Early this month, a group of 29 doctors gathered in a modern conference room at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, a few blocks from Lake Shore Drive. Over the course of four days, the little-known group of mostly specialists made a series of decisions crucial to the massive government entitlement program known as Medicare — issuing recommendations for precisely how Medicare should value more than 200 different medical procedures. As the members of the organization waded through technical discussions ranking procedures by how much time, skill, and mental effort they required, more than 100 invitation-only consultants, lawyers, and medical society representatives hunched over their laptops taking notes.If history is any indication, the Chicago group’s decisions will weigh heavily on how much Medicare pays doctors. But the members of this powerful panel are not employed by the federal government. Instead, the group is comprised almost exclusively of physicians themselves, the … [Read more...] about Little-Known AMA Group Has Outsized Influence on Medicare Payments- Helpful Advice or Conflict of Interest?
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What are Law Graduates doing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup event at Brazil? When one of their colleagues at Kollam Bar Association, Adv Mahajan Vasudevan Nair was seen at Brazil representing the Asian Football Confederation, the biggest member of FIFA family, friends were confused because Mahajan was a sportsman as well as a lawyer. Mahajan practiced civil law as a junior to the famous civil lawyer of Kollam, Adv Choottaramadom N. Venkita Subramoniya Iyer from 1996 onwards and started independent practice since 2000. He continued his practice for ten years at Kollam. He obtained Master in Sports Management Degree from University of Geneva and is currently the “Head of Club Licensing & Commercial Legal” at Asian Football Confederation at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Asian Football Confederation (AFC), which includes 47 Asian countries including Australia is the biggest member of the FIFA family. Born as son of K.Vasudevan Nair & Jyothishmathy Amma, he is married to … [Read more...] about From GLC Trivandrum to Brazuca; An interview with Advocate Mahajan Vasudevan Nair, “Head of Club Licensing & Commercial Legal” at Asian Football Confederation
Prof. Homer.D. Pithawalla has been teaching in Government Law College, the oldest law college in India, for 41 years. His students include Supreme Court and High Court Judges, Attorney-Generals, Ministers and advocates all over the world. He is a life member of the Academy of American and International Law of the University of Texas at Dallas, Texas. He was also one of the two Indians selected to attend their Academy several years ago.Homer D. Pithawalla is a practicing Advocate of Supreme Court of India and Bombay High Court as well as Solicitor of Bombay High Court, Supreme Court of England and Supreme Court of Hong Kong. He is also recognized as one of India’s leading experts on corporate laws (Contract law & Company law) and Competition law.He has been his students’ favorite, gratitude flowing from several Supreme Court and High Court lawyers and Judges. In this interview with Live Law, he recalls past and … [Read more...] about Policy making in India political in nature; good of the country not prime consideration: In Conversation with Prof. Homer D. Pithawalla of Government Law College, Mumbai
The Supreme Court, on Friday, agonized over the increasing number of custodial or unnatural deaths in the prisons across India and issued a slew of directions to curb them.“…we do hope that the highlighting of this issue will bring about awareness in the mind and heart of the powers that be and consequential reforms in prisons which may ultimately reduce, if not eliminate, the number of unnatural deaths in prisons and also improve the conditions of prisoners all over the country,” the Bench comprising Justice M.B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta observed.The Court took into account the data on unnatural deaths in prisons available from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) website and the data provided by National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on suicide in prisons.Highlighting several such facts and statistics available at hand, the Court highlighted the need for an overhaul, in order to ameliorate the conditions of prisoners across the country and thereby reduce … [Read more...] about Jail Reforms- SC Issues Slew Of Directions: Directs Compensation To Next Kin In Custodial Deaths , Medical Assistance, Phone & Video Conferencing With Family For Prisoners [Read Judgment]
Therapeutic jurisprudence is the “study of the role of the law as a therapeutic agent.” Therapeutic jurisprudence focuses our attention on this previously under-appreciated aspect, humanising the law and giving law a human touch, emotional, psychological side of law and the legal process.Basically, therapeutic jurisprudence is a perspective that regards the law as a social force that produces behaviours and consequences. A consequence which flows out of human’s intervention with law, mostly; are categorised as either therapeutic or anti-therapeutic. It is simply a way of looking at the law in a richer way, and then bringing to the table some of these areas and issues that previously have gone disregarded. Therapeutic jurisprudence incites us to have an out of box thinking and see if they can be factored into our law-making, lawyering, or judging. In practice therapeutic jurisprudence approaches continue to mend the links between our … [Read more...] about Law As A Therapeutic Agent: The Advent Of A New Age Research