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Health Law Reporter

BNA’s Health Law Reporter™ provides weekly news, cases, and commentary spanning the broad spectrum of legal practice areas that have an impact on hospitals and health care providers. This includes labor and employment law, antitrust, taxation, medical staff, peer review, fraud, and more.

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A comprehensive news source reporting on the latest legal developments that influence the health care industry, including new cases, federal and state legislation, rules from federal regulators, and enforcement trends.

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TOPICS COVERED

  • Abortion
  • AIDS
  • Antitrust
  • Bankruptcy and finance
  • Bioethics
  • Drugs and devices
  • ERISA
  • Fraud and abuse
  • Health care policy
  • Health plan regulation
  • Insurance
  • Joint ventures
  • Managed care
  • Medical staff
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Mental health
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Patient management
  • Professional liability
  • Provider rights
  • Reimbursement state programs
  • Reproductive rights
  • Taxation
Key Laws and Regulations
  • Affordable Care Act
  • EMTALA
  • Federal and state regulations governing health insurers, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), group health plans
  • Federal antitrust laws as applied to health care organizations
  • HIPAA
  • Medicare and Medicaid statutes and regulations
  • Tax laws and IRS regulations affecting health care providers, especially tax-exempt entities
  • Fraud and abuse statues and regulations

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Formats and Frequency

Print and Web notification formats are issued and available weekly. Print current reports are  indexed every six months, culminating annually. Web current reports are archived to 02.01.1996.

Email summaries, providing the highlights and table of contents for each report, with URLs to full text articles and documents, are also available.


