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BulletApril 2006 Volume 2 Number 8
News  April 6, 2006
Physician-Legal Issues Conference, Chicago, IL

April 11, 2006
To Roth or Not: Recent Guidance on Roth 401 (k) Arrangements

(Teleconference & Live Audio Webcast)

April 13, 2006
Primer on Issues Faced by Tax-Exempt Healthcare

(Teleconference & Live Audio Webcast)

April 19, 2006
New Twists in the Enforcement Arena: The Caremark Consent Order Analyzed

(Teleconference & Live Audio Webcast)

April 27, 2006
Employee Benefits in Mergers and Acquisitions 20th Annual National Institute

(Teleconference & Live Audio Webcast)

May 10-12, 2006
Erisa Basics 20th Annual National Institute

(Chicago, IL)

May 17-19, 2006
Healthcare Fraud 2006

(Fort Lauderdale, FL)

May 18, 2006
Ethics for the Healthcare Attorneys

(Teleconference & Live Audio Webcast)

May 24, 2006
General Counsel Roundtable

(Teleconference & Live Audio Webcast)

June 9, 2006
Physician-Legal Issues Conference

(Chicago, IL)

Interest Group Communication Highlights

Government Links



Managed Care Litigation

HIPAA: A Practical Guide to the Privacy and Security of Health Data by June M. Sullivan
CDC Public Health Law News

CDC Newsletter is a free electronic newsletter published weekly by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health Law Program


Chair's Column
by Gregory L. Pemberton, Ice Miller, Indianapolis, IN

I regained some insight recently. This was a lesson I learned a number of years ago but had forgotten. It is rewarding when something positive comes back into your mind.

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Managing Risks of Fraud, Waste and Abuse: Part D Challenges for Drug Plans
by José A. Tabuena, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP

Where money flows, fraud is likely to follow. And where there is federal money, there is federal oversight3. Certainly these adages apply to the new Medicare prescription drug benefit, referred to as "Part D," that went into effect on January 1, 2006. Regulators and enforcement authorities have been on the speaking circuit warning about the risk of fraud, waste and abuse arising from the estimated $60 billion a year expected infusion of new federal funds.

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Ohio Supreme Court Precludes Arbitration of Provider Antitrust Lawsuit
by Fred Smith & David Goldhaber, Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP, Chicago, IL

The Ohio Supreme Court has effectively authorized a group of physician providers to pursue their antitrust lawsuit against United HealthCare of Ohio in state court rather than in a private arbitration. The majority and dissenting opinions in this case reflect the debate that litigants -- and courts -- often engage in when deciding whether to arbitrate claims arising out of disputes in the managed care industry. While a motion for reconsideration is pending, the majority opinion appears to be yet another example of courts finding ways to narrow the scope of arbitration clauses in the managed care arena and allow claims to proceed in court rather than in a private arbitration setting.

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Interest Group Spotlight

Managed Care & Insurance

The Managed Care & Insurance Interest Group focuses on such issues as federal and state regulation of HMOs and other managed care organizations.

The IG is led by Chair David M. Humiston, Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP, Los Angeles, CA and Vice Chairs R. Jeffrey Layne, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, Austin, TX and Cindy Stamer, Glast, Phillips & Murray, PC, Dallas, TX.

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