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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


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


Some large insurers stop offering children's policies
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • September 24 2010

Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Cigna, Humana, WellPoint, and the Golden Rule subsidiary of UnitedHealth are among the companies that have decided to stop selling child-only policies rather than comply with the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requirement that they cover children with pre-existing conditions effective September 23, 2010


The Association of British Insurers consults on statement of best practice for critical illness cover
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • June 17 2010

The Association of British Insurers (the ABI) has recently published a consultation paper on its statement of best practice for critical illness cover


Congressional research unveils missed reform deadlines
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • October 12 2010

Also in early October, the non-partisan research arm of Congress - the Congressional Research Service (CRS) - released a memorandum stating that HHS did not meet seven of 22 recent deadlines regarding the implementation of the new healthcare reform law


Medicare physician payment debate awaits in lame duck session
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • October 12 2010

Earlier this year, Congress enacted a short-term fix to ensure that physicians did not see drastic reductions in their Medicare reimbursements - an issue that has been plaguing lawmakers and physicians alike for years, due to a payment formula that has routinely scheduled reimbursement reductions


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


Healthcare news from Capitol Hill and the Department of Health and Human Services June 1, 2010
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • June 1 2010

In late May, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a supplemental proposed rule that would result in Medicare payment reductions to hospitals


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


Last week in DC: the healthcare reform debate December 29, 2009
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • December 29 2009

After a prolonged floor debate that kept Senators in session through weekends for 25 consecutive days, the Senate completed its work on healthcare reform legislation in the early morning hours on Christmas Eve