BREACH OF CONTRACT/GOOD FAITH/NEGLIGENT AND INTENTIONAL INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS
Miller v. Imaging on Call
No. 3:13-cv-00679 (JAM) (D. Conn. Jan. 12, 2015)
DISCRIMINATION/ BREACH OF CONTRACT
Jamaleddin v. Oakland Physicians Med. Ctr.
No. 13–cv–12735 (E.D. Mich. Jan. 12, 2015)
Brown v. St. Mary’s Hosp.
No. 3:14CV228 (DJS) (D. Conn. Jan. 12, 2015)
Thorton v. Md. Gen. Hosp.
Civil Action No. WMN-13-162 (D. Md. Jan. 7, 2015)
YOUR GOVERNMENT AT WORK
HHS Plans to Move Away from Fee-for-Service
In a news release posted on its website on January 26, 2015, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) outlined “clear goals and [a] timeline for shifting Medicare reimbursements from volume to value.” By 2016, HHS plans to tie 30 percent of traditional Medicare payments to alternative payment models emphasizing quality or value such as bundled payment arrangements and Accountable Care Organizations. By 2018, the goal is to tie 50 percent of payments to these models.
OIG Report on Compounded Pharmaceuticals Used in Hospitals
Recently, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a report entitled “Medicare’s Oversight of Compounded Pharmaceuticals Used in Hospitals.” In the report, the OIG instructed that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should “(1) ensure that hospital surveyors receive training on standards from nationally recognized organizations related to safe compounding practices and (2) amend its interpretive guidelines to address hospitals’ contracts with stand-alone compounding pharmacies.”