Health Law

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Burkett, Teresa Meinders
Conner & Winters, LLP

Health Law

Contact: Rainer Herzig; Preslmayr Attorneys at Law (Austria)

Defining the boundaries between medicines, food supplements, dietetic foods and foods is frequently difficult. A recent Supreme Court decision sheds some light on the differences between medicines and dietetic foods.

Read more: Cranberry tablets – food or medicine?

Contact: Rainer Herzig; Preslmayr Rechtsanwälte (Austria)


Physicians and dentists must follow strict rules regarding their professional conduct – in particular, in relation to advertising.

In accordance with Section 35 of the Dentists Act,(1) dentists must refrain from 'professional misconduct', which is defined as activities that impair or damage the reputation or interests of the profession. As such, dentists must refrain from advertising any false, subjective or discriminatory information which may harm the reputation of the profession. In execution of this provision, the Chamber of Dentists has adopted guidelines on advertising. Under Article 5(e) of the guidelines, dentists must refrain from television, radio, cinema, billboard or internet advertising (eg, advertising banners on third-party websites).

Read more: Austrian Supreme Court rules on advertising of dentist's mobile surgery

Contact: Dana J. Nelko; Fillmore Riley LLP (Manitoba, Canada)

Bob and Jane are both in their early 70s. In 2008, with a downturn in the American economy and the relative strength of the loonie (the good old days), they purchased a condo in Phoenix.

As Bob and Jane are both retired, they decided to live six months of the year in Phoenix and six months in Winnipeg. They opened a bank account in Phoenix, found a local doctor that they were comfortable with and made plans to do a lot of golfing. They made sure their travel insurance was up to date and thought that they had taken into account all contingencies.

Read more: Financial healthcare for travellers abroad

Contact: Julia Vander Weele; Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP (Missouri, USA)

In the continuing saga of HIPAA compliance, most group health plans will have to obtain new health plan identifier numbers (HPIDs) by November 5, 2014. “Small” group health plans with annual receipts of $5 million or less will have one additional year to comply. The HPID must then be used in electronic transactions, including claim submissions, beginning November 7, 2016.


Read more: National Health Plan Identifiers Required by November

Contact: Ken Mason; Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP (Missouri, USA)

With the close of the first open enrollment period for obtaining health coverage through the Exchanges (or “Marketplaces”), the federal agencies charged with administering the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) have turned their attention to various “clean-up” changes. Of particular interest to sponsors and administrators of employer group health plans are revised versions of the model COBRA and CHIPRA notices. Moreover, current COBRA beneficiaries have been given a special one-time window in which to enroll in Marketplace coverage.


Read more: Agencies Revise COBRA and CHIPRA Notices; Announce Special Marketplace Enrollment for COBRA...