Healthcare News April 10, 2013

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: CMS nominee appears set for easy confirmation

    Marilyn Tavenner appears to be on track to sail through the Senate confirmation process to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). 

    Tavenner received strong bipartisan support during a confirmation hearing Tuesday before the Senate Finance Committee, where Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) said he expects she will be confirmed.

    His confidence makes sense, given the praise lavished on Tavenner from both parties as well as the relatively light questioning from Republican committee members. She was mostly pressed on parochial interests and pet projects, including Medicare’s treatment of a specific hospital in New York and the agency’s coverage of supplies for diabetes patients.

    Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said he wants to hold a vote as early as next week, clearing the way for a floor vote soon thereafter.

  • Post & Schell Appoints Paula Sanders Chair of the Firm’s Health Care Practice Group

    Health Law Veteran to Lead National Team of Attorneys Serving Health Care Industry

    PHILADELPHIA – April 8, 2013 – Post & Schell, P.C., a leading multi-disciplinary law firm, today announced that Paula Sanders has been appointed chair of the firm’s Health Care Practice Group. Representing a broad range of health care stakeholders across more than 35 states, the team provides representation in litigation, appellate, regulatory compliance, government inquiries and general transactions. As chair, Ms. Sanders is responsible for the strategic development and growth of the practice group and coordinating appropriate counsel for clients.

    Post & Schell’s Health Care Practice Group is comprised of nearly 30 attorneys, many of whom have a national reputation for their legal expertise, while serving as stewards for specific industry causes to help shape the direction of health care.

    “Health care is an industry in transition, and it is no longer sufficient for advocates to simply ‘know the law.’ It is having that in-depth understanding of our clients’ very unique industry and critical issues which are at the core of successful counsel,” said Brian Peters, president and chief executive officer for Post & Schell, and the former and founding chair of the Health Care Practice Group. “Paula holds those same ideals and has become a recognized thought leader in public policy and practice across health care – not only within legal aspects, but also as a prominent national speaker and author. Her leadership will continue to both energize the group and bring an increased client focus to such an important industry.”

    “I am honored to be chosen to direct the Health Care Practice Group and help establish Post & Schell as the law firm of choice for health care,” said Ms. Sanders. “My colleagues and I share an allegiance with our industry and our clients, working in concert with their boards, executives and general counsel when and where it is needed. Our focused group brings unique perspectives from multiple practice areas – from health care law, business law, litigation and employment, to professional liability, antitrust, white collar defense and compliance and risk management.”

    Ms. Sanders joined Post & Schell in 2004 and focuses exclusively on health care law. She represents clients on both substantive and procedural aspects of health facility regulation, such as surveys; licensure; Medicare/Medicaid; compliance; RAC, MIC, PERM, CERT and ZPIC audits; accreditation; payment matters; HIPAA; fraud and abuse, False Claims Act investigations and voluntary disclosures. She vigorously advocates for her clients before multiple regulatory and law enforcement agencies and is especially successful at coordinating an integrated response to her clients’ issues.  Ms. Sanders is based in Post & Schell’s Harrisburg, Pa. office.

    About Post & Schell’s Health Care Practice Group

    Established in 1986, the Health Care Practice Group serves a variety of institutional health care providers nationwide, including academic medical centers, hospitals, health care systems, nursing homes, continuing care retirement communities, dialysis providers, behavioral health and developmental disability providers, hospices, home health agencies, durable medical equipment providers, ambulance companies and pharmacies. In addition, the Group represents individual providers and physician groups, pharmaceutical manufacturers, medical device manufacturers, and national and state trade associations, among others.

    The group represents clients on issues related to governmental oversight, reimbursement, licensure, labor and employment, fraud and abuse, medical staff issues and business transactions. In addition, the practice group also provides counsel and representation in audits and investigations as well as privacy and technology matters.

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    About Post & Schell, P.C.

    Post & Schell, established in 1968, provides litigation, corporate, transactional, regulatory, compliance, consulting and educational services locally, regionally and nationally to a broad spectrum of proprietary and not-for-profit industries. Post & Schell concentrates on providing these niche services in sophisticated, complex matters. The firm has more than 150 lawyers in seven offices: Allentown, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pa; as well as Princeton, N.J. and Washington, D.C. Post & Schell focuses on a broad spectrum of industries including: health care, pharmaceutical, medical device, manufacturing, transportation, communications, construction, energy, retail, security, social services, professional services, municipal services, insurance, banking and financial services, and hospitality. www.postschell.com

     

  • DSCC: McConnell should apologize to people with depression

    Democratic campaign officials demanded that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) apologize Tuesday after a secret tape revealed that his campaign considered attacking a potential opponent’s struggle with depression.

    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) blasted the Senate Republican leader after Mother Jones published audio of a private strategy meeting in which a McConnell aide criticized actress Ashley Judd as “emotionally unbalanced.”

    “It is beneath the office of Minority Leader to engage in this kind of trivial politics,” said DSCC Executive Director Guy Cecil in a statement. “[McConnell] should apologize to the millions of Americans who suffer from depression and don’t believe it’s a laughing matter.” 

  • Baucus wants vote next week on CMS nominee

    Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said Tuesday he hopes to hold a vote next week on Marilyn Tavenner’s nomination to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

    Tavenner won bipartisan praise during a confirmation hearing Tuesday morning, and senators from both parties said they expect she will be confirmed.

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