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|Scorecard Ranks States on Long-Term Care Services|
Dana B. Perry; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
July 21, 2014, previously published on July 2014A new report ranks states on the quality and accessibility of their long-term care services and concludes there is a lot of room for improvement. The 2014 State Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard finds that quality of care varies enormously across the states, but affordability is a big issue...
|Should You Block Social Media at Work?|
Jonathan T. Hyman; Kohrman Jackson & Krantz PLL;
July 19, 2014, previously published on July 14, 2014One of my summer television addictions is NY Med, which follows surgeons around some of the New York metro area’s busiest hospitals. One this summer’s episodes focused on a man who had been hit by a subway train. An ER nurse Instagrammed a photo of the empty trauma room, along with the...
|Elder Abuse and Military Veterans|
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
July 19, 2014, previously published on July 16, 2014Our veterans have been through so much for our country, you would think they would be honored and celebrated by every single U.S. citizen. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Many companies and individuals target elderly veterans for abuse and scams, rather than celebration.
|Even in Privacy Cases, Risk of Injury Does not Always Equal Injury|
Kevin M. McGinty; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
July 18, 2014, previously published on July 16, 2014It’s an ancient conundrum; if a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Privacy litigation may well offer the closest jurisprudential equivalent; if data is stolen, but no one does anything with it, has there been an injury? A recent Illinois state...
|The Affordable Care Act is Not a Free Pass for Anti-Competitive Mergers|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
July 18, 2014, previously published on July 9, 2014While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) incentivizes mergers of hospitals, physician groups, and other providers and facilities, the FTC is scrutinizing mergers that would leave few local healthcare options for patients seeking care close to home in an effort to ensure competition is preserved and...
|SEC's MCDC Initiative - The Clock is Ticking|
David Y. Bannard; Foley & Lardner LLP;
July 18, 2014, previously published on July 14, 2014Not-for-profit health care providers that have borrowed on a tax-exempt basis within the last five years should be aware of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (“MCDC”) Initiative. The MCDC Initiative applies to municipal...
|Update on APRN Supervision Rules for Hospitals with Physician Practices|
Emily Black Grey, Jacob Simpson; Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.;
July 18, 2014, previously published on June 2014Hospitals with physician practices should be mindful of the requirements for supervision of mid-level practitioners in light of the dynamic regulatory environment relating to physician supervision of Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). There are potential changes to APRN supervision...
|Large Employers Face New ACA Reporting Requirements|
Kaufman Canoles A Professional Corporation;
July 18, 2014, previously published on Summer 2014The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates that “large employers” offer adequate and affordable health coverage to all full-time employees or pay hefty penalties. In order to administer and enforce the penalties, the IRS requires extensive new information reporting...
|Office of Civil Rights Ready to Launch HIPAA Audits|
Morris Polich Purdy LLP;
July 17, 2014, previously published on July 8, 2014The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has completed its pilot program and is this year rolling out audits to assess compliance with the Health Information Portability & Privacy Act (HIPAA). All Covered Entities and Business...
|CMS Proposes Changes to Sunshine Act Reporting|
Kate F. Stewart; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
July 17, 2014, previously published on July 9, 2014Drug and device manufacturers breathing a sigh of relief after completing their 2013 data submissions under the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (the “Sunshine Act’) must now contend with four proposed changes to the Sunshine Act regulations. On July 3, 2014 the Centers for Medicare &...