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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...

 

HTMLChronic Care Management: Medicare Increases Payment and Relaxes Standards
Isabelle Bibet-Kalinyak, Rick L. Hindmand; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
November 24, 2016, previously published on November 15, 2016
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule (the “MPFS Final Rule”) on Nov. 2, 2016, which implements payment policies designed to make it easier and more financially attractive for physician practices to furnish...

 

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 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...

 

HTMLFederal Court Blocks CMS Ban on Pre-Dispute Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements Pending Legal Challenge: What the Ruling Means for Providers
Marsena Farris, Brian T. McGovern; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 24, 2016, previously published on November 10, 2016
Earlier this week, a federal court enjoined the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) from enforcing a rule, promulgated on September 28, 2016, which barred pre-dispute arbitration agreements between nursing facilities in the Medicare or Medicaid programs and their...

 

HTML$400K Settlement for Failure to Update HIPAA Business Associate Agreement
Rick L. Hindmand; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
November 24, 2016, previously published on September 26, 2016
On September 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced an expensive reminder, in the form of a $400,000 settlement, of the need to review and update business associate agreements (BAAs) to incorporate all terms required under the Health...

 

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...

 

HTMLWhat Does a Trump Presidency Mean for Health Care?
Powers Pyles Sutter Verville PC;
Legal Alert/Article
November 23, 2016, previously published on November 11, 2016
Throughout the presidential campaign, candidate Donald J. Trump repeatedly stated that he will seek to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Whether a Republican-led House and Senate will repeal the ACA, engage in negotiations for significant reform, or completely replace the ACA with their...

 


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