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I. Certificate of Need Program - A. AL2018-008, Eastchase Operations, LLC d/b/a The Crossings at Eastchase, Montgomery, AL: Proposes to construct and operate thirty-two (32) Specialty Care Assisted Living Facility...more

Small Issues with Big Impacts:  2018-19 New York State Hospital Budget Highlights

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

There are probably few in the healthcare community in New York State who would disagree that, among provider types, hospitals have typically received the most attention from policymakers....more

A Renewed Focus: 2018-19 New York State Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Budget Highlights

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Since the beginning of the administration of Governor Andrew Cuomo, there has been a strong emphasis on reform of the acute, primary, and long term care systems, and, particularly with the recent focus on the opioid crisis,...more

Collection and destruction of controlled substances recovered from hospital patients and visitors

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

The national opioid crisis has led politicians and law enforcement to increase their focus on the regulation of controlled substances. Hospitals and other facilities should ensure that they are compliant with DEA rules on not...more

IMGMA Q/A: Service Animals

...Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), “Service Animals” are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. This means the dog must be trained to take a...more

Responding to the Opioid Crisis and More:  2018-19 New York State Behavioral Health Budget Highlights

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Several provisions in the recently adopted 2018-19 New York State Budget (the “Enacted Budget”) are intended to address the ongoing opioid crisis. As discussed in a prior post, some were focused on pharmaceutical...more

Fewer Home Care Providers, But More Assisted Living Programs: Long Term Care Reforms in 2018-19 New York State Budget

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

While much of the public attention this year on healthcare budget negotiations in New York State was drawn to the pharmaceutical and managed cre sectors, the Enacted Budget for 2018-19 also includes some very significant...more

EMTALA screening for behavioral health patients

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

With the increase in mental and behavioral health patients presenting to emergency departments, hospitals often struggle with how to adequately and efficiently serve this patient population while complying with the...more

Extended mental health care in the ED: What’s a facility to do?

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

Unless he or she needs medical care, a patient with a mental health issue can only be involuntarily held in a hospital emergency department for 72 hours. At the end of that interval, the patient must either be admitted to a...more

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 repeals therapy caps: What does it mean for hospital outpatient therapy departments?

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

“Therapy caps” date back to the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, which limited (or “capped”) the amount of annual per-patient therapy expenditures under Medicare Part B. However, Congress created an exceptions process in 2006,...more

Proposed Vermont Bill Would Implement Examination of Change of Ownership Requirements for Nursing Facilities

Nursing facilities undergoing changes of ownership (CHOW) in Vermont could see new requirements starting in 2019 if a recent bill is passed. The state, which currently can take as long as one year (or more in some cases) to...more

State Authorizes Another $525 Million in Capital Grants for Providers

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Periodically over the years, and consistently since 2005, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) has received funding through the New York State budget process to provide capital support for infrastructure improvements...more

Medical Deportations? With healthcare repatriations of immigrants increasing, the industry’s medical repatriations process is...

In April 2003, Leo came to the United States from Liberia. He landed at JFK International Airport in New York and when walking through Customs & Border Protection (CBP), his passport was stamped, with a notation that he may...more

HIPAA - Lessons From The Fresenius Settlement

by Carlton Fields on

In an industry overrun with news of almost daily privacy breaches, what makes the Fresenius settlement especially newsworthy is the size of the fine compared to the size of the breach and the types of breaches involved....more

2018-19 New York State Healthcare Budget

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In the wee hours of the morning on March 30, almost two days ahead of the April 1 deadline, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed a $168.3 billion State Budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year. ...more

Department of Health and Human Services Proposes New Rule For Healthcare Workers In The Name of Religious Freedom

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Healthcare employers take note: the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) has issued a proposed rule that, if passed, will allow healthcare workers who object to performing certain medical procedures like abortions...more

Alabama CON Report

I. Certificate of Need Program A. AL2018-002, Gulf Health Hospitals, Inc., d/b/a North Baldwin Infirmary, Bay Minette, AL: Proposes to relocate eight (8) psychiatric beds from Mobile Infirmary Medical Center to the...more

Behavioral Health Investments: 5 Key Points

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The next in our series of posts sharing key takeaways from panels at the Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity and Lending Conference focuses on opportunities for investment in the behavioral health sector. An increase...more

Class III Hospital Permits – Efficient Drug Management May Become a Reality

At the close of the 2018 session, the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill (SB) 675, which if allowed to become law by the Governor, will help hospitals and their facilities that are under common control manage their...more

Healthcare Facility Policies In The Age Of Medical Marijuana

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Despite Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana industry being in its infancy, more than 17,000 patients have registered for the program, and more than 4,000 already have received their medical marijuana card from the Department of...more

ASC and OBL Investment and Development: 5 Key Points

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The next in our series of posts sharing key takeaways from panels at the Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity and Lending Conference focuses on ambulatory surgery center (ASC) and office-based lab (OBL) investment and...more

Sweeping Legislative Change for Florida Health Care Facilities

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Florida Legislature passed a bill that makes significant changes to numerous provisions related to the regulation of various health care facilities by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). The following is a...more

Non-Emergency Medical Ridesharing: Uber Helpful Or Uber Risky?

by Carlton Fields on

Uber announced recently its latest initiative, Uber Health, which will bring Uber to the forefront of the non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) industry....more

Pennsylvania Expands Allowable Procedures for Ambulatory Surgery Center

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Pennsylvania Act 70 of 2017, a copy of which is attached, changes the definition of an ambulatory surgical facility by redefining the duration of the “services” to be 24 hours, rather than a 4 hour procedure and 4 hours of...more

Alabama CON Report

I. SHPDA Administrative Report The following projects were approved by an Administrative Law Judge and no exceptions were filed. AL2017-036, Huntsville Senior Services, LLC d/b/a Regency Remembrances, Huntsville,...more

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