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On Thursday, December 10, 2009 by Mary Catherine Unis posted in Health Law Blog
Most employers are generally aware of the proposed federal Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) and the support by some in Congress and the Obama Administration. The EFCA, introduced in Congress in March 2009, has a chance of becoming law. The EFCA focuses on three issues: union organization, bargaining, and the imposition of civil penalties on employers with increased back pay awards for employees... To read the full article by Monica Velazquez, please click here.

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On Thursday, July 30, 2009 by Stuart Miller posted in Health Law Blog
July 30, 2009: On July 1, 2009, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed changes to policies and payment rates for services to be provided in calendar year 2010 by practitioners who are paid under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). The MPFS sets payment rates for thousands of physicians’ services in medical offices, hospitals and other health care settings. Based on current data, CMS is projecting a rate reduction of 21.5 percent for calendar year 2010. The changes are unlikely to pass exactly as they stand, but significant improvement to the proposed changes is dependent on the comments CMS receives. Click here to read this newsletter by Strasburger attorney Stuart Miller.


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On Friday, July 10, 2009 by Earsa Jackson posted in Health Law Blog
July 10, 2009: On May 20, 2009, President Obama signed the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act which made substantial changes to the False Claims Act. The sweeping changes even set aside precedent set by the US Supreme Court. The changes will likely affect health care providers disproportionately since most of the recoveries under the False Claims Act have historically come from health care providers. It will be more important now than ever before for health care providers to ensure that their compliance teams are well trained. Click here to read this newsletter by Strasburger attorney Earsa Jackson.


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On Wednesday, June 24, 2009 by Joseph A. Turano posted in Health Law Blog

June 24, 2009: The permanent Recovery Audit Contractors (RAC) Program has officially arrived in Texas. Medicare Providers should be prepared for a significant increase in auditing frequency. They need to implement measures now to efficiently and completely comply with the RAC program and appeals process or face potentially harsh financial ramifications. Click here to read this newsletter by Strasburger attorney Joe Turano.
 



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