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CMS proposes changes to “36 month rule” for Home Health
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • August 9 2010

In late July, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule for the Medicare Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS) Rate Update for Calendar Year 2011


Learned intermediary doctrine: Eleventh Circuit upholds summary judgment in favor of manufacturer in lawsuit claiming antidepressant caused suicide
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • May 28 2010

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals recently relied upon the learned intermediary doctrine in affirming summary judgment in favor of Smithkline Beecham Corp. (“SBC”) in a lawsuit claiming that the antidepressant Paxil caused the decedent to commit suicide


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


NAIC adopts model regulation for final medical loss ratios
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • November 4 2010

On October 21, 2010, the Executive and Plenary committees of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners ("NAIC") voted to adopt a model regulation containing the definitions and methodologies for calculating medical loss ratios as stipulated under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("PPACA"


HHS awards consumer assistance grants
  • Locke Lord 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


Judge allows healthcare reform challenge to move forward
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • October 25 2010

On October 14, a federal judge declined to dismiss two of the six claims in a healthcare reform lawsuit filed by 20 states


NYID implements “prior approval” of health insurance rates
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • November 2 2010

Effective October 1, 2010, the New York Insurance Department (the "Department") has authority to review health insurance rate requests before they go into effect


CMS administrator touts creation of innovation center
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • October 25 2010

In other healthcare reform news, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Donald Berwick spent time on October 18 promoting a provision of the healthcare reform law - Public Law 111-148 - that will establish a new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMI


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


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