Health Care & Life Sciences Section
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- 11.16.2015Indiana Attorneys Actively Work to Improve Healthcare Regulations
The Stark laws present unique compliance challenges for healthcare providers. Indiana attorneys are actively working to simplify and improve the healthcare regulation requirements.
- 11.16.2015Governor Pence Receives Award for HIP 2.0
On Wednesday, November 11, Governor Pence received the 2015 John C. render Award for Health Policy from the Indiana Hospital Association for his work on HIP 2.0.
- 11.02.2015CMS Requests Comments Regarding Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and Others
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a request for comments and information regarding the proposed Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and related alternative payment models. Get more information here.
- 10.21.2015State Health Department Unveils Injury-Prevention App
The Indiana State Department of Health has launched a free app that easily links Hoosiers with data and resources about specific injuries and provides strategies to prevent injury at the state and local level.
- 10.19.2015EU Court Strikes Down "Safe Harbor" Pact
The highest court in the European Union ruled on Tuesday, October 6 that a trans-Atlantic pact violates the rights of Europeans. Read more here.
- 10.15.2015Office of the Inspector General Increases HIPAA Enforcement
The Office of the Inspector General continues to increase HIPAA enforcement as emphasized by both recent reports and settlements. Read more here.
- 10.08.2015Positions Available on 2016 Health Care & Life Sciences Section Executive Committee
This section of the Indianapolis Bar Association is in the process of selecting its Executive Committee members for 2016. Read more here.
- 10.07.2015Pandemic Preparedness CLE Stays Ahead of Flu Season
Members of the Health Care & Life Sciences Section and the Labor & Employment Law Section planned an upcoming CLE addressing Pandemic Preparedness: Legal, Employment and Ethical Considerations on Tuesday, Oct. 13.
- 10.06.2015Nobel Prizes in Medicine Announced
Nobel Prizes in Medicine were announced this week. Click here for more information.
- 09.23.2015Hospital Group Supports Proposal to Increase Medical Malpractice Damages Cap
Check out this article to find out how some Indiana hospitals feel about the proposed increase to the state-imposed medical malpractice cap.
- 09.18.2015New CLE Announced: Pandemic Preparedness
The Health Care & Life Sciences Section will host Pandemic Preparedness: Legal, Employment and Ethical Considerations on Tuesday, October 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. Learn more here.
- 09.02.2015CMS Proposed Changes to Physician-Owned Hospital Regulations
In August, CMS published new proposed regulation changes that may impact physician ownership in hospitals. Read more here.
- 08.20.2015Scholarship Available for AHLA Conference
The Health Care & Life Sciences Section is pleased to announce it is offering scholarships for the American Health Lawyers Association Fundamentals of Health Law Conference, November 15-17, 2015, in Chicago. Learn more here.
- 08.11.2015Data Breaches Cost Healthcare Providers Billions
Data breaches and information technology security are increasingly an operational and financial concern for healthcare providers. Click here to read about a recent study on the cost of addressing these breaches.
- 07.30.2015Mobile Technology's Effect on Healthcare Delivery
Mobile technology is changing healthcare delivery. How well equipped is the legal system to adjust and address this disruption? Find out in this post.
- 07.13.2015Interstate Medical License Compact Makes it Easier for Multi-State Physicians
Alabama and Minnesota have become the seventh and eighth states to adopt model legislation seeking to realize the full potential of telemedicine. Read more here.
- 07.06.2015FDA Sets 2018 Deadline to Rid Foods of Trans Fats
On Tuesday, June 16, the Food and Drug Administration finalized its determination that partially hydrogenated oils - the source of trans fats – are no longer "generally recognized as safe" for use in human food. Read more here.
- 06.29.2015Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies
On Thursday, June 25, the Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act. Read more here.
- 06.16.2015Reduction in Physician Supervision Requirements for Physician Assistants in Indiana Begins July 1st
As of July 1, 2015, physicians in Indiana can expect their duties for supervising their physician assistants to be lessened under revised state law. Read more here.
- 06.15.2015Health Plans' Limits on Hep C Drug Coverage Leads to Tension
High price tags for new therapies like Gilead’s Harvoni and Sovaldi and AbbVie’s Viekira Pak are creating tension between payers, providers and now patients. Read more here.
- 06.15.2015HIV Outbreak Response Update
Click here for the most recent information on the number of HIV cases in the southeastern Indiana outbreak.
- 06.15.2015State Launches HIP 2.0 Ad Campaign
On Monday, June 15, Indiana officials launched an advertising campaign for HIP 2.0 to build awareness of the new plan. Read more here.
- 06.08.2015In Blue Bell Listeria Wake, FDA to Demand Written Safety Plans From Manufacturers
The FDA expects to roll out final regulations this summer that would require food producers adopt written food safety plans. Read more here.
- 06.02.2015Up to 1.1 Million Customers Could be Affected in Data Breach at Insurer CareFirst
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield announced this week that it was the latest victim of an attack by hackers that jeopardized the information of as many as 1.1 million customers. Check out this post for more information.
- 05.21.2015Appeals Court Denies Notre Dame’s Challenge to Health Law’s Contraception Mandate
A 7th Circuit panel has denied Notre Dame University’s latest challenge to the ACA’s contraceptive mandate. See this post for more information.
