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Effect of Public Act 16-95 on Physician Non-Compete Agreements

Effective Date: The restrictions imposed by the Act apply to any covenant not to compete “entered into, amended, extended or renewed” on or after July 1, 2016....more

Compliance Reminder — DOJ Announces Largest Healthcare Fraud Takedown

On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, the DOJ announced the largest nationwide heath care fraud takedown in history, which resulted in criminal and civil charges against 301 individuals for alleged participation in health care fraud...more

OIG Recommends Eliminating Provider-Based Designation for Facilities Owned by Hospitals

In a report released on June 17, 2016, OIG renewed its call for CMS to either eliminate the provider-based designation, which allows facilities owned by and integrated with a hospital to bill Medicare as a hospital outpatient...more

AMA Approves New Ethical Guidance Policy and Encourages Telemedicine Training for Students and Residents

New Ethical Guidelines - On June 13, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a new ethical guidance policy governing the practice of telemedicine that will be published in the coming months. The policy is based on...more

DOJ Suffers Criminal Trial Setbacks: Warner Chillcott President Acquitted

Last week was a tough week for the Justice Department’s criminal prosecutors. Before everyone gets out their Yates Memorandum trending claims, it is important to recognize that DOJ’s loss in several high profile cases does...more

Medical Marijuana’s Florida Debut: A Process Fraught with Constraints

Florida’s limited medical marijuana program is finally almost ready to go live. For those who have been sitting on the sidelines waiting for the right moment to learn about the program, now is that moment. Recently, the...more

House Approves “Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016”

The House of Representatives has approved H.R. 5273, the “Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016,” as amended by the Ways and Means Committee in May. As previously reported, while the bill focuses on Medicare...more

Healthcare Lessons Learned From Reality TV

On March 31, 2016, a New York court determined that a lawsuit may proceed against a physician and hospital for breach of physician-patient confidentiality arising from a documentary series about medical trauma, NY Med. The...more

Louisiana Joins its Peers in Removing In-State Barriers to Telemedicine

Last week, Louisiana legislators approved the removal of certain restrictions on the delivery of telemedicine services to residents of Louisiana to encourage the provision of telemedicine services in the state. H.B. No. 570...more

Can moonlighting residents trigger Medicare GME caps?

In our last edition of GME @ Dentons, we covered the ins and outs of reimbursement for fellow moonlighting. In several prior editions, we have discussed the potential harm, from a Medicare graduate medical education (GME)...more

MACRA will change the way you practice

A recent rule proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will bring far-reaching changes to payment models for physicians and other clinicians (including nurse practitioners, physician assistants,...more

MIPS Performance Scoring: Understanding How CMS Proposes to Calculate Performance Is Key to Preparing for MIPS Participation

On May 9, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a proposed rule addressing the implementation of physician payment reforms included in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015...more

New Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act Guidance from the DOL

In Depth - The US Department of Labor (DOL) has provided guidance on health plan provisions that could trigger a violation of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008...more

Ask the Health Law Gurus™: What is a Non-Compete Clause in an Employment Contract? Is it Enforceable?

Question: I have heard about non-compete clauses being negotiated in employment agreements with physicians. What is a non-compete clause? What does it mean if my contract has a non-compete clause?...more

The Aftermath: Developments From The 2016 Session of The Connecticut General Assembly Affecting The Workplace

The 2016 session of the Connecticut General Assembly has just concluded, along with subsequent “special sessions.” Most prominently from an employment law standpoint, the General Assembly passed (and the Governor signed)...more

Physicians And Foundations And Facilities! Oh My!

On June 2, 2016, Governor Malloy signed into law Public Act 16-95, An Act Concerning Matters Affecting Physicians, Health Care Facilities and Medical Foundations (the "Act"). The Act will have significant impact on...more

Healthcare Systems Offer Shared Medical Visits to Address Physician Shortages and Chronic Illnesses

With the advent of an increasing aging population, physicians and other healthcare providers are seeking alternative approaches in offering patients access to quality health care. Among the innovations in healthcare delivery...more

FDA Issues New Form FDA 3926 and Final Guidance for Its Use, a New Approach for Physicians to Request FDA Approval for Expanded...

Agency Also Finalizes Additional Guidance Regarding Expanded Access (“Compassionate Use”) - On June 2, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance “Individual Patient Expanded Access...more

Developments in Compassionate Use and Right To Try Laws

We blogged a couple of years ago about the beginnings of what has become a wave of state “Right to Try laws” – laws that purport to give terminal patients with no other medical options the right to seek investigational drugs...more

The Capitol Update - June 2016

Ending with more of a groan than a whimper, the members of the Connecticut General Assembly concluded a difficult 2016 session on June 2. Members left Hartford after confronting for the third time in six years State budget...more

Medicare Makes Changes to the Shared Savings Program to Strengthen Incentives for ACO Care Coordination

On June 6th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule shifting how Medicare pays Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. CMS said the final rule aims to...more

FDA Issues Guidance on Expanded Access

The Agency improves the process for access to investigational drugs and biologics for patients who lack other options. On June 2, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) announced that it finalized three...more

CMS Redefines Alternative Payment Models and Offers Option for Merit-Based Incentive Payment System in New Proposed Rule

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is expected to drastically change how physicians are paid by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Under the proposed rule, physicians will be given the...more

California State Assembly Approves Bill on Rural Hospital Physician Employment

A bill that would permit rural hospitals to directly employ physicians has been approved by the California State Assembly. Assembly Bill 2024, authored by Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), will be considered next by the Senate Health...more

Ways and Means Committee Approves Bill to Make Reforms to Medicare Hospital and Other Payment Policies

The House Ways and Means Committee has approved an amended version of H.R. 5273, the “Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016.” While most of the provisions address Medicare payment policies pertaining to...more

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