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HTMLExpert Medical Evidence Mandatory on Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress Claims
Michael J. Connolly; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 7, 2016, previously published on December 1, 2016
Oftentimes we see a claim of intentional infliction of emotional distress or negligent infliction of emotional distress as an “add-on” count at the end of a plaintiff’s complaint. Sometimes these claims can be the result of a “kitchen sink” approach by an aggressive...

 

HTMLFDA Updates Guidance Related to Food Facility Registration
Colleen M. Heisey, Laura E. Koman, Francoise S. Labrousse, Katherine M. Llewellyn, Cristiana Spontoni; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
December 6, 2016, previously published on November 2016
This month, in the middle of the renewal period for registration of food facilities, FDA has published the seventh edition of its draft guidance "Questions and Answers Regarding Food Facility Registration," which clarifies the Amendments to the Registration of Food Facilities final rule...

 

HTMLLimiting Opioid use in Workers' Compensation Cases
Alicia Weaver Birach; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 6, 2016, previously published on November 17, 2016
The Workers' Compensation Health Care Services Rules were amended to include provisions placing limitations on physicians’ ability to receive reimbursement for opioid treatment beyond 90 days if certain requirements are not met. The requirements were implemented to address the problems...

 

HTMLAdditional Clarifying Amendments to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act Signed Into Law
Pamela Landman, Paul W. Mourning, Khaled Mowad; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 5, 2016, previously published on November 30, 2016
On November 28, 2016, Governor Cuomo signed into law Chapter 466 of the Laws of New York of 2016 (Assemb. Bill 10365B) (the “2016 Amendment”). The 2016 Amendment is intended to “improve and make clarifying amendments to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013” (the...

 

HTMLAll Wrapped Up: China Finalizes Long-Awaited Standards for Food Packaging
David J. Ettinger, Chen Hu, Mark Thompson; Keller and Heckman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2016, previously published on November 18, 2016
On November 18, 2016, China's National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) finalized the following Standards applicable to food-contact materials marketed in the People's Republic of China in its announcement No. 15/2016:[1]

 

HTMLIt's Time to Reassess Your Medicare Choices
Amy B. Boulware, Peter J. Harrison, Leah Mitchell McElmoyl, Dana B. Perry; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2016, previously published on November 9, 2016
Are your Medicare plans still working for you? Medicare's open enrollment period, in which you can enroll in or switch plans, runs from October 15 to December 7. Now is the time to review your options to determine if switching plans could save you money.

 

HTMLWhy Families Consider Lawsuits While Battling Disease
Waters Kraus LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 25, 2016, previously published on November 23, 2016
Often, when someone chooses to reach out to us in the face of disease or injury, it’s a family member who makes the call, rather than the victim. When someone contracts a disease or experiences a birth injury that could be caused by toxic exposure it affects entire families for several...

 

HTMLFinal Rule to Implement Medicare Payments for New Off-Campus Clinics
Powers Pyles Sutter Verville PC;
Legal Alert/Article
November 24, 2016, previously published on November 4, 2016
On November 1, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an advance copy of the final outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) rule for 2017, which includes provisions to implement Section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA 2015).¹ This memorandum summarizes...

 

HTMLCMS Expands Medicare Payment for Behavioral Health Services
Isabelle Bibet-Kalinyak, Rick L. Hindmand; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
November 24, 2016, previously published on November 9, 2016
Commencing Jan. 1, 2017, Medicare will pay for mental and behavioral health services under new billing codes set forth in the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Nov. 2, 2016.

 

HTMLFinal Rules Implementing MACRA Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Models
Powers Pyles Sutter Verville PC;
Legal Alert/Article
November 24, 2016, previously published on November 3, 2016
On October 14, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule with comment period (final rule) implementing provisions of the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Set forth below is an overview of the most significant elements of the...

 


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