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Justices to rule on authority to set scope of practice
By Joe Carlson | July 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
How much power should dentists and doctors wield over competitors who aren't doctors when the power to regulate also potentially could reduce competition that benefits consumers?
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Halifax ruling helps hospitals in False Claims lawsuits
By Joe Carlson | July 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A federal judge in Orlando, Fla., gave hospitals and health systems a reason to cheer when he ruled that violating Medicare's conditions of participation doesn't automatically expose providers to the triple damages available under the False Claims Act.
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Firms that cut birth-control coverage must notify workers, White House says
By Joe Carlson | July 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
If closely held companies want to nix their employees' insurance coverage of contraceptives, they can't do so in secret.
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Halifax ruling supports hospitals' defense in false-claims cases
By Joe Carlson | July 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A federal judge in Orlando, Fla., gave hospitals a reason to cheer when he ruled that violating Medicare's conditions of participation doesn't automatically expose providers to the potentially crippling triple-damages available under the False Claims Act.
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HHS to judge: Don't revisit the 340B lawsuit we lost
By Jaimy Lee | July 16, 2014
The Obama administration and the pharmaceutical industry are still battling in court over HHS' authority to compel drugmakers to grant 340B discounts on orphan drugs in some instances.
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Halifax Health to pay $1 million settlement in widely watched False Claims case
By Joe Carlson | July 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
One of the most widely watched False Claims Act cases filed against a hospital is quietly approaching an end—Florida's Halifax Health is preparing to pay $1 million to settle an alleged $73 million Medicare overbilling case.
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Advocate beats second class-action suit, faces others over 2013 data breach
By Joseph Conn | July 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Advocate Health and Hospitals Corp. has now gone two for two in swatting away class-action lawsuits stemming from last summer's massive data breach involving more than 4 million of its patient records. Its legal challenges on this matter aren't over yet, however. Several other cases are pending.
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House GOP moves ahead on suing Obama
By Associated Press | July 10, 2014
House Republicans took the initial step on Thursday to sue President Barack Obama over the administration's decision to delay the employer mandate of the healthcare law.
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Lawsuits: Calif. doctors used fake hardware in spine surgeries
By Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.) | July 09, 2014
Doctors in Southern California have implanted counterfeit screws and rods, ginned up in a small machine shop, into the backs of thousands of injured workers, according to lawsuits filed throughout the state.
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Judge to mull senator's suit over health exchanges
By Associated Press | July 06, 2014
A federal judge will hear arguments this week on whether to toss a U.S. senator's lawsuit challenging rules that force congressional members and their staffs to obtain government-subsidized health insurance through small business exchanges.
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