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Most Favored Nation Order Released by Michigan Insurance Commissioner

favored nation orderIn what appears to be a strong response to the most favored nation ("MFN")-related lawsuits filed against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan by the U.S. Department of Justice and Aetna, the Commissioner of the Michigan Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation (“OFIR”) issued an Order dated July 18, 2012. The Order prohibits insurers, HMOs, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan from either using or enforcing MFN clauses in their provider contracts unless the MFN clause has been filed with and approved by the OFIR Commissioner.  This prohibition takes effect February 1, 2013.  To read the Order, see the Order posted on the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs webpage.

Categories: Billing/Payment, Hospitals, Insurance

Newly Released Audit Protocol Serves as Guidance for Compliance Programs

Newly Released Audit Protocol Serves as Guidance for Compliance ProgramsThe Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act ("HITECH Act"), passed in 2009, imposed new requirements on health care providers (among others) related to the privacy and security of Protected Health Information ("PHI").  Included in the HITECH Act's requirements was a mandate that the Department of Health and Human Services’ ("HHS") Office for Civil Rights ("OCR") conduct audits to analyze the processes, controls and policies of certain covered entities.  The pilot program for such audits began in 2011 and will conclude in December, 2012. Read More ›

Categories: Compliance, HIPAA, HITECH Act, Hospitals, Physicians, Regulatory

Foster Swift Attorney Interviewed on the Supreme Court's Health Care Reform Decision and its Impact

health care reform decisionFoster Swift health care law attorney, Johanna Novak, was recently interviewed on Michigan Business Network radio concerning the United States Supreme Court's long-anticipated decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the "Act").  The interview aired on July 6, 2012, and was separated into two parts.  Podcasts for both parts of Johanna's interview can be accessed here. Read More ›

Categories: Employment, 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.