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Firm Profile: Baker Donelson
165 Madison Avenue
Suite 2000
Memphis, TN 38103, United States
Phone: 901.526.2000
Fax: 901.577.2303
Areas of Practice
  • Health
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Other U.S. Locations
  • Alabama
  • D.C.
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
Number of Attorneys
100+ Attorneys

Home Health Payment Rule Published

On November 1, 2017, CMS released the Final Rule for the 2018 home health prospective payment system rate update, including the CY 2019 case mix adjustment methodology refinements. CMS also made changes to the Value Based…more
 /  Administrative Law, Health

CMS Seeks Demonstration Proposals from State Medicaid Directors to Address the Opioid Epidemic

CMS solicited input from State Medicaid Directors earlier this month for new strategies to combat the ongoing opioid epidemic. Authorized demonstration proposals would be eligible for federal financial participation to address…more
 /  Health

Medicaid Forecast: Slower Enrollment Growth and Higher Spending Growth for FY 2017 – 2018: Results from a 50-State Medicaid Budget Survey by Kaiser Family Foundation

On October 19, Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Management Associates hosted a joint briefing to release their 17th Annual 50-State Medicaid Budget Survey for state fiscal years (FY) 2017 and 2018. The survey highlights…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Health, Insurance

OIG Turns Its Attention to Telehealth Medicaid Compliance

Telehealth providers participating in and receiving payment from Medicaid for telehealth services should take heed of the newly initiated items included in the OIG's November 2017 Work Plan update. (Beginning June 2017, the OIG…more
 /  Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Requirements for Participation Guidance for LTC Surveyors Published

The State Operations Manual Guidance for Long Term Care Surveyors (Appendix PP), effective November 28, 2017, has undergone substantial revision. As a result of regulatory changes, the F-tags for surveys have been renumbered…more
 /  Health

Peer Review Not Protected: U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Disturb Florida Decision Limiting the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act

A multi-year discovery dispute regarding the adverse medical incident reports of a Jacksonville, Florida hospital concluded on October 2, 2017 when the United States Supreme Court denied a petition for a writ of certiorari in…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Health, Professional Malpractice

Vitas Hospice and Chemed Corporation Settle Largest-Ever FCA Claim Against a Hospice

Vitas Hospice, the largest for-profit hospice chain in the United States, and its owner, Chemed Corporation, agreed to pay $75 million to settle allegations that Vitas Hospice submitted false claims for hospice services between…more
 /  Government Contracting, Health

Florida's Emergency Generator Rules Invalidated

On Friday, Judge Garnett W. Chisenhall, a duly-designated administrative law judge of the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings, issued a ruling invalidating emergency rules requiring all Florida nursing homes and assisted…more
 /  Administrative Law, Consumer Protection, Health

CMS Clarifies Streamlined Submission to Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol for Physician Organizations

In an apparent effort to reduce redundancy, CMS issued an FAQ clarifying a simplified process for submissions to the CMS Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (SRDP) involving financial relationships with physicians who…more
 /  Health

CMS Advisory Opinion 2017-01 Approves Pop-up Alerts to Physicians Through Online Laboratory Portal

A clinical laboratory has received a green light from CMS to offer pop-up notifications alerting physicians of various potential issues (Laboratory Alerts) through its web-based portal for ordering and reporting results of…more
 /  Health

CMS Requests Industry Feedback on "New Direction" for the Innovation Center

CMS is seeking comments through a Request for Information (RFI) on a "new direction" for the CMS Innovation Center. The RFI includes focus areas identified by CMS, but the RFI welcomes all stakeholder input on "additional ideas…more
 /  Health

OIG Work Plan – October 2017 Update

The OIG added five new items to its Work Plan with its October 2017 monthly update. This is a decrease from the nine new items added to the Work Plan with the September 2017 update. (For more information on last month's Work…more
 /  Health

Texas Medical Board Proposes New Rules on Heels of Relaxed Telemedicine Laws

The Texas Medical Board recently proposed changes to its telemedicine regulations (22 Tex. Admin. Code §§ 174.1 – 174.12) to follow the amendments to Section 111 of the Texas Occupations Code governing the practice of…more
 /  Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

OIG Finds Continued Procedural Errors in Hospital Outlier Payment Reconciliations

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released a report concluding that there are vulnerabilities in the process of reconciling Medicare hospital outlier payments...…more
 /  Government Contracting, Health

Will CMS Consider Your Institution to Be a Hospital? Guidance on the "Primarily Engaged In" Standard

Recent guidance from CMS suggests that some hospitals, and particularly specialty hospitals that provide mostly outpatient care, may soon find themselves the focus of surveyors' scrutiny. In early September, CMS issued guidance…more
 /  Health
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