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The Supreme Court of the United States has upheld essentially all of the health reform law (also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, "PPACA," or "ACA"). Significant changes are set to take effect in 2014 as a result of this decision. Will your organization be ready?

The challenges forced upon the health care and life sciences industries by the ACA are many – from increasing the quality of health care and expanding insurance coverage to reducing health care spending. The health care industry and the health care delivery model are increasingly challenged by government regulations, patient demands, and commercial viability. Employers, also, must consider the impact that health reform will have on their organizations, including whether they should continue to provide health coverage.

Epstein Becker Green advises clients through the ever-changing health care landscape. The firm, consistently ranked as one of the nation's largest health care law firms by Modern Healthcare, has been at the forefront of interpreting and counseling the evolving marketplace driven by health reform. Because of our extensive knowledge of health care financing, delivery, and reimbursement programs, we are able to properly counsel entities in the health care and life sciences industries and employers on the current environment, legal implications, impacts, and complexities of proposed reforms under the ACA, so that they can address their business needs and strategies.

Specifically, Epstein Becker Green:

  • Strategically guides health care entities through the labyrinth of new standards and obligations under PPACA, which involve, among other things, accountable care organizations and value-based payment models; new compliance, integrity, and fraud, waste, and abuse requirements; improvements to health care quality and reductions in Medicare and Medicaid costs; and increased transparency and accountability in the provision, operation, and administration of health care
  • Through its Health Employment And Labor (HEAL) Group – which unites the firm's two premier national practices, Health Care and Life Sciences, and Labor and Employment – provides counsel to employers on positioning their organizations to address and implement PPACA's impending changes, and evaluate whether the employers should continue to offer health coverage to employees in 2014 and beyond and what other alternatives exist (click here for more employer-specific issues); our cross-disciplinary legal and regulatory experience enables us to deliver comprehensive solutions to complex benefits problems, especially those created by PPACA and new government policies

Epstein Becker Green attorneys include among them "a leading expert" on accountable care organizations and the interrelated payment and delivery system reform issues facing the U.S. health care system, according to Nightingale's Healthcare News (April 2010). Our attorneys regularly address health reform issues and their impact on the health care and life science industries through postings on the PPACA Impact and Opportunities Blog and Health Employment and Labor Blog, client alerts, articles, and briefings. We strive to keep you "in the know" at all times.


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