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|Federal Healthcare Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Efforts Remain in High Gear|
David Dirr; Dressman Benzinger LaVelle psc;
July 1, 2015, previously published on June 30, 2015The federal government¿s fraud prevention and enforcement efforts recovered $3.3 billion in federal healthcare funds from individuals and companies according to a recent report issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
|Impact on Employers After Supreme Court's Ruling of Uphold Key Provision of Affordable Care Act|
Sean P. Beiter, Caroline J. Berdzik; Goldberg Segalla LLP;
June 30, 2015, previously published on June 25, 2015In a 6-3 decision issued today, the United States Supreme Court once again upheld President Obama’s signature legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, keeping the employer mandate in effect for all states - even those without their own health insurance exchange.
|Massachusetts Health Care Regulatory Review - Opportunity for Industry Comment|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
June 29, 2015, previously published on June 25, 2015Health care is big business in Massachusetts, and it is a highly regulated business. But Governor Charlie Baker hopes to simplify the Massachusetts regulatory regime. This past March, Governor Baker initiated a year-long review of each and every regulation under the Executive Department’s...
|Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act Rule Authorizing Health Subsidies in States with Federal Exchanges|
Robert P. Charrow; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
June 29, 2015, previously published on June 25, 2015Today, in King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision authored by the Chief Justice upheld the IRS Regulation (“the Regulation”) that provided subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to individuals in States with only federally established - as opposed to State...
|FDA Reports Results of Annual Crack Down on Illegal Internet Pharmacies|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
June 29, 2015, previously published on June 26, 2015Last week, FDA announced that more than 1,050 websites had illegal drugs and devices seized or received warning letters as part of the Eighth Annual International Internet Week of Action (IIWA). IIWA is an international effort of law enforcement, customs, and regulatory bodies (including FDA, the...
|Supreme Court Upholds Premium Subsidies in 34 States with Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces|
Christina T. Holder, Pamela Landman, Stephanie Marcantonio, Paul W. Mourning; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP;
June 26, 2015, previously published on June 25, 2015Today the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its much anticipated decision in King v. Burwell, a case challenging the legality of Federal subsidies provided to individuals in the 34 States that did not establish State-based American Health Benefit Exchanges (“State Exchanges”), and instead...
|Government Announces Health Care Fraud “Takedown”|
Brian P. Dunphy, Bridgette A. Wiley; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
June 26, 2015, previously published on June 18, 2015Earlier today, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the largest coordinated crackdown in the Medicare Fraud Strike Force’s eight-year history. The government brought charges against 243 individuals for approximately $712 million in alleged Medicare fraud.
|Recent Supreme Court Case Updates|
Joseph A. Kovecses; GrayRobinson, P.A.;
June 26, 2015, previously published on June 16, 2015On April 16, 2015, the Florida Supreme Court issued two opinions on the validity of a joint proposal for settlement: Audiffred v. Arnold, 40 Fla. L. Weekly S199 (Fla. April 16, 2015), and Pratt v. Weiss, 40 Fla. L. Weekly S201 (Fla. April 16, 2015). A proposal for settlement, also known as an offer...
|Camels and Dogs, Oh My! Defendant Documents Doom Health Provider Trade Association and Insurers’ Motion to Dismiss Antitrust Suit|
Farrah Short, Bruce D. Sokler; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
June 26, 2015, previously published on June 22, 2015Over two and one-half years after it was initially filed, an antitrust suit brought by plaintiff ambulatory surgery centers (“ASCs”) against health insurers and a trade association of competing health systems is finally moving forward. The District Court found that plaintiffs plausibly...
|FDA Finds that Artificial Trans Fats Are Unsafe|
Edgar J. Asebey, Jonathan Berman, Colleen Heisey, Stephanie L. Resnik, Emily K. Strunk; Jones Day;
June 24, 2015, previously published on June 2015On June 16, 2015, FDA announced it has finalized its determination that partially hydrogenated oils ("PHOs") are not "generally recognized as safe" ("GRAS") for use in human food. This finding effectively bans PHOs, which are the primary source of artificial trans fat...