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|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...
|UnitedHealth Restricts Coverage for Hysterectomies Involving Power Morcellator|
Kyla Gail Cole; Waters & Kraus, LLP;
April 22, 2015, previously published on March 27, 2015UnitedHealth Group Inc. is putting more restrictive coverage rules into place for hysterectomies performed with a power morcellator. The nation’s largest health insurer will reportedly require health care providers to provide advance notification and obtain advance approval for abdominal...
|Protecting the Hospital Tax Exemption Part III: The Financial Assistance Policy|
Julie C. LaVille, Gary J. McRay; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
April 21, 2015, previously published on March 31, 2015On December 31, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) published final regulations providing guidance on how a hospital keeps its tax exemption by complying with Section 501(r) of the Internal Revenue Code. Section 501(r), which was added by the Patient Protection and Affordable...
|New Policy Guidelines for Police Information Checks in British Columbia|
Larry Page; Davis LLP;
April 21, 2015, previously published on March 31, 2015 In the past, when employers in British Columbia requested police information checks on prospective employees, there were no clear guidelines on the type of information that would be provided. It was common for police information checks to include information about mental health issues relating to...
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
April 21, 2015, previously published on April 17, 2015This week, the Senate overwhelmingly approved the permanent Medicare doc-fix bill, 92-8, and the White House has indicated that President Obama will sign the bill, which would put an end to one of Congress's most-hated rituals.
|New York “Surprise Bill” Affects Health Care Providers|
Underberg Kessler LLP;
April 20, 2015, previously published on February 2015Have you heard? A New York State law regarding surprise billings from medical providers becomes effective April 1, 2015. The general purpose of the law is to address persistent consumer complaints regarding unanticipated bills from out-of-network health care providers. As such, large portions of...
|Provider Preparedness in the Wake of CoOportunity Health's Liquidation|
Lisa Ge Shang Han, John M. Kirsner, David T. Morris; Jones Day;
April 17, 2015, previously published on March 2015On March 2, 2015, the Iowa District Court for Polk County entered a Final Order of Liquidation against CoOportunity Health, Inc. ("CoOportunity") after previously placing CoOportunity under a rehabilitation order.
|Digital Health Law Update - An Overview of Notable Happenings Affecting Digital Health, Mobile Health, and Telemedicine, Volume I, Issue I|
Scott A. Edelstein, Stephen E. Gillette, Alexis Slagle Gilroy, Kevin D. Lyles, Soleil E. Teubner; Jones Day;
April 17, 2015, previously published on March 2015Jones Day lawyers are at the forefront of digital health and health information technology topics, with leading industry attorneys around the globe experienced in all aspects of the legal and regulatory issues arising from the use of technology and devices to deliver and improve health care and...
|Court Holds that ‘Supremacy Clause’ Does Not Create a Private Right of Action to Enforce the Provisions of Medicaid|
Robert P. Charrow; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
April 17, 2015, previously published on April 1, 2015On Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center, Inc., No. 14-15 (U.S. March 31, 2015), the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that private parties do not have the right under the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause to sue states over low Medicaid reimbursement rates. Plaintiffs...
|OIG Issues Negative Laboratory Advisory Opinion|
Rick L. Hindmand, Jane Marie Pine Wood; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
April 15, 2015, previously published on March 26, 2015A laboratory that proposed to waive patient balances for out-of-network laboratory services has been told no. Specifically, the laboratory proposed to contract with physician practices to provide all laboratory services for practice patients, regardless of payor, and agree to waive all fees for...