MacGlashan v. ABS Lincs KY, Inc.
No. 5:13-CV-00135-TBR (W.D. Ky. Oct. 7, 2014)
Marotto v. Ohio State Univ. Med. Ctr.
No. 14AP-303 (Ohio Ct. App. Oct. 14, 2014)
YOUR GOVERNMENT AT WORK
“Tightened Guidance” on PPE for Ebola
Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted a Fact Sheet entitled “Tightened Guidance for U.S. Healthcare Workers on Personal Protective Equipment [“PPE”] for Ebola.” The guidance can be found here.
ACO Initiative and Waivers
In a press release dated October 15, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced a new initiative for Accountable Care Organizations (“ACOs”). According to the press release, the initiative involves an investment model designed to bring better coordination of care to rural and underserved areas “by providing up to $114 million in upfront investments to up to 75 ACOs.” CMS also announced the continuation of the effectiveness of an interim final rule waiving certain fraud and abuse laws, including the Stark Law and Anti?Kickback Statute, for ACOs participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program.
OIG Advisory Opinion No. 14-10
On October 21, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued Advisory Opinion No. 14-10, indicating that it would not impose administrative sanctions on an insurer for participating in an arrangement with a preferred hospital organization, in which network hospitals would provide discounts on Medicare inpatient deductibles and the insurer, in turn, would provide a premium credit to policyholders who use the network hospitals.