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HTMLNew Legislation Coming to Protect Patients from Sexual Abuse
Patrick Hawkins, John M. McIntyre; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 26, 2016, previously published on September 15, 2016
This fall, the Provincial government intends to propose legislation that would uphold and reinforce a zero tolerance policy on the sexual abuse of patients by regulated health professionals. The proposed amendments will result in changes at all levels - for regulatory colleges, health care...

 

HTMLFDA Convenes Two-Day Public Hearing on Human Cell and Tissue Product Regulatory Paradigm
Joanne S. Hawana, Rodney Whitlock; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 26, 2016, previously published on September 15, 2016
As stakeholders and watchers of the expansive field of regenerative medicine likely are aware, earlier this year a study published in the peer-reviewed journal Cell Stem Cell reported on the growth of so-called stem cell clinics operating in the U.S. It also examined the types of claims being made...

 

HTMLTeladoc Receives Support from the Feds
Bridgette Keller, Dionne C. Lomax; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 26, 2016, previously published on September 16, 2016
Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) filed an amicus brief with the Fifth Circuit stating that the Texas Medical Board’s (the “Board”) appeal was inappropriate and the Court does not have...

 

HTMLCalifornia Joins New York and Florida, Passes Out-Of Network Legislation
Nili Schipper Yolin; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 26, 2016, previously published on September 19, 2016
Last month the California legislature passed AB-72, which amends the Health & Safety Code to address reimbursement for out of network (OON) providers who provide services at in-network facilities, such as hospitals and laboratories. In so doing, California joins several other states, including...

 

HTMLOCR Phase 2 HIPAA Audits Have Begun: Are you Ready?
Clay J. Countryman; Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 26, 2016, previously published on September 2016
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has started a second phase of audits for compliance with HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Standards. The OCR has previously conducted an audit pilot phase and Phase 1 audits of HIPAA covered entities...

 

HTMLNot-for-profit Hospitals and Health Care Providers Facing Retirement Plan Class Actions
Jeffrey D. Mamorsky, Terry L. Moore, Francis J. Serbaroli; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 26, 2016, previously published on September 21, 2016
There has been much media coverage of the recent class action lawsuits filed against some of the most prestigious universities in the United States by university employees. These class action lawsuits allege that the universities breached their fiduciary obligations in running their defined...

 

HTML2018 Notice of Benefits and Payment: Proposed Updates to the HHS Risk Adjustment Model
Tara Swenson Dwyer, Lauren Marie Moldawer; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 21, 2016, previously published on September 8, 2016
Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released its 2018 Notice of Benefit and Payment setting out payment parameters for the Health Insurance Marketplace for upcoming years. With several insurers withdrawing from the Marketplace and others still threatening...

 

HTMLGAO Report Suggests Discount Coupons Impact Medicare Spending for Part B Drugs
Carrie A. Roll; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 21, 2016, previously published on September 7, 2016
Last month, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report in which it found that manufacturer drug coupon programs for privately insured patients could potentially cause the Medicare Part B program to overspend on certain high-cost Part B drugs. The pricing for most drugs...

 

HTMLCMS Proposes Flexible Reporting Under MACRA
Jordan T. Cohen, Rodney Whitlock; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 21, 2016, previously published on September 14, 2016
In a blog post last week, CMS acting administrator Andy Slavitt said that physicians will have the ability to choose among several options to report data to Medicare under the new physician payment system ushered in by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

 

HTMLOCR to Step Up Investigations of Small HIPAA Breaches
James J. Giszczak, Rick L. Hindmand, Dominic A. Paluzzi; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
September 14, 2016, previously published on August 19, 2016
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced its new initiative to investigate breaches of protected health information (PHI) affecting fewer than 500 individuals.

 


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