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CMS & OIG Final Rules Extend And Amend Protection For EHR Donations

Ordinarily, the donation of Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology, services or training to a provider would raise fraud and abuse concerns and potentially implicate the Stark law and Anti-kickback Statute. In order to...more

CMS Extends Start Date for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use to 2017 Without Extending Timeline for When Providers Must Start Stage 2

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced a revised timeline for the implementation of Stage 3 “meaningful use” measures for the Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs, but did not extend the...more

CMS Extends Timeline on Meaningful Use Implementation

Last Friday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) proposed a one-year extension of Stage 2 of the meaningful use standards for Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (“EHR”) incentive programs. Under...more

Conference Spotlight: How Big Data and Data Analytics are Revolutionizing Health Care Delivery

At the O’Reilly Strata Rx Data Makes a Difference Conference in Boston last week, top minds from the data technology, life science and healthcare industries discussed how big data, a term commonly used to describe very large...more

Complex Chronic Care Management Reimbursement for 2015 Included in Proposed 2014 Physician Fee Schedule

The proposed 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule [PDF] included reimbursement for case management to be made available in 2015 for physicians who treat patients with two or more complex conditions. The proposed rule would...more

Polsinelli Podcast - Hot Topics From the President of the American Health Lawyers Association [Video]

Polsinelli Shareholder Kristen Rosati assumes the office of President of the American Health Lawyers Assocation (AHLA) effective July 1, 2013. The AHLA has more than 12,000 members and is the nation's largest educational...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

Tips to Prepare for a CMS Electronic Health Record Meaningful Use Audit

In an effort to improve patient care, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) established electronic health record (“EHR”) Incentive Programs, which provide financial incentives for the “meaningful use” of...more

OIG and CMS Issue Proposals to Extend Safe Harbor and Exception for EHR Donations

In the April 10 Federal Register, two agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published proposed rules that many healthcare providers have been anxiously awaiting affecting donations of electronic...more

CMS and OIG Propose Extension of Federal Stark Exception and Anti-Kickback Safe Harbor for Electronic Health Record Donations

On Wednesday, April 10, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and the Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) of the Department of Health and Human Services published complementary proposed rules in the...more

Will Federal Protection for EHR Donations Be Extended Beyond December 31, 2013?

Rumors are circulating that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) will continue to allow the donation of electronic health...more

CMS Focuses on Fraud Associated with Increased Use of Electronic Health Records

Acting CMS Administrator, Marilyn Tavenner, recently reaffirmed the agency’s concern that the increased use of electronic health records (“EHRs”) has contributed to increases in fraudulent billing practices by providers. At a...more

Health Care Reform Update -- March 19, 2013

In This Issue: Leading the News – Budgets and the Continuing Resolution (CR); Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; Other HHS and Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other...more

Health Law Update — January 10, 2013

In This Issue: - Healthcare Provisions in the American Taxpayer Relief Act - the Good, the Bad and the Ugly - American Taxpayer Relief Act Amends Overpayment Recovery Time Limits - OIG Advisory Opinion Sheds...more

EMRs: The New Health Care Fraud Frontier?

Whether referred to as electronic medical records, electronic health records, or electronic patient records, there is no doubting the tremendous potential benefits that the digitization of medical data holds for the health...more

Program Director and Therapist Convicted In $205M Mental Healthcare Fraud

Just over two years after the raid on the Miami headquarters of mental healthcare chain American Therapeutic Corporation (American Therapeutic), a former program director and therapist in the Ft. Lauderdale office of the...more

The P's & Q's of mHealth and Patient Engagement; Privacy and Security Issues

Orginally published in mHealth Newsletter on November 14, 2012. "Patient engagement is the holy grail of healthcare," according to one hospital executive. Indeed, there is real money in the development of products and...more

mHealth and Home Health: A Natural Fit

Originally published in mHealth Newsletter on November 14, 2012. Home health is an industry built on the core value of having hands-on-professionals providing quality healthcare in the comfort and privacy of the...more

Venture Investment in Digital Health Effectively Doubles in H1 2012

Venture investment in healthcare convergence technologies soared in the first half of 2012. According to a recent report from Burrill & Co, digital health, into which they group healthcare IT, mobile health and wireless...more

Electronic Medical Records

You may never need to fill out a form when you visit a doctor's office. Instead of having a different medical record number at each hospital or doctor's office, patients can have their entire medical history accessible online...more

mHealth Alert: Text4baby: Texting Health Messages to Pregnant Women and New Moms

Furthering the use of commercial wireless networks to deliver health information, the Obama Administration recently announced its new Text4baby campaign, which sends free regular text messages with health information to...more

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