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Showing 5 posts from June 2012.

Breaking News: US Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Reform

Today, the United States Supreme Court released its highly anticipated opinion regarding the constitutional challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the "Act").  Click here to read the opinion.  The Court ultimately concluded that the Act was constitutional, but it did not grant a complete victory to the government.  The Court also held that the federal government may not withhold all Medicaid funds from States that fail to comply with the expansion of Medicaid provisions of the Act.  Instead, the federal government may only withhold new Medicaid funds from States that do not comply. Read More ›

Categories: Employment, Health Care Reform, Health Insurance Exchange, Insurance

Precautions of Prescribing Controlled Substances for Pain

Back PainIn response to growing concerns about prescription drug abuse, there has been a significant increase in investigative and enforcement activities by state licensing authorities as well as local, state and federal law enforcement. We have been contacted by physicians who want to care for patients with chronic or intractable pain but are concerned about the consequences to their licenses and practices that might result if investigators question their decision to prescribe controlled substances.  Given the current environment, it is a good idea for physicians to refresh themselves on the legal requirements for effective pain management. Read More ›

Categories: Hospitals, Physicians, Regulatory

Medicare Provider Enrollment: Revalidation Required

Health care reform law requires that providers who enrolled in Medicare prior to March 25, 2011, submit enrollment revalidation information upon request by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") or its contractors.  Any provider that fails to submit the requested revalidation information within 60 days of receiving such a request risks interruption or deactivation of Medicare billing privileges.  Revalidation for all providers who enrolled in Medicare prior to the above date will occur between now and March of 2015 on a steady basis.  Providers can check the lists provided at CMS's website to determine if they were already sent a revalidation notice that was perhaps overlooked in the mail.

Categories: Hospitals, Medicare/Medicaid, Physicians

Webinar on Developments in Health Care Reform

developments in health care reformOn June 12, 2012, two members of the Foster Swift Health Care Practice Group, Johanna M. Novak and Mindi M. Johnson, presented a webinar on the new developments in Health Care Reform.

The webinar discussed items such as:

  • the status of legal challenges to health reform;
  • new regulations issued regarding the summary of benefits and coverage documents; and
  • the requirement to report employer sponsored health coverage on employees’ W-2s. 

To watch a recording of this webinar, click here.

You may also download the webinar slides, which can be found here.

If you have any questions regarding these materials, please contact Mindi Johnson (616-726-2252 or email).

Categories: Employee Benefits, Employment, Health Care Reform, Hospitals, Insurance, Physicians, Regulatory

Michigan State University’s Health Insurance Mandate May Constrain Tuition Increases

health insurance mandateMichigan State University (“MSU”) currently requires that uninsured students obtain health insurance as part of its fee structure.  This requirement impacts approximately 14 percent of students. While this requirement is aligned with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (“PPACA”) individual mandate, the requirement may negatively impact MSU’s ability to raise tuition. Read More ›

Categories: Insurance

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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.