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    Nov. 19, 2021
    Health Law Section Blog

    A recent interim final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requires health care providers and suppliers to establish COVID-19 vaccination requirements for all covered staff – and the vaccination deadline is fast approaching. John Rubin provides an overview of the rule, its required provisions, and the penalties.

    Jun. 04, 2021
    Health Law Section Blog

    The Office of the Inspector General’s first Special Fraud Alert in six years highlights a growing concern about sponsored speaker programs and the potential implications for fraud and abuse actions under the anti-kickback statute. Leah Ruedinger discussesthe implications of this Special Fraud Alert.

    Apr. 16, 2021
    Health Law Section Blog

    This month, the 21st Century Cures Act Information Blocking Rule took effect. Jonathan Klock provides a brief overview of the rule, key exceptions and tips for compliance, and helpful resources for more information.

    Mar. 10, 2021
    Health Law Section Blog

    Little used before COVID-19, the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act aimed to shield drug makers from liability when bringing vaccines to market during a public health emergency. Stephen Veit gives an overview of the Act and discusses recent cases involving health care providers in the COVID-19 era.

    Feb. 15, 2021
    Health Law Section Blog

    Employers and health care providers across the country are opting to participate in Centers of Excellence Programs and will need to meet the legal requirements of every state in which they do so. Angela Rust helps attorneys for providers and health plans spot these state law issues of importance, with specific commentary on Wisconsin.

    Jan. 28, 2021
    Health Law Section Blog

    IRIS (Include, Respect, I Self-Direct) is a Medicaid long-term care program that allows eligible Wisconsin residents to live in their own home, while self-directing support and services. Julianne M. Cox discusses the program, enrollment, and its benefits and services.

    Dec. 21, 2020
    Health Law Section Blog

    Artificial intelligence-based technologies that forecast future medical conditions are coming into mainstream use. Kristin Degeneffe discusses the choices health care organizations face in determining how fully to embrace these trends in 2021 and beyond.

    Nov. 23, 2020
    Health Law Section Blog

    In July 2020, the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down an exacting payment recoupment standard for Medicaid providers by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Diane Welsh and Aaron Dumas discuss the decision and what it means for the department’s audits and recoupment efforts in the future.

    Oct. 28, 2020
    Health Law Section Blog

    A rule proposed by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requires its components to inform the public when issuing a “guidance document” and to clarify the document’s legal impact. James Junger and Heather Mogden discuss the proposed rule and how to petition a review of guidance documents that may go too far.

    Sep. 30, 2020
    Health Law Section Blog

    Early in 2020, the Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Pharmacy Affairs seemed to scale back regulation of the 340B Program, which reduces drug costs for health care facilities that serve vulnerable populations. Richard Davis discusses the issue, which may result in the cost of 340B-covered drugs rising dramatically for contract pharmacies.

    Aug. 27, 2020
    Health Law Section Blog

    When a licensed health care professional is arrested, what should happen next? Kristen Nelson offers guidance and considerations for attorneys when their client is a licensed health care professional who is arrested or convicted.

    Jun. 11, 2020
    Health Law Section Blog

    The federal and state responses to COVID-19 significantly changed the rules governing health care providers. Heather Mogden, et. al., outline six pitfalls and practical takeaways for health care clients to avoid them.

    May 14, 2020
    Health Law Section Blog

    The recently-enacted CARES Act made several amendments to the law governing the confidentiality protections afforded to substance use disorder records. Stephane Fabus discusses the top 10 changes and offers advice on how providers should prepare before the changes become effective in 2021.

    Apr. 16, 2020
    Health Law Section Blog

    As the health care industry grapples with the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, interruptions from the industry’s key suppliers are inevitable. Peggy Barlett discusses certain considerations that the industry should be proactively thinking about as the interruptions in the supply chains impact daily operations and patient care within the industry.

    Mar. 17, 2020
    Health Law Section Blog

    Supported decision-making agreements provide a means for individuals with functional impairments to maintain their self-determination when making decisions. Leah Ruedinger breaks down the scope of a supported decision-making agreement and discusses the role of the supporter in assisting individuals with functional impairments.

    Feb. 19, 2020
    Health Law Section Blog

    With rising health plan costs, employers are seeking alternatives to the traditional provider networks, such as reference-based pricing. Angela Rust explores this health care payment model – and offers advice for health law attorneys with clients exploring reference-based pricing.

    Jan. 14, 2020
    Health Law Section Blog

    Three cases currently before the U.S. Supreme Court address whether the federal government is required to pay health insurers money under the risk corridors statute. Richelle Ladwig reviews the cases and its implications. “At stake is whether the government can be a trusted business partner for private entities,” she writes.

    Nov. 14, 2019
    Health Law Section Blog

    Health care entities have faced uncertainty when conforming physician compensation arrangements to federal requirements involving fair market value, commercial reasonableness, and potential tie-ins to physician referrals. Madeline Schmid and David Edquist review new rules proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that offer clarity, and relief, on these issues.

    Jun. 17, 2019
    Health Law Section Blog

    Family Care is a Medicaid long-term care program that allows eligible Wisconsin to reside in their own homes while receiving high-quality support and care management. Julianne Cox discusses the program, enrollment, and its benefits and services.

    May 09, 2019
    Health Law Section Blog

    The recent conviction of the physicians, investors, and staff of a Dallas hospital on fraud and other charges is an opportunity for lawyers to review their clients’ contractual relationships and internal compliance programs. David Edquist, Stacy Gerber Ward, and Daniel Balk III discuss the case and the state and federal statutes that prosecutors used to obtain convictions.

    Apr. 23, 2019
    Health Law Section Blog

    When does a workplace data collection become a medical inquiry? Barbara Zabawa discusses the notice requirements of workplace wellness programs.

    Apr. 10, 2019
    Health Law Section Blog

    The CMS Preclusion List – a list of providers who are prohibited from being paid for services provided to Medicare Parts C and D beneficiaries – is now in effect. Scott Taebel, James Junger, and Julie Lappas discuss this list and offer tips for attorneys who advise health care providers.

    Feb. 26, 2019
    Health Law Section Blog

    If you have ridden in an Uber, booked a stay through Airbnb, or downloaded something from the Apple App Store, you are participating in the platform economy. Angela Rust offers three considerations for attorneys advising clients as the platform economy changes the health care landscape.

    Jan. 29, 2019
    Health Law Section Blog

    By including private insurers in its definitions, the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act brings a "seismic shift" to the fraud and abuse landscape, says James Junger. He discusses the Act and its implications for health care insurers and providers.

    Jan. 28, 2019
    Health Law Section Blog

    The new Health Law Blog is designed to deliver the latest news, practical advice, and valuable resources that focus on issues in the health law field.

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