Frank vs. Bowers

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On June 20, 2013, the Florida Supreme Court issued an opinion addressing arbitration clauses between healthcare providers and patients.  Franks v. Bowers, No. SC11-1258 (Fla. June 20, 2013).  This decision should be of interest to providers who have arbitration agreements … Continued

The Health Law Handbook 25th Edition Published

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The Health Law Handbook, 25th Edition was published this week, containing a chapter written by Ann M. Bittinger.   The Handbook, edited by well-known Philadelphia health law attorney Alice G. Gosfield, brings together 16 authors of 13 chapters grouped in five … Continued

THE TRUE COST OF PAYING FOR REFERRALS

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A jury in South Carolina concluded earlier this week that Tuomey Healthcare System, a 242-bed community hospital in Sumter, South Carolina, violated the federal Stark law and False Claims Act by illegally billing Medicare $39 million.  As a result of … Continued

Florida Rejects Medicaid Expansion

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Despite Governor Rick Scott’s endorsement of Medicaid expansion back in February, Florida lawmakers adjourned this past Friday, May 3, 2013, after passing a budget that does not include funding for a Medicaid expansion.  If Florida had expanded Medicaid, the federal … Continued