Have you kept up with the General Assembly and proposed legislation that affects the health care industry? If not, no need to worry, we’ve done it for you!
Please join us this Friday, April 27, 2018, to hear Cody Hand provide his annual legislative update at the Health Law and Litigation Sections’ joint CLE program at the Greensboro Marriott Downtown, with presentations by N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, Attorney General Josh Stein and many other great speakers!
You’ll receive 6 total CLE credits, including 1.0 hour ethics/professional responsibility, and 1.0 hour substance abuse/mental health. Click here to learn more and to register.
Have you heard of the opioid epidemic, but don’t know much about it? Or, perhaps you’ve heard of it and have been wondering what North Carolina is doing to address it – either way, we’ve got you covered at the Health Law Section Annual Meeting & Joint CLE with the Litigation Section! Come hear N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein speak about the opioid epidemic in North Carolina and beyond, including the scope of the problem, prevention strategies for physicians and other health care providers, the STOP Act and the Synthetic Opioid Control Act, supporting treatment and recovery services, and support for law enforcement.
Did we also mention that Pamela Morrison with Coastal Horizons Center in Wilmington will be on hand to make this a substance abuse CLE credit presentation, with a discussion about the treatment of substance use disorders and how legal professionals can help and get help. Please plan to join the Health Law and Litigation Sections for a joint CLE program Friday April 27, 2018 at the Greensboro Marriott Downtown, with presentations by Attorney General Stein, DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, and many other great speakers! You’ll receive 6 total CLE credits, including 1.0 hour ethics/professional responsibility, and 1.0 hour substance abuse/mental health. Visit http://gateway.ncbar.org/store/seminar/seminar.php?seminar=109189 to learn more and to register.
Want to learn more about the state of health care in North Carolina directly from guest speaker Mandy Cohen, Secretary of NC Department of Health & Human Services? Sec. Cohen will speak about North Carolina’s transition to Medicaid managed care, combating the opioid crisis and improving early childhood health and education. Please plan to join the Health Law and Litigation Sections for a joint CLE program Friday, April 27, 2018 at the Greensboro Marriott Downtown, with presentations by Sec. Cohen, Attorney General Josh Stein, and many other great speakers!
You’ll receive 6.0 hours total CLE credits, including 1.0 hour ethics/professional responsibility, and 1.0 hour substance abuse/mental health.
Learn more and register here.
By Justin M. Mann
An early focus of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the new leadership of FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, has been regenerative medicines, which “hold significant promise for transformative and potentially curative treatments for some of humanity’s most troubling and intractable maladies.” One of the areas of regenerative medicine that can be particularly difficult to regulate is treatments with human cells, tissues, and cellular and tissue-based products (HCT/Ps), because these treatments tend to be fairly individualized and there is a fine line of demarcation between medical practice and processes regulated by FDA.
If you have already volunteered as a supervising attorney with the UNC School of Law’s Cancer Project, you know how meaningful advance directive documents can be in bringing peace of mind to individuals facing daunting and difficult medical situations. If you have not had the chance to volunteer in this role, you are invited to participate now!
To learn more about this program, and about the substantive law which it provides, please register to attend the UNC Cancer Pro Bono Legal Project CLE, to be held at the UNC School of Law on January 26 at 9 a.m. This CLE will provide an overview of substantive law helpful to attorneys participating in the UNC Cancer Pro Bono Legal Project, a collaborative project sponsored by the UNC School of Law’s Pro Bono Program, N.C. Cancer Hospital, and Legal Aid of North Carolina. The CLE also will include a review of changes to the law surrounding advance directives documents, new for 2018.
While this CLE is provided free of charge — in hopes that you will volunteer (or continue to volunteer!) as a supervising attorney through the program — you will be responsible for paying your own CLE fee to the state bar ($3.50/hour).
Click here to register for the CLE program.
By Richard S. Saver and MacKenzie Dickerman
All eyes are once again on health care reform. Amidst the present uncertainty, one law seems likely here to stay—the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (“Sunshine Act”). Part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Sunshine Act is the first comprehensive federal legislation mandating public reporting of payments between drug companies, device manufacturers, and medicine. As the law has moved beyond the implementation phase, with about three and one-half years of data accrued, it is an opportune time to evaluate its progress. In this post, we highlight what the Sunshine Act has revealed and its downstream effects.
Of particular interest to the health law bar, counsel in civil litigation are recognizing that the Sunshine Act serves as an important information resource.
As a reminder, on Wednesday, Oct. 18 starting at 6 p.m., the NCBA Health Law Section will host a “Mix, Mingle and Network” event at the Presidents Lounge, Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville. We are excited for an opportunity for our members and friends of the section to have a way to mingle in person and learn more about our section. The Health Law Section is an active chapter, and there are many ways that you can get involved, from CLE planning to pro bono.
Free parking for this event is available in the Sammons Wing Parking Deck. This a great opportunity for Health Law Section members in the Asheville area. For any questions and to RSVP, please contact: email@example.com. See everyone Wednesday, Oct. 18!
It is not too late to join the North Carolina Society of Health Care Attorneys for its annual conference this Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at the Rizzo Conference Center in Chapel Hill.
This year’s keynote address will be presented by Aaron McKethan, Ph.D., on the topic “Managing Change in Health Policy: State and Federal Perspectives.”
By Joan H. Krause
In Universal Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar (UHS), the Supreme Court upheld the Civil False Claims Act (FCA) theory of “implied certification,” under which the submission of a claim for reimbursement “implies” that the claimant is in compliance with the statutes, regulations, and contract provisions necessary for that claim to be paid. Escobar was filed by the parents of a young woman who died after receiving Medicaid-covered mental health treatment from a Massachusetts clinic that violated state licensing and supervision regulations. Her parents alleged that the clinic’s claims were fraudulent because they implicitly (and falsely) represented that the facility was in compliance with the relevant provisions. A district court dismissed the suit, but the First Circuit reversed. In a unanimous opinion written by Justice Thomas, the Supreme Court held that where a defendant “makes specific representations about the goods or services provided, but knowingly fails to disclose . . . noncompliance with a statutory, regulatory, or contractual requirement[,] . . . liability may attach if the omission renders those representations misleading.” But cautioning that such misrepresentations must be “material to the Government’s payment decision,” the Court reversed and remanded because the First Circuit had applied an impermissibly broad test.
As a reminder, on Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 8 to 9 a.m, the NCBA Health Law Section will be hosting a networking breakfast. We are excited for an opportunity for our members and friends of the section to have a way to mingle in person and learn more about our section. As you probably know, the Health Law Section is an active chapter, and there are many ways that you can get involved, from CLE planning to pro bono. There are also opportunities for reduced membership dues for law students, so join us to learn more!
The breakfast will be at Robinson Bradshaw’s Charlotte office, located at 101 N. Tryon St., Suite 1900. Validated parking is available in the 101 Independence Center Garage (120 N. Church St.).
This a great opportunity for Health Law Section members in the Charlotte area. For any questions and to RSVP, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. See everyone on Tuesday!