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|The Many Levels of Supervision|
Robert V. Williams; Burr & Forman LLP;
April 30, 2015, previously published on April 2015Non-physician practitioners or physician extenders, as they are often called, are now common place in physicians' offices and have been for some time. They are an integral part of the private practice of medicine for the simple reason that they provide very skilled and useful services to the...
|Score One for the Defense: Application of the Affordable Care Act to Reduce Future Damages|
Leslie M. Jenny; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
April 30, 2015, previously published on April 28, 2015Medical malpractice and catastrophic injury lawyers, insurers and clients are all interested in the first cases to come to fruition following the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA represents our nation’s first piece of federal legislation mandating universal access to health...
|EEOC Issues Important Proposed Rule Governing Employer Wellness Programs|
Edward S. Schenk III; Williams Mullen;
April 27, 2015, previously published on April 22, 2015On April 16, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published a proposed rule further addressing increasingly popular employer “wellness programs.” These programs generally incentivize employees to make healthier lifestyle choices by participating in nutrition and...
|China Publishes Draft Amendment to the GB 9685 Hygienic Standard on the Uses of Additives in Food Containers and Packaging Materials|
David J. Ettinger, Mark Thompson; Keller and Heckman LLP;
April 24, 2015, previously published on April 03, 2015On January 20, 2015, China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) published an amendment to the current Hygienic Standards for Uses of Additives in Food Containers and Packaging Materials (GB 9685-2008) for comments from the general public. Comments on the amended...
|Wellness Programs Alive and Well?|
Brenna M. Clark, Adam B. Cohen, Andrea M. Gehman, Paul R. Lang, Carol A. Weiser; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
April 24, 2015, previously published on April 23, 2015The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued proposed regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regarding employer-provided wellness programs that were published in the Federal Register on April 20, 2015. The proposed regulations are intended to reconcile rules...
|HHS Announces Next Generation ACO Model of Payment and Care Delivery|
Thomas E. Dutton, Scott A. Edelstein, David W. Grauer, Calvin P. Griffith, Todd P. Kelly; Jones Day;
April 24, 2015, previously published on April 1, 2015On March 10, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model (“Next Gen ACO Model”), a new initiative sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (“CMS”)...
|Indiana’s Right to Try Law: Catalyst for Expanded Access to Experimental Drugs for Terminally Ill Patients|
Dave C. Bromund; Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP;
April 23, 2015, previously published on March 30, 2015Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law Indiana’s new Right to Try legislation on March 24, but this law (and similar legislation proposed and enacted in other states) may have already catalyzed expanded access for terminally ill patients to potentially life-saving experimental drugs....
|Choice of Entity Decisions in Light of Medicare and Other Tax Law Changes|
Sonya S. Jindal, Lourdes E. Perrino; Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP;
April 23, 2015, previously published on April 16, 2015In light of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act1 and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010,2 small and family owned businesses have been reevaluating choice of entity considerations. This article summarizes the most common business entity forms and some of the major...
|Defining the Bounds of the Public Disclosure Bar and the Scope of "News Media"|
Eric P. Berlin, Heather M. O'Shea, Allyson C. Spacht; Jones Day;
April 22, 2015, previously published on April 2015On March 3, 2015, a court in the Southern District of Texas granted a defendant pharmaceutical company's motion for summary judgment on claims brought under the False Claims Act for alleged false claims made through various government programs, including Medicaid and Medicare, for reimbursement for...
|Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Pose Potential Risk for Patients|
Sara E. Coopwood; Waters & Kraus, LLP;
April 22, 2015, previously published on March 25, 2015Metal-on-metal hip implants can lead to metal debris migrating from the device into the blood and surrounding tissue, according to the European Commission’s (EC’s) Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR). The EC described the potential health risk in...