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Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Review 2017

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

A LOOK BACK... A LOOK AHEAD - While the uncertainty associated with legislative efforts to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) dominated most of the headlines for the healthcare industry last year,...more

K&L Gates Triage: The Opioid Epidemic: DEA’s Role in Regulating Individuals and Entities Handling Controlled Substances

by K&L Gates LLP on

In the fifth episode of our series on the national opioid crisis, Hilary Bowman discusses the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) role in regulating individuals and entities handling controlled substances, including...more

Lifting the Limits on Physician-Owned Hospitals: Can Regulators Prevail Where Legislators Have Stalled?

We reported, in early 2017, on what was then the latest legislative effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s amendment to the Stark Law’s whole hospital exception, which amendment has effectively prevented new...more

Top 5 Ways Telehealth Will Change Under the New Federal Funding Bill

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The telemedicine industry has been abuzz upon learning that provider-friendly legislation was included in the new federal Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law by the President on February 9, 2018. But telehealth...more

Congress Makes Key Changes to Medicare Physician Payment Programs as Part of Short-Term Government Funding Bill

• Congress amended current law to prevent CMS from applying the “MIPS” payment adjustment to separately billed items like drugs and biologics, which will drastically reduce the total amount of payment adjustments to clinical...more

OIG Reaffirms Permissibility of Certain Gainsharing Arrangements

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has issued an Advisory Opinion (Opinion) in connection with a hospital’s gainsharing arrangement (Arrangement) with a designated group of...more

Alston & Bird Healthcare Week in Review

by Alston & Bird on

On December 11, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a guidance entitled, Product Name Placement, Size, and Prominence in Promotional Labeling and Advertisements. The guidance clarifies the requirements for...more

OIG: Medicare Program Integrity at the Top of HHS Management Challenges

by Reed Smith on

The OIG’s latest compilation of top HHS management and performance challenges flags vulnerabilities in key HHS health and social services programs, including includes the following: 1. Ensuring Program Integrity in...more

Concierge Medicine – Medicare Compliance Is Still A Consideration

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In our July 10, 2017 post, Concierge Medicine – Is it for you?, we cautioned that Medicare compliance concerns do not fall away when moving to a concierge or direct-pay model. HHS has determined that concierge-style...more

Don't Forget Medicare and Other Extenders

by Baker Donelson on

There are numerous Medicare programs (referred to as Medicare "extenders") that have already expired or will expire later this year, prompting congressional action. If Congress were to reauthorize all provisions for another...more

Nationwide Healthcare Prosecutions Targeting an Array of Practices . . . Is "Just The Beginning"

by Bracewell LLP on

On July 13, 2017, the Department of Justice ("DOJ"), in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS"), continued its annual tradition of coordinating the filing of charges and sweeping arrests in...more

DOJ and OIG Announce Largest Ever National Health Care Fraud Takedown; Focus on Opioids

Continuing its annual tradition, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced last week the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action by the Medicare...more

Health Care Provider Insights - Introductory Edition

by Wilson Elser on

Welcome to the introductory edition of Health Care Provider Insights. We are practice management consultants, providing legal and business management advice and assistance to physicians and dentists (health care...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

Prescribing Controlled Substances Without an In-Person Exam: The Practice of Telemedicine Under the Ryan Haight Act

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Editor’s Note: This article is the second in a series addressing telemedicine prescribing and controlled substances, designed to give some much needed practical guidance and orientation to established healthcare providers,...more

New Safe Harbor Permits Some Free Transportation to Patients

by Ruder Ware on

A new safe harbor was recently issued by the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) that permits eligible health care providers to offer free or discounted transportation to established patients....more

New OIG Exclusion Authority Rule Set To Go Into Effect on March 21, 2017

On January 12, 2017, just a week prior to President Trump’s Inauguration, the Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a final Rule (Rule) regarding one of its most important...more

Fraud and Abuse Investigations Should be Taken Very Seriously

by Burr & Forman on

According to the United States Government, fraud and abuse recovery has an excellent return for each investment dollar spent. According to the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (HCFAC) Program Report,released by the...more

2016 Health Care Year in Review

by Burr & Forman on

Since I began writing this year-end review in 2013, there have been some common themes – a shift to pay for quality and away from fee-for service, much of which has been brought about by the Affordable Care Act (ACA): efforts...more

The Federal Government Holds Individuals Responsible for Involvement in Corporate Healthcare Fraud and Abuse

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

In September 2016, three corporate officers in two healthcare fraud and abuse cases settled allegations that they were personally liable for violations of federal fraud and abuse laws. These settlements come one year after...more

Managing the Transition to Transformation: Old Dog, New Tricks: Fraud and Abuse in the Age of Payment Reform

by McDermott Will & Emery on

McDermott’s Managing the Transition to Transformation series is designed to help health systems and other health care industry leaders address the many challenges presented by the transformation in payment and care delivery...more

Are you ready for Section 1557’s notice requirements?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

This is a reminder that beginning October 16, 2016, Covered Entities (as defined below) are required to comply with certain notice requirements under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). Section 1557 of the ACA...more

Health Law Insights Newsletter - Issue 13

by McCarter & English, LLP on

McCarter & English, LLP’s Health Care Group presents Issue 13 of the Health Law Insights, which discusses the latest legal issues in the health care industry. - Failure to Update Business Associate Agreement Results in...more

Healthcare Compliance: Juggling Risk Mitigation Strategies

by Michael Volkov on

Healthcare organizations – ranging from physician practice groups to large, multi-state hospital systems – face a variety of risks, including fraud and abuse, as well as HIPAA privacy issues. Starting from a baseline risk...more

Ransomware Reporting Requirements & New HHS Guidance

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Ransomware is malicious software that denies access to data, usually by encrypting the data with a private encryption key that is only provided once a ransom is paid. Sometimes the ransomware will actually destroy, steal, or...more

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