All the latest developments in health care lawBy W. Eugene Basanta, Anne P. Rayhill, & Sameer VohraDecember 2005As the competitive nature of the healthcare industry continues to increase, medical professionals are seeking alternative means to improve their patient base including the use of advertising.
All the latest developments in health care lawBy W. Eugene Basanta, Matthew J. Ashley, & Anne P. RayhillJune 2005On June 6, a majority of the United States Supreme Court held that the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA), 21 U.S.C. 801 et seq., represents a valid exercise of Congressional power to regulate commerce.
All the latest developments in health care lawBy W. Eugene Basanta, Matthew J. Ashley, & Steven RoMarch 2005The Seventh Circuit recently held that federal jurisdiction can exist for an action based on a subrogation provision of a health insurance benefit plan when such a plan was established under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Act (FEHBA), 5 U.S.C. § 8901 et seq. Specifically, the court held that FEHBA's express preemption provision dictates that the terms of a FEHBA plan preempt state law where, as here, such terms are related to benefits and coverage.
Concierge care characteristics and considerations for MedicareSeptember 2005Editor's Note: "Concierge care," as an emerging form of private medical practice, has generated controversy. In its August 12, 2005 report, "Concierge Care Characteristics and Considerations for Medicare, (GAO-05-929) the Government Accountability Office examined concierge care and analyzed its relationship with the Medicare program.
The medical malpractice insurance crisis: What can be done?By Patrick J. KelleyMarch 2005Here in Illinois we are faced with an urgent practical problem: doctors are leaving our state, and sometimes leaving the practice altogether, because of recent huge increases in their medical malpractice insurance premiums.
Nonprofit, for-profit, and government hospitals: Uncompensated care and other community benefitsJune 2005Before 1969, IRS required hospitals to provide charity care to qualify for tax-exempt status. Since then, however, IRS has not specifically required such care, as long as the hospital provides benefits to the community in other ways. Seeking a better understanding of the benefits provided by nonprofit hospitals, Congress requested that GAO examine whether nonprofit hospitals provide levels of uncompensated care and other community benefits that are different from other hospitals.
Senate Bill 475: Cause for concern or self-generated crisis?By Laninya A. CasonDecember 2005On 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.