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|Fraud and Abuse Waivers for MSSP ACOs Extended Another Year|
Stephanie D. Willis; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
October 28, 2014, previously published on October 23, 2014Fridays are for fraud and abuse news-related releases, yet again. Last Friday, the HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a notice (Notice) informing the public that it has delayed the release of a final rule regarding applicable fraud and abuse law waivers for ACOs participating in the...
|Legal Preparedness - Are You Ready for Ebola?|
Torrey K. Young; Foley & Lardner LLP;
October 28, 2014, previously published on October 14, 2014With confirmed Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) patients in the United States, health care facilities and providers should review whether they are compliant with existing laws and recommendations for emergency preparedness. Providers should take the time during non-emergency circumstances to identify...
|Driving the Golden Spike: Avoiding Liability with Connected EHR Systems|
Peter J. Enko, Mike Foley, Deborah H. Juhnke, Wakaba Y. Tessier; Husch Blackwell LLP;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 2014The evolution of today’s EHR holds much in common with that of the modern railroad. We all take for granted that railroad cars easily move from one track to another and from one company’s lines to another. So, whether the owner of the rail is Union Pacific or Burlington Northern, the...
|Same-Sex Marriage Recognized in West Virginia - How Will This Impact Employer-Sponsored Health Plans?|
Jill E. Hall; Bowles Rice LLP;
October 22, 2014Today, the Attorney General and Governor of the State of West Virginia announced that West Virginia will no longer prohibit same-sex marriage, implementing a ruling of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (the federal appeals court that encompasses West Virginia, Virginia,...
|Front End Changes and, Again, More DIR Columns|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
October 21, 2014, previously published on October 17, 2014Since the beginning of the Medicare Part D program, CMS has introduced many reporting mechanisms for trying to understand drug pricing, price concessions, and the cost of providing services to Part D members. The tool CMS has turned to most often is the direct and indirect remuneration...
|Supreme Court Examines Boundaries of Antitrust Immunity in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC|
Dionne C. Lomax; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
October 20, 2014, previously published on October 15, 2014On October 14, 2014, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC, a U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit decision upholding an FTC finding that the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners (the “Board”) did not...
|HHS Says New Healthcare Website Will Work|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
October 19, 2014, previously published on October 10, 2014Federal health officials say they have reconfigured and rebuilt the enrollment website for the Affordable Care Act to avoid a repeat of last year's disastrous launch.
|Telemedicine Advances Allow Remote Patient Care|
Sigrid C. Haines; Lerch Early Brewer Chartered;
October 17, 2014, previously published on September 25, 2014The field is changing for the use of remotely-provided medical services. While the possibility of remotely-provided medical services received attention in the press some years ago, it has been slow to become a reality. Various issues have contributed to its slow adoption, including the need for...
|The Employer’s Reference Guide to Information About Ebola|
Maria Greco Danaher; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
October 17, 2014, previously published on October 13, 2014Concerns related to the Ebola outbreak are increasing among both employers and employees in the United States. The outbreak is currently most active in the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. However, there has been at least one confirmed death from the disease in...
|Commercially Confidential Information at Risk: The European Medicines Agency Issues Disclosure Policy|
Christian B. Fulda; Jones Day;
October 16, 2014, previously published on October 2014As if the fight for reasonable returns on investment into drug development, currently exemplified by the discussion on the pricing of innovative products, is not enough, the pharmaceutical industry is facing one of its biggest challenges in Europe: the protection of commercially confidential...