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Leasing to Health Care Tenants: What You Need to Know

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Commercial office building landlords frequently find themselves leasing to health care provider tenants. A landlord may not consider doctor’s offices or diagnostic labs as specialty uses, but there are several lease...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

Health Care E-Note - Februaury 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Ransomware: A Reportable Breach? In the past several years, a huge increase has occurred in the number of electronic attacks in the United States using ransomware, a form of malware that targets and encrypts critical...more

2016 Health Care Year in Review

by Burr & Forman on

Since I began writing this year-end review in 2013, there have been some common themes – a shift to pay for quality and away from fee-for service, much of which has been brought about by the Affordable Care Act (ACA): efforts...more

Health Update - July 2016

The Vulnerability of Healthcare Information - According to a report the Brookings Institute issued in May 2016, 23% of all data breaches occur in the healthcare industry. Nearly 90% of healthcare organizations had some...more

CMS Finalizes Plan to Expand Medicare/Private Claims Data Available for Care Improvement

by Reed Smith on

CMS has published a final rule to allow organizations approved as “qualified entities” to confidentially share or sell analyses of Medicare and private-sector claims data to providers, employers, and other groups who can use...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

by Alston & Bird on

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On February 24, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a guidance entitled, “Special Enrollment Confirmation Process” that will enhance program integrity...more

2015 – The Health Law Year in Review

With 2015 in the books, we are pleased to reflect on some of the major developments over the past year in the field of health law. The year was marked by changes in Medicare payment models—from government pronouncements...more

Alert: Key Regulatory Considerations for Digital Health Companies

by Cooley LLP on

Digital health is a growing field that promises improved patient education, wellness, engagement, access to care, and outcomes, among other things. However, with these new technologies come unique regulatory concerns that...more

Also In the News - Data, Privacy, & Security Practice Report - May 2015

by King & Spalding on

ONC Releases Updated Guide To Privacy And Security of Electronic Health Information ? The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (“ONC”) recently released Version 2.0 of the Guide to Privacy and...more

Health Headlines: Also in the News - January 2015 #3

by King & Spalding on

ALSO IN THE NEWS - HHS Publishes Goals on Alternative Payment Models with Continued Focus on Quality – In its continued efforts to base Medicare payments on quality over quantity, this morning HHS made public its goal...more

CMS Reopens the Medicare Payment Adjustment Hardship Exception Application Submission Period for Certain Providers and Hospitals

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the reopening of the submission period for hardship exception applications for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals that have been unable to fully...more

Health Update - Jun 2014

Removing Regulatory Barriers to Accelerate EHR Adoption - Recognizing the potential long-term value of EHRs for improving care and reducing costs, many hospitals considered offering physicians financial support to...more

CMS and ONC Propose Rule to Help Providers Make Use of EHR and to Extend Timeline for Meaningful Use

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced a proposed rule, on May 20, 2014, that would allow providers more flexibility...more

CMS, ONC Propose Flexibility for Certified EHR Technology and Extension of Stage 2 Meaningful Use Criteria

by King & Spalding on

CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) jointly issued a Proposed Rule on May 21, 2014 that would grant eligible providers flexibility in what edition of certified electronic health record...more

Health Update - May 2014

Litigation Arising from the Affordable Care Act: The Blessing and Curse of Interesting Times - The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has brought the most sweeping changes to the healthcare delivery and payment systems in the...more

Insight and Input on ONC’s Proposed Roadmap for EHR Technology: ONC Issues Proposed 2015 Edition of Meaningful Use EHR...

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On Feb. 21, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (“ONC”) released a proposed rule for voluntary 2015 Edition EHR certification criteria for the Medicare and Medicaid meaningful use...more

Proposed $6.8M Fine Related to Puerto Rico Breach Incident

by BakerHostetler on

Triple-S Salud, Inc. (“Triple-S”), a Puerto Rico Health Insurance Administration (“PRHIA”) contractor, filed a Form 8-K indicating that the PRHIA intended to impose a civil monetary penalty of $6,768,000 and other...more

New Rules Amend Regulatory Exceptions For Donation Of Electronic Health Records Items And Services

by Perkins Coie on

On December 27, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services published two final rules, one amending the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) Anti-Kickback safe harbor related to electronic health records (EHR) items and...more

CMS And OIG Release Final Rules Extending Stark Law Exception And Anti-Kickback Statute Safe Harbor For Donations Of Electronic...

by Carlton Fields on

In 2006, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") and the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (the "OIG") published final rules providing for an exception to the Stark Law...more

New York Appellate Court Affirms No Coverage Under Computer Fraud Coverage

In its recent decision in Universal American Corp. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburg, PA, 2013 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 6278 (N.Y. 1st Dep’t Oct. 1, 2013), the New York Appellate Division, First Department, had...more

Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline Approaching: What You Need To Know

by Akerman LLP on

As the end of the federal fiscal year rapidly approaches, so does the attestation deadline for hospitals participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. ...more

Health Care Legal News - September 28, 2012 • Volume 2, Number 8

by Dickinson Wright on

In This Issue: - THE DW HEALTHCARE TEAM IS GROWING: With the addition of six new healthcare attorneys, the DW Healthcare Team has expanded its expertise and its depth... - RECOVERY OF LOST PROFESSIONAL...more

Multi-Million Medicare Fraud and HIPAA Conviction: A Cautionary Tale

The owner of a Long Island medical supply company was convicted last week on charges of a $10.7 million Medicare fraud and wrongful disclosure of private medical information under the Health Insurance Portability and...more

Telemedicine Amidst Healthcare Reform: Practicalities and Pitfalls

The Supreme Court’s recent decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act underscores the need to deliver and make accessible quality healthcare to patients throughout the United States in an efficient and...more

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