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|OIG Issues Special Advisory Bulletin and Report Emphasizing Prohibition on Copay Coupons for Federally Reimbursable Medications (Including Part D Covered Drugs), Notes Potential Antikickback Violations|
Loeb Loeb LLP;
October 14, 2014, previously published on September 2014According to the OIG, “Pharmaceutical manufacturers that offer copayment coupons may be subject to sanctions if they fail to take appropriate steps to ensure that such coupons do not induce the purchase of Federal health care program items or services.”
|Managing Social Media Risks in Healthcare|
Laura R. Hammargren; Mayer Brown LLP;
October 14, 2014, previously published on October 9, 2014The staggering statistics on the use of social media should come as a surprise to no one. According to 2014 numbers, 74% of adults with online access use social networking sites. For Internet users between ages 18 and 29, that figure is over 90%. Facebook alone has 1.32 billion active users.
|FDA Sends Warning Letters to Companies that Made Claims on Social Media that their Products Treat, Cure Ebola, Marking the First Time the Agency Singles Out Pinterest|
Loeb Loeb LLP;
October 14, 2014, previously published on September 2014The FDA sent warning letters to three companies making claims on social media platforms that their products are possible treatments and cures for the Ebola virus. This marks the first time that the FDA has taken notice of claims made on Pinterest.
|When I'm 64 - New Hospitality Opportunities|
Ian K. Lewis; Johnson Stokes & Master Mayer Brown JSM;
October 14, 2014, previously published on October 7, 2014 The words “When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now” from the old Beatles song about life as a 64-year-old are familiar to many. Sir Paul McCartney is, however, now in his seventies and the song has a rather different relevance to a generation that is now much more focused...
|New Arizona Physician Fingerprinting Requirements for Renewal and Initial License Applications|
Ahron D. Cohen; Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.;
October 13, 2014, previously published on September 18, 2014As of September 2, 2014, physicians in Arizona applying for initial medical licenses or renewing their medical licenses are required to submit a fingerprint card along with the application to the Arizona Medical Board in order to better allow the Arizona Medical Board to conduct criminal records...
|Building the Oncology System of the Future: Transforming Patient Care Through Data Transparency and Analytics|
Michael L. Blau; Foley & Lardner LLP;
October 13, 2014, previously published on October 8, 2014Virtually everyone agrees that the time is now to seriously reexamine our fragmented, expensive healthcare system and to innovate sustainable approaches to curing its ills. At the center of this activity is the patient, as the ultimate consumer of healthcare services. Until recently, patients...
|Are You Paying Home Health Workers Federal Minimum Wage and Overtime? If Not, It’s Time to Start|
Kelly Riggs; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
October 10, 2014, previously published on October 6, 2014Traditionally, home health workers who have provided for the care, fellowship, and protection of persons who, because of their advanced age or physical or mental infirmity could not care for themselves, have been exempt from the federal minimum wage and overtime requirements. These workers are...
|OIG Issues Proposed Rule Affecting Safe Harbors and Civil Monetary Penalty Rules|
Chris M. Morrison; GrayRobinson, P.A.;
October 9, 2014, previously published on October 6, 2014On October 3, 2014, the Office of the Inspector General ("OIG") of the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") issued a proposed rule ("Proposed Rule") that revises and expands on safe harbors to the federal Anti-kickback Statute ("AKS"), as well as...
|HHS OIG Issues Proposed Rule to Create New Safe Harbors and Exceptions Concerning Beneficiary Access to Care, Gainsharing|
Gregory W. Bee; Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP;
October 9, 2014, previously published on October 7, 2014On Oct. 3, 2014, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) of the Department of Health and Human Services published a proposed rule (the “Proposed Rule”) that would modify certain safe harbors, and add other new ones, under the anti-kickback statute (“AKS”) and...
|Ebola: Emerging Concerns for Healthcare Facilities and Employers|
Michael O. Eckard, Jean Kim; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
October 9, 2014, previously published on October 3, 2014Recent months have been filled with news reports about the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. On August 8, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa had become an “international health emergency,” and the Centers for Disease...