On June 10, 2015, after heated debate, Governor Rick Scott signed into law House Bill 633, instituting a 24-hour waiting period before a physician can terminate a pregnancy prior to viability or the third trimester. The controversial new law was in effect for a single day before a state court in Leon County granted a temporary injunction enjoining its enforcement. But as of February 26, 2016, the law is being enforced again after a Florida appellate court vacated the injunction. Physicians must now be aware of and follow the law’s new conditions for voluntary and informed consent to termination of a pregnancy.
DAVIE, FLA – MARCH 14, 2016 – Florida Health Law Center is pleased to announce the addition of Sarah Warden as an associate in the Davie office. Warden’s practice includes representing healthcare providers, including hospital systems, physician groups, and solo practitioners in all areas of health care law. She is proficient in managed care arbitration and litigation, preparation of employment agreements, and regulatory compliance. Warden’s experience extends to matters involving anti-kickback and self-referral laws, Medicare and Medicaid, HIPAA, and the Affordable Care Act.
Florida Health Industries (FHI)’s recent panel discussion featured a slate of industry veterans, including Florida Health Law Center’s co-founder, Lee Lasris. The topic was the future of reimbursements. Some say that fee-for-service is dead while others believe there will be a hybrid model. Most in the medical field know that most changes originate from Medicare and Medicaid. There is no question that both are focusing on patient outcomes, quality of care and lowering the cost of healthcare.
Florida Health Law Center’s own Jodi Laurence will moderate Women in Healthcare: Healers and Leaders at FHI Communication’s upcoming roundtable.
The event will be held on September 29 at 7:30 am at the Five Star Premier Residence in Hollywood. Attendance is free, but proceeds from suggested donations will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. It promises to be an informative and inspiring occasion.
Tina Dunsford and Scott Lilly anchor Central Florida market for boutique firm
Florida Health Law Center, the boutique health law firm based in South Florida, has expanded into the Central Florida market. The firm has partnered with Tina Dunsford and Scott Lilly, experienced health care attorneys, to serve the busy Tampa area.
Law 360 — along with every paper in the nation — reported on the ruling that the consumer subsidies can continue flowing through all of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace. The Supreme Court ruling ends this threat to Obamacare.
Recently, the Florida Supreme Court handed down a decision that has significant and positive impact for healthcare providers. The decision allows providers to recover money that was reduced or even denied by insurance companies. The brief background is this: Florida Statute 627.736. requires automobile insurers to provide “no fault” or personal injury protection (PIP) benefits to pay for medical care. As a matter of course, when the auto insurer is billed, it reduces or denies the bill. Now, providers are able to recover the difference from what the insurance company pays and what the services cost.
People United for Medical Marijuana, the group that put a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana on the Florida ballot in November 2014, is making a second attempt to legalize prescription pot in Florida. The group filed a proposed amendment on January 8, 2015, with the Florida Department of State, with revised language addressing concerns opponents had with the 2014 proposed constitutional amendment.
Recently The Assisted Living Facility Workgroup for Legislation, chaired by Larry Polivka at the Claude Pepper Center at Florida State University, issued legislative recommendations that could impact assisted living facilities (“ALFs”) in Florida. The recommendations were made in response to concerns over Florida’s increasing elderly population and corresponding increase in Alzheimer’s disease cases. The Workgroup noted that despite these developments Florida has not updated the regulatory framework governing ALFs and these facilities are not licensed or equipped to deal with the increasing medical needs of Florida’s elderly.