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Showing 5 posts from March 2012.

Top 10 Health Care Law Topics for 2012 Revealed

health care law topicsThe current issue of AHLA Connections, which is published by the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), features a list of the top ten issues affecting the health law field in 2012.  The AHLA Connections “hot topic” list includes issues that our clients are raising with us.  We have covered several of these topics in previous newsletters and blogs and we plan to discuss more in the upcoming months.

Here is the AHLA’s top-ten list: Read More ›

Categories: Compliance, Health Care Reform, Health Insurance Exchange, Regulatory

Recap from the Health Law Institute

health law instituteOn March 8 and 9, 2012, the members of Foster Swift's Health Care Law Group attended the 18th Annual Health Law Institute.  This two-day institute, which is co-sponsored by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education and the Health Care Law Section of the Michigan State Bar, focused on recent legal developments in health care law.  Specific topics addressed at this year's Health Law Institute included: Read More ›

Categories: Compliance, Fraud & Abuse, Regulatory

OIG Alert – Physicians May Be Liable for False Claims Submitted by Entities Receiving Reassigned Medicare Payments

Medical BillThe Office of Inspector General ("OIG") for the Department of Health and Human Services recently issued an alert, which warned that “physicians who reassign their right to bill the Medicare program and receive Medicare payments by executing the CMS-855R application may be liable for false claims submitted by entities to which they reassigned their Medicare benefits.”  The OIG stressed that physicians remain liable for claims submitted using their provider numbers, even when the claims for services are submitted by another party under a contractual arrangement.  The potential for liability also exists for other types of practitioners who enter into reassignment agreements. Read More ›

Categories: Billing/Payment, Compliance, Employment, Fraud & Abuse, Medicare/Medicaid, Physicians

Supreme Court to Hear Challenges to Health Care Reform Law

health care reform lawIn late 2011, the Supreme Court of the United States announced that it would take up four issues regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("PPACA").  The Court is expected to hear oral arguments in late March of 2012 and provide a decision in June of 2012.

Three of the four issues to be reviewed by the Court center around PPACA's Individual Mandate.  The Individual Mandate (also known as the minimum coverage provision) requires that, beginning in 2014, individuals who fail to maintain a minimum level of health insurance coverage for themselves and their dependents pay a penalty, calculated in part on the basis of the individual's household income as reported on the individual's federal income tax return.  This is likely the most controversial provision of PPACA.

The four issues to be considered by the Court are as follows: Read More ›

Categories: Health Care Reform, Health Insurance Exchange, Regulatory

Sign Up for Foster Swift's Health Care Law Newsletter

health care law newsletterIf you are already a subscriber to Foster Swift's health care law blog, you might be interested in Foster Swift's Health Care Law E-News as well.  These newsletters provide an in-depth discussion on specific issues that are of interest to those in the health care industry.  See what the latest Health Care Law E-News has to offer. Read More ›

Categories: Health Care Reform, Regulatory

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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.