• 06.02.11

    Healthcare Stimulus Funding Process Picking Up Speed

    Manatt Partner Helen Pfister and Manatt Associate Karyn Bell's article, "Health Care Stimulus Funding Process Picking Up Speed," was released in iHealthBeat, a daily news digest reporting on technology's impact on health care, today. The article outlines the progress the federal ...

  • 06.02.11

    State Regulation of De-Identified Health Information

    New Hampshire Are Getting It Wrong on Privacy, Might Kill Healthcare's Golden Goose

  • 06.02.11

    U.S. Seeks Input for Establishing Regional IT Extension Centers

    In addition to well-publicized incentives to get doctors to start using electronic health records, the federal stimulus package also dangles financial carrots to encourage the establishment of what will amount to a new mini-industry involved with helping those doctors choose and use EHRs.In one of ...

  • 06.02.11

    Developer Nightmare: California Climate Change Land Use Regulation

    California is among the first states to aggressively attempt to regulate climate change through land use regulation. First AB 32, and the Governor’s follow on executive orders, and most recently SB 375. AB 32 grants virtually unlimited authority to the California Air Resources Board to adopt ...

  • 06.01.11

    The Current Regulatory Environment and its Impact on Bank Directors

    The regulatory response to negative bank cycles evolve into three distinct phases.First, pessimistic, negative and critical examinations with calls for increased capital and other remedial action. Second, a significant increase in the number of bank closures. Third, litigation against officers and ...

  • 06.01.11

    Health IT Moves Forward With Privacy, Consent

    The federal government continues to move ahead with implementing various provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This update summarizes significant developments in July and August.Committee OKs Privacy RecommendationsThe Office of the National Coordinator for Health ...

  • 06.01.11

    Avoiding Social Networking Land Mines for Employers

    In October, Facebook responded to yet another round of questions regarding a recent privacy breach, which resulted in an inquiry by several members of Congress. Congress’ involvement highlights the fact that Facebook and other social media sites are much more than just fun networking tools. ...

  • 06.01.11

    Training Your Outside Counsel

    Three Rules for Avoiding Problems with Outside Counsel.While your outside counsel may have excelled at everything they have done in life up to representing your company, this does not ensure success in being responsive to your needs. In that regard, here are three rules you might want to ...

  • 03.23.11

    A New Fraud and Abuse Paradigm for ACOs: Blurring the Distinction Between Providers and Payers

    Congress has enacted a web of fraud and abuse laws designed to check the rapid growth in the cost of federal health care programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. These fraud and abuse laws are rooted in the policy concerns raised by the fee-for-service reimbursement system, which has been the ...

  • 02.21.11

    Status of California Renewable Policy 2011

    As the new year unfolds, California still has many unanswered questions as to how it plans to reach the energy policy goal of procuring 33% of the state’s electricity through renewable resources by 2020. The various state agencies still have a lot of issues to address before one can consider ...