Hogan Marren Summary of ACO Regulations Available

For the benefit of  Hogan Marren clients and others contemplating clinical integration and accountable care organizations (ACOs), we have summarized the key provisions of the proposed ACO regulations.  An online version of the summary is available here and copy of the summary suitable for printing is available here pdf button.

John P. Marren and Edward M. Hogan were named to Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers

John P. Marren and Edward M. Hogan were once again named to Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers. The newly published 2011 list names attorneys in each state who have been chosen through peer review and independent research.

Laura C. Liu Sworn As Cook County Circuit Judge

laura-liu_smLaura C. Liu was sworn in as a Circuit Judge of Cook County on Friday, December 17. Ms. Liu had been a partner at Hogan Marren, Ltd. until her appointment. She joined the firm in 1998, and her practice was focused on civil litigation and health care law. In remarks at the swearing-in ceremony, Edward M. Hogan commented on Ms. Liu’s integrity, diligence, honesty and fairness.

Judge Liu will be the first Chinese-American judge to serve on the Circuit Court of the Cook County bench and the first Chinese-American female judge in Illinois.



Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of §1983 Claims against Alderman

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a federal district court’s dismissal of §1983 claims against a suburban city alderman accused of punching the plaintiff during a confrontation over illegally parked vehicles. Laura C. Liu, Kelly M. Cherf, and Michael Tecson represented the alderman, and obtained a dismissal of the claims on the basis that the alleged conduct was not actionable under §1983 because it was unrelated to the performance of the defendant's official duties. Laura C. Liu presented oral argument on behalf of the alderman in the appeal that followed. The Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal, holding that the alderman’s actions were not made under color of state law and, therefore, could not be a basis for §1983 liability. (Wilson v. Price, No. 09-2904, 2010 WL 3861005 (7th Cir. Oct. 4, 2010))

Hogan Marren Obtains Favorable Medicare Coverage Decision for Hospital

Kelly McCloskey Cherf, Laura C. Liu and Nicholas Hudalla successfully represented a client in its appeal of a Medicare contractor's determination of overpayment involving a beneficiary's inpatient hospital services, based on the contractor's finding that the services were not medically reasonable and necessary.  The Medicare Appeals Council (MAC) reversed the Administrative Law Judge's decision upon finding that the services were medically reasonable and necessary, and granted Medicare coverage for the inpatient hospital services.  The MAC review is the fourth level of appeal for Medicare coverage determinations and is the final administrative review of claims before a party may appeal to the federal district court.