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|Ebola: Emerging Concerns for Healthcare Facilities and Employers|
Michael O. Eckard, Jean Kim; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
October 9, 2014, previously published on October 3, 2014Recent months have been filled with news reports about the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. On August 8, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa had become an “international health emergency,” and the Centers for Disease...
|HHS OIG Issues Proposed Rule to Create New Safe Harbors and Exceptions Concerning Beneficiary Access to Care, Gainsharing|
Gregory W. Bee; Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP;
October 9, 2014, previously published on October 7, 2014On Oct. 3, 2014, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) of the Department of Health and Human Services published a proposed rule (the “Proposed Rule”) that would modify certain safe harbors, and add other new ones, under the anti-kickback statute (“AKS”) and...
|OIG Issues Proposed Rule Affecting Safe Harbors and Civil Monetary Penalty Rules|
Chris M. Morrison; GrayRobinson, P.A.;
October 9, 2014, previously published on October 6, 2014On October 3, 2014, the Office of the Inspector General ("OIG") of the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") issued a proposed rule ("Proposed Rule") that revises and expands on safe harbors to the federal Anti-kickback Statute ("AKS"), as well as...
|Mesothelioma Awareness Day 2014: Recent Headlines Highlight That Asbestos Is Still a Relevant Issue|
John E. Herrick; Motley Rice;
October 8, 2014, previously published on September 18, 2014A couple of recent articles about renovation workers encountering asbestos while working on building modifications have recently caught my attention. And, with Mesothelioma Awareness Day coming up this Friday, September 26, 2014, I wanted to share some thoughts on asbestos, mesothelioma and the...
|Types of Mesothelioma Cancers|
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
October 8, 2014, previously published on October 1, 2014For some Americans, September 26, 2014 marked the first day they had heard the word "mesothelioma." Mesothelioma is a disease caused by asbestos exposure that is almost always fatal. Many blue collar workers are at risk for developing the disease after handling the substance for years, or...
|A Rare Decertification Decision from the BCCA Stands: No Leave to Appeal Wakelam|
Jill Yates; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
October 8, 2014, previously published on September 5, 2014The Supreme Court of Canada yesterday refused the plaintiff’s application for leave to appeal the British Columbia Court of Appeal’s decertification decision in Wakelam v. Wyeth et al. Wakelam is a claim against various manufacturers of children’s cough and cold medication for...
|The Missouri Supreme Court Rules That Parties May Have a Duty as a Joint Employer With Its Contractors Pursuant to the Missouri Minimum Wage Law|
Robert F. Chandler; Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, L.L.C.;
October 8, 2014, previously published on September 19, 2014On August 19, 2014, the Missouri Supreme Court overturned a summary judgment in the case of Andro Tolentino v. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, et al., No. SC93379, ruling that a hotel chain may be liable to a non-employee plaintiff as a “joint employer” pursuant to the Missouri...
|Why California Proposition 46 Will Save Patient Lives and Cut Health Care Costs|
Robert J. Nelson; Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP;
October 8, 2014, previously published on September 25, 2014The number of persons killed by preventable medical errors each year in the U.S. is shockingly high. Fifteen years ago, the Institute of Medicine released a report on patient safety called To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System. The report estimated that 98,000 patients died each year as a...
|Hobby Lobby Redux|
Pessin Katz Law P.A.;
October 8, 2014, previously published on September 29, 2014The regulations set forth two possible approaches to defining a “qualifying closely held for-profit entity” In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 2751 (2014) the Supreme Court held that the requirement to provide contraceptive coverage to employees pursuant to Obamacare by...
|Mesothelioma Awareness Day: Mesothelioma Overview|
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
October 8, 2014, previously published on September 24, 2014Many American individuals are unaware of what mesothelioma is, let alone how it develops within the human body over time. Friday, September 26, marks Mesothelioma Awareness Day, so we thought it might be the perfect time to spread some awareness and post an overview of this asbestos-related disease.