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Appellate Court Decision Changes Rules on Healthcare Worker Meal Period

Gerard v. Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (February 10, 2015) - A statute requires two meal periods for shifts longer than 12 hours. But an order of the...more

IRS Finalizes Revenue Procedure on 501(r) Corrective Measures

On March 10, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Procedure 2015-21 (Revenue Procedure), which will be officially published on March 30, 2015, in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2015-13. The Revenue Procedure...more

HHS Releases Two Healthcare Information Technology Proposed Rules

On March 20, 2015, CMS and the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released proposed rules regarding Stage 3 of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Incentive...more

Provider Reimbursement Review Board Issues First Favorable Jurisdictional Decision Following May 2014 Alert 10 Announcement

On March 19, 2015, the Provider Reimbursement Review Board (Board) issued a decision in which it accepted jurisdiction over an appeal in which an Ohio hospital sought to add to its Medicare DSH calculation inpatient days that...more

Hospitals struggle with electronic medical records sharing

When Illinois residents seek treatment at a hospital or other facility, they often believe that the technology that is being utilized is improving their safety and health....more

Health Care Employers’ Safety Records Will Soon Become Publicly Available

On November 8, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) published a proposed rule titled “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” (“Proposed Rule”). Under the Proposed Rule, employers...more

HHS Releases List of 25 Unimplemented Recommendations to Save Money and Improve Quality in Medicare and Medicaid

On March 16, the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the Compendium of Unimplemented Recommendations, an 83-page document that identifies 25 priorities for saving money and...more

Late Notice of Claim Costs Kentucky Hospital $10 Million

A federal court in Kentucky ruled on March 17 that Ashland Hospital had forfeited $10 million of insurance coverage because it was late in notifying its insurance company of the claim....more

New IRS Revenue Procedure Finalizes Guidance Regarding Correction and Disclosure of Charitable Hospitals’ Failures to Meet the...

On March 10, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Procedure 2015-21, which provides guidance regarding correction and disclosure procedures applicable to certain failures by charitable hospitals to meet the...more

Alabama CON Report

In this Issue: - I. Certificate of Need Program - II. Reviewability Determinations and Pending Reviewability Determinations - III. New Business - Excerpt from Certificate of Need...more

Care Recipients’ Limited Right to Discriminate Based on Protected Characteristics of Care Provider

Healthcare provider institutions including hospitals, clinics, medical practices, nursing homes and home health care providers (here, “Institutions”) are occasionally called upon to balance the preferences of Consumers...more

Health Care Employees Should Not Have Been Permitted To Waive Their Second Meal Periods

In this putative class/Private Attorney General Act (“PAGA”) action, Jazmina Gerard (and others) challenged a hospital policy that allowed health care employees who worked shifts longer than 10 hours to voluntarily waive one...more

House Approves Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding, Hospital Observation, Controlled Substances, & Trauma Care Bills

Yesterday the House of Representatives approved the following health policy bills: ..H.R. 284, the Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Improvement Act of 2015 – which would require Medicare suppliers that bid under a...more

Fifth Circuit: Hospital Enjoys Standing to Seek ERISA Benefits

The Fifth Circuit ruled that an out-of-network medical provider that was assigned a patient’s rights to health insurance benefits has standing to sue a health plan that underpays its portion of the benefits due even if the...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

CMS Publishes Corrections to OPPS and ASC Payment System for CY 2015

On February 24, 2015, CMS published corrections to the hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and the ambulatory surgical center (ASC) payment system Final Rule that was published in the November 10, 2014...more

The Three “Hows” Of Physician Compensation

New care delivery models and healthcare reimbursement trends are heating up the market for hospital employment of physicians yet again, but does a productivity-based compensation model still work in this environment?...more

Charitable Hospitals: Financial Assistance Policies

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued the final section 501(r) regulations, implementing the amendments to the Internal Revenue Code under the Affordable Care Act and providing regulatory guidance for tax-exempt...more

OIG Wants CMS to Take a Scalpel to Surgery Costs

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of Health & Human Services is recommending that CMS make a major reduction to the amount it pays hospitals for certain kinds of surgery. ...more

Can Mergers Between Healthcare Providers in Different Markets Raise Antitrust Concerns? "Yes," Say Top Enforcers at FTC and DOJ

In reviewing mergers of healthcare providers, government antitrust enforcers have historically focused on horizontal mergers between competing providers—in particular, those that result in high market shares in a specific...more

How to Avoid Negligent Credentialing Liability

In the seminal decision Darling v. Charleston Community Memorial Hospital (1965), the Supreme Court of Illinois held for the first time in the United States that a hospital is legally responsible for making sure that a...more

IRS Lessens Reporting Burden on Charitable Hospitals

This week, the IRS issued new guidance for charitable hospitals that are required to disclose the failure to meet the requirements imposed by the Affordable Care Act. This new guidance is meant to lessen the burden on such...more

Practice Leasing: An Alternative Worth Considering

As hospitals look to forge alignments with medical staff physicians and many “independent” physicians consider whether they want to become employees of a hospital or health system or remain independent operators of their own...more

Charitable Hospital Organizations and the Affordable Care Act

The IRS has issued final regulations providing guidance on certain complex requirements imposed on charitable hospital organizations added by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Specifically, the...more

Anatomy of a Provider-Merger Antitrust Challenge (Part 3)

This is the third in a six-part series discussing the Federal Trade Commission's challenges to provider mergers. Following the initial Introduction and Background (Part 1), the series discusses The Need for Early Legal Advice...more

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