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Healthcare news from Capitol Hill and the Department of Health and Human Services September 13, 2010

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 13 2010

In early September, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule that seeks to repeal specific elements of Medicaid prescription drug regulations that were published in 2007

Health care legislation imposes tax on annuity income

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 26 2010

The Health Care and Reconciliation Act (the "Act"), signed into law on March 30, 2010, imposes a tax on annuity income to help pay for the multi-billion dollar reform package set forth in both the Act and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law on March 23, 2010

Jury finds in favor of botox manufacturer in off-label use trial

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 28 2010

A California jury recently returned a verdict in favor of Allergan, Inc., in a trial involving claims that Allergan’s promotion of an off-label use of its drug Botox caused the death of a pediatric patient suffering from cerebral palsy

Lawmakers agree on year-long "doc fix"

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • December 20 2010

Following the enactment of a one-month fix in order to prevent looming Medicare cuts to physicians for the month of December, Congress moved swiftly to clear a longer-term solution

Healthcare news from Capitol Hill and the Department of Health and Human Services - January 24, 2011

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • January 24 2011

On January 7, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule to establish a value-based purchasing (VBP) program to reward hospitals for providing safe, high-quality care

HHS “early innovator” grants announced

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 8 2010

In late-October, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced state grants to design and implement information technology in order to operate health insurance exchanges

Supreme Court of Canada considers the meaning of 'accident' under a group policy

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • Canada
  • -
  • January 22 2010

In the case of Co-operators Life Insurance v Gibbens, 2009 SCC 59, the insured contracted herpes through unprotected sex and, as a result, developed transverse myelitis, a rare complication of herpes, which left him paralysed from the waist down

HHS awards consumer assistance grants

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 25 2010

The following day, HHS announced $30 million in grants in conjunction with another portion of Public Law 111-148 - the effort to strengthen consumer assistance programs

New government healthcare website unveiled

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 2 2010

On July 1, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services unveiled a new website, HealthCare.gov , to provide consumers with information on their rights and benefits under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Proposed changes for home health & skilled nursing facilities

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 26 2010

On July 16, CMS issued a proposed rule that would amount to a $900 million reduction to home health agencies