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OPPS Provider-Based Final Rule — A More Practical Approach From CMS

CMS recently finalized sweeping changes to the way Medicare pays hospitals for services furnished in “new” off-campus provider-based departments (referred to as “off-campus PBDs”). CMS revealed the changes on November 1...more

Federal District Court Finds Hospital-Owned Urgent Care Center Must Comply with EMTALA

On November 1, 2016 the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island denied a hospital-owned urgent care center’s summary judgment motion, contending that the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act...more

EMTALA Anti-Retaliation Rule Narrower Than You Might Think

Regional Care Hospital fired Marie Gillispie because she was outspoken in telling hospital management that it was required to report an incident of patient dumping and had violated EMTALA by failing to do so. At least that’s...more

EMTALA Plaintiff Trips Over State Law Requirement

If you bring a case in federal court alleging violation of federal law, you might assume that you needn’t be concerned with procedural requirements of state law. But you could be wrong. Just ask Cynthia...more

Kentucky Supreme Court Affirms Punitive Damages 386 Times Compensatory Damages; Clarifies Vicarious Liability Standards

Last month, the Kentucky Supreme Court affirmed an award of punitive damages against a hospital, under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), that was a staggering 386 times the hospital’s share of...more

8th Cir. Rejects Dr.’s Grab-Bag Retaliation Suit

Dr. Alaa Elkharwily lost his job at Albert Lea Clinic, but he didn’t go quietly. He sued the clinic and eight related organizations and individuals alleging just about everything a terminated doctor can allege in Minnesota:...more

Budget Law Moves Towards Site-Neutral Medicare Payments; Join Foley for a Discussion on November 13

The recently enacted Bipartisan Budget Act (P. L. 114-74) included a provision that will significantly alter the future of hospital-based outpatient care. The provision, Section 603, will exclude from Medicare’s...more

Cinderella May Not Turn Into a Pumpkin After All: The Proposed Relaxation of the Two-Midnight Rule

On July 8, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a Proposed Rule regarding the 2016 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (“OPPS”). The Proposed Rule, in addition to proposing updates...more

Patient Dumps Can be Costly (But Cheaper than Missing Signature under Stark)

Continuing an accelerating series of EMTALA investigations and settlements in 2014 and this year, a Newton, Kansas hospital has agreed to pay $45,000 to settle allegations by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the...more

Lessons Learned: May a Healthcare Professional Say No To Treating Ebola?

May a licensed healthcare professional refuse to treat a patient? Healthcare providers have legal, ethical and professional duties to address a patient’s needs that fall within the provider’s scope of practice. However, are...more

Obligations During the Ebola Crisis: Ethical and Practical Considerations

Providers and health professionals face many challenges in the shifting sands of the Ebola response, including the extent of their duties to each other and their patients and their obligations under a myriad of laws,...more

HFMA Releases Provider-Patient Financial Communications Best Practices

Healthcare financial interactions are often complex and confusing for patients and can involve complicated payment structures and various “key players.” As patients become responsible for greater proportions of their...more

Novel “Bad Faith Admission” EMTALA Theory Survives Motion to Dismiss

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently denied Contra Costa Regional Medical Center’s (CCRMC) motion to dismiss regarding an alleged violation of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act...more

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