By Linda A. Baumann, Arent Fox LLP, Washington, DC
While many of my prior columns have focused on Health Law Section news, I am writing this column on the Fourth of July; a great time to reflect on the many special aspects of our country and government, including the legal system. I spent the afternoon down on the Mall, leading tours at the Jefferson Memorial. Thomas Jefferson, like many of our Founding Fathers, was a lawyer. Twenty-five of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, and thirty-two of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention were lawyers.
Managing Employer Costs in the Post-PPACA World
By Lisa R. Nelson, Barney & Barney LLC, San Diego, CA
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) at fifteen months old, is an infant law taking its wobbly first steps through the regulatory process. The law’s provisions have already been subjected to repeals, amendments and court challenges. With a questionable future for the law, employers find themselves uncertain how to prepare for the impact to their health insurance costs.
Domestic Medical Tourism Gaining Traction
By Samuel S. Choy and Stacey L. Stewart,
McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, Atlanta , GA
Before the healthcare reform law dominated discussions, the practice of traveling internationally to obtain lower cost healthcare services received a great deal of publicity. This concept is sometimes referred to as “medical tourism” or “medical outsourcing.” It now appears that domestic medical tourism is also gaining traction. The practice of domestic medical tourism, like its foreign counterpart, is growing rapidly in the United States. This article focuses on domestic medical tourism, also sometimes referred to as intra-bound medical tourism, domestic medical travel, local medical tourism or travel, or in-country medical tourism or travel.
Professional-Client Free Speech and The Medical Privacy Concerning Firearms Act
By David H. Slade, Southern Illinois University J.D./M.D. Program, Carbondale, IL
On June 02, 2011 Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law an Act entitled “Medical Privacy Concerning Firearms,” written to protect gun owners against harassment, discrimination, and invasion into their privacy. The legislation came in response to an incident in Florida, where a pediatrician questioned the mother of a patient about the presence of firearms in the home. The mother declined to answer, which led to a disagreement; the physician then responded by terminating the relationship and allowing the patient 30 days to find a new physician.
Uhm v. Humana Inc. Unfinished Business
By George W. Wickhorst, III, Young, Berman, Karpf & Gonzalez, P.A., Miami, FL
In 2003, Congress enacted the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) which, among other things, amended the preemption language of the Medicare Act. The amended preemption language seemed to signal Congress’ clear intent to expand the old preemption standard as it applied to Medicare claims to something closer to the “super preemption” found under ERISA.
CIGNA v. Amara:
Back to the Future, All Over Again
By Michael R. Shpiece, Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook, Detroit, MI
On May 16, 2011, the US Supreme Court handed down another in a series of decisions it has issued over the past 20 years defining the remedies available for violations of the Employment Retirement and Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).
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