On August 11, 2021, United Healthcare and its affiliates were served with separate enforcement lawsuits by the Department of Labor and the New York Attorney General involving mental health parity, among other things.
The Biden Administration this month significantly relaxed several compliance obligations related to price transparency and surprise billing that have been of intense concern to the health care industry—and had already prompted litigation.
On August 12, 2021, the California Supreme Court issued its opinion in Natarajan v. Dignity Health, No. S259364.
On July 22, 2021, a bipartisan group of senators led by Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced the False Claims Amendments Act of 2021.
After years of concern from policymakers and industry stakeholders about patients receiving surprise medical bills when they inadvertently use an out-of-network provider, a new federal law will go into effect January 1, 2022, that could largely eliminate these surprise bills.
As the race to vaccinate continues, state and federal enforcement agencies are hard at work investigating and prosecuting COVID-19-related health care fraud.
Even prior to the PHE, the U.S. Department of Justice led several significant telehealth fraud enforcement actions.
On February 1, 2021, Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero entered final judgment in Wit v. United Behavioral Health, No. 3:14-cv-2346 (N.D. Cal.).
On August 3, 2020, the California Supreme Court held in Ixchel Pharma, LLC v. Biogen, Inc. that tortious interference with at-will contracts requires establishing wrongful conduct independent of interference itself.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission proposed two new regulations on January 7 applying the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 to workplace wellness programs.