SIXTH CIRCUIT KNOCKS DOWN HAIL MARY PASS

Usually it’s the play-by-play announcer—not the scorekeeper— calling it a Hail Mary pass, and what he means is that it’s a desperate, pretty-near hopeless, last-ditch effort.  So yesterday when the Sixth Circuit Court used the term to describe a ProMedica argument, it was clear that the FTC had won the …

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CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL SETTLES WHISTLEBLOWER CASE FOR $7 MILLION

Yet another hospital has paid millions to settle a whistleblower suit brought by a former insider.  For over a decade Barbara Schubert worked for the physician-recruiting subsidiary of All Children’s Health System.  She became a whistleblower, claiming that All Children’s Hospital, also a subsidiary of the …

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WHY MAKE A FEDERAL CASE OUT OF A $1,300 DEBT?

Why make a federal case out of a $1,300 debt?  And why should hospitals care—especially those in the Seventh Circuit, which covers a large part of the Midwest? Indiana is divided into counties; the counties, into townships.  Mark Suesz lived one county over from Marion County.  He was treated at a hospital …

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AHA SUES HHS OVER TWO-MIDNIGHT RULE

Somebody had to do it—sue HHS to overturn the much-maligned two-midnight rule.  So, yesterday the American Hospital Association, joined by several other high-profile hospital organizations, filed a lawsuit against HHS Secretary Katherine Sebelius (no wonder she’s resigning) to prevent enforcement of the …

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Rip Van Winkle Health Care Reform Update

Have you been asleep for a while, like Rip Van Winkle, and just waking up to learn about health care reform? Or just not been interested in watching the minutiae of health care reform?  Or have you just become responsible for health care reform compliance?  We have plenty of posts about what you need to know, …

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A Brief Overview of the Federal Health Policy Landscape

With Congress heading out of town for a two weeks spring break – or, as they prefer to call it, a district work period – and HHS Secretary Sebelius riding off into the sunset, now is a good time to take stock of the health policy landscape and what lies ahead. Congress’s kicking the can once again on the …

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