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Court examines duty to defend funeral homes accused of participation in organ harvesting
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • December 23 2009

A federal judge in Pennsylvania recently examined whether an insurer must defend a crematorium and funeral home against several lawsuits alleging that they participated in an organ harvesting scheme


Eight Circuit rejects FDA preemption defense raised by generic drug manufacturers
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • February 10 2010

On November 27, 2009, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit held that failure to warn claims directed at generic pharmaceutical manufacturers are not preempted by federal law


"High-risk pool" to take heat off health insurers
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • Hong Kong
  • August 11 2010

The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (the Hong Kong Government) is considering subsidising a separate insurance pool to cover Hong Kong residents at high risk of medical complications (defined as those with medical costs expected to be more than 200 of those of healthy individuals) or those with pre-existing medical conditions (high-risk individuals) who sign up to a proposed voluntary medical scheme (the Scheme) that will be generally open to all Hong Kong residents


ERISA litigation: an update from the ALI-ABA conference on financial and insurance litigation
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • July 21 2010

ERISA litigation, once considered a dull backwater of the law, has been gaining increased interest and attention in recent years: the result of an aging population and an increasingly sophisticated and aggressive plaintiffs' bar


Proposed changes for home health & skilled nursing facilities
  • Locke Lord 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


HHS releases final ‘meaningful use’ rules
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • July 26 2010

Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009, eligible hospitals and healthcare professionals qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments when they adopt certified electronic health records (EHR) technology and use it to achieve specified objectives


Lawmakers urge CMS to halt hospital cuts
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • July 26 2010

In an effort to convince CMS to reconsider its proposed Medicare inpatient hospital payment reductions due to documentation and coding practice changes, 242 House Members sent a letter to the agency's newly-installed Administrator, Donald Berwick, on July 12


Virginia new medical information data breach law
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

The Commonwealth of Virginia recently enacted a law requiring notice of data breaches involving medical information


Iowa enacts law requiring 30-day rate hike notice from health insurers
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • April 15 2010

On April 9, 2010, Iowa's governor Chet Culver signed measures (Senate File 2201) designed to create greater transparency and disclosure of health insurance premiums, and to expand the rights of consumers prior to any rate increases by insurance companies


Last week in DC: news from Capitol Hill and the Department of Health and Human Services - April 19, 2010
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • April 19 2010

After weeks of uncertainty, Congress finally cleared a federal program extension bill last week that will prevent Medicare physician payment cuts