Friday, June 8, 2012

Healthy dose of health law and garden tomatoes with holy basil, homemade mozzarella, and Kalamata olives

Federal Insurance - Health - Federal Regulation Tracking DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 45 CFR Part 156 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Data Collection To Support Standards Related to Essential Health Benefits; Recognition of Entities for the Accreditation of Qualified Health Plans Proposed Rule COMMENT DATE: July 5, 2012 77 FR 33133-01

Federal Insurance - Property and Casualty - Federal Regulations DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 49 CFR Part 387 State Enforcement of Household Goods Consumer Protection Final Rule ENFORCEMENT DATE: The Agency amended its household goods regulations on November 29, 2010 (75 FR 72987). States are now authorized to enforce those regulations, retroactive to January 28, 2011, the effective date of the 2010 rule. COMPLIANCE DATE: The requirement for a $25,000 surety bond or trust fund  77 FR 32901-01

Defibrillator lead: FLORIDA MAN SUES MEDTRONIC OVER REPEATED SHOCKS FROM IMPLANTED DEFIBRILLATOR, Brown v. Medtronic, 19 No. 8 Westlaw Journal Medical Devices 7, Westlaw Journal Medical Devices June 4, 2012 Medtronic Inc. is being sued by a Florida man who says his Sprint Fidelis defibrillator lead cracked, exposing him to repeated, unnecessary shocks from his implanted cardiac rhythm management system. Albert Brown says Medtronic failed to exercise the necessary caution in its design and manufacture of the Sprint Fidelis Model No. 6949 electrical lead and neglected to warn patients and treating physicians about the "serious and hazardous health risks" associated with the device.

Health Care Reform/Medicaid Service Fees: HHS PROPOSES PAY BOOST FOR MEDICAID DOCTORS, 14 No. 24 Westlaw Journal Nursing Home 6, Westlaw Journal Nursing Home June 1, 2012 Primary care physicians could see a pay raise in the next two years for treating Medicaid patients under a rule proposed May 9 by the Obama administration. The Department of Health and Human Services said the increase would bring service fees for Medicaid primary care in line with those paid by Medicare. Under the rule, physicians would see a 34 percent increase in average Medicaid primary care payments, according to the HHS.   

 Involuntary Commitment: WISCONSIN HIGH COURT NIXES EMERGENCY COMMITMENT FOR ALZHEIMER'S PATIENT, In re Helen E.F., 14 No. 24 Westlaw Journal Nursing Home 7, Westlaw Journal Nursing Home June 1, 2012 An elderly Alzheimer's patient should have been placed in protective custody pursuant to a state law for long-term care of the disabled instead of being involuntarily committed through a series of emergency detentions for the mentally ill, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled. The state's highest court upheld the state Court of Appeals' 2011 ruling that Fond du Lac County officials improperly committed "Helen E.F." under Wis. Stat. 51, the state law governing involuntary commitment .

Legislation: SENATORS CALL FOR PATIENTS' CONSENT IN OFF-LABEL ANTIPSYCHOTIC DRUG USE, 14 No. 24 Westlaw Journal Nursing Home 8, Westlaw Journal Nursing Home June 1, 2012 Three U.S. senators have introduced a legislative amendment that would require health care providers to obtain informed consent from elderly dementia patients before administering antipsychotic drugs to them for "off-label" uses. The proposed amendment to the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act, S. 3187, would help to combat "costly, widespread and inappropriate" use of antipsychotics in nursing homes, Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley said in a May 22 statement.

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