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|Medicare Announces Pay Increases for Psychiatric, Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Providers in Fiscal Year 2015|
Melesa A. Freerks; Foley & Lardner LLP;
August 7, 2014, previously published on August 6, 2014According to the rules released last Thursday by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Medicare will increase payment to inpatient psychiatric hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and skilled nursing facilities in fiscal year 2015. The finalized payment policies boost...
|House Bill 373 Enacted to Control the Level of Workers’ Compensation Insurance Premiums by Making Significant Changes in the Medical Reimbursements Allowable Under the Healthcare Payment System|
Paul V. Tatlow; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
August 6, 2014, previously published on July 31, 2014This Act makes substantial changes to Titles 18 and 19 of the Delaware Code designed to control the level of workers’ compensation premiums in Delaware. The most significant changes are: (a) a 33% reduction in medical costs to the workers’ compensation system, phased in over a period of...
|Employee Privacy Breaches - Do They Warrant Discipline?|
Richard G. Petrie; Stewart McKelvey;
August 6, 2014, previously published on Summer 2014In 2012 the Ontario Court of Appeal first established the tort of intrusion upon seclusion to Canadian law in Jones v Tsige. Apart from the obvious impact of this case on those who are the victims of a privacy breach, the case has raised interesting questions in the field of labour and employment...
|The MCDC Initiative and Recent Modifications: Window for Issuers and Obligated Persons Now Closes on December 1, 2014, While Underwriters Window Still Set to Close on September 9, 2014|
Michael G. Bailey, David Y. Bannard, Laura L. Bilas, Heidi H. Jeffery, Chauncey W. Lever; Foley & Lardner LLP;
August 6, 2014, previously published on August 5, 2014As highlighted in the SEC’s 2012 Municipal Market Report, the SEC has expressed significant concern that many issuers have not been complying with their obligation to file continuing disclosure documents and that federal securities law violations involving false statements concerning such...
|Is There A Link Between Talcum Powder And Cancer?|
Carmen S. Scott; Motley Rice;
August 6, 2014, previously published on July 29, 2014While studies continue to examine talcum powder and ovarian cancer, women of all ages should be aware that concerns about the possible relationship between the genital application of talcum powder and ovarian cancer are starting to gain attention.
|Ballot Initiative Number: 1606: "A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing"|
Ryan Anderson, Darryl A. Ross; Wroten & Associates, Inc.;
August 6, 2014, previously published on Summer 2014On October 10, 1911, California became the tenth state to adopt the voter initiative process. This process allows for Californians to petition to have new laws enacted or changes made to the California Constitution. This form of direct democracy gives the people the ability to create new laws or...
|The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 21: Self-Funded Group Health Plans, the Affordable Care Act and National Health Plan Identifier Numbers (HPIDs)|
Alden J. Bianchi; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
August 5, 2014, previously published on August 4, 2014The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) ushered in broad national standards aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the U.S. health care system. Referred to generically as “administrative simplification,” these rules govern the areas of...
|IOM Releases New Report on Graduate Medical Education|
Mark F. Tatelbaum; Foley Lardner LLP;
August 5, 2014, previously published on August 1, 2014On July 29, 2014, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IOM) released a report on Graduate Medical Education (GME), entitled Graduate Medical Education That Meets the Nation’s Health Needs. The 2001 IOM report, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st...
|To Pay (Directors) or Not to Pay - That is the Question|
Jason J. Kohout, Lynette M. Zigman; Foley & Lardner LLP;
August 5, 2014, previously published on August 4, 2014The question of whether to pay the directors of a tax-exempt organization is hotly contested. Although this practice is legal, there can be drawbacks with providing compensation. Despite the perceived hesitancy to compensate directors, a 2010 study found that out of the ten largest nonprofit...
|FDA Accepts First Application for Biosimilar Product|
Laurie A. Clarke, Colleen Heisey, Mark Mansour, Christopher M. Mikson, Emily K. Strunk; Jones Day;
August 5, 2014, previously published on July 2014In a significant step for generic biologic products, FDA accepted for review the first application for a biosimilar product. If approved, it could be the first biosimilar product to enter the U.S. market under the nearly five-year-old Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act...