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HTMLCMS Releases the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
Elizabeth J. Rosen; Foley Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 14, 2014, previously published on November 3, 2014
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (Medicare PFS) on October 31, 2014. The final rule updates payment policies and payment rates for services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries by physicians and other practitioners. The provisions...

 

HTMLCME Payments Largely Remain Excluded From Sunshine Act Reporting
Brian P. Dunphy; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 14, 2014, previously published on November 4, 2014
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has finalized changes to a number of reporting requirements under the regulations implementing the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (“Final Rule”). When CMS proposed several of these changes in July, my colleague...

 

HTMLIRS Announces Changes to Mid-Year Cafeteria Plan Elections
Lauren B. Dunn; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 14, 2014, previously published on October 28, 2014
On September 18, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") issued Notice 2014-55, that expands the permissible mid-year election change rules for cafeteria plans in order to facilitate enrollment in coverage through a Health Insurance Marketplace ("Marketplace"). Notice 2014-55...

 

HTMLRealizing the Potential of Telemedicine in China, Part 2: Data Privacy and Security
Tianran Yan; Foley Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 14, 2014, previously published on November 5, 2014
The Chinese market presents a tremendous opportunity for U.S. hospitals and providers, as long as the intricacies of data privacy and security issues are thoroughly understood. This includes Chinese regulations regarding medical records, electronic health record (EHR) storage, and practical...

 

HTMLFor Single-Enterprise Immunity, the Bottom Line May Be Having One Bottom Line
Benjamin R. Dryden; Foley Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 14, 2014, previously published on November 6, 2014
A federal court in Ohio has provided some of the clearest guidance to date on the application of the single-enterprise immunity doctrine to healthcare organizations. The single-enterprise immunity doctrine is critically important in the healthcare industry, because firms that qualify for...

 

HTMLCMS Finalizes OPPS Rule Packaging Pathology Services Ordered for Hospital Outpatients
Karen S. Lovitch, Lauren Moldawer; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 14, 2014, previously published on November 6, 2014
As part of the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Rule issued last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized its proposal to conditionally package certain ancillary services assigned to APCs with a “geographic mean cost” of $100 or less. This...

 

HTMLOffice of Inspector General Proposes New Safe Harbors to the Anti-Kickback Statute and Civil Monetary Penalty Rule
Craig O. Sieverding; Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 14, 2014, previously published on October 8, 2014
On October 3, 2014, the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a Proposed Rule that, among other things, would protect additional payment practices and business arrangements from criminal prosecution or civil sanction under the...

 

HTMLKey Takeaways from OIG’s 2015 Work Plan
Theresa C. Carnegie, Laurence J. Freedman, Kimberly J. Gold; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 14, 2014, previously published on November 4, 2014
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its Fiscal Year 2015 Work Plan on October 31. The Work Plan provides the OIG’s planned reviews and activities with respect to HHS programs and operations during the current fiscal year and beyond.

 

HTMLEbola and the Evolution of Personal Protective Equipment Recommendations
Jana S. Baker; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 14, 2014, previously published on October 21, 2014
The use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is evolving in ways that could not have been foreseen, as a collective brain trust of medical experts and front line workers push for modifications of PPE guidelines to wall off any potential exposure to the Ebola virus. PPE has always been at the...

 

HTMLEbola Update: CDC to Implement Post-Travel Monitoring Program
Michael O. Eckard; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 14, 2014, previously published on October 23, 2014
On October 22, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a press release indicating that, effective Monday, October 27, a new program will be in place through which federal and state health authorities will monitor- for a period of 21 days-all travelers returning from the West...

 


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