Corporate Wellness Opportunities under Health Care Reform

Health care reform has several provisions that promote corporate wellness opportunities: Small business wellness grants. Health care reform provides $200 million for HHS to award grants to employers with under 100 employees who establish new comprehensive workplace wellness programs between 2011 and 2015. HHS …

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Faegre & Benson Named Top-Tier Health Care Practice by U.S. News

In its inaugural law firm ranking, U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers ranked Faegre & Benson as a Tier 1 firm for health care law in Colorado and Minneapolis. The report does not rank health care firms on a national basis. The firm’s employment and employee benefits practices were also recognized …

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DOL Releases FAQs on Health Care Reform

The DOL released Frequently Asked Questions on September 20, 2010 which address several open questions on health care reform: For adult child coverage requirements, we’ve received many questions about the definition of child. This guidance answers some of those questions. A plan will not fail to satisfy the …

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Signature Requirements for Orders May Result in Denied Payment

CMS’ Change Request 6698 for the Medicare Program Integrity Manual clarifies how Medicare claim contractors review authentication of certain orders and supporting medical documentation.  This transmittal applies to claim reviews performed by Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs), Comprehensive Error Rate …

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Scope of “Adult Child” Coverage Requirements

Group health plans that offer dependent child coverage will soon have to make coverage available for adult children who are under age 26. As employers prepare for annual enrollment, many are curious about whether this new mandate applies exclusively to medical programs, or extends to dental and vision programs as …

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Another OIG Opinion Calms Fears Government May Punish Charities Helping Poor People Dying From Brain Tumors

At first blush, the conclusion seems obvious. But OIG Advisory Opinion 10-12 reminds us that calling something “charity” doesn’t immunize it from careful scrutiny under the fraud and abuse laws. This opinion, released August 30, is the latest of several OIG opinions addressing patient assistance programs, or …

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