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|Hospice Industry Will Face Stricter Scrutiny Under New Law Aimed at Post-Acute Care Data Standardization|
Lisa A. Estrada, Asha M. Natarajan; Foley & Lardner LLP;
October 15, 2014, previously published on October 8, 2014President Obama signed the “Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014” or the IMPACT Act of 2014 (the Act) on October 6, 2014. The new law is broadly focused on requiring all post-acute care providers to adopt standardized data protocols for patient assessment,...
|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...
|CMS Rolls Out Open Payments in Effort to Increase Transparency and Accountability|
Loeb Loeb LLP;
October 14, 2014, previously published on September 2014CMS published its first round of data as laid out in the Sunshine Act, and stakeholders, including the American Medical Association, are concerned.
|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.
|Voters Will Soon Cast Vote on Proposed Constitutional Amendment to Legalize Medical Marijuana - A Summary of the Amendment|
October 14, 2014, previously published on October 8, 2014Amendment 2 will be on the November 4, 2014 election ballot, which if approved by the Florida voters, legalizes a broader use and possession of medical marijuana than the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 commonly referred to as "Charlotte's Web."
|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.
|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...