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The Deeper Dive: Guarding Against Unrealistic Goals and Organizational Pressures That Can Lead to Compliance Failure

When misconduct occurs within an organization, it is often reported and interpreted as an anecdote involving a few rogue employees who are quickly identified and appropriately disciplined. Misconduct derives, at least in...more

Hello Budget Agreement; Goodbye Provider-Based Status?

H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, was signed into law by President Obama on November 2, 2015. The two-year budget framework, which raises the federal debt limit through March 2017, partially rolls back the Budget...more

Don’t Flush the Drugs! The EPA is Coming!

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued a pre-publication Proposed Rule (40 C.F.R. part 266, subpart P) regulating the management and disposal of drugs deemed “hazardous waste pharmaceuticals” by healthcare...more

NLRB: Nurses Entitled to Union Representation at Peer Review Meeting

The NLRB, in an August 27, 2015, decision, held that two nurses who were requested to voluntarily appear before a hospital’s Nursing Peer Review Committee were entitled to have their union representatives attend the peer...more

Waivers of Co-Pays and Deductibles: Insurance Benefit Exclusions Grow

Recent changes to policy and plan language and increased litigation by third-party payers suggests that out-of-network providers who waive co-pays and deductibles may be in for some rough sailing. Providers must be aware of...more

The Deeper Dive in Texas: Recent Appellate Court Decisions Affecting Providers

For this edition of the Deeper Dive, we travel to Texas for a look at some interesting cases involving healthcare providers decided on appeal in 2015. Some of these decisions may be surprising – and perhaps even troubling –...more

Texas Medicaid Managed Care: Expedited Credentialing Requirement Added Along With Additional Oversight and Accountability

The Texas Legislature in Senate Bill 760 removed barriers to Medicaid recipients receiving healthcare services and required improved access for services through managed care plans. Expedited Provider Credentialing - The...more

The Medical-School-to-Prison Pipeline Continues to Widen

Physicians now appear to be more than ever at a greater risk of investigation for healthcare crimes, largely due to their “gatekeeping” function concerning a patient’s need for medical services and the government’s increased...more

Volunteer Directors and Officers Liable to Facility Creditors

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a trial court’s jury verdict finding the individual board members and officers of a non-profit healthcare facility personally liable to the facility’s creditors. The board...more

“PhysTexting” Is Not Enough to Form a Patient-Physician Relationship

The Texas Medical Board is proposing to modify its disciplinary rules to more specifically define the requisites for a physician-patient relationship required for prescribing. Under the proposed revision to 22 T.A.C. § 190.8,...more

Who Decides When Medicaid Payment Rates Are Not Enough?

In 2005, the Florida Pediatric Society, the Florida Association of Pediatric Dentists, and a number of parents and guardians on behalf of their individual children in the Medicaid program brought suit against the state of...more

Dot-com: A Health Professional's Website Is Not Just Another Website

Many physicians and other health professionals maintain a robust Internet presence, including websites and portals to provide patients with information. However, I was recently reminded of how easy it is to overlook the...more

Blog Exclusive: Government Sues Hospital for Birthing Mama’s Babies

The Clinica de la Mama case could well serve as an instruction manual of what not to do to stay out of the government’s crosshairs. In this case, several hospitals entered into contracts for Clinica de la Mama to provide...more

Government Sues Hospital for Birthing Mama’s Babies

The Clinica de la Mama case could well serve as an instruction manual of what not to do to stay out of the government’s crosshairs. In this case, several hospitals entered into contracts for Clinica de la Mama to provide...more

Clash of the Circuits: Federal Exchange Subsidies at Risk?

These four words “established by the state,” at first blush do not appear obtuse or particularly vague. But these four words form the basis for the latest challenges to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and have resulted in two...more

Changing Financial Landscape for Medical Debts of the Uninsured

The implementation of the ACA has afforded many with the opportunity to obtain insurance coverage. Despite the opportunity, a large number of individuals have either chosen not to enroll in a health plan or have been unable...more

Federally Qualified Health Centers: Welcome to PPS

CMS recently finalized a new PPS for Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) services. The implementation of the PPS was mandated by the ACA. Medicare currently pays FQHCs an all-inclusive rate for the professional...more

IPPS Proposed Rule: Read Once, Then Take an Aspirin

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has set its sights on the quality of care during hospital inpatient stays and much, much more. On May 15, 2014, CMS published a proposed rule that would update Medicare...more

Do You Know What Your Hospital Board Members Are Doing?

David Chandler was appointed to serve as chairman of Tri-Lakes Medical Center (TLMC), a community hospital in Panola County, Mississippi. As chairman, Chandler set board meeting agendas, regularly dealt with the administrator...more

CMS’s Civil Defense Won’t Let You Hide Under Your Desk

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have proposed new emergency preparedness requirements for healthcare providers and suppliers. These new requirements are designed to address the effect of a broad range of...more

Never Fear Regulatory Violations – Focus on Conditions to Payment

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently upheld the dismissal of a False Claims Act (FCA) suit against Omnicare, Inc., in which the relator alleged that certain drugs repackaged by Omnicare’s subsidiary were...more

CMS Outpatient and Physician Payment Rules: Don't Miss the Efficient Quality of Care Reform Forest for the Dollar Trees

The final physician fee schedule (PFS) and hospital outpatient department payment rules for FY 2014 clearly signal the continued intent by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to transform the healthcare...more

OIG Advisory Opinion 13-15 - Anesthesiologists: Chickens or Eggs?

It is often said that advisory opinions are requested from the U.S. Office of Inspector General (OIG) when one wants a very safe deal blessed or when one wants to dissuade a competitor or counter-party from entering into or...more

CMS's Two-Dog Night - Doctor Told Me Not to Stay as an Inpatient for Less Than Two Nights

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued controversial new criteria for hospitals to use to determine whether a patient's stay in a hospital should be treated as an outpatient observation stay or...more

Bringing Sunlight to Healthcare Pricing: The CMS Release of Hospital Charge Data

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis once said that "Sunlight is the best disinfectant." The release of charges billed by some 3,337 Medicare hospitals for 100 of the most common inpatient diagnosis related...more

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