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Showing 15 posts from 2013.
The national healthcare industry often converges on Delaware's bankruptcy courts due to the high number of large companies incorporated here. Private equity-owned Rural/Metro Corp. and more than 50 affiliates ("Debtors") filed Chapter 11 protection on Sunday August 4, 2013 after reaching an agreement with creditors. The Scottsdale, Arizona-based company lists assets and debts of more than $500 million. Fortunately for the Delaware healthcare industry, there are no major local creditors.
New Delaware Interpretation of Home Health Worker Employment Agreements and Entitlement to Worker’s Compensation, with Drafting TipsDo you employ home health aides or other travelling employees? Based on a new Delaware Supreme Court case, the terms of these employees’ existing and new employment agreements should be reviewed. The right terms can help protect the employer from excessive worker’s compensation claims, based on a new Delaware Supreme Court case. More ›
Will the Delaware exchange follow New York and California with lower rates than expected? Stay tuned. Launch date is currently January 1, 2014.
Disputes between health care professionals in a small community like Delaware are particularly well-suited for mediation. The process provides a means for sophisticated litigants to resolve their disputes in private without having to air their “dirty laundry” on the town square. The Morris James Health Care Team routinely urges our clients to participate in mediation in the hopes of avoiding trial. Mediation works. But it can be an exhausting process. At the end of a long mediation that results in settlement, the natural inclination of the parties is to shake hands (or not) and go home with the understanding that the settlement documents will be drafted on another day. Once upon a time a handshake was all that was required to seal a deal. The Chancery Court’s recent decision in United Health Alliance, LLC v. United Medical, LLC, however, is a cautionary tale about going home without a signed agreement. After a brief discussion of this recent Delaware court decision you will find the top 5 takeaways for navigating and avoiding, or successfully mediating, healthcare related disputes. More ›
Yesterday, the Obama administration released final rules on employment-based wellness programs as a further implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The final rules purport to support workplace health promotion and prevention as a means to reduce long term costs associated with chronic illness The final rules will be effective for plan years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2014. The rule was issued May 29. To view the final rule, click here.
Managing Healthcare Litigation: Three Tips for Making Sure Your Money is Well Spent on Experts: Masimo Corporation v. Philips Electronics North America Corporation, et al., C.A. No. 09-80-LPS-MPT, May 20, 2013Food and Drug Administration’s requirements regarding approval of this type of medical equipment. Also, the expert had not interviewed the plaintiff’s customers with regard to More ›
Medicare Cutbacks + Delaware's Aging Population: They Are Coming but We're Not Building It (Except Sometimes Below the Canal)Last year colleague James Landon and I offered up a note of caution in the Urban Lawyer regarding Delaware's "perfect storm" of NIMBY-ism, suburban sprawl, inflexible zoning codes, and Medicare reimbursement rates resulting in zoning policy that excludes the elderly, very sick, and their families from residential communities, nursing care, and social support. We discussed the role of the Fair Housing Act and offered a curative prescription of six features zoning codes should have to ensure meeting Delaware's seniors' needs. We regret to report that while our zoning agenda is going nowhere in any Delaware county or municipality, Delaware’s potential Medicare cost increase due to its aging population will be 457 percent by 2030, according to the May 19, 2013 News Journal. The state did initiate plans to staunch the spending increase: "a system was set up to move people from institutional care back to the community." More ›
A mere few weeks after its launch, and the Delaware Healthcare Industry Blog is setting the national agenda on Affordable Care Act implementation!
As we bemoaned in a prior blog post, the gradual roll-out of widespread health care reform under the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “Affordable Care Act”) saw several new tax increases and other revenue-generating mechanisms come into law in 2013, including a new medical device . The 2.3 percent excise tax is now assessed on the sales price of most medical devices when purchased from a manufacturer, producer, or importer.
Although the medical device tax remains law, the that demonstrate widespread bipartisan opposition to the new tax: took steps on March 21st
“The Senate voted 79-20 to call for repeal of the tax, but the resolution is non-binding and will not change the levy. The symbolic measure will be attached to a non-binding budget measure drafted bythat is expected to pass on Friday.
Full repeal of the tax may be difficult to achieve, given its $30 billion price tag and the opposition of key Senate Democrats, including Majority Leader.”
Naysayers may point out “nonbinding resolution” is not normally the mark of a D.C. power player (or that “the opposition of key Senate Democrats” includes both of the gentlemen sent to Washington by the Diamond State). ’s – one of the 33 Democratic Senators who joined with all of their Republican colleagues in last month’s purely symbolic vote – is suggesting that more formal legislation may follow. Sen. Franken has good reason for optimism; as the points out, the House of Representatives came close to a veto-proof vote on its own anti-medical device tax bill last June. Watch here for further developments!
As reported by the News Journal, Astra Zeneca is pulling over 1,000 jobs out of Delaware and demolishing its labs on Route 202. Here is a quick hit from the Morris James Healthcare Industry Team on the issues this raises for Delaware’s healthcare industry. Intellectual Property: "Astra Zeneca's business decision demonstrates the impact of federal patent law at the local level. Expiration of many of Astra Zeneca's current drug patents and fewer new drugs in the pipeline that are patent eligible is likely a driver in the business thinking here." Kenneth L. Dorsney, Esq. Intellectual Property More ›
Now You Know How That Care Got So Affordable - A New Round of PPACA Taxes Began on January 1, 2013 (Part 1)More ›
Hurricane Irene blew more than wind and rain into Delaware in 2011. Nursing homes and similar facilities now must have an “all hazards” plan as well as two staff members with FEMA training. We wrote to suggest the “sheltering in place” part of each facility plan include a fully stocked bar, an amenity one of our attorneys enjoyed when stranded on Little Palm Island in a thatched hut during a category 2 hurricane, but that revision did not make it into the final rule. Compliance deadline: contemporaneous with annual renewal for licenses and license applications. 16 DE Admin. Code 3201.