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|CMS Announces New Initiative Designed to Support Clinicians in Developing Comprehensive Quality Improvement Strategies|
James R. Dutro, Andrew G. Jack, John M. Kirsner, Kevin A. McGill, David T. Morris; Jones Day;
November 12, 2014, previously published on October 2014On October 23, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") announced the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative ("TCPI"), a new initiative aimed at supporting clinicians in developing comprehensive quality improvement strategies through collaborative...
|Antitrust Alert: U.S. Federal Court Provides Guidance on Treating Joint Ventures as a "Single Entity" for Antitrust Purposes|
Thomas Demitrack, Kathryn M. Fenton, Peter A. Julian, Toby G. Singer; Jones Day;
November 12, 2014, previously published on October 2014The United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio has unsealed its summary judgment opinion in The Medical Center at Elizabeth Place v. Premier Health Partners. The Court granted summary judgment in favor of the defendants-four hospital systems that operated pursuant to a joint...
|Ebola on Campus: Questions to Ask for Required Emergency Response Planning|
Anne D. Cartwright; Husch Blackwell LLP;
November 12, 2014, previously published on October 23, 2014Colleges and universities are required to develop and publish emergency response and evacuation procedures. Is Ebola the sort of “emergency” legislators and regulators had in mind and, if so, how do you plan for it?
|The OIG Plans to Review Clinical Laboratory Billing Practices in 2015|
Richard S. Cooper, Bridget Cougevan Howard, Jane Pine Wood; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
November 11, 2014, previously published on November 7, 2014The Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2015 (2015 Work Plan) last week. The 2015 Work Plan lays out the projects and investigations that the OIG plans to tackle throughout the year and provides insight into the focus areas of the OIG in its efforts to identify...
|Major Challenges On The Horizon: The Act To Modify The Organization And Governance Of The Health And Social Services Network, In Particular By Abolishing The Regional Agencies - Bill 10|
Yves Dubois, Émilie Jutras, Frédéric Massé; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
November 11, 2014, previously published on October 28, 2014In recent months, a persistent rumour has been making the rounds (a rumour more tangible than the echo of mere declarations of intent) to the effect that a major reform of the health and social services network ("HSSN") was in the works. On September 25 last, the Minister of Health and...
|Introducing Occupational Health & Safety Month!|
Rosalie A. Cress; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
November 11, 2014, previously published on October 16, 2014This month, we introduce a new series focusing on occupational health and safety (“OH&S”) issues to help employers ensure health and safety in the workplace and avoid penalties under the Workers’ Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (the...
|CMS Revises Chronic Care Management Policy|
Rick L. Hindmand; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
November 11, 2014, previously published on November 3, 2014On October 31, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule, which establishes payment levels and policy changes for Medicare Part B services. These changes include new reimbursement conditions for chronic care...
|Romance between Nursing Home Residents - Should the Facility Step In?|
Lori R. Semlies; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
November 10, 2014, previously published on February 20, 2014State and federal regulations weren’t enacted to protect nursing home residents only from neglect and abuse. Federal law requires facilities to maintain environments that promote, maintain or enhance a resident’s quality of life. Adults have the right to make choices about significant...
|The “3 Cs” of Physician Ethics|
Jodi V. Terranova; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
November 10, 2014, previously published on January 16, 2014It’s not surprising that 70 percent of respondents to the Gallup poll ranked physicians as “highly” or “very highly” honest and ethical, considering that those who were polled are also patients who put their lives in physicians’ hands.
|When Pain After Hip Replacement Surgery Does Not Subside|
Wendy R. Fleishman; Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP;
November 10, 2014, previously published on October 7, 2014After hip replacement surgery, most patients spend 3 to 5 days in the hospital, according to the National Institutes of Health. Full recovery from the surgery takes about 3 to 6 months, depending on the type of surgery, overall patient health, and the success of rehabilitation.