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President Signs Into Law Changes to Medicare Physician Reimbursement Formula

On April 16, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 ("the Act"). The national headlines about the Act’s passage focused on the repeal of the sustainable growth rate...more

FTC Urges State to Ease Up on Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) published comments in response to a Missouri state legislative proposal to modify rules and regulations on collaborative practice arrangements between physicians and Advanced...more

President Obama Signs SGR Repeal Legislation; New Physician Payment Methodology Begins in 2019

On April 16, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). MACRA repeals the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) that was set to cut Medicare Physician Fee...more

TMB Limits Telemedicine in Texas

The Texas Medical Board has issued limits on telemedicine, stating that a physician-patient relationship can be established through a “face-to-face” visit held either in person or via telemedicine. ...more

Passage of Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA): The “Doc Fix”

The President has signed into law the bipartisan bill H.R. 2, the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015,” which permanently repeals the flawed Sustained Growth Rate (SGR) formula and replaces it with a stable...more

Permanent “Doc Fix” Legislation Substitutes Merit-Based Incentive Payment System for SGR, and Contains Other Reimbursement and...

In addition to finally repealing the so-called sustainable growth rate methodology (“SGR”) for adjusting Medicare physician payments that Congress has overridden consistently since 2004, the newly enacted Medicare Access and...more

How New York’s Emergency Medical Services and Surprise Bills Law Impacts Providers and Plans

Last year New York passed legislation known as the “Emergency Medical Services and Surprise Bills” law, a much-heralded consumer protection law primarily intended to guard against surprise bills for out of network (OON)...more

Beyond SGR – MACRA Provides Additional Payment Provisions and Offsets

This is the second post in our continuing series on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Pub.L. No: 114-10. In addition to repealing the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), which was covered in our April 20th...more

CMS Reschedules Call on Home Health Clinical Templates (April 28)

On April 28, 2015, CMS is hosting its final call to discuss paper and clinical templates intended to assist physicians and practitioners in documenting patient eligibility for Medicare home health benefits. ...more

Congress Repeals Sustainable Growth Rate Formula and Advances Medicare Payment for Quality

On April 14, 2015, Congress ended over a decade of repeated “doc fixes” which temporarily suspended scheduled Medicare provider reimbursement cuts, by passing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (the “Act”). If...more

Does the "Doc Fix" Bill Help Telemedicine and Telehealth?

In a word: yes. Telemedicine was one of the many beneficiaries of changes introduced by the so-called “doc fix” bill, formally titled the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2). The legislation was passed by...more

Illinois joins growing list of states to adopt anti-markup legislation; statute impacts all payors

After three years of negotiations between several constituencies, including pathologists, dermatologists and other specialist associations, Illinois has joined 25 states that have enacted laws addressing the practice of some...more

With SGR Repealed, Replacement Policy Creates New Priorities

On April 16, 2015, President Obama signed into law, the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015” (MACRA), ending annual temporary patches and massive lobbying efforts since the late 1990s to prevent significant...more

Health Alert (Australia) - April 20, 2015

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. Excerpt from Judgments: New South Wales (NSW) - 13 April 2015 - Sarah White v The Local Health Authority & Anor - [2015] NSWC 417 - The New South...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Doc Fix Statute Contains a Lot More than SGR Repeal

On April 16, 2015, the President signed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, commonly known as the “Doc Fix.” As has been extensively reported, the Act repeals the Sustainable Growth Rate or (SGR)...more

SGR Law Brings Changes to CMP Prohibition on Gainsharing

On April 16, President Barack Obama signed into law the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015,” ending a perennial struggle over the Medicare reimbursement formula for physicians. Although the law is most...more

President Signs MACRA: Permanently Reforms Medicare Physician Reimbursement Framework, Includes Other Medicare Payment, Program...

On April 16, 2015” (MACRA), which reforms Medicare payment policy for physician services and adopts a series of policy changes affecting a wide range of providers and suppliers. Most notably, MACRA permanently repeals...more

Physician Non-Compete Agreements and Antitrust

Antitrust claims based on employee non-compete agreements generally fail because the plaintiff cannot establish antitrust standing. In the Eleventh Circuit, the test for antitrust standing requires the plaintiff show (1)...more

Do electronic records pose a risk to patient safety?

The Affordable Care Act has changed many facets of health care for Illinois residents. Not all of these changes are necessarily beneficial. In 2009, the new law offered incentives for doctors who began using electronic health...more

Telemedicine Providers Need to Keep Up with State Laws

Tech-savvy health care providers and tech-savvy patients in California can be grateful for California’s policies regarding telehealth practices. Consider the turmoil in Texas: telehealth practitioners who want to treat...more

Healthcare News Alert: Congress Passes Repeal of Sustainable Growth Rate

In a 92-8 vote on Tuesday, the Senate passed a bipartisan measure to repeal the Medicare payment formula known as the Sustainable Growth Rate. This bill was part of a deal negotiated in the House between House Speaker John...more

Senate Approves Medicare “Doc Fix” Legislation

We wrote in late March about the U.S. House of Representatives passing SGR legislation intended to be a permanent cure to Medicare’s “doc fix” legislation. ...more

Congress Repeals Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR)

MGMA has published the following alert: Congress repeals SGR! In a significant victory for physician group practices and MGMA, late last night the Senate voted (92-8) to approve the Medicare Access and CHIP...more

CMS Issues Proposed Modifications to Meaningful Use Rule

On Friday, April 10, 2015, CMS issued a proposed rule containing several important modifications to the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Among the most notable proposals is to move eligible hospitals from a...more

Blog: Texas Medical Board Limits The Practice of Telemedicine in the State

The Texas Medical Board (the Board) voted last week to sharply restrict the practice of telemedicine in the state. The rules adopted by the Board were the culmination of a four-year battle between the Board that licenses and...more

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