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Families turn to courts to protect difficult end-of-life choices

Many hospitals and doctors rightly have campaigned to get more patients to provide information in advance about their end-of-life care choices, but doesn’t that mean that the choices when made should be respected? And if...more

Hospital Claim Dismissed for Want of Redressability

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The recent decision in Dignity v. Burwell is interesting for three reasons. For one thing, it provides a reminder of the unfortunate fact that the acts (or inaction) of one party can adversely affect the fate of others—as...more

Tennessee Health Services and Facilities Report: April 2017 Newsletter

by Burr & Forman on

The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency (“HSDA”) is responsible for regulating the health care industry in Tennessee through the Certificate of Need Program. A Certificate of Need (“CON”) is a permit for the...more

Medicare Two-Midnight Rule and Observation Status Updates

by Baker Ober Health Law on

What's new from Medicare in the areas of the Two-Midnight rule and observation services? CMS recently published updates to a Medicare manual reflecting clarifications to its Two-Midnight policy, a Medicare Quality Improvement...more

Medicare Plans Sue Auto Insurers for Illegal Cost Shifting

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

When Medicare beneficiaries are taken to the ER after an auto accident, they’re likely to have their Medicare cards with them, but not their auto policies. This creates a problem for Medicare because Medicare is supposed to...more

CMS Revises the Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol Requiring the Use of Prescribed Forms for Disclosure of Stark Law Violations

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently posted revisions to the Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (SRDP). In an attempt to streamline the self-disclosure process, CMS requires the use of new...more

CMS Delays Effective Date for Episode Payment Model (EPM) Final Rule

by King & Spalding on

CMS has announced that the effective date for the Final Rule for certain EPMs will be delayed until May 20, 2017. This is the second delay for the Final Rule. CMS previously pushed the effective date from February 18 to March...more

New Resources for Telehealth Chronic Care Management (CCM) Rules

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

More good news for hospitals, health care providers, and entrepreneurs interested in telehealth and Chronic Care Management (CCM). CMS just recently introduced a new educational initiative called Connected Care: the Chronic...more

OIG Issues Favorable Advisory Opinion Relating to Free Hotel Lodging and Cafeteria Meals for Qualifying Patients

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On March 3, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion 17-01. The Opinion relates to a request by an academic medical center (the “Requestor”) consisting...more

Fifth Circuit Upholds CMS’s Critical Access Hospital Guidelines

by King & Spalding on

CMS’s definitions of “primary roads” and “secondary roads,” as used to determine what constitutes a critical access hospital, withstood another court challenge last week....more

Health Alert (Australia) March 20, 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: New South Wales - 15 March 2017 - NG v Chinese Medicine Board of Australia [2017] NSWCATOD 36 - PROFESSIONS AND...more

CMS Issues Instructions to Hospitals Regarding the Implementation of Ruling 1498-R2

by Baker Ober Health Law on

In April 2015, CMS issued Ruling 1498-R2 addressing the calculation of the Medicare fraction of the disproportionate share hospital (DSH) adjustment for patient discharges prior to October 1, 2004. CMS has now issued...more

Can medical residents admit hospital inpatients?

by Dentons on

In federal fiscal year 2014, concurrently with the implementation of the Two Midnight Rule, CMS adopted a new regulation (the "Admissions Regulation") making the inpatient admission order an express condition of Medicare...more

Health Alert (Australia) February 27, 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Commonwealth. Fair Work Commission 20 February 2017 - Renton v Bendigo Health Care Group [2017] FWC 921 -...more

District Court Allows Medicare Beneficiary Class Action to Proceed

by King & Spalding on

On February 8, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut declined to fully dismiss allegations filed by a class of Medicare patients against HHS in Alexander et al. v. Cochran (formerly Bagnall et...more

What's "Hidden" in the 21st Century Cures Act for Health Care Entities

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

The 21st Century Cures Act (Cures) was signed into law December 13, 2016. While the primary focus of the 996-page Act centered on biomedical innovation, several components of Cures have significant implications for health...more

Another Court Agrees That A Difference Of Opinion On Medical Necessity Is Insufficient to Show Falsity Under the False Claims Act

Last month, the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah joined the AseraCare court and others in finding that a relator cannot successfully allege violations of the False Claims Act (“FCA”) based on a purported lack of...more

The Patient Is Not Always Right: Discriminatory Staffing Requests Can Create Legal Exposure

by Fisher Phillips on

Employer reports of bigoted or inappropriate comments made by customers to employees or other patrons have become increasingly common for employers in all industries. In the healthcare industry, this often takes the form of a...more

2016 Round-Up: Key Decisions Affecting Connecticut Health Care Providers

Connecticut state and federal courts faced a number of significant health care issues last year. We have summarized those cases that we think are particularly relevant to Connecticut hospitals, group practices and individual...more

Feb. 13 Deadline Looms for Provider-Based Departments Seeking Mid-Build Exception

by Polsinelli on

A new section of the 21st Century Cures Act provides much-needed relief for hospitals with an off-campus provider-based department (off-campus PBD) that was mid-build or under development as of November 2, 2015 (the Mid-Build...more

Alleging Improper Use of Funds Legitimately Obtained from the Government Insufficient to State FCA Retaliation Claim

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas has dismissed an FCA retaliation claim brought by a nurse who claimed to have blown the whistle on misuse of funds at a hospital that received significant federal...more

HHS Publishes Final Rule Overhauling the Medicare Appeals Process

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published its final rule revamping the Medicare appeals process at the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) level on January 17, 2017. The final rule extensively revises federal...more

Potential Implications to the ACA Under the Incoming Republican Administration – Part IV: Pharmacies

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), as a whole, did not have a significant impact on pharmacy services per se. However, a complete repeal would likely impact certain areas of pharmacy services including the drug benefit for the...more

The Latest on Property Tax Exemptions for Illinois Hospitals

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Recently, there have been several noteworthy developments in the controversy surrounding property tax exemptions for Illinois hospitals. For the past decade we’ve been providing updates as this issue progressed through the...more

21st Century Cures: A Closer Look

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On December 7, 2016, the US Congress enacted the 21st Century Cures Act, substantial legislation intended to accelerate “discovery, development and delivery” of medical therapies by encouraging biomedical research investment,...more

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