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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

Health Care E-Note - Februaury 2017

Ransomware: A Reportable Breach? In the past several years, a huge increase has occurred in the number of electronic attacks in the United States using ransomware, a form of malware that targets and encrypts critical...more

TortSource: Ransomware: A Reportable Breach?

In the past several years, a huge increase has occurred in the number of electronic attacks in the United States using ransomware, a form of malware that targets and encrypts critical data and systems for the purpose of...more

Health Care E-Note - January 2017

On October 4, 2016, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") released the final rules regarding the requirements of participation for skilled nursing facilities. One of the most significant changes to the...more

Birmingham Medical News: End in Sight for Medicare ALJ Backlog?

As providers who are currently undergoing a Medicare claims appeal know, there is a lengthy delay to having an appeal actually heard by an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”). Some estimates indicate that it will currently take...more

Health Care E-Note - September 2016

In an article published in the September 2016 MASA Newsletter, Jim Hoover and Angie Cameron Smith discuss how physicians should properly respond to subpoenas and requests for patients’ health information. They stress how...more

Joint Commission Okays Texting of Patient Orders

The Joint Commission recently announced a change in its policies whereby it will now allow providers to communicate patient orders via text message. The policy applies to all Joint Commission accreditation programs. While the...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 - January 2016

The 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule ("Final Rule") contains recent changes to the Federal Stark Law, the majority of which took effect on January 1, 2016. The issuance of the Final Rule on November 16, 2015...more

Recent Changes to the Stark Law Provide Added Flexibility

The 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule ("Final Rule") contains recent changes to the Federal Stark Law, the majority of which took effect on January 1, 2016. The issuance of the Final Rule on November 16, 2015...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

Health Care E-Note - February 2015

In This Issue: - HIPAA Privacy During Emergency Situations - Probationary Medicaid RCOs – How Do Physicians Respond Without Subjecting Themselves to Potential Criminal And Civil Liability? - Big Data...more

HIPAA Privacy During Emergency Situations

A patient arrives at your facility with Ebola-like symptoms. After taking the necessary precautions, you run the requisite tests, conduct a patient interview, and determine that in fact the patient has contracted the Ebola...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

Terminating The Physician-Patient Relationship

Oftentimes, I am asked by physicians how to end the physician-patient relationship. For various reasons, the physician desires to end the relationship and have the parties go their separate ways. Such may stem from a...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

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

Nurse Practitioner And Nurse Midwife Prescribing Practices

An ongoing debate in the healthcare field involves the scope of practice for allied health professionals, for example, nurse practitioners and nurse midwives. Allied health professionals oftentimes desire the ability to...more

Health Care E-Note - June 19,2013

In This Issue: - FTC Hospital Merger Investigation Highlights Cost of Health Care - Survey Finds Doctors Warming to Health Information Exchanges - Health Insurance Markets Seeing More Competition from New...more

Birmingham Medical News: I-Phone Or HIPAA-Phone?

With the recent issuance of the long-awaited final rule by the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS"), the protection of patient information has been a hot topic among the health care industry the past few months....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

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