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Better Healthcare Newsletter from Patrick Malone - August 2017

Medicine's dirty secret: tens of thousands suffer injury and death from preventable error - Each year tens of thousands of Americans are killed by medical mistakes and errors. These avoidable deaths and the many more...more

The Gig Economy Expands to the Healthcare Industry

by Fisher Phillips on

The United States is expected to see a shortage of 40,000 to 104,000 physicians by 2030. Due to this anticipated need for primary care physicians, freelance work among the healthcare industry is becoming increasingly popular....more

Fame, reputation and a med school dean’s secret life

Although smaller community hospitals may provide treatments that are as good and as safe, Americans flock to academic medical centers for specialized care and complex procedures. They’re lured to the big, pricey institutions...more

A New Hurdle for Medical Malpractice Claimants: Legislation Establishing Medical Review Panels Takes Effect in Kentucky

by Reminger Co., LPA on

In a step toward tort reform, on June 29, 2017, Senate Bill 4 was signed into law and went into effect in Kentucky as KRS 216C.005 et seq., establishing a requirement that all potential medical malpractice lawsuits first be...more

Medicare Proposes Continued Relief for Critical Access and Rural Hospitals Through 2-Year Moratorium on Direct Supervision...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On July 13, 2017, CMS released a proposed rule as part of its 2018 Outpatient Prospective Payment System proposals that is aimed at helping to reduce some of the burdens rural hospitals experience in recruiting physicians....more

CMS Releases Proposed Rule for 2018 Physician Fee Schedule

by King & Spalding on

On July 13, 2017, CMS proposed a rule (Proposed Rule) updating payment policies and rates, as well as the quality provisions, for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). Among other provisions, the Proposed Rule reduces...more

Damages in Illinois Medical Malpractice Cases Not Limited

by Howard Ankin on

There are no limits on medical malpractice damages amounts in Illinois in cases that have occurred since 2010. This means that the victims of medical malpractice might be able to recover damages that fairly compensate them...more

CMS Open Payments: A Look Behind the Curtain

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Compliance officers often lament that it is impossible to identify, assess and manage the compliance risks of financial relationships they know nothing about. Too often they are limited to relationships brought to their...more

Better Healthcare Newsletter from Patrick Malone - July 2017

What you need to know before having a knee or hip replaced - One of the largest demographic groups in U.S. history is graying fast and demanding treatments to keep active and mobile. That has made knee and hip replacements...more

Immigration Agency Resumes Necessary Premium Processing for Important Medical Doctor Visa Waiver

Following the Administration’s March 2017 halt to premium processing for Physicians under the Conrad 30 J-1 Waiver Program, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on June 23 that premium processing...more

CMS Releases MACRA Proposed Rule for 2018

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On June 20, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule entitled, "Medicare Program; CY 2018 Updates to the Quality Payment Program." CMS proposes changes for the second year (2018) of the...more

Telemedicine in the Emergency Department and EMTALA Compliance

by Jones Day on

Although enacted more than 30 years ago, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act ("EMTALA") remains aggressively enforced and important for Medicare-participating hospitals to consider as they implement telemedicine...more

Court Puts the Brakes on Whistleblower's FCA Parking Claims

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The Department of Justice (DOJ) reports that, in fiscal year 2016 ending September 30, it obtained more than $4.7 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and false claims. More than half of this...more

The non-existent corporate practice of medicine prohibition in Oklahoma

by McAfee & Taft on

Physicians, hospitals and healthcare organizations frequently ask us about corporate practice of medicine restrictions in Oklahoma. The corporate practice of medicine doctrine basically restricts physicians from being...more

Last Rites for ER Doctor’s EMTALA Claims

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

ER physician Ryan Kime believed his hospital lacked the resources, procedures, and capacity to meet the requirements of EMTALA, and he repeatedly said so. At an ER meeting he reported two cases as possible EMTALA violations...more

Senate reintroduces resident rotator legislation, other GME-related Washington updates

by Dentons on

With the recent change of administration and a new congressional session beginning in 2017, medical education stakeholders have been watching closely for any signs on the political horizon regarding federal GME funding. Below...more

Senate Bill Would Lift Stark Ban on Physician-Owned Hospital Expansion

A recent Senate bill would lift the ban on expansion of physician-owned hospitals imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Senator James Lankford (R-OK) introduced this bill on May 16, 2017. The...more

CMS changes the SRDP process effective June 1, 2017

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

If you are in the process of drafting a SRDP submission, you must use the new SRDP forms or risk CMS not accepting the disclosure into the protocol. Effective June 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’...more

FCA Issues to Watch: Intersection of the FCA and the Anti-Kickback Statute

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In the recent past, the government has racked up a number of FCA settlements based on alleged violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS). This focus undoubtedly will remain a high enforcement priority....more

Hospital and its Clinic Agree to $34 Million Settlement to False Claims Act Allegation that Compensation to Oncologists Violated...

Last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) entered into a $34 million settlement with Mercy Hospital Springfield (“Hospital”) of Springfield, Missouri, and its affiliate Mercy Clinic (“Clinic”). The settlement resolves an...more

FCA Issues to Watch: FCA Claims Concerning Physician Compensation

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Physician employment arrangements with hospitals have remained a significant area of regulatory scrutiny in recent months with the announcement of several high profile settlements and decisions in key FCA cases involving...more

An Industry In Transition: Gender Identity Issues Impacting Healthcare

by Fisher Phillips on

Employment law has always been on the cutting edge when it comes to emerging societal issues. Like little microcosms, the workplace reflects society as a whole. The healthcare industry is no exception. All people, regardless...more

Insiders Say New MACRA Rule Likely as Providers Look to Sec. Price to Ease Burden

The Trump administration is considering releasing a rule to ease the burden that small practices are facing in trying to comply with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), according to a recent...more

Economists’ Rx for MDs’ legal wellbeing? Practice better medicine

In the battles between lawyers and doctors over malpractice lawsuits filed by patients harmed while seeking medical services, it may be worth heeding economists’ prescription for caregivers: Physicians, heal thy selves....more

Do State Med Mal Caps Apply to EMTALA Cases?

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

State limitations on medical malpractice recoveries seem to be under almost daily attack. The latest serious threat comes from Louisiana, where a federal district court has authorized an interlocutory appeal of his ruling...more

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