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Section Newsletter Articles on Health Care Law

Labeling for human drug products now requires toll-free number for reporting adverse events Intellectual Property, December 2008 Final Rule: Toll-Free Number for Reporting Adverse Events on Labeling for Human Drug Products Federal Register: October 28, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 209) Page 63886-63897 AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.
Comparison of a Healthcare Flexible Spending Account to a Health Savings Account By Bernard G. Peter Corporate Law Departments, October 2008 A Healthcare Flexible Spending Account (HCFSA) is a tax-favored program that allows employees to pay for eligible out-of-pocket healthcare expenses.
All the latest developments in health care law By W. Eugene Basanta and Brittany Ledbetter Health Care Law, September 2008 Most health care lawyers are generally familiar with the preemption provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), 29 U.S.C. §1001 et seq.
OIG Advisory Opinion concerning a proposal for a gift card for patients whose service expectations were not met Health Care Law, September 2008 [Name redacted] (the “Requestor”) is an integrated health delivery system located in [state redacted].
Prescription drugs—FDA’s oversight of the promotion of drugs for off-label uses Health Care Law, September 2008 [On July 28, 2008, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report, “Prescription Drugs: FDA's Oversight of the Promotion of Drugs for Off-Label Uses,” GAO-08-835. A summary of this report is provided below].
All the latest developments in health care law By W. Eugene Basanta, Laura K. Johnson, and Andrew Roszak Health Care Law, June 2008 The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals denied a petition for review and granted judicial enforcement of an order by the National Labor Relations Board against the petitioner, a hospital corporation.
Health-care associated infections in hospitals Health Care Law, June 2008 Editor’s Note: Health care quality is an area of increasing concern for hospitals and other providers. Beginning October 1, Medicare will not pay hospitals for certain events that are the result of avoidable mistakes. Included among such events are various infections and pressure ulcers.
Should the FDA’s approval of medical devices preempt state court products liability suits? By John J. Holevas Federal Civil Practice, June 2008 Article VI, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution, commonly known as the Supremacy Clause, establishes the Constitution, federal statutes, and U.S. Treaties as “the Supreme Law of the Land.”
The Written Notice Requirement of the Health Care Services Lien Act By Michael Kaczmarek and Barry L. Gordon Tort Law, May 2008 The Health Care Services Lien Act, 770 ILCS 23/10 et. seq., became effective July 1, 2003.
All the latest developments in health care law By W. Eugene Basanta, Laura K. Johnson, and Andrew Roszak Health Care Law, March 2008 Recent cases of interest to health care law practitioners.
All the latest developments in health care law By W. Eugene Basanta and Andrew Roszak Health Care Law, December 2007 In a diversity suit, the federal court was asked to consider whether a physician’s coverage under a “claims made” malpractice insurance policy was negated because he had not disclosed a potential claim at the time of the application for the insurance.
Convenient care clinics in Illinois: The legal landscape By Andrés J. Gallegos Health Care Law, December 2007 Convenient care clinics (known as “retail health clinics”) are highly affordable and accessible health clinics that offer general medical services to the public on an ongoing basis.
All the latest developments in health care law By W. Eugene Basanta, Andrew Roszak, and Michael Sinha Health Care Law, September 2007 Recent cases of interest to health care practitioners.
HHS Launches New Web site on HIPAA Privacy Compliance and Enforcement Government Lawyers, September 2007 To coincide with the fourth anniversary of the enforcement of the HIPAA Privacy Rule, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the launch of an enhanced Web site that will make it easier for consumers, health care providers and others to get information about how the Department enforces health information privacy rights and standards.
All the latest developments in health care law By W. Eugene Basanta, Andrew Roszak, and Michael Sinha Health Care Law, June 2007 A Wisconsin pharmacist, who had been fired from a retail pharmacy, brought suit alleging that his termination violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §2000e et seq. Specifically he claimed that he had been let go due to his religious-based refusal to have any form of interaction, no matter how slight, with anyone seeking birth control.
Bagent v. Blessing Care Corporation: How to avoid a hospital’s potential liability for wrongful disclosure of confidential patient information by an employee By Michael F. Dahlen Health Care Law, June 2007 In its recent decision in Bagent v. Blessing Care Corporation, the Illinois Supreme Court held, in a case of first impression, that a hospital was not vicariously liable for the wrongful disclosure of confidential patient medical information by an employee phlebotomist because the disclosure was outside the scope of the employee’s employment.
All the latest developments in health care law By W. Eugene Basanta, Andrew Roszak, and Michael Sinha Health Care Law, March 2007 Medical malpractice litigation has been and continues to be rough on the litigating parties, including in particular physicians who are sued.
All the latest developments in health care law By W. Eugene Basanta, Andrew Roszak, and Michael Sinha Health Care Law, December 2006 A recent decision from the Seventh Circuit considers a claim under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), 42 U.S.C. 1395dd.
Senate Bill 475: Cause for concern or self-generated crisis? By Laninya A. Cason Health Care Law, December 2005 On August 25, 2005, at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Alton, Illinois, Governor Rod Blagojevich signed into law, Senate Bill 475 (SB 475) which, among other things, places statutory limitations or “caps” on noneconomic damages (e.g., pain and suffering) for plaintiffs who file lawsuits against physicians and hospitals.
Doctors and health care fraud: what every attorney should know about the False Claims Act and qui tam By Michael K. Goldberg General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, January 2002 This article will explore the affect of this enormous growth in health care fraud on physicians and administrators, focusing on the primary vehicle used by law enforcement to root out health care fraud, The False Claims Act.