Topic: Healthcare

California Governor Signs Long-term Care Insurance Bill

On October 6, 2015 California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 575, requiring annual notifications of certain nonforfeiture benefits under long-term care insurance contracts. Under current law, an insurer is required to offer, at the time of application for a long-term care insurance contract, an option to purchase a shortened benefit period nonforfeiture benefit.

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Insights into emerging joint ventures for insurers and hospitals focus of Bloomberg BNA article from Locke Lord

Recent efforts by hospitals, physician practice groups and health insurance and managed care companies to lower health care delivery costs and better align their respective interests following the passage of the Affordable Care Act was the focus of a Bloomberg BNA article from Locke Lord LL lawyers Jon Biasetti, Baird Allis and Benjamin Sykes.

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Attention, Health Insurers: Unique Encryption Requirements in NJ

As further analyzed in our QuickStudy, available here, New Jersey has enacted a new law (P.L. 2014, c. 88, codified at N.J. Stat. Ann. §§ 56:8-196 – 56:8-198) effective August 1, 2015, requiring health insurance carriers authorized to issue health benefits plans in New Jersey to encrypt personal information that they store electronically.

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Healthcare Update: CMS to Update the EHR Incentive Program; HHS Announces Timeline for Medicare Payment Reform; OIG Issues Favorable Advisory Opinion Regarding Patient Assistance Program; HIPAA Settlement Following Breach Caused by Malware

Locke Lord Edwards’ latest Healthcare Update discusses that CMS proposes to update the EHR Incentive Program; that HHS announced timeline for medicare payment reform; that OIG issued favorable advisory opinion regarding patient assistance program; and the HIPAA settlement following breach caused by malware.

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Healthcare Update: OIG Issues Favorable Advisory Opinion for Medigap “Preferred Hospital” Network Arrangement; FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Stem Cell Same Surgery Exception; $840 Million in Grants Available Through New HHS Transformation Initiative

Edwards Wildman’s latest Healthcare Update discusses how OIG issues favorable advisory opinion for Medigap “Preferred Hospital” network arrangement; the FDA issued a draft guidance on stem cell same surgery exception; and the $840 million in grants that are available through new HHS Transformation Initiative.

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Healthcare Update: OIG Proposed Rule Would Amend Anti-Kickback Statute Safe Harbors and Civil Monetary Penalty Rules; CMS Launches Open Payments Database

Edwards Wildman’s latest Healthcare Update discusses that the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) published a proposed rule that would amend the safe harbors to the anti-kickback statute (“AKS”) and the civil monetary penalty (“CMP”) rules under the authority of the OIG; and how CMS launched open payments database on September 30, 2014.

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Healthcare Update: FDA: Industry Must Address Cybersecurity Risks for Medical Devices

Edwards Wildman’s latest Healthcare Update discusses the FDA’s final guidance, “Content of Premarket Submissions for Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices,” recommends that manufacturers consider cybersecurity risks as part of the design and development of a medical device, and submit documentation to the FDA about the risks identified and controls in place to mitigate those risks.

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