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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

New Federal Guidance on Reducing Medicaid Hospital Readmissions

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently issued a guide to assist hospitals in reducing Medicaid patient readmissions. The AHRQ Hospital Guide to Reducing Medicaid Readmissions is the product of a...more

Driving Down the Cost of Health Care Through Next Generation Networks

Current and future health care delivery models are quickly outgrowing legacy communications architectures, which lack the structural flexibility and, more importantly, the control and security of Next Generation Networks, or...more

Summer Fraud and Abuse Roundup

The federal government was busy over the summer when it came to decisions and settlements under the Stark Law, anti-kickback law and federal False Claims Act. This article revisits recent developments with respect to...more

News from the Health Law Gurus™

Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Health System Network Affecting 4.5 Million Individuals – Community Health Systems, Inc. (“CHS”) reported this week that the information of approximately 4.5 million individuals has been affected by...more

One Of The Country’s Largest Hospital Organizations to Pay $98.15 Million Settlement on False Claims Act Allegations

On Monday, August 4, 2014, The Department of Justice announced that Community Health Systems (“CHS”), the nation’s largest operator of acute care hospitals, agreed to pay $98.15 million to settle nine whistleblower lawsuits...more

Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act May Result in More Patients for Medicare Providers

The President signed the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 [PDF] on August 7, 2014 (the “Act”). Ordinarily, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides medical care to veterans at Veterans Health...more

New Jersey Board of Dentistry Extends Deliberation on the Corporate Practice of Dentistry Rules Until November 3, 2014

On November 6, 2013, the New Jersey Board of Dentistry (the “Board”) published a notice that it received a petition for rulemaking on behalf of the New Jersey Dental Society requesting that the Board adopt rules to establish...more

CMS Reopens Open Payments System, Extends Review/Dispute Period and 15-Day Correction Period

On Friday, August 15, 2014, CMS officially announced the reopening of its Open Payments system and an extension of the covered recipient review/dispute period and subsequent data correction period. Our understanding is that...more

Georgia Composite Medical Board Issues New Telemedicine Rules

The Georgia Composite Medical Board enacted a new regulation governing the standards for telemedicine practice. The regulation, titled Practice Through Electronic or Other Such Means, is found under Georgia Comp. Rules and...more

Scientific Fraud: an acute malady - don't be blinded by it

It seems lately that the healthcare industry has had some horrible and ghastly press time in the media. It's unfortunate that there a number of people who seem to partake in questionable activities that flood the industry...more

FBI Warning to Health Care Sector Holds True

In April of this year, the FBI issued a Private Industry Notification (PIN) to the health care industry warning of the “likely increase [in] cyber intrusions against health care systems.” In the same month, and into June of...more

FDA Approves Cancer Screening Test as First Device Under Parallel Review Pilot

On August 11, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a premarket approval (PMA) for Exact Sciences’ Cologuard, a colorectal cancer screening test, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a...more

Court Enjoins CMS From Enforcing Dissatisfaction Requirement When a Provider’s Appeal Stems from the MAC’s Failure to Issue a...

On August 6, 2014, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia enjoined CMS, its Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs), and the Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB) from applying the...more

Splits Are Not the Best for Business: Uncertainty after Conflicting Decisions on the Scope of Obamacare Subsidies

The recent decisions by the Fourth Circuit and the D.C. Circuit address a controversy that could have far-reaching consequences for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”). Under the ACA, states and the...more

Overview of the FY 2015 IRF Final Rule

On August 6th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) published an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) final rule [PDF] in the Federal Register outlining (1) new Medicare payment policies and rates; and (2) guidance...more

Tennessee Attorney General States that Physical Therapists Cannot Perform Trigger-Point Dry Needling

In an opinion released on June 19, 2014, the Office of the Tennessee Attorney General stated that Physical Therapists cannot lawfully perform Intramuscular Manual Therapy or Trigger-Point Dry Needling. Dry Needling therapy...more

Alabama CON Report - August 2014

In This Report: - I. SHPDA Administrative Report - A. For Informational Purposes Only - II. Certificate of Need Program - A. Reconsideration on Home Health Batched Applications - B....more

Resistance WAS Futile—California Conforms to ACA Waiting Period Requirement

After wandering in the wilderness for a year, California has now come in from the cold and conformed its requirements for eligibility waiting periods to the federal standard adopted in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Effective...more

FDA to Strengthen Oversight of Certain In Vitro Diagnostic Devices

In the wake of a new Medicare reimbursement framework, FDA plans stricter regulation of some in vitro diagnostic devices. On July 31, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA; Agency) announced its intent to...more

Research Doesn’t Pay—At Least Not in Graduate Medical Education

Indirect graduate medical costs, or IGME, are what Medicare allows teaching hospitals in increased Medicare rates. IGME represents the indirect costs to a teaching hospital of hosting residents and interns—costs above and...more

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Compliance Trails Federal Requirements

The Department of Health and Human Services Officer of Inspector General (“OIG”) released a report this month titled, “Nursing Facilities’ Compliance with Federal Regulations for Reporting Allegations of Abuse and Neglect.”...more

Antitrust Considerations Surrounding Health Care Consolidation Among Hospitals and Physicians

The Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) has resuscitated the demand for hospital and health care provider mergers. The law explicitly encourages collaborative care—through, for example, financial incentives surrounding the creation...more

Health Law Wire: OIG Report on Nursing Home Compliance with Federal Regulations for Reporting Allegations of Abuse or Neglect...

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report and recommendations for nursing facilities to develop and implement written policies related to reporting...more

Community Health Systems' HIPAA Breach: Significant Lessons for Health Care and Non-Health Care Companies

On August 18, 2014, Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHS) publicly confirmed, in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (CHS filing), that its computer network was attacked between April and June 2014 by hackers...more

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