• 12.12.13

    Collaborative Care Before Accountable Care: Achieving Low-Cost, High-Quality Care Through a ...

    In this era of healthcare reform which is focused on cost containment and quality improvement, health systems are struggling to provide the right balance between quality and cost-efficient services. At the same time, advancements in biomedical knowledge and technological innovation are changing ...

  • 12.04.13

    Hold Your Bets: Third Circuit Rejects Sports Betting Law

    The four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA (the leagues) scored a significant victory in September in their ongoing lawsuit to prevent legalized gambling in the state of New Jersey. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld a district court ruling ...

  • 11.25.13

    Specialty Pharmaceuticals

    Specialty pharmaceuticals are a rapidly growing share of total drug expenditures by public and private health plans. These drugs, typically used to treat chronic, serious, or life-threatening conditions, such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, growth hormone deficiency, and multiple sclerosis, are ...

  • 11.21.13

    When Nonprofits Run Aground

    Special considerations come into play when nonprofit organizations want or need to engage in real estate transactions. With very few exceptions, nonprofits have a focus on something entirely unrelated to real property. Whether their mission is educational in nature, is health related, is directed ...

  • 11.15.13

    Zero Net Energy In High Rise, Lofty Goal?

    Let's start with the premise that according to the U.S. Department of Energy, commercial buildings account for 35% of US (and 40% of Global) electricity consumption.  Then, add on a regulatory structure in which the President is calling for a 20% reduction in energy consumption and a state ...

  • 11.12.13

    Planning California's Clean Electric Power Future

    Over the next several years, California's power system will undergo major changes. As renewable portfolio standards (RPS) increase, larger quantities of renewable generation resources will be required. Simultaneously, the unplanned retirement of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station ...

  • 11.01.13

    Meaningful Physician Payment Reform in Oncology

    Cancer care suffers from many of the well-known flaws in the American health care delivery system. Most of the care delivery shortfalls and inefficiencies can be tied, in part, back to payment systems that support high-cost procedures rather than focusing on assisting providers in improving the ...

  • 10.16.13

    New Swap Rules Bring New Risks

    In secured lending transactions, "swaps" have allowed borrowers to hedge against fluctuations in interest rates and currencies. Earlier this year, new swap rules under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) have come into effect, resulting in new and ...

  • 10.08.13

    Landmark Green Chemistry Regulations Take Effect in California

    California's groundbreaking Safer Consumer Product regulations took effect October 1, 2013. The long-in-the-making green chemistry regulations establish a process for the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to identify consumer products containing chemicals of concern that ...

  • 10.04.13

    Return Tracking and The Consumer Privacy Issue

    A recent string of media reports has focused on major retailers that track customers who return merchandise. While the plaintiffs' bar and the media are seeking to transform return monitoring into a headline-grabbing consumer privacy issue, the practice is hardly new, it is certainly justified ...

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