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|The Rapid Growth in Anesthesiology Merger and Acquisition Transactions|
Richard S. Cooper, Kirk A. Rebane; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
September 22, 2014, previously published on September 17, 2014Anesthesia groups are being acquired at a pace not seen before. In fact, the anesthesia sector is one of the most active deal sectors in healthcare. There are several large strategic acquirers operating in the marketplace with new buyers (often backed by investment funds) emerging with frequency....
|Small Employers Offering Health Care—This One’s for You|
Autumn G. Long; McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO;
September 22, 2014, previously published on Third Quarter 2014The small employer health insurance tax credit was enacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”) to help small businesses and small Sec. 501(c) tax-exempt organizations afford the cost of providing health insurance coverage for their employees. Because the...
|OSHA Announces Significant Alterations to Reporting Requirements|
John F. Martin; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
September 22, 2014, previously published on September 12, 2014On September 11, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a final rule that significantly changes an employer’s duties to report workplace injuries to the agency.
|Final Meaningful Use Regulations Published|
Courtney Scrubbs, David S. Szabo, Michaela ("Kayla") Tabela; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
September 19, 2014, previously published on September 2014On September 4, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) published in the Federal Register a final rule on meaningful use. Significantly, the...
|OSHA Makes Significant Revisions to Injury and Illness Reporting Requirements|
Tressi L. Cordaro, Nickole C. Winnett; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
September 19, 2014, previously published on September 16, 2014The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its final rule for Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements, revising the requirements for reporting work-related hospitalizations and requiring the reporting of all amputations and eye losses. Assistant...
|Final Meaningful Use Rule: CMS Loosens its Grip|
Vinay Bhupathy, Aytan Dahukey; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
September 17, 2014, previously published on September 15, 2014The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) finalized a rule on August 29th which should give providers some breathing room in complying with meaningful use requirements for the Electronic Health Record (“EHR”) Incentive Program (the “Final Rule”)....
|Unlocking the Promise of Personalized Medicine: Reimbursement, Coverage, and Clinical Utility|
Antoinette F. Konski; Foley & Lardner LLP;
September 17, 2014, previously published on September 15, 2014AmerisourceBergen, in connection with the Business of Personalized Medicine Summit, released “Unlocking the Promise of Personalized Medicine: Perspectives on Reimbursement, Coverage, and Clinical Utility” (“Report“). The Report explores the role of personalized medicine in...
|September 22 Deadline Looms: Less than Three Weeks Remain to Update Business Associate Agreements under Final HIPAA Omnibus Rule|
Kevin Page, Colbey B. Reagan; Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP;
September 17, 2014, previously published on September 4, 2014On January 25, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published its final HIPAA omnibus rule (“Omnibus Rule”) aimed at strengthening the privacy and security protections for health information. The year-long, extended “transition period” for covered...
|A (Second) Lawsuit Seeks to Compel Statutory Timeframe for Administrative Law Judge Review of Medicare Claims Appeals|
Lynsey Mitchel; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
September 17, 2014, previously published on September 11, 2014On August 26th, the Center for Medicare Advocacy filed a nationwide class action lawsuit against the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The complaint alleges that, as implemented, the Medicare administrative review process is in violation of Medicare statutory obligations and the Fifth...
|Planned Parenthood Ruling Deepens Current Split in the Circuits Regarding the Level of Specificity Required in FCA Cases|
Victoria H. Buter, Edward M. Fox, Thomas J. Kenny; Kutak Rock LLP;
September 16, 2014, previously published on September 9, 2014In the recent case of United States ex rel. Thayer v. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, No. 13 1654, 2014 WL 4251603 (8th Cir. Aug. 29, 2014), the Eighth Circuit deepened the current split in the circuits regarding the level of specificity required in a False Claim Act (FCA) case, making it...