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On January 25, 2019, the Illinois Supreme Court handed down a key ruling that will make it significantly easier for consumers and workers to sue and recover damages for mere non-compliance with the requirements of the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act, 740 ILCS 14/1 et seq. (BIPA or Act). In its highly anticipated decision in Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corp., the state’s high court unanimously held that actual harm is not required…
On January 25, 2019, the Illinois Supreme Court handed down a key ruling that will make it significantly easier for consumers and workers to sue and recover damages for mere non-compliance with the requirements of the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act, 740 ILCS 14/1 et seq. (BIPA or Act). In its highly anticipated decision in Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corp., the state’s high court unanimously held that actual harm is not required…
On January 25, 2019, the Illinois Supreme Court handed down a key ruling that will make it significantly easier for consumers and workers to sue and recover damages for mere non-compliance with the requirements of the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act, 740 ILCS 14/1 et seq. (BIPA or Act). In its highly anticipated decision in Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corp., the state’s high court unanimously held that actual harm is not required…
Illinois is experiencing growth in telemedicine and telehealth offerings available to patients in the Prairie State. Historically, Illinois telehealth services have been more limited to hospital and institutional settings, but the last few years have since seen an expansion among providers offering such services directly to patients. And yet, Illinois remains a state that has not seen the same level of growth or overall “embracing” of telemedicine services compared to other large states.…
The 2015 Health Care Investors Summit, co-hosted by Foley and Deloitte & Touche, LLP, was held on September 24. This program examined convergence in health care and the effects on investing, mergers and acquisitions, provider consolidation, partnerships, collaborations and related regulatory developments. A robust discussion occurred between the keynotes as well as the panelists. Some key takeaways from those discussions are:…
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced, on August 12, 2015, that it has extended the enforcement delay of the controversial two-midnight rule governing short hospital stays until the end of the year. As set forth in the FY 2014 IPPS Rule, the two-midnight rule imposes financial penalties for services that recovery auditors deem should have been documented as outpatient services. The enforcement delay had been set to expire on September…
Federal prosecutors charged the head pharmacist and the president of New England Compounding Center (NECC), a now-bankrupt Massachusetts compounding pharmacy, with second-degree murder and racketeering in the U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts on Tuesday, December 16. The charges relate to NECC’s 2012 distribution of contaminated steroid injection vials in twenty states. The contaminated vial distribution resulted in a multistate meningitis outbreak causing sixty-four deaths and 751 cases of fungal infections according to the latest…
According to the rules released last Thursday by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Medicare will increase payment to inpatient psychiatric hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and skilled nursing facilities in fiscal year 2015. The finalized payment policies boost reimbursement to psychiatric hospitals and rehabilitation facilities past amounts originally proposed by CMS in May 2014.…
Healthcare is an incredibly broad, diverse and dynamic industry. Because of the breadth in the field, providers are surrounded by a wide array of legal issues relating to: employment contracts, taxes, business structure, medical malpractice, nonprofit organization, insurance, and reimbursement to name a few. However, although the field is riddled with potential legal issues, there are several key healthcare laws that every provider should know.…
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced a proposed rule, on May 20, 2014, that would allow providers more flexibility in how they use electronic health record (EHR) systems to meet meaningful use requirements and would formally extend the reporting requirements for Stage 2 of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Under the revised timeline, eligible professionals and hospitals will have…