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Week of July 30, 2012 on ILNToday – A Roundup

My calendar says August, and I just don’t believe that this year has gone by so quickly! Is everyone executing on their goals that they set back in January? I’ve certainly got a big push underway with the ILN’s business development goals!

So without further ado, I’m bringing you this week’s top posts on ILNToday:

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SCOTUS Decision on the PPACA – Implications for Healthcare Industry Sectors Part II

In our final post of the series, we’ll cover the implications of the SCOTUS decision on health care industry sectors, including providers and service providers.

Providers – Hospitals

Lynn suggested that the panelists start with the hospital industry first. Mark said that he thinks this is a segmented analysis also. For those systems that have already resolved to take steps to deal with value-based purchasing and accountable care environments with their governmental and commercial customers, the SCOTUS decision is likely to be seen as affirming the activities of their boards to date and their initial efforts. For individual hospitals that have not yet designed a strategic plan with value-based purchasing and other accountable-based assumptions baked into that plan, the decision is likely to propel them to get to work in designing such a plan. 

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SCOTUS Decision on the PPACA – Implications for Healthcare Industry Sectors Part I

Yesterday, we talked about the impact of the election on the PPACA, as well as the implications of the PPACA for employers. Today, we’ll delve into the implications for healthcare industry sectors with our final post in the series.

Lynn kicked it off by saying that before we go into each sector individually, she wanted to make an introductory comment. There are people who have asked why did the stock market reach bullish about healthcare stocks following the decision, but then not bullish about it, and whether anything can be read into this. Lynn said that whenever she reads these kinds of articles, she has to laugh, because each company is in their own relationship with entitlement programs and private health insurance, and they have different starting points and are in different states. 

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SCOTUS Decision on the PPACA – Impact of the Upcoming Election & Implications for Employers

Our series recapping the Epstein Becker & Green webinar on the Supreme Court’s Decision regarding Obamacare continues! Today, we’ll be talking about the impact of the upcoming election on the plan, as well as the implications for employers.

Impact of the Upcoming Election

Lynn asked the panelists to comment on the Presidential election and the swing states, saying that there wasn’t even agreement among the panelists as to which states are the swing states. Bill agreed, and said that both political parties count different states as swing states. He thinks that the six states that both parties agree on as swing states are Colorado, Nevada, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and Pennsylvania. 

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SCOTUS Decision on the PPACA – Potential Congressional Response

Last week, we talked about the implications of the Supreme Court’s decision for the states. Today, we’ll look at the potential Congressional response.

Lynn began by suggesting the panelists speak about the federal level, as she’s cynical about the 90% and 100% matching, when we’re going into a period of austerity. She said she would like them to talk about entitlement reform and deficit reduction, and asked whether the decision to expand Medicaid has a lot to do with people’s confidences that the 100% and 90% matching money will remain the law of the land at the federal level.  

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Week of July 23, 2012 on ILNToday – A Roundup

Despite it being summer and many of our attorneys being away for holidays, this July has been incredibly busy around here at the ILN! So today is a welcome Friday. Without further ado, here are your top posts for this week on ILNToday:

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PPACA – Implications for the States – A Recap

Yesterday, we talked about the overview and analysis of the SCOTUS decision about the PPACA, and today, we’ll begin with talking about the implications for the states.

Lynn said that she wanted to build off of Stuart’s point about federalism, and discuss what’s going to happen at the state level. The state is going to have to decide whether to expand its Medicaid program, whether to do an exchange or not. States, like the federal government, also have an executive and legislative branch. The ACA requires the establishment of exchanges in each state, and if a state does not do it, there will be a federal exchange. Lynn said we’ve seen movement by the Obama administration for perhaps a hybrid exchange, where the feds come in where the states need extra capabilities. 

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Overview and Analysis of the SCOTUS PPACA Decision – A Recap

After our 2012 Annual Meeting, I recapped a session from the conference that had focused on the topic of healthcare reform (See here, here and here). Once the Supreme Court announced their decision, Epstein Becker & Green’s healthcare experts once again came out to help us understand what’s in, what’s out and what’s next with their webinar on July 2nd.

Since it’s always good to hear from the experts, I thought I’d recap the webinar here for you, again, breaking it up into manageable bites (so to speak). 

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Should Law Firms Help Promote Individual Attorneys? An LMA Recap

Last week, the LMA NJ chapter once again piggybacked on to what the NY chapter was doing, and hosted a lunch where we Skyped into a panel presentation focusing on whether law firms should help promote individual attorneys (or just focus on the firm brand as a whole). The panelists included Robert Algeri, the co-founder of Great Jakes, which is listed in his bio as “a marketing communications firm that develops next-generation websites for mid-size and large law firms.” 

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Week of July 16, 2012 on ILNToday – A Roundup

This morning, my thoughts and prayers go out to those in Aurora, Colorado, who were affected by the movie theater shooting.

Without further ado, this week’s top stories from ILNToday:

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