Technology pervades every sector of our economy, and certainly has impacted the health care industry. One example is telemedicine. Telemedicine has the potential to exponentially expand a provider’s geographic footprint, efficiently leverage a doctor’s time and dramatically reduce barriers to patient interaction
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its annual report this week detailing the 10 most significant challenges facing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) this year.
The moment when you learn your wife has cancer gets imprinted on your brain in a hurry. At least for me, it did.
On November 14, 2014, an Administrative Law Judge fired another round in the continuing skirmish between the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the federal courts over the rights of union representatives to enter an employer’s property to conduct organizing activity.
It’s another record haul for the United States Department of Justice! In FY 2014, the DOJ ensured the collection of more than $ 24 billion from civil and criminal actions. The False Claims Act yielded a substantial portion of that total by having its own record setting recovery of $ 5.69 billion.
The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance: Health and Human Services (HHS) Wastes No Time Issuing Proposed Rules Modifying Minimum Value Rules
Over the last couple of months, we have followed and reported on a particular ACA compliance strategy under which an employer subject to the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility (or “pay-or-play”) rules satisfies the requirement to make an offer of coverage under a group health plan that has the look-and-feel of major medical coverage with one significant modification: the plan offers no inpatient hospital coverage or physician services.
Canada has joined the gene patenting debate. Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (“Children’s”) sued the University of Utah Research Foundation, Genzyme Genetics, and Yale University (“Defendants”) in Canada’s Federal Court asserting that 5 patents assigned to Defendants (collectively the “Long QT Patents”) for compositions and methods useful in the diagnosis and/or assessment of Long QT syndrome (“Long QT”) in human patients are invalid and/or unenforceable.
The U.S. House of Representatives filed its threatened lawsuit on Friday, November 21, in the D.C. federal district court. Defendants are the HHS Secretary, HHS, the Treasury Secretary and the Treasury Department.
In recent talks and appearances, representatives of the U.S. Department of Labor have issued a warning about new areas of focus of DOL audits and enforcement actions.
The ACC Health Law Committee is kicking off the “Inside Health Law” series with a recap about the ACC Annual Meeting held last month (October 28-31) in New Orleans.