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Proposed bill would eliminate Stark Law exception for some services; Oregon exchange won’t be completely ready by deadline; “Doc Fix” bill advances in house
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • August 13 2013

The "Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act of 2013," introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on August 1, would eliminate one of the Stark


Sequester to squeeze Medicare payments; CMS announces new participants in community-based care program
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • March 12 2013

The automatic spending cuts that went into effect on March 1 under the Budget Control Act, also known as the sequester, included 2 cuts to provider


Federal government to delay employer mandate
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • July 3 2013

The so-called "employer mandate" under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), requiring businesses to provide healthcare coverage to their employees or pay


CMS releases shop program rule; White House memorandum updates exchange progress
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • June 5 2013

On May 31, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule on the Small Business Health Options Program, part of the


Proposed bill would eliminate Stark Law exception for some services; Oregon exchange won’t be completely ready by deadline; “doc fix” bill advances in House
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • August 12 2013

The “Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act of 2013," introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on August 1, would eliminate one of the Stark Law’s


Fiscal cliff deal includes temporary “doc fix” for 2013
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • January 2 2013

As all are aware, on New Year's Day, the Senate and the House of Representatives approved a bill to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. The "American


Wellpoint pays $1.7 million for HIPAA breach; CMS announces initial pioneer ACO results; CMS releases final rule on “navigators”
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • July 16 2013

On July 11, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that health insurer Wellpoint Inc. has agreed to pay the sum of $1.7 million to


Supreme Court blocks Georgia hospital merger
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • February 25 2013

On February 19, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Federal Trade Commission's decision to block a Georgia hospital merger as a violation of federal


HHS releases "market reform" rule and report
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • February 25 2013

On February 22, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a final rule to implement several key provisions of the Patient Protection


Federal government to operate exchanges in 26 states
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • February 25 2013

February 15 was the deadline for each state to elect whether to operate its own health insurance exchange (or "marketplace," the term that the