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USDA Approves Indiana State Hemp Plan for Commercial Growth

Posted by: Charles O. Richert, Kendall A. Schnurpel, and Kate E. Trinkle on October 27, 2020

On October 22, 2020, the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) approved the Indiana State Hemp Plan (the “Plan”), allowing hemp growers to grow and process hemp commercially in Indiana without obtaining the previously required university research affiliation. Applications for the 2021...


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IRS Announces Retirement Plan Limitations for 2021

Posted by: Lisa A. Durham and Bryan J. Gross on October 27, 2020

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

On October 26, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2020-79 to announce the cost-of-living adjustments applicable to pension and retirement plan dollar limitations for the 2021 tax year – most of which will remain unchanged from 2020. Additionally, the Social Security Administration...


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Patient May Raise Vicarious Liability of Hospital for Unnamed Physicians in Medical Review Panel Submission

Posted by: Julie A. Rosenwinkel and Nicole M. Keith on October 23, 2020

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

Recently, in Anonymous Hospital v. Mason Spencer and Steve Robertson, Commissioner of The Indiana Dept. of Insurance, and Doug Hill, Medical Review Panel Chair, 20A-CT-393, the Indiana Court of Appeals held that a patient may assert negligence on the part of nonparty physicians in his submission...


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CMS's Dramatic Price Transparency Rule Set to Take Effect January 1, 2021

Posted by: Robert A. Anderson and Alexandria M. Foster on October 23, 2020

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

Effective January 1, 2021, all hospitals that operate in the United States will be required to comply with CMS’s Price Transparency Requirements detailed in its Final Rule (the “Rule”). The Rule mandates that hospitals establish, update, and make public a list of their standard charges for the...


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Unpacking Schrems II: The Demise of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

Posted by: Shelley M. Jackson, Robert A. Greising, and Virginia A. Talley on October 20, 2020

On July 16, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Luxembourg issued its long-anticipated decision in the case of Data Protection Commission v. Facebook Ireland, Schrems (Schrems II). The decision concludes two years of litigation of a complaint initiated by Austrian privacy...


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Indiana Improves Telemedicine Reimbursement During COVID Emergency

Posted by: Brandon W. Shirley and Stephanie T. Eckerle on October 19, 2020

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The Indiana Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning (“OMPP”) announced new changes to telemedicine reimbursement that aligns all Medicaid payor policies (fee-for-service and Medicaid managed care). The changes, applicable to claims with dates of service beginning September 24, 2020, allow...


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Anesthesiologist's Business Card Given to Patient on Morning of Surgery Probably Won't Absolve Hospital of Liability

Posted by: Julie A. Rosenwinkel and Hillary N. Buchler on October 19, 2020

In the recent case of Jernagan v Indiana University Health a/k/a Indiana University Health ACO, Inc. a hospital clerk provided the patient with an anesthesiologist’s business card on the morning of his surgery. The Indiana Court of Appeals held that may not have provided reasonable notice of the...


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