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Year: 2012

AMA Posts Social Media Policy for Physicians


Posted on December 14, 2012 in Health Information Technology

Written by: Katie J. Miller

The American Medical Association (“AMA”) recently posted a policy titled “Professionalism in the Use of Social Media” (“Policy”). The Policy is intended for use by physicians, noting that the Internet has the ability to allow medical students and physicians to communicate and share information quickly and distribute such information to millions of people easily.... READ MORE


Proposed Drug Shortage Bill Threatens 340B Drug Discounts for Injectables


Posted on December 13, 2012 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Introduction On November 29, 2012, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and several other congressmen introduced HR 6611, the Patient Access to Drugs in Shortage Act (“Drug Shortage Act” or the “Act”), a new bill aimed at curbing drug shortages of generic sterile injectable drugs (“Sterile Injectables”).  If enacted, the Drug Shortage Act could have a... READ MORE

CMS Publishes CY 2013 Home Health Prospective Payment System Final Rule


Posted on December 13, 2012 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Introduction On November 8, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published the Home Health Prospective Payment System Final Rule for Calendar Year (“CY”) 2013 (“Final Rule”) in the Federal Register.  This alert addresses some of the most notable components of the Final Rule in order to assist Home Health Agencies (“HHAs”)... READ MORE

FCC to Promote Expansion of High-Bandwidth Capacity to SNFs


Posted on December 13, 2012 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has just issued a release detailing the establishment of the Healthcare Connect Fund (the “Fund”) to reform and modernize its universal service program for health care.  Recognizing the importance of high-speed data connectedness for quality patient care and burgeoning  health care practices such as telemedicine, the FCC is expanding and reforming its existing Rural Health... READ MORE

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“Right-to-Work” – Now There Are Twenty-Four


Posted on December 12, 2012 in HR Insights for Health Care

Written by: Bruce M. Bagdady

Michigan Joins Indiana in “Right-to-Work” In less than twelve months, two Midwestern states long known for their unionized workforces have passed legislation that prevents agreements requiring union membership and the payment of union dues as a condition of employment.  First, on February 1, 2012, Governor Mitch Daniels signed Indiana’s “Right-to-Work” bill into law to... READ MORE

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act May Be Plaintiffs’ Foe in Personal Injury Actions


Posted on December 10, 2012 in Litigation Analysis

Published by: Hall Render

Historically, plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury actions have agreed that the value of the plaintiff’s claim is largely driven by the value of the medical expenses incurred by the plaintiff as a result of the defendant’s alleged negligence, with higher costs resulting in higher values for the plaintiff’s claim and vice versa.  As... READ MORE

This Week in Washington – December 7, 2012


Posted on December 7, 2012 in Federal Advocacy

Written by: John Williams

MedPAC Considers 1% Payment Increase for Hospitals On December 6, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (“MedPAC”) discussed draft recommendations calling for a 1% increase in inpatient and outpatient hospital payments in 2013.  MedPAC, an independent body that advises Congress on Medicare payment policy, is scheduled to vote on the recommendations when they reconvene on... READ MORE

Hall Render Attorney Recognized for Leadership in Health Information Technology


Posted on December 5, 2012 in Firm News

Published by: Hall Render

At its annual conference on November 7, the Indiana Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) presented Jeffrey Short, health care attorney and shareholder at Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, with the “Charles Christian Leadership Award.” The award is named after Charles Christian, Chief Information Officer at Good Samaritan Hospital... READ MORE

Model Forms Not So “Model” After All: Government Issues Corrected Background Check Forms


Posted on December 5, 2012 in HR Insights for Health Care

Written by: Meek, Travis P.

Background Checks and Notice Forms The Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) imposes numerous notice obligations on employers who use third-party companies to conduct background checks on their employees and job applicants.  Among other requirements, all job applicants must be informed explicitly: 1) that a background check will be conducted on them; 2) given the opportunity... READ MORE

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