Melesa Freerks

Melesa Freerks

Foley & Lardner LLP

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Another Delay for the Two-Midnight Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced, on August 12, 2015, that it has extended the enforcement delay of the controversial two-midnight rule governing short hospital stays until the end of the year....more

8/20/2015 - CMS Healthcare Healthcare Professionals Medicaid Medicare Medicare Part A Physicians QIOs Recovery Audit Contractor Two-Midnight Rule

Tapping Into the Big Value of Health Care Big Data

In This Issue: - Executive Summary - Improving Care by Tapping Into the Data Goldmine - Big Opportunities Available in Big Data - Government Programs Supporting the Use of Big Data -...more

3/2/2015 - Big Data Healthcare PHI Popular Regulatory Standards

Federal Prosecutors Charge NECC Employees with Second Degree Murder: A Shot Across the Bow to Healthcare Companies Navigating...

Federal prosecutors charged the head pharmacist and the president of New England Compounding Center (NECC), a now-bankrupt Massachusetts compounding pharmacy, with second-degree murder and racketeering in the U.S. District...more

12/23/2014 - Criminal Prosecution Drug Compounding Health Care Providers Hospitals Pharmacies Physicians Racketeering Second-Degree Murder

Medicare Announces Pay Increases for Psychiatric, Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Providers in Fiscal Year 2015

According to the rules released last Thursday by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Medicare will increase payment to inpatient psychiatric hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and skilled nursing...more

8/7/2014 - CMS Healthcare Medicare Nurses Psychiatric Hospitals

Healthcare Law: What Every Provider Should Know

Healthcare is an incredibly broad, diverse and dynamic industry. Because of the breadth in the field, providers are surrounded by a wide array of legal issues relating to: employment contracts, taxes, business structure,...more

6/30/2014 - Anti-Kickback Statute False Claims Act Healthcare HHS HIPAA Hospitals Physicians Stark Law

CMS and ONC Propose Rule to Help Providers Make Use of EHR and to Extend Timeline for Meaningful Use

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced a proposed rule, on May 20, 2014, that would allow providers more flexibility...more

5/29/2014 - CMS Data Protection EHR Healthcare HIPAA Medicaid Medicare ONC PHI

Could a Recent CMS Deregulation Regulation Save Health Care Providers $8 Billion?

As part of President Obama’s regulatory lookback initiative, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule last week (the “Rule”) that overhauled numerous staffing regulations affecting hospitals...more

5/15/2014 - Affordable Care Act CMS Executive Orders Healthcare Healthcare Reform

Finally…FDASIA Health IT Regulation Report Released

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC, together with FDA and ONC, the...more

4/16/2014 - Data Protection FCC FDA FDASIA Health Information Technologies Healthcare HHS Medical Devices ONC

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