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HTMLUpdate on Bill 122: Amendments to the Mental Health Act and Health Care Consent Act
Barbara Walker-Renshaw; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 5, 2016, previously published on December 18, 2015
Bill 122 passed third reading and received Royal Assent on December 10, 2015. The amended legislation comes into force on December 21, 2015. The amendments affect practice and procedure at Ontario's Schedule 1 psychiatric facilities as they relate to the management of long-term involuntarily...

 

HTMLClarifying Amendments to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act Signed Into Law
Christina T. Holder, Pamela Landman, Paul W. Mourning; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 4, 2016, previously published on December 21, 2015
On December 11, 2015, Governor Cuomo signed into law Chapter 555 of the Laws of New York of 2015 (Assemb. Bill 8118-B/Sen. Bill 5868-A) making certain “clarifying amendments,”1 effective immediately,2 to provisions of the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (“NPCL”),...

 

HTMLAntitrust Suit Continues to Stymie New Texas Telemedicine Regulation
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 4, 2016, previously published on December 17, 2015
A federal district court denied the Texas Medical Board’s (the Board) motion to dismiss an antitrust suit filed by a telemedicine company (Teladoc), finding that the Board is not entitled to state action immunity because its actions are not actively supervised by the state. Teladoc, Inc. v....

 

HTMLHow Will Medicare Funding Impact Advance Care Planning?
Michael A. Bush; Bowles Rice LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 4, 2016, previously published on October 1, 2015
Proposed changes to Medicare would provide specific billing codes to compensate medical professionals for time spent with patients to discuss advance care planning.

 

HTMLTelemedicine - 2015 Year in Review
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 4, 2016, previously published on December 22, 2015
As the year winds down, we look back on the significant developments in telemedicine in 2015 as well as look forward to what 2016 will bring. The number of providers offering telemedicine and telehealth services dramatically increased in 2015, with no sign of slowing in 2016. This is, in large...

 

HTMLCMS Makes Changes to the Stark Law: Addressing Payment Reform, Reducing Burden, and Facilitating Compliance
Claire E. Castles, Gerald M. Griffith, Andrew G. Jack, John M. Kirsner, Elizabeth E. Trende; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
December 30, 2015, previously published on December 2015
On November 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") published a final rule with changes to the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System ("OPPS") and Ambulatory Surgical Center ("ASC") payment system ("Final Rule") (80 Fed. Reg....

 

HTMLAgencies Extend Comment Period on Proposed Changes to Clinical Research Rules
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 29, 2015, previously published on November 30, 2015
Those wishing to comment on revisions to the Federal Policy for Protection of Human Subjects (known as the “Common Rule”) could add a 30-day comment period extension to the things they were grateful for at this year’s Thanksgiving dinner. On Wednesday, November 25th, the 16...

 

HTMLHIPAA and Health Care Data Privacy - 2015 in Review
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 29, 2015, previously published on December 14, 2015
As the year winds down, we look back with a mixture of nostalgia and queasiness on the major Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) events that defined 2015. Incredibly large data breaches became disturbingly routine, calling into question the ability of insurers and providers...

 

HTMLDOJ Recovers $3.5 Billion in False Claims Act Cases in FY2015 and Pays Record Amount to Qui Tam Relators
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 29, 2015, previously published on December 8, 2015
Late last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that in FY2015 it obtained more than $3.5 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving allegations of false claims against the government. Once again, health care fraud recoveries led the pack, driven by qui tam...

 

HTMLThe Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers (Part 19 of 24): Terminations, Changes in Status and Service Breaks under the Look-back Measurement Method
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 28, 2015, previously published on December 2, 2015
Last week we examined the reporting challenges associated with employee terminations, changes in status, and breaks in service under the monthly measurement method. As we explained, “[t]he finalregulations under Code § 4980H establish two—and only two—methods for determining...

 


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