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Newsletter articles from 2000

All the latest developments in health care law By W. Eugene Basanta December 2000 A decision from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals concludes that provisions of the Illinois Health Maintenance Organization Act, 215 ILCS 125/4-10 which require health maintenance organizations (HMOs) to provide a mechanism for review by an independent physician when the patient's primary care physician and the HMO disagree about the medical necessity of a particular treatment and further require the HMO to cover the treatment if deemed by the reviewing physician to be necessary, are mandated contract terms and part of the insurance plan, thereby avoiding preemption under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), 29 U.S.C. § 1001 et. seq.
All the latest developments in health care law By W. Eugene Basanta and Michele Miller September 2000 Justice David Souter, writing for a unanimous Supreme Court, ruled in June that the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong when it held that a health maintenance organization (HMO) was acting as a fiduciary when one of its physicians made an adverse treatment decision regarding a patient.
All the latest developments in health care law By W. Eugene Basanta April 2000 On February 29, in a five to four decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled that an Illinois nursing home trade association could not bypass administration review of regulations it objected to and seek immediate judicial review before any enforcement action.
Calling all government attorneys December 2000 The ISBA's Standing Committee on Government Lawyers wants to include you in its constituency.
Editor’s note May 2000 One of the most discussed current issues in health care involves so-called "medical error."
The External Review of Hospital Quality—A Call for Greater Accountability April 2000 Healthcare quality issues have been much in the news recently. In July, 1999 the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services released a series of reports examining the external review of hospital quality.
Health Care Section Council’s Research Assistant September 2000 The Internet has become a critical component for many of us in our daily personal and professional lives.
Institute of Medicine, To Err Is Human: Building A Safer Health System May 2000 The knowledgeable health reporter for the Boston Globe, Betsy Lehman, died from an overdose during chemotherapy.
Legislation and regulations April 2000 The Health Care Section Council has, during the last several months, had the opportunity to review numerous health care-related bills introduced during the current session of the Illinois General Assembly.
Quality Interagency Coordination Task Force: doing what counts for patient safety Federal actions to reduce medical errors and their impact May 2000 To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System, a report released late last year by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), shocked the nation by estimating that up to 98,000