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Showing 4 posts from July 2011.

US Supreme Court Protects the Free Speech of Pharmaceutical Detailers

The US Supreme Court recently delivered a victory to data miners and pharmaceutical manufacturers in a June 23, 2011 decision, which held that a Vermont statute was an unconstitutional restriction of free speech rights.  In William Sorrell v IMS Health, Inc., 564 US --- (2011), the Court reviewed a Vermont statute that prohibited the use of prescriber-identifiable information (details of a physician's prescription practices) for marketing or promoting a prescription drug.   The statute was intended to target the practice of "detailing" a pharmaceutical representative's use of a particular physician's prescribing history to tailor a sales pitch to that physician in an effort to persuade him or her to prescribe certain (high profit or brand name) drugs.  Because various Circuit Courts of Appeal had reached opposite conclusions on the constitutionality of similar statutes, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear the case. Read More ›

Categories: Physicians

Doctors Going to Jail for Medicare Scams

Handcuffs & StethoscopeThe month of June has been flush with medical professionals heading to jail for Medicare fraud.

Most recently, a Miami-Dade county doctor, Dr. Rene de los Rios was given a lengthy 20 year sentence for his participation in a Medicare fraud scheme.  Dr. de los Rios falsified hundreds of patient records to the tune of $46.2 million for HIV therapy.  Many of his patients received kickbacks.  While, Dr. del los Rios' attorney argued for a shorter sentence (given his client's 72-years of age), the U.S. District Judge refused and instead chastised Dr. del los Rios for violating his medical oath, stealing from the vulnerable government program, and disgracing himself. Read More ›

Categories: Fraud & Abuse, Physicians

First Appellate Holding: PPACA is Constitutional

On June 29, 2011, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals issued the first appellate decision with regard to the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("PPACA").  In a split decision (2-1), the court upheld the minimum coverage provision of PPACA (also know as the 'individual mandate') as constitutional.  The individual mandate essentially fines non-exempt persons for not securing minimum essential health insurance coverage. The court noted that this provision was effectively a regulation on the practice of self-insuring (an individual's actions in arranging his or her own financial affairs to compensate for future health care needs). Read More ›

Categories: Health Care Reform, Insurance

EHR Incentive Program Updates

ehr incentiveAccording to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS"), CMS has already paid $75 million to health care providers for meaningful use of electronic health records ("EHR") since the first incentive payments began in mid-May, 2011. This number is only expected to rise as physicians and hospitals have until the end of 2012 to attest to "meaningful use" of EHR and become entitled to receive the maximum amounts over a five-year period. Read More ›

Categories: News

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Best Lawyers® 2021

Congratulations to the attorneys of the Health Care practice group at Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC for their inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2021 edition. Firm-wide, 44 lawyers were listed. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation and as lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Health Care practice group members listed in Best Lawyers are as follows:

To see the full list of Foster Swift attorneys listed in Best Lawyers 2021, click here.