- 05.05.2015The Talk: The First Step in End-of-Life Healthcare Planning
May is Elder Law Awareness Month. Check out this post for information on how to begin a conversation on end-of-life health care planning with a loved one.
- 05.01.2015Legal Line Volunteers Needed
The IndyBar Health Care and Life Science Section has volunteered to provide coverage for the IndyBar Legal Line on Tuesday, May 12 from 5:30 to 8:15 p.m. See this post for sign-up information to volunteer.
- 04.27.2015Data on Health Law Shows Largest Drop in Uninsured in Four Decades
Since the Affordable Care Act began to take effect in 2010, 16.4 million uninsured people have gained health coverage. Read more here.
- 04.20.2015Oregon Addresses "Right to Try" Laws
Oregon became the latest state to address “Right to Try Laws” by passing a bill that contradicts an FDA restriction on experimental drug use in terminal patients, known as the “Oregon Right to Try Act”.
- 04.14.2015CMS Introduces the “Next Generation” ACO Model
The Next Generation ACO Model offers expanded financial incentives that increase performance risk for greater reward. See this post for more information.
- 04.06.2015HCFAC Program Returns Over $27 Billion to Medicare Trust Fund
Since the inception of the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program, it has returned more than $27.8 billion to the Medicare Trust Fund. See this post for more information.
- 04.02.2015U.S. House Passes Bill to Overhaul Medicare Payment System
The U.S. House passed a bipartisan bill to overhaul the Medicare payment system on March 26, 2015. See this post for more details.
- 04.02.2015FDA Issues Guidance on Labeling Reusable Medical Devices
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued final guidance on labeling reusable medical devices in the wake of a UCLA Medical Center "super-bug" outbreak. See this post for details.
- 03.30.2015Health Law and Policy Podcast
Looking to stay informed on the most recent developments in health law and policy? Check out this post for details about a local health law professional's weekly podcast.
- 03.25.2015Indiana Supreme Court Addresses Plaintiff's Attorney Fees Under the Medical Malpractice Act
Check out this post to read more about the recent decision in Indiana Patient’s Compensation Fund v. Holcomb and how it could affect your practice and clients.
- 03.24.2015Upcoming Symposium - Medical Myths: Exploring Scientific Rigor, Effectiveness and Misinformation
Please join us for the 2015 Hall Center for Law & Health/Indiana Health Law Review Symposium: Medical Myths: Exploring Scientific Rigor, Effectiveness and Misinformation on Friday, March 27 from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
- 03.17.2015CMS Announces Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol
Earlier this month, the CMS announced a voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol that will allow physician owned hospitals and rural providers an alternative means to address non-compliance with the federal Stark Laws. See this post for more details.
- 03.06.2015Supreme Court Hears Second Major Challenge to the ACA
Earlier this week, the United States Supreme Court heard 85 minutes of arguments relating to a second major challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Find out more in this post.
- 02.27.2015Health Insurance Enrollment Period: Tax Penalties to Keep in Mind
As the Affordable Care Act enrollment period closing date approaches, those who remain without coverage may face a tax penalty. Check out this post for more information.
- 02.24.20157th Circuit Court of Appeals Addresses Definition of "Referral" Under Federal Anti-Kickback Statute
On February 10, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in United States v. Patel, an important case addressing the definition of “referral” as used in the federal Anti-Kickback Statute. Learn more about the decision in this post.
- 02.13.2015Law and Health Lecture: Challenge of Creating Rules for Translational Science
Come listen to Susan M. Wolf at the IU McKinney Hall Center for Law and Health present on "The Challenge of Creating Rules for Translational Science: Return of Results & Incidental Findings in Genomics." Check out this post for details.
- 02.12.2015The Health Care Hack - Or: 2015 As We Know It
Security experts are warning the health care industry that 2015 could be the "Year of the Health Care Hack" as cybercriminals are increasingly attracted to health care databases. Read more about the issue in this post.
- 02.11.2015The Implications of Cyber-Attacks on the Health Care Industry
Cyber-attacks are increasingly common, and they are affecting the health care industry. Find out more about this issue in this post.
- 02.04.2015Vaccinations: The Conflict of Science, Choice and Parental Rights
Vaccinations - or those who choose not to get them - have made headlines lately as cases of measles and other preventable diseases are on the rise. Check out this article for a legal perspective on the issue.
- 01.22.2015Professional Development Tips: Differentiate Yourself
Check out this post for some tips on how to improve your practice this year by setting yourself apart from the crowd.
- 01.21.2015You're Invited: Health Industry Networking Fair
The section is invited to participate in the Health Industry Networking Fair on Feb. 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. at IU McKinney.
- 01.13.2015Get to Know the 2015 Executive Committee Members
Check out this post to learn more about the 13 attorneys who will lead the Health Care and Life Sciences Section this year.
- 01.12.2015Upcoming Lecture: The Challenge of Creating Rules for Translational Science
On Friday, February 20 at IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Professor Susan M. Wolf of the University of Minnesota Law School will present "The Challenge of Creating Rules for Translational Science: Return of Results & Incidental Findings in Genomics."
- 01.05.2015New Patient Protection Regulations for Tax Exempt Hospitals
Check out this post for information about new patient protection regulations for tax exempt hospitals that were published on December 31, 2014.
- 12.18.2014Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Employees?
The United States Supreme Court is poised to decide the issue of whether employers are obligated to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees. Learn more about the issue in this post.