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Legal Insights and Perspectives for the Healthcare Industry
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), which advises Congress on Medicare issues, recently finalized and approved a series of recommended updates on January 16 that include payment reductions for hospice and home health.
From seismic changes to the fraud and abuse laws to new legislation on drug price transparency, we have compiled a list of the 10 most popular blog posts from Health Law Scan in 2019.
In a recent analysis for Today’s General Counsel, healthcare industry partner Katie McDermott analyzes the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit’s decision in United States v. AseraCare, Inc. and offers key takeaways for False Claims Act (FCA) practitioners from “this reasoned and scholarly opinion.”
As discussed in an earlier blog post, US President Donald Trump signed the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, into law on December 20, 2019.
The recently passed FY 2020 Appropriations Act increases funding for US healthcare agencies and programs over FY 2019 levels.
In this LawFlash, Morgan Lewis healthcare industry partner Susan Feigin Harris analyzes the December 18, 2019, decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Texas v. Azar and concludes that it “portends potential chaos in health insurance coverage and puts the future of the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in limbo.”
Continuing to look for ways to reduce the Medicare administrative law judge (ALJ) appeals backlog, CMS has explored enhancing the role of Qualified Independent Contractors (QICs) to resolve disputed claims earlier in the appeals process. Its main pilot in this area is the Telephone and Reopening Process Demonstration (Demonstration), which affords certain providers the ability to present their case to a representative of the QIC and have a live discussion about the merits of the appeal.
The Morgan Lewis Labor & Employment NOW video series provides analysis of the latest legal developments and compliance insight for employers. In this edition, Doug Hart discusses staffing-related trends that arise in collective bargaining in the healthcare industry. Doug offers guidance to hospitals and healthcare facilities to better understand unions’ bargaining positions and determine appropriate employer responses, focusing on in-house registries, float pools, ratios, contract language, and wage and hour concerns.
Starting with an analysis of the hospital and health plan price transparency rules, Health Law Scan celebrated the month that brings us Thanksgiving with several interesting servings.
Further strengthening incentives for organizations to self-report potential FCPA violations, the US Department of Justice continued that trend with additional updates to the FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy announced on November 20.