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RISK MANAGEMENT

$900 million in false billing results in charges against medical practices throughout the U.S.

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell have announced an…


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READER TIPS

Michigan office uses online payments to increase revenue

A Michigan medical practice that added online bill payments to its website is seeing a substantial increase in revenue.
To introduce the new process, the office put signs in the waiting room and a notice in statements. The company’s practice administration said it took awhile to catch on but it worked because patients are…


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TERMINATION

Is firing employees for medical marijuana discrimination?

All seven of the courts that have confronted this issue in the past decade have ruled that employers can enforce zero tolerance drug policies to fire employees for lawful use of medical marijuana. Here’s the rundown:
2013: COLORADO (Federal Court)
What Happened: Brewery employee with hepatitis C, fired after testing positive for marijuana, claims use was legal under Colorado medical marijuana law and that he never used or was high at work.
Ruling: Federal court says brewery didn’t commit disability discrimination and that duty to accommodate doesn’t prevent employers from…

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COMPLIANCE

Model Policy: Medical marijuana

Why you need this policy:

Now that medical marijuana is legal in many states, it’s important that you adjust your zero tolerance drug policy to address, if not accommodate, it.

 
 
 

COMPLIANCE

Same-sex marriage ruling brings in new legal issues

Plus new emphasis on discrimination
Though it applies only to states where same-sex marriage is legal, the recent Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage warrants attention from managers in all states. For those in Washington, DC, and the 13 states where gay marriage is recognized, there are new employment law requirements. For those in all the other states, the ruling calls for increased emphasis on nondiscrimination.
A matter of two rulings
In a nutshell, the decision, which came down June 26, says that in states where same-sex marriage is recognized…

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HEALTH CARE REFORM

Health reform’s delay on the employer mandate raises lots of questions

There’s a new delay in health care reform.
It’s a one-year postponement of what’s known as the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act.
That mandate says large employers, or those with 50 or more full-time employees, have to provide health insurance for their employees or pay a penalty. Originally, the requirement was supposed to take effect this coming January. Now the date is pushed back to 2015. That gives larger employers a year’s grace before they have to provide health insurance that meets government standards…

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