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Health Care E-Note - May 2017

When a physician leaves a medical practice, especially if the physician stays in the area to compete against his/her former employer, the situation can become stressful and acrimonious. Please see full E-Note below for...more

Health Care E-Note - April 2017

An often overlooked and under publicized provision of the False Claims Act (“FCA”) is the retaliatory discharge prohibition. This is probably because retaliatory discharge claims do not grab headlines by winning multimillion...more

A Physician is Leaving Your Practice – "Must Have" Employment Agreement Provisions (Part I)

The following is the first installment of a three-part series discussing important provisions in physician employment agreements. When a physician leaves a medical practice, especially if the physician stays in the area...more

Burr Alert: Physicians, Surgery Centers and Taxes

Since the enactment of the net investment income tax ("NIIT") in 2012, physicians and other taxpayers owning multiple business interests have had to make educated choices based upon accounting projections and SWAGS when...more

Burr Alert: Phase 2 HIPAA Audits

In an effort to review and examine compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and its implementing regulations ("HIPAA"), the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil...more

Health Care E-Note - February 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has a new view in cases involving corporate wrongdoing (including fraud and abuse, qui tam, and similar matters). And its gaze is focused squarely on rooting out and punishing the...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - December 2015

Howard Bogard, Chair of Burr's Health Care Practice Group, outlines his top ten 2015 health care developments for Alabama providers in his annual "Health Care Year In Review” article for the Birmingham Medical News....more

Health Care E-Note - December 2015

A little-noticed provision in the federal Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 calls for OSHA to increase its penalties to adjust for inflation for the first time since 1990. Please see full E-Note below for more...more

2015 Health Care Year in Review

In 2015, ICD-10 finally became a reality, and the dire predictions of problems seem to be wrong. Providers now have codes to describe just about every conceivable (and a few simply bizarre) medical occurrences. If a patient...more

Health Care E-Note - November 2015

With medical device related acquisitions at all-time highs, and regulatory interest intense from the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Office of...more

Health Care E-Note - December 2014

In This Issue: - Cybersecurity Breaches Have Costly Impact on Health Care Industry - Many Patients Being Asked to Pre-Pay for Procedures - Health Care Providers Given Active Shooter Emergency Guidance -...more

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Health Care E-Note - June 19, 2014

In This Issue: - Report Ranks U.S. Last Out of 11 in Health Care System Quality - Analysis Identifies Un-Tracked Avoidable Hospital Complications - Number of Doctors Employed by Hospitals Grew 34% Over 10...more

Best Practices For Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery

A femtosecond (FS) laser is exciting new technology, but it requires consideration of some important governance and compliance issues. Best practices require the surgeon and the facility (ASC or Hospital) to identify covered...more

Health Care E-Note - March 26, 2014

In This Issue: - Hospital CEO Turnover Rate Reached Record 20 Percent in 2013 - States Take on Authority of Doctors vs. Advanced Practice Nurses - HHS Urges Hospitals to be More Prepared for Emergencies -...more

Alabama Medicaid: The Move To A Managed Care Program (Part II)

This is Part II of a two-part series on the new Medicaid structure in Alabama. Part I of the series, which was published last month, discussed organizational and operational requirements of RCOs. This Part II will discuss the...more

Alabama Medicaid: The Move To A Managed Care Program (Part I)

On May 17, 2013, Governor Bentley signed into law Act 2013-261, Ala. Code §§ 22-6-150 et seq., which changes the Alabama Medicaid system from a fee-for-service to a managed care program (the "Act"). This historic legislation...more

Health Care E-Note - December 2013

In This Issue: - 2014 Expected to Bring Big Changes for Health Care Industry - GlaxoSmithKline to Stop Linking Drug Reps' Pay to Prescriptions - Lawmakers Consider Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013 - Congress...more

12/26/2013

2013 Healthcare Year In Review

Bob Dylan's quote from 1964 -- "The Times They Are A-Changin" -- could equally apply to the healthcare industry in 2013. This was the year that the Affordable Care Act ("ACA") came into full public view with the start of the...more

Health Care E-Note - September 19, 2013

In This Issue: - Many States Want More Oversight of Health Insurance Navigators - Insurers, Hospitals Argue Over Who Pays When Enrollees Default - ACA Increases Scrutiny of Doctors' Gifts, Payments - States...more

Discussions Among Physician Groups - Avoiding Antitrust Issues

Driven by Federal Health Care Reform and a desire to remain independent of hospitals and health care systems, physician groups are actively exploring different collaborative and alignment options, including the formation of...more

Burr Alert: Compliance Deadline For New HIPAA Rules Is Rapidly Approaching

On January 17, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") released its longawaited final HIPAA rule, which significantly expands certain obligations for covered entities and their business associates (the...more

Burr Alert: New HIPAA Rules Issued: “Sweeping” Changes For Healthcare Providers And Business Associates

On January 17, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) released its long awaited final HIPAA rule, which significantly expands certain obligations for healthcare providers and their business associates (the...more

Birmingham Medical News: 2012 Health Care Year In Preview

The health care events of 2012 can be properly divided into "Before" and "After": Before the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act and President Obama's re-election and After. Before these two events, the viability...more

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