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|Telemedicine and the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact is Here: Will it Succeed?|
Nathaniel M. Lacktman; Foley & Lardner LLP;
September 29, 2014, previously published on September 25, 2014After more than 18 months in the works, and with much public coverage in the telemedicine industry, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) made its Interstate Medical Licensure Compact available for review by state medical boards.
|Final Rules on Compensation Deduction Limit for Health Insurers|
Dennis L. Allen, Adam B. Cohen, Thomas A. Gick, Michael A. Hepburn, Paul R. Lang; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
September 29, 2014, previously published on September 25, 2014The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Treasury (Treasury) have issued final regulations under section 162(m)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (Code), which limit the deduction certain health insurers may claim for compensation payable to their employees and...
|It's Official: Feds Acknowledge Increased Criminal Review of Civil Healthcare Cases|
Richard H. Blake, Rick L. Hindmand; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
September 29, 2014, previously published on September 22, 2014The Justice Department’s Criminal Division recently announced that it is committing more resources and “stepping up” its review of cases filed under the civil False Claims Act for potential criminal prosecutions. The announcement formalizes the government’s recent trend to...
|IRS Finalizes and Clarifies Obamacare Reporting Rules|
Barry L. Klein; Blank Rome LLP;
September 25, 2014, previously published on September 2014Action Items: The IRS has finalized and clarified the ObamaCare health care coverage reporting requirements for “applicable large employers.” The reporting requirements are effective for 2015. Major system changes will likely be necessary in order to track all of the information that is...
|Electronic Recordkeeping: OSHA Manages to Make a Bad Proposal Even Worse|
Melissa A. Bailey, Shontell D. Powell; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
September 25, 2014, previously published on September 23, 2014In November 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed regulations requiring employers to submit injury and illness data electronically, rather than maintain paper OSHA Form 300 logs of work-related injuries and illnesses and Form 301 injury and illness incident...
|Recent Changes to California Laws—the Healthcare Perspective|
Mary E. Wright; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
September 25, 2014, previously published on September 23, 2014The efforts made by professional athletes seeking workers’ compensation benefits for injuries that they sustained on the playing field has resulted in a considerable amount of drama in the press. As a result, the California legislature has amended the state Workers’ Compensation Act to...
|Final Rule Issued for Meaningful Use|
James A. Dietz, Carrie Gilbert; Dressman Benzinger LaVelle psc;
September 25, 2014CMS announced that it would be adopting the proposed rule unchanged as the final rule.
|Medical Professional Negligence - What’s In A Name? If You’re The Plaintiff, It Doesn’t Matter|
Wendy R.S. O'Connor; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
September 25, 2014, previously published on September 1, 2014The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently held that a plaintiff in a medical professional negligence action may proceed against a health care facility based upon allegations of vicarious liability, even absent the identification of specific individuals whose conduct is imputed to the facility. In...
|Recent Product Recalls|
Jonathan Berman, Colleen Heisey, Mark Mansour, Stephanie L. Resnik, Emily K. Strunk; Jones Day;
September 23, 2014, previously published on September 2014Recent food recalls involved undeclared allergens, microbial and foreign material contaminations, and choking hazards.
|CMS Releases MSSP and Pioneer ACO Data on Shared Savings and Losses - Where Do We Go From Here?|
Andrew J. Shin, Stephen M. Weiner, Stephanie D. Willis; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
September 23, 2014, previously published on September 23, 2014On September 16, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced key shared savings and losses results of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) that began participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) or the Pioneer ACO Program (PACO) in 2012 and 2013.