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Locke Lord LLP | USA | 27 Jul 2010

Federal regulation of the insurance industry: we are living in interesting times

The week of July 19, 2010 was an interesting week for the insurance industry with developments affecting the industry as a whole and a proposal to regulate life settlements as securities at the federal level.

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Locke Lord LLP | USA | 26 Jul 2010

Proposed changes for home health & skilled nursing facilities

On July 16, CMS issued a proposed rule that would amount to a $900 million reduction to home health agencies.

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Locke Lord LLP | USA | 26 Jul 2010

Lawmakers urge CMS to halt hospital cuts

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.

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Locke Lord LLP | USA | 26 Jul 2010

HHS releases final ‘meaningful use’ rules

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.

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Locke Lord LLP | United Kingdom | 26 Jul 2010

HM Treasury launches financial services reforms consultation

HM Treasury has today (26 July 2010) launched its consultation on the implementation of financial regulation reforms, originally announced by the Chancellor on 16 June 2010.

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Locke Lord LLP | USA | 23 Jul 2010

Obama administration reiterates opposition of NFIP expansion to include windstorm coverage

The Obama Administration, through the Office of Management and Budget, has reiterated its position that it is against the expansion of the National Flood Insurance Program ("NFIP") to include coverage for windstorm damage.

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Locke Lord LLP | USA | 23 Jul 2010

Presentation on dispute resolution clauses

Vince Vitkowsky of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP presented on Thursday concerning Dispute Resolution Clauses in reinsurance contracts, which specifically focused on arbitration clauses.

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Locke Lord LLP | United Kingdom | 23 Jul 2010

Law Commission publishes Issues Paper 8 on brokers' liability for premiums

On 19 July 2010, the Law Commission published an Issues Paper on the broker's liability for premiums under Section 53 of the Marine Insurance Act 1906.

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Locke Lord LLP | United Kingdom | 23 Jul 2010

Court of Appeal considers whether lack of client care letter prevents recovery of insured costs

In Ghadami and Ghadami v Lyon Cole Insurance Group 2010 EWCA Civ 767, the Court of Appeal considered whether the deputy judge at first instance had erred in assessing that the claimant's liability was limited to paying the excess of the insurance policy.

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Locke Lord LLP | United Kingdom | 23 Jul 2010

English Commercial Court considers challenge to an arbitration award

In B v A 2010 EWHC 1626 (Comm), Mr Justice Tomlinson was asked to determine a preliminary issue concerning whether the claimant (B) had a realistic prospect of challenging an arbitration award (the Award) under sections 67 and 68 of the Arbitration Act 1996 (the Act).