Healthcare Alert: Medicare to pay for chronic care management: Forbidden fruit or just what the doctor ordered?

Commencing in January 2015, Medicare will pay qualifying physicians, advanced practice registered nurses, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse midwives a chronic care management (CCM) flat (per patient) monthly fee to coordinate care for Medicare beneficiaries who have multiple chronic conditions. This change will expand Medicare payment policy to include management services that have previously been included within the payment for evaluation and management (E/M) visits and so were not previously payable separately.

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23 RSS lawyers included in the 2015 Best Lawyers

RSS is proud to announce that 23 of its lawyers — almost one-third of the firm — will be included in the 2015 edition of the Best Lawyers directory, a major, peer-review-based guide to legal professionals all over the world.

This year, three lawyers are added to the list: Sharon G. Druker, Jean-François Lamoureux and Jean-Pierre Sheppard join a group that reflects the firm’s excellence in several areas of practice:

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Diane Bell named Vancouver’s "Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution

Clark Wilson congratulates our lawyer Diane Bell who was named Vancouver’s “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution by Best Lawyers in Canada 2015. Our strength is our people. Learn more.

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The End Zone of Business Development

In less than a week, it will be September 1st. I like to think of September as a brand new start, much like the school year used to be. It’s a chance to begin again and look at your goals and plans with a fresh set of eyes.

I want you to consider these last four months of 2014 as the “end zone” for your business development efforts this year. Yes, business development is an ongoing effort, and it doesn’t end simply because the calendar year wraps up.  But I’ve found that when I have ongoing projects, giving myself firm deadlines to complete them motivates me far more than having some abstract end date. 

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Clark Wilson lawyers listed in Best Lawyers in Canada 2015

Clark Wilson would like to congratulate our lawyers who were selected by their peers for the 9th edition of Best Lawyers in Canada in 2015: Diane Bell, Peter Kenward, Neil Melliship, Alex Petrenko, Bernard Pinsky, Christopher Ramsay, Brock Smith, and Jeffrey Vicq. Our strength is our people. Learn more.

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Clarification on time limits to bring building actions in Victoria

A recent Victorian Court of Appeal decision in Brirek Industries Pty Ltd v McKenzie Consulting Group Pty Ltd has held that owners can now sue their builder up to 10 years after a certificate of occupancy being issued.

This decision clarifies two seemingly conflicting limitation periods prescribed in the Building Act 1993 (Vic) (Building Act) and the Limitations of Actions Act 1958(Vic) (LAA) as well as conflicting decisions between the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the County Court. More…

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Massachusetts Legislature Fails to Pass Any Proposed Bills on Non-Compete or Trade Secret Law

For years, I have been writing about the continuing efforts of legislators and others to reform the Massachusetts trade secret and non-compete law (see, e.g., my previous blog posts here and here). In this legislative session, Governor Patrick surprised many by submitting a bill that would, with some exceptions, make non-competes unenforceable in Massachusetts (much like the law in California), in an effort to encourage spin-offs, primarily in the high tech area, to compete more effectively with competitors in other states. There was also an effort for Massachusetts to adapt the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“UTSA”), a federal law adopted by 48 other states. (Only New York and Massachusetts have not adopted the UTSA). There were also “compromise” bills that sought to codify the non-compete law in Massachusetts in many ways, including: a) banning the use of non-competes for non-exempt workers; b) requiring advance notice and consideration for those who are required to sign a non-compete after starting employment; and c) creating presumptions addressing the reasonableness of the duration of the non-compete obligation and the scope of the activities that would be prohibited.

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Massachusetts Law Requires Employers to Provide Leave to Victims of Domestic Violence

On August 8, 2014, the Governor of Massachusetts signed into law An Act Relative to Domestic Violence (the “ARDV”). The ARDV requires all employers with 50 or more employees to provide up to 15 days of unpaid leave in any 12-month period to employees impacted by domestic violence. Covered employers must notify employees of their rights.

An employee may be eligible for ARDV leave if the employee or a family member is a victim of abusive behavior, including domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, and kidnapping. ARDV leave must be directly related to the abuse, such as for purposes of seeking medical attention, counselling, or legal assistance; obtaining a protective order from a court; or attending a child custody proceeding. The Act provides details as to notice and documentation requirements. More…

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Who Is Who Legal 2014: Lidings Among Top Advisors to Big Pharma in Russia

Leading international legal directory Who is Who Legal 2014 named Lidings’ Partner Andrey Zelenin the best lawyer in the sphere of Life Sciences in Russia. This has become the third year in a row for Zelenin, who heads the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare practice at the firm, to receive the title.

Who is Who Legal annually determines leading lawyers from more than 100 countries in 32 practice areas. As of 2012 Andrey Zelenin has been the only expert in Russia recommended in the area of Life Sciences which includes pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and healthcare industry. Based on the results of its 2014 research the directory highlights Zelenin’s skills in two areas of expertise – patent litigation and product liability defense.

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Week of August 18, 2014 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

We’re here at Friday again already AND it’s almost September.  So who is getting ready to review their plans for this year to see where they’re at for the fall?

Before you head out for the weekend, take a look at this week’s top posts!

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