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Norton Rose Fulbright: OIG Releases FY 2014Work Plan Summary
Posted on 11 Feb 2014 by Norton Rose Fulbright

By Frederick Robinson , Megan Fanale Engel , Cori Annapolen Goldberg and Selina Coleman On January 31, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) published its Work Plan for fiscal year 2014. The OIG announced... Read More

Barnes & Thornburg LLP: President Obama Signs Bill Extending Physician Medicare Rates And Delaying ICD-10 And RAC Audits Under The 2-Midnights Rule
Posted on 8 Apr 2014 by Barnes & Thornburg LLP

By Nita Garg On April 1, President Obama signed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014. This legislation extends current Medicare physician reimbursement rates and delays implementation of the ICD-10 code for a full year. Previously, hospitals... Read More

DLA Piper: Binding Arbitration in Managed Care Contracts - 6 Tips to Tailor Your Dispute Resolution Provisions
Posted on 3 Dec 2014 by DLA Piper

By Stephen L. Goff and John Barnes The Affordable Care Act is moving millions of previously uninsured patients into commercial managed care health plans. As the healthcare system grapples with complexity of this shift, the size of disputes between... Read More

DLA Piper Health Care Regulatory and Policy Update -- Week of March 24, 2014
Posted on 28 Mar 2014 by DLA Piper

SGR/Legislative Action – On March 11, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Wyden (D-OR) introduced his version of legislation to permanently repeal and replace the sustainable growth rate (SGR), the Medicare SGR Repeal and Beneficiary Access... Read More

Supreme Court Blocks Enforcement Of Birth Control Mandate
Posted on 27 Jan 2014 by Cheryl Keely

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 24 enjoined the federal government from enforcing the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) against an order of Catholic nuns... Read More

Foley & Lardner LLP: Hospitals Urging SCOTUS to Limit False Claims Act Penalties
Posted on 11 Jul 2014 by Foley & Lardner LLP

What do a moving company and a hospital association have in common? The False Claims Act (FCA). The American Hospital Association along with the United States Chamber of Commerce and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America recently... Read More

DLA Piper: Government Turns Up the Heat With the False Claims Act – 5 Action Steps for Healthcare Providers
Posted on 3 Dec 2014 by DLA Piper

By Savaria B. Harris and Mitka T. Baker Forbes magazine has dubbed 2014 “The Year of the Whistleblower.” For healthcare providers, this designation has translated into millions of dollars in fines and penalties and the initiation of criminal... Read More

Supreme Court Justice Halts Birth Control Mandate For Catholic Group
Posted on 2 Jan 2014 by Cheryl Keely

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Dec. 31 temporarily blocked the federal government from enforcing the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) against... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: States Ponder Broadening Health Care Scopes of Practice
Posted on 19 Apr 2013 by State Net

By Rich Ehisen There has long been friction in the relationship between doctors and other health care providers, with the former ferociously guarding their turf against incursion from the latter. But with the Affordable Care Act soon to bring 33 million... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Changes Challenge ACA Implementation
Posted on 16 Jul 2013 by State Net

By Rich Ehisen Faced with growing complaints from employers over the complexity of implementing the Affordable Care Act by next January, the Obama administration on July 2 announced it would postpone for one year enforcement of a provision of the law... Read More

Williams Mullen Alert: Health Care Reform Outlook
Posted on 17 Aug 2012 by Williams Mullen

By Brydon M. DeWitt and Michael J. Ferrell With the Supreme Court's landmark decision upholding the Affordable Care Act, employers have a renewed interest in what the Act will mean for their businesses in the years ahead. Employers need to be aware... Read More

Federal Government Offers Rulemaking For Compromise On Birth Control Coverage
Posted on 4 Feb 2013 by Cheryl Keely

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Feb. 1 issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on recommended changes to the preventive services policy contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: States Have Key Role In Making Affordable Care Act Work
Posted on 21 Mar 2013 by State Net

By Lou Cannon , State Net Capitol Journal Winston Churchill famously described a crucial British military victory in North Africa during World War II as "not the end...not even the beginning of the end" but "perhaps, the end of the beginning... Read More

Justice Sotomayor Leaves Contraceptives Mandate in Health Care Act Intact
Posted on 28 Dec 2012 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Law Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Dec. 26 refused to block enforcement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's mandate that profit-making companies begin providing free birth control for women workers on... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Obama Election Win Leaves GOP Governors Scrambling on Affordable Care Act
Posted on 13 Nov 2012 by State Net

For most of the last year, a handful of Republican governors have refused to take action on implementing the Affordable Care Act, preferring instead to bank on the Supreme Court or the November presidential election to send the law to the legislative... Read More