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HTMLEbola: U.S. Provider Protocol and National Response Update
Nancy E. Taylor, Danielle F. White; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 6, 2014, previously published on October 28, 2014
As the Ebola outbreak in West Africa continues, the threat of additional cases appearing in the United States persists. To date, there have been four confirmed cases in the United States; one patient has died, two have recovered, and a fourth is currently in isolation and receiving treatment in New...

 

HTMLCMS Announces Plan for Reporting Returned Sunshine Act Payment Data
Kate F. Stewart; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 5, 2014, previously published on October 31, 2014
On October 30, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced the procedure for applicable manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (“GPOs”) to report payment and ownership information that was previously excluded from reporting in the Open...

 

HTMLFederal Judge Rules That Integrated Healthcare System Comprised of Separately Owned Hospitals Incapable of Conspiring Under Section One of The Sherman Act
Robert B. Craig; Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 5, 2014, previously published on October 29, 2014
In recent years, some competing hospital systems have achieved the benefits of merging without a change in ownership of their assets by undertaking highly integrated joint ventures so that the combination essentially becomes a single enterprise with a complete unity of interest. Such “virtual...

 

HTMLNYS Department of Health Proposes Changes to Certificate of Need Process
Nili S. Yolin; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 5, 2014, previously published on October 28, 2014
On October 15, 2014, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) released proposed changes that will simplify the certificate of need (CON) process. Specifically, the Department is proposing to require prior notice, rather than a CON application, for certain construction projects involving...

 

HTMLHHS Announces $840 Million Initiative to Improve Patient Care and Lower Healthcare Costs
Carrie A. Roll, Andrew J. Shin; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 5, 2014, previously published on October 30, 2014
Last week, the Department Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it will invest $840 million over the next four years to support 150,000 clinicians through a combination of incentives, tools, and information to encourage clinicians and other health care providers “to move from...

 

HTMLSupporting Prop 46 and the Victims of Malpractice
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 2, 2014, previously published on October 20, 2014
Those admitted to hospitals tend to put their full trust in the medical professionals caring for them. Whether it is a doctor, nurse, or surgery assistant, patients can do little else than trust what the professional recommends for their health.

 

HTMLFraud and Abuse Waivers for MSSP ACOs Extended Another Year
Stephanie D. Willis; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 28, 2014, previously published on October 23, 2014
Fridays are for fraud and abuse news-related releases, yet again. Last Friday, the HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a notice (Notice) informing the public that it has delayed the release of a final rule regarding applicable fraud and abuse law waivers for ACOs participating in the...

 

HTMLLegal Preparedness - Are You Ready for Ebola?
Torrey K. Young; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 28, 2014, previously published on October 14, 2014
With confirmed Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) patients in the United States, health care facilities and providers should review whether they are compliant with existing laws and recommendations for emergency preparedness. Providers should take the time during non-emergency circumstances to identify...

 

HTMLHHS Issues Guidance Regarding Same-Sex Marriages and HIPAA
Margaret Young Levi; Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 20, 2014
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) has issued guidance concerning how the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision recognizing same-sex marriages may affect certain provisions relating to “family members” in the Health Insurance...

 

Adobe PDFDriving the Golden Spike: Avoiding Liability with Connected EHR Systems
Peter J. Enko, Mike Foley, Deborah H. Juhnke, Wakaba Y. Tessier; Husch Blackwell LLP;
White Paper
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 2014
The evolution of today’s EHR holds much in common with that of the modern railroad. We all take for granted that railroad cars easily move from one track to another and from one company’s lines to another. So, whether the owner of the rail is Union Pacific or Burlington Northern, the...

 


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