in the healthcare industry, because firms that qualify for...
|Key Takeaways from OIG’s 2015 Work Plan|
Theresa C. Carnegie, Laurence J. Freedman, Kimberly J. Gold; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
November 14, 2014, previously published on November 4, 2014The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its Fiscal Year 2015 Work Plan on October 31. The Work Plan provides the OIG’s planned reviews and activities with respect to HHS programs and operations during the current fiscal year and beyond.
|CMS Finalizes OPPS Rule Packaging Pathology Services Ordered for Hospital Outpatients|
Karen S. Lovitch, Lauren Moldawer; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
November 14, 2014, previously published on November 6, 2014As part of the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Rule issued last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized its proposal to conditionally package certain ancillary services assigned to APCs with a “geographic mean cost” of $100 or less. This...
|Ebola Update: CDC to Implement Post-Travel Monitoring Program|
Michael O. Eckard; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
November 14, 2014, previously published on October 23, 2014On October 22, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a press release indicating that, effective Monday, October 27, a new program will be in place through which federal and state health authorities will monitor- for a period of 21 days-all travelers returning from the West...
|IRS Announces Changes to Mid-Year Cafeteria Plan Elections|
Lauren B. Dunn; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
November 14, 2014, previously published on October 28, 2014On September 18, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") issued Notice 2014-55, that expands the permissible mid-year election change rules for cafeteria plans in order to facilitate enrollment in coverage through a Health Insurance Marketplace ("Marketplace"). Notice 2014-55...
|CMS Releases the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule|
Elizabeth J. Rosen; Foley Lardner LLP;
November 14, 2014, previously published on November 3, 2014The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (Medicare PFS) on October 31, 2014. The final rule updates payment policies and payment rates for services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries by physicians and other practitioners. The provisions...