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CMS Says MACRA Implementation Will Begin on January 1, 2017 but Physicians Can “Pick Their Pace of Participation”

On September 8, 2016, CMS announced in a blogpost that new physician payment model reforms, established in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), will begin implementation on January 1, 2017, as...more

Health Care E-Note - August 2016

The Alabama Natural Death Act contains the provisions on how an individual may plan for end-of-life decisions. Specifically, it outlines the requirements for a valid Advanced Directive and the removal and withdrawal of life...more

AMA Adopts Ethical Guidelines for Telemedicine Providers

At its annual meeting on June 13, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted ethical guidelines for the use of telemedicine, affirming the organization’s support of the use of telemedicine technologies within the confines...more

FDA Issues Final Guidance for General Wellness Devices

The final guidance confirms FDA’s enforcement discretion for many fitness and wellness technologies but raises issues for certain testing services. On July 29, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the...more

Telemedicine Gains Further Acceptance

Last month the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted ethical guidance related to the practice of telemedicine and telehealth which further expands upon the policy report on Coverage and Payment for Telemedicine [PDF] it...more

AMA Demands Appeals Process for Physician Payment Rates

On June 14, 2016, during its annual meeting in Chicago, the American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates approved a resolution recommending the overhaul of CMS’s physician payment rate determination methodologies,...more

AMA Approves New Ethical Guidance Policy and Encourages Telemedicine Training for Students and Residents

New Ethical Guidelines - On June 13, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a new ethical guidance policy governing the practice of telemedicine that will be published in the coming months. The policy is based on...more

CMS Redefines Alternative Payment Models and Offers Option for Merit-Based Incentive Payment System in New Proposed Rule

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is expected to drastically change how physicians are paid by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Under the proposed rule, physicians will be given the...more

Did drug maker fuel abuse by insisting that OxyContin works for 12 hours?

OxyContin in two decades not only has become a highly profitable, exceedingly popular prescription, it also has become one of the nation’s most abused painkillers-for a crucial reason, the Los Angeles Times says. The paper...more

Health Care Update - November 2015 #3

Drug Pricing Issues Heat Up Following HHS Forum - Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hosted a forum on prescription drug costs which featured players from every corner of the industry, including...more

Health Alert (Australia) - November 23, 2015

In This Issue: -Judgments; Legislation; and Reports -Excerpt from Judgments: Commonwealth. Federal Court - 17 November 2015 - Burnett v Eastern Health [2015] FCA 1247 The Federal Court of Australia...more

Congress Takes Long Look at Proposed Health Insurance Mergers

While the Department of Justice Antitrust Division is responsible for reviewing the proposed Anthem/Cigna and Aetna/Humana mergers for any potential competitive concerns, Congress jumped into the process with both feet in...more

Navigating the Diagnostic Commercialization Process

Guest Post By: Perry Dimas, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Premier Source, part of AmerisourceBergen The 2015 Business of Personalized Medicine Summit was an inspiring day with talented professionals. One...more

Yep, There’s a Billing Code for That

If you think you’re waiting even longer at your doctor’s office these days, you might be right. And it might be due to the overhaul of the medical billing code system that requires providers to enter an alphanumeric...more

Workers' Compensation Update Impairment Rating Evaluations

Last Friday, September 18, the Commonwealth Court issued an interesting decision invalidating Section 306 (a.2) of the PA Workers' Compensation Act dealing with Impairment Rating Evaluations (IREs), as an unconstitutional...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - September 2015 #3

FDA and CDC Issue An Alert on Properly Cleaning Medical Devices – On September 11, 2015, the CDC and FDA issued a joint advisory alerting providers and facilities about properly cleaning medical devices, due to concern with...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Legislation to Strengthen Medicaid Program Integrity and Fraud Controls... Bipartisan Senate Bill Introduced to Stop Anti-Competitive “Pay-For-Delay”...more

Send Lawyers, Guns and Money:* Providers Lining Up Against Anthem/Cigna and Aetna/Humana Mergers

In the wake of Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna and Aetna’s proposed acquisition of Humana, providers are lining up to be heard. Take the American Medical Association (AMA), for example, which is urging federal and...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - July 2015 #2

CMS and AMA Announce Efforts to Help Providers Get Ready for ICD-10 – On July 6, 2015, CMS and AMA announced efforts to continue to assist providers to get ready for the upcoming October 1 switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding...more

CMS Proposes to Establish Separate Payment for End of Life Planning Services

On July 8, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that updates payment rates and related reimbursement and quality policies for physician services furnished under the Medicare...more

American Academy of Pediatrics Recommends Limits on Telemedicine

On June 29, 2015, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a policy statement supporting the use of telemedicine in the practice of pediatrics as long as telemedicine technologies are used “in support of and...more

Brace Yourself for another Round of Death Panel Debate

Remember the notorious “death panel” debate of 2009? Congress was considering a proposal to pay doctors for end-of-life counseling. Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin led the attack on the proposal, claiming...more

Health Alert (Australia) - June 22, 2015

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgements: Victoria. Inquest Into the Death of Baby Chloe Lee Kellett - The Victorian Coroner investigated an infant's death from...more

Obesity, Mere Physical Characteristic or Disability Protected Under Law?

It is no secret that the U.S. has a weight problem. We all hear the news about how American waistlines continue to expand, the various theories behind what is causing the trend and endless advice to reverse it. The American...more

AMA Ethical Guidelines on Telemedicine Tabled for Further Review

On Monday, during the annual meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates, the delegates voted to table a proposed measure to adopt ethical guidelines for physicians who provide telemedicine services....more

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