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11th Circuit Rejects Doctors' Challenge To Florida Firearm Owners' Privacy Law
July 31
Delaware Authorizes Public Benefit Corporations: Will the First State Be the First to Benefit Healthcare Organizations?
July 31
Poorly Written Agreement Signed by Patient Not Enforceable, State Appeals Court Says
July 31
Claims Alleging Retaliatory Job References Barred by Prior Litigation, Federal Court Says
July 31
Court Allows ERISA Interference Claims, Infers Intent From Timing of Termination
July 31
9th Cir.: Whistle-Blower's FCA Action Felled By Own Evidence, No ‘Knowing' False Claims
July 31
OIG Wouldn't Impose Sanctions For Direct Sale of Rx Drug to Patients
July 31
Court Says Nurse's Complaint Insufficiently Specific on Fraud
July 31
Device Maker Settles FCA Action
July 31
Clinical Test Lab Settles FCA Claims
July 31
D.C. Circuit Rejects Origination Clause Claim In Suit Challenging ACA's Individual Mandate
July 31
House Panel Approves Resolution Authorizing Lawsuit Against Obama
July 31
Massachusetts Enforces Across Border As R.I. Hospital Settles Breach Notice Case
July 31
Sutter Health Data Breach Suit Plaintiffs Fail to Allege Medical Records Were Viewed
July 31
PBMs Seek High Court Review of Ruling That Upheld California Price Reporting Law
July 31
Minnesota High Court Rejects Fund's Claims Over Pharmacies' Retention of Cost Savings
July 31
Court Brief Says Administration Intends To ‘Augment’ ACA Contraceptive Rules
July 31
Wisconsin Senator's ACA Subsidy Suit For Congressional Members, Aides, Dismissed
July 31
Report Shows Health Insurer MLR Refunds To Consumers Under ACA Provision Declined
July 31
Court: Air-Ambulance Service Lacks ERISA Standing
July 31
NLRB ALJ Says Hospital Illegally Threatened Workers Engaged in Non-Disruptive Picketing
July 31
CNA Says Focus Is Quality of Patient Care In Upcoming Bargaining Round With Kaiser
July 31
Advocacy Groups Sue TennCare Over Alleged Medicaid Enrollment Barriers, Delays
July 31
Eight Counties to Hold Advisory Votes On Placing Medicaid Expansion on Ballot
July 31
Hospital Can't Challenge HHS Decision To Reopen Medicare Claims After Deadlines
July 31
Limited State Peer Review Privilege Applies In Physician Action, Federal Court Decides
July 31
Suit by Doctor Against Membership Group Properly Dismissed, Appeals Court Decides
July 31
Federal Court Finds No Vicarious Liability For Surgery Center Where Doctor Practiced
July 31
Defendant Clinic May Interview Non-Party Employees, State Court Rules
July 31
Dignity Health's Pension Plan Not Established by Church, Judge Rules
July 31
CONGRESSIONAL CALENDAR
July 31
REGULATORY CALENDAR
July 31
MEETINGS
July 31
ACA Future in Question as Courts Clash Over Credits Used by Millions to Buy Health Plans
July 24
Attorney-in-Fact Must Arbitrate Negligence Claims Arising Under Residency Agreement
July 24
Absent Business Reason, ‘Anticipatory' Firing Of Pregnant Employee May Violate Title VII
July 24
Industry Stakeholders Oppose OIG Efforts to Expand Exclusion Authority
July 24
New Massachusetts Law Prohibits Physician Self Referral to Clinical Labs
July 24
Alabama Health-Care Group Pays $24.5 Million
July 24
Dignity Health Settles Over Drug Mishandling
July 24
Halifax Hospital Settle FCA Claims
July 24
Ranbaxy Settles Fraud Allegations With Oregon AG
July 24
Senate Rejects Democrats' Bill Responding to Hobby Lobby Decision
July 24
Illinois Judge Dismisses Suit Linked To Data Breach at Advocate Health
July 24
Court Awards Welfare Plan $1.1M Lien Over Medical Malpractice Settlement Funds
July 24
Church Plan Challengers Win 3rd Victory; Magistrate Agrees With Majority Position
July 24
Eighth Church Plan Challenge Filed; Cases Now Pending in Six Circuits
July 24
Wisconsin Hospital Wins Attorneys' Fees In Two Insurer Pre-Certification Disputes
July 24
Suit Seeking $837K From American Apparel Belongs in State Court, Federal Judge Rules
July 24
Plans That Drop Contraceptive Coverage Must Make Expedited Disclosures, DOL Says
July 24
Illinois Referendum to Ask Voters for Opinion On Insurance Coverage for Birth Control
July 24
Dental Plan Participant Wins $78K in Attorneys' Fees
July 24
Court Finds No Assignment in BCBS Montana Claims
July 24
Employer's Late Wage Payments Allow Claims Under FLSA, Pennsylvania Wage Statute
July 24
SEIU, NY Hospitals Reach Tentative Deal For 70,000 Workers, Outpatient Neutrality
July 24
Federal Court Rejects Due Process Claims Of State Waiver Vocational Services Provider
July 24
Counties Prevail in Regulatory Challenge To State Efforts to Cut Medi-Cal Payments
