Minnesota Joins 9-State Compact Expediting Telemedicine Across State Lines

Effective July 1, 2015, Minnesota will join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, a group attempting to expedite the licensing of physicians seeking to provide telemedicine services to patients located in other states. Minnesota joins eight other states in the Compact – Alabama, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, South …

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Your Drug Patent Rights Transfer May Be Reportable, Court of Appeals Confirms

On Nov. 6, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) modified its Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR) rules to clarify that transfers of patent rights within the pharmaceutical industry constitute potentially reportable asset transactions even if patent holders retain limited manufacturing rights or …

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Texas Telemedicine Rule Delayed by Antitrust Suit

A Texas Medical Board rule requiring a physician to conduct an in-person evaluation before prescribing certain drugs will not go into effect today, June 3, as originally planned. A federal court granted a preliminary injunction to halt enforcement of the rule pending the resolution of an antitrust lawsuit filed by …

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Insurer Escapes Antitrust Suit, But Hospital Must Continue the Fight

A large regional health insurer extricated itself from an antitrust suit, leaving the dominant local hospital to square off alone versus an ambulatory surgical center (ASC). The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois dismissed exclusive dealing allegations against BlueCross and BlueShield of …

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Supreme Court Renders Good News-Bad News Whistleblower Decision

Yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision is good news and bad news for both whistleblowers and government contractors, including health care providers--a win for whistleblowers on one important issue, for contractors on another. Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) had a contract to provide water purification for …

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Fraud So Complicated It Takes a Neurosurgeon

Generally, when a doctor is convicted for fraud, the misdeeds are limited to a single category of fraud.  Maybe the doctor charged for procedures that weren’t performed; maybe there were kickbacks for referrals; or maybe self-referrals were involved. But last Friday a doctor in Michigan pleaded guilty to a …

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