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Adobe PDFPot Luck - Best Practices for NY & NJ Employers Addressing Medical Marijuana Use in the Workplace
Grace A. Byrd, Charles H. Kaplan, Galit Kierkut, David I. Rosen; Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 31, 2014, previously published on July 2014
Approximately 18 years after California passed the first state medical marijuana law in 1996, 23 states and Washington D.C. now have enacted medical marijuana statutes. After years of failed attempts, on July 7, 2014 Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the Compassionate Care Act (“NY...

 

HTMLFederal Government Report Summarizes Health Care Privacy Compliance Efforts
Margaret Young Levi; Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 31, 2014, previously published on July 29, 2014
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued two reports to Congress required by Section 13402(i) of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act:

 

HTMLTwo Ohio Bills Impose New Requirements on Prescribers of Opioids
Gregory W. Bee, Rhonda B. Schechter; Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 31, 2014, previously published on July 31, 2014
In mid-June, Governor Kasich signed into law two bills that impose new requirements on prescribers of opioids in Ohio. Ohio House Bill 314 (“HB 314”), which will become effective on Sept. 17, 2014, requires prescribers to follow specific informed consent procedures before prescribing...

 

HTMLMassachusetts Bans Physician Self Referral to Clinical Labs; Healthfirst Case May Help Clarify 60-Day Rule
Leslie J. Levinson, Michaela ("Kayla") Tabela; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 31, 2014, previously published on July 2014
Massachusetts physicians can no longer refer Medicaid and private pay patients to clinical laboratories in which they or a family member have a direct or indirect ownership interest. The provision was included in the commonwealth’s 2015 budget bill. Governor Deval Patrick signed the budget on...

 

HTMLOIG Sticks It to Physician Specimen Collectors
Douglas S. Griswold; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 31, 2014, previously published on July 14, 2014
On June 25, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of the Inspector General ("OIG") issued a Special Fraud Alert updating the previous guidelines concerning compensation by clinical laboratories to referring physicians and physician groups. The Special Fraud Alert...

 

HTMLCMS Publishes Proposed Rule Revising Physician Fee Schedule
Chris M. Morrison; GrayRobinson, P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 30, 2014, previously published on July 29, 2014
On July 11, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") published in the Federal Register a proposed rule revising the Medicare physician fee schedule ("PFS") and other Medicare Part B payment policies. These changes would be applicable to services furnished on...

 

HTMLACA Subsidies in Federal Exchange Threatened
Dentons Canada LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 30, 2014, previously published on July 23, 2014
On Tuesday, July 22, in Halbig v. Burwell, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit invalidated an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulation that provides premium tax credit subsidies for individuals obtaining health insurance coverage through the federal exchange. The IRS regulation offers...

 

HTMLTexas Supreme Court Holds That Requirement to Provide Evidence of Approximate Dose Applies to Mesothelioma Cases as Well as Asbestosis Cases
Sean Higgins; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 29, 2014, previously published on July 22, 2014
On July 12, 2014, in Bostic v. Georgia Pacific Corp., No. 10-0775, a six-justice majority of the Texas Supreme Court issued a major decision on causation in asbestos cases. The Court held that the requirement to provide evidence of approximate dose announced in Borg Warner v. Flores, 232 S.W.3d 765...

 

HTMLThe Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 22: Charting the Future of the Premium Subsidies (and Employer Penalties): Halbig v. Burwell and King v. Burwell
Roy M. Albert, Alden J. Bianchi, Stephen M. Weiner; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 29, 2014, previously published on July 28, 2014
On July 22, 2014, two federal appellate courts issued conflicting decisions, within hours of each other, regarding the IRS final rule published on May 23, 2012 (the “IRS Rule”), intended to implement the exchange-related tax credit provisions of the Affordable Care Act...

 

HTMLNew Kentucky Data Breach Rules Go into Effect
Margaret Young Levi; Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 28, 2014, previously published on July 15, 2014
In its most recent legislative session, the Kentucky General Assembly enacted two new data breach laws, HB 5 and HB 232, which go into effect July 15, 2014. Kentucky governmental agencies, those doing business with governmental agencies, and persons simply doing business in Kentucky should be aware...

 


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