July 24
Tennessee's Medicaid Program Not Subject To ‘Any Willing Pharmacy’ Law, Opinion Says
July 24
Private Insurer Must Defend Coverage Denial Following Medicare Secondary Payer Ruling
July 24
Nevada High Court Says Medicare Advantage Law, Regulations Preempt State Tort Liability
July 24
CMS Issues Guidance on Hospice Drug Authorization
July 24
Doctor's Discrimination Claims Reinstated, But Dismissal of Antitrust Allegations Upheld
July 24
Johns Hopkins Settles for $190 Million; OB/GYN Secretly Recorded Female Patients
July 24
Court Outlaws Ex Parte Communications With Medical Malpractice Expert Witness
July 24
Anonymous Expert Witness Affidavit Not Competent Evidence for Summary Judgment
July 24
Court Says Medical Group Not Liable For Acts Not Reviewed by Medical Panel
July 24
Pregnant Woman Not Entitled to TRO In Effort to Avoid Cesarean, Court Decides
July 24
Insurer Owes Hospital Under Lien Statute Even Though It Gave Payment to Patient
July 24
Wisconsin Physicians Need Not Be Present When Patients Take Abortion Medications
July 24
Judge Issues Injunction to Block Law Restricting Medicaid Abortions
July 24
Texas University Hospital Liable for Taxes Under Agreement on Employee Exemptions
July 24
CONGRESSIONAL CALENDAR
July 24
REGULATORY CALENDAR
July 24
MEETINGS
July 24
Transgender Patients Face Barriers to Care Despite Civil Rights Protections of ACA
July 17
Physician Affiliations With Hospitals: Practical Tips for the Physician Practice When Entering Into a PSA
July 17
Medical Concierge Services Firm Alleges Rival Locks in Doctors, Forecloses Markets
July 17
Doctor's Claims Don't Meet Minimum For Race Discrimination Complaint
July 17
Federal Court in Pennsylvania Clarifies Ruling For EEOC on Pre-Offer Medical Examinations
July 17
Nurse Failed to Show Her Termination Resulted From Disability Discrimination
July 17
Democrats to Bring Bill to Counter Hobby Lobby Decision to Senate Floor
July 17
Horizon's Ingenix Settlement Approved, Class Members Obtain No Monetary Relief
July 17
Judge Nixes $3.5M Settlement for Premera, Expresses Doubt Over 35 Percent Fee Award
July 17
California Blues Sued for Allegedly Misrepresenting ACA Plan Provider Networks
July 17
Providers Don't Have ERISA Standing By Taking Payments From BCBS, Court Says
July 17
Court Nixes RICO Claims Against Merck, But Allows Other Copay Coupon Claims
July 17
EmblemHealth Reaches Agreement With New York Over Denied Mental Health Claims
July 17
Senator's Lawsuit Over ACA Subsidy for Congress Fought by U.S.
July 17
SEIU Members at Johns Hopkins Hospital Ratify 4.5-Year Contract by Large Margin
July 17
Doctor Moves Forward on Whistle-Blower, First Amendment Retaliation Claims
July 17
Court Invokes Anti-SLAPP Statute to Strike Physician's State Law Claims Against Hospital
July 17
HHS Reversed on ‘New Hospital’ Ruling Involving Capital-Cost Reimbursements
July 17
Hospital Group Files for Summary Judgment Against HHS Over Medicare Appeals Backlog
July 17
CMS Proposes Outpatient Hospital Payment Increase
July 17
CMS Proposes Physician Fee Schedule Rule
July 17
CMS Proposes Drop in Home Health Payments
July 17
CMS Proposes Pay Increase for ESRD Facilities
July 17
New York Appeals Court Says Resident Not Liable for Doctor's Alleged Malpractice
July 17
Pennsylvania Court Says Expert Testimony Needed in Suit Over Discharge Procedures
July 17
Court Reinstates Claims Against Doctor Who Provided Patient Pictures to Media
July 17
Clinical Trial Sponsor May Have Informed Consent Duty, Court Says
July 17
Report of Hospital's Internal Investigation Of Discrimination Claim Held Privileged
July 17
Kentucky Court Finds Chiropractic Board Lacked Authority Over Utilization Reviewers
July 17
IRS: Hospital's Lab Tests for Nonpatients Not Unrelated Business if Options Lacking
July 17
CONGRESSIONAL CALENDAR
July 17
REGULATORY CALENDAR
July 17
MEETINGS
July 17
Justices Reject NLRB Recess Appointments; Significant Health Care Decisions in Limbo
July 10
The Supreme Court Rules in Hobby Lobby Case that Contraception Coverage Mandate Impermissibly Burdens Closely-Held Corporations' Religious Exercise
July 10
Beyond Bring Your Own Device: Personal Technology in the Health Care Industry
July 10
Court Says Medi-Cal Provider May Press Sherman Act Claim Against County, Rival
July 10
State High Court Finds CON Rule Valid, Rejects Unconstitutional Vagueness Challenge
July 10
Male Nurse's Failure to Apply for Job Dooms EEOC's Claim of Sex-Based Transfer Denial
July 10
Appeals Court Upholds Jury Verdict In Suit by Attorney Against Hospital Board
