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HTMLDoc Fix Debate Returns
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on March 6, 2015
Like clockwork the doc fix debate is back and it's a painful yearly ritual in DC. The doc fix, which refers to how to deal with Medicare's sustainable growth formula, causes heartburn for legislators and physicians alike, and every year hope springs eternal that a permanent fix will be found. This...

 

HTMLCMS Offers a New Accountable Care Organization Model
Caroline Brancatella, Whitney Magee Phelps, Nancy E. Taylor; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on March 16, 2015
On March 10, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled a Request for Applications (RFA) for the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (Next Generation ACO or Next Generation Model), to “test whether strong financial incentives for ACOs can improve health...

 

HTMLCity That Cancelled Health Insurance After Firefighter Exhausted FMLA Did Not Violate COBRA
John H. Geaney; Capehart & Scatchard, P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on March 12, 2015
Very few cases have focused on the relationship between COBRA and FMLA. The case of Neal v. City of Danville, Virginia, 2014 U.S. Dist LEXIS 17126, W. D. Va. (December 11, 2014) provides employers with important insight on this issue.

 

HTMLEmployers Beware: Significant Penalties May Be Assessed for Reimbursement of Individual Health Insurance Policy Premiums
Mindi M. Johnson; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on December 18, 2014
Employers, including municipal employers, have historically struggled to develop a health insurance benefit program for their employees that provides quality benefits and is cost-effective. After the Health Insurance Marketplace opened for business, many employers recommended that their employees...

 

HTMLThyroid and Kidney Cancer Diagnoses Rise in Children
Stephen J. Burg; Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on January 23, 2015
A recently published study reported the rates of most childhood cancers remained steady between 2001 and 2009, but kidney and thyroid cancer rates increased.

 

HTMLNumber of Possible Ebola Cases in US Increases
Stephen J. Burg; Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on January 23, 2015
As of Aug. 20, hospitals in 27 states handled at least 68 possible cases of Ebola, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told ABC News. Of the patients with possible Ebola infections, 58 cases have been ruled false alarms and 10 patients' blood samples were sent to the CDC for...

 

HTMLTeen Posing as Physician Raises Security Concerns for Healthcare Employers
Dee Anna D. Hays; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on February 2, 2015
On January 13, 2015, a hospital in West Palm Beach, Florida discovered that an unidentified juvenile had been walking its halls dressed as a physician, wearing a lab coat with the hospital’s logo and a stethoscope. According to the Sun Sentinel, a patient reportedly told the hospital’s...

 

HTMLPrediabetes Linked To Higher Risk of Cancer
Stephen J. Burg; Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on January 23, 2015
Chinese researchers conducted a large-scale analysis of studies involving people with prediabetes and their risk for cancer. The researchers found, through reviewing 16 studies, which included 891,426 patients around the world, that prediabetes increased the likelihood of a cancer diagnosis by 15...

 

HTMLLimiting Off-Duty Access To The Hotel
L. Brent Garrett; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on March 2, 2015
Many hospitality employers are surprised to learn that employees have a right under federal labor law to access the exterior, nonworking areas of the hotel property in their off-duty hours for union or other protected concerted activities. Hospitality employers are also surprised to learn that...

 

HTMLObesity Linked to Increased Risk of Dementia
Stephen J. Burg; Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on January 23, 2015
There may be a link between the age a person is diagnosed with obesity and their risk of dementia, according to researchers from the University of Oxford.

 


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