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


Healthcare news from Capitol Hill and the Department of Health and Human Services
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • January 10 2011

In late December, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a number of announcements


OFT to launch market study into private healthcare
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • December 21 2010

On 14 December 2010, the UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) announced that it is to undertake a study of competition in the UK private healthcare market


Lawmakers agree on year-long "doc fix"
  • Locke Lord 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 law faces legal challenges
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • December 20 2010

On December 13, U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson struck down a key component of the new healthcare reform law (Public Laws 111-148 and 111-152) the individual mandate that all Americans have health insurance coverage


Federal Court calls "individual mandate" unconstitutional
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • December 16 2010

A Federal Court in Virginia ruled on December 13 that the provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requiring most Americans to carry insurance or pay a fine is unconstitutional


Federal government issues final medical loss ratio regulations
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • November 24 2010

On November 22, 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued final regulations on the medical loss ratio requirements provided for in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA


Final GINA regulations published in Federal Register
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • November 24 2010

On November 9, 2010, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the "EEOC") published final regulations (the "Regulations") implementing the employment provisions (Title II) of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 ("GINA"


HHS “early innovator” grants announced
  • Locke Lord 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


Additional grants announced for primary & preventative care
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • November 8 2010

Also in the last week of October, HHS announced the availability of grants for health information centers and community health centers