July 10
Worker Didn't Forfeit FMLA Rights by Failing To Provide Firm Return Date, 7th Cir. Says
July 10
EEOC, Princeton HealthCare System Settle Class Disability Bias Claims for $1.35 Million
July 10
Supreme Court Will Address FCA's First-to-File Bar, Wartime Claim Tolling Rule
July 10
Court Rejects Hospital's Timeliness Defense In Suit Alleging Patients Improperly Admitted
July 10
Suit Alleging Hospitals Paid Clinics to Refer Undocumented Mothers for Delivery Proceeds
July 10
Health Attorneys Talk Fraud, Affiliations And Employment at 2014 Annual Meeting
July 10
Supreme Court Grants Injunctive Relief To College in ACA Contraception Case
July 10
Sixth Circuit Rejects Fund's Equitable Claims, Agrees With Fifth Circuit, District Courts
July 10
Court Finds State Law Claims Preempted, Says Plan Doesn't Qualify for Safe Harbor
July 10
State Law Allows Claims Against Insurer After Hospital Sought Full Charges in Lien
July 10
State Court Says ‘Actual Charges' Law Violates Policyholders' Constitutional Rights
July 10
Health Plan Sponsors Sue BCBS Michigan, Claim Insurer Hid Administrative Fees
July 10
New Hampshire Governor Signs Bill Reducing Hospital Medicaid Tax
July 10
Georgia Law Precludes Parents' Discovery Of Son's Psychiatric Records After His Death
July 10
State High Court Rules Hospitals Subject To Arizona's Vulnerable Adult Abuse Law
July 10
Montana High Court Rejects Heightened Pleading Standard for Malpractice Cases
July 10
Standard of Care for Medical Providers Covers Emergencies, N.C. Court Rules
July 10
Louisiana Supreme Court Says Hospitals May Be Sued for Unlawful Medical Liens
July 10
Court Finds Kansas County Not Liable For Hospital's Costs of Treating Escapee
July 10
Discovery of Hospital Contracts With Insurers Not Allowed in Challenge to Uninsured Rates
July 10
Pennsylvania Doctor Doesn't Have Standing To Challenge State's ‘Medical Gag Rule'
July 10
Law Requires Imaging Facilities to Inform Some Women About Mammogram Limitation
July 10
New Law Requires Health Providers, Others To Report Suspected Elder Abuse as of July 1
July 10
Federal Court Refuses to Compel Texas Women's Clinic to Produce Financial Data
July 10
CONGRESSIONAL CALENDAR
July 10
REGULATORY CALENDAR
July 10
MEETINGS
July 10
For-Profit, Closely Held Corporations Can Opt Out of Contraceptive Mandate
July 3
Justices Decline to Review Ruling That Denied Arbitration in Wrongful Death Case
July 3
Arbitration Contract Enforceable Despite End Of Chosen Arbitrator's Services, Court Says
July 3
Federal Court Rejects Fired Nurse's Claims That Hospital Conspired to Suppress Wages
July 3
South Carolina ALJ's CON Ruling Seen Potentially Affecting Other Providers
July 3
Employee Forced Out After Harassment Claim Raises Triable Retaliation Case, 6th Cir. Rules
July 3
OIG Says Lab Processing, Registry Arrangements May Violate Anti-Kickback Law
July 3
Omnicare Settles Kickback Allegations
July 3
11th Cir. Enjoins Contraceptive Mandate Enforcement Against Catholic TV Network
July 3
Court Won't Temporarily Exempt Philadelphia Religious Groups From Contraceptive Regs
July 3
Pennsylvania Public Official Lacks Standing To Challenge Validity of Individual Mandate
July 3
Wisconsin Hospital Wins Second Case Seeking Reimbursement, Has Standing to Sue
July 3
Fifth Circuit Tosses Fund's Equitable Claims; Related Rulings Expected From Other Circuits
July 3
Chiropractors Claim Offsets Violate ERISA, File Class Action Against UnitedHealth
July 3
Claims for Benefits Against CIGNA Denied; Court Finds Database Use Not Unreasonable
July 3
Suit Alleges Oregon Blues Plan Fails to Live Up to Nonprofit Status
July 3
Personal Health Care Assistants in Illinois Can't Be Forced to Pay Union Agency Fees
July 3
New York City Nurses Reach Contracts; Plan to Strike Called Off at Johns Hopkins
July 3
Pharmacist Has Duty to Correctly Advise Customer About Nonprescription Drug
July 3
California Pharmacy Is Health Provider, But Failure-to-Warn Claim Time-Barred
July 3
Texas Court Says Insurer Has Standing To Question Charges in Hospital Lien Dispute
July 3
Ruling on Trauma Center Allocations Could Set Up Appeals Court Fight in Florida
July 3
Illinois Becomes Third State Granting Prescribing Authority to Psychologists
July 3
New Massachusetts Law Limits Number of ICU Patients Per Nurse
July 3
Abortion ‘Buffer Zone' Crosses the Line; Justices Say Law Burdens Speech Too Much
July 3
Federal Court Allows Suit Against Hospital That Settled Residents' FICA Refund Claims
July 3
CONGRESSIONAL CALENDAR
July 3
REGULATORY CALENDAR
July 3
MEETINGS
July 3