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CMS Issues Guidance Regarding Texting Physician Orders

Posted by: Stephanie T. Eckerle and Andrew C. Walker on January 10, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

A December 28, 2017 CMS memo to state surveyors clarifies CMS’ position as it relates to texting of orders by physicians or other health care providers as well as utilizing text messaging as a means of communication among the healthcare team.[1] In its memo, CMS holds that the practice of...


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Judge Allows Reduced 340B Payments, Effective 1/1/2018

Posted by: Leah S. Mannweiler and Andrew C. Walker on January 4, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

CMS’ November 1, 2017 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (“OPPS”) Final Rule (the “Final Rule”) implemented sweeping changes to the 340B Discount Drug Program, including a 28.5% payment reduction in certain 340B covered entities’ Medicare Part B drug reimbursement.

In response, three...


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Professional Licensing Changes Benefit Indiana Professional Corporation

Posted by: Thomas N. Hutchinson and Maggie C. Little on January 4, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

Beginning January 1, 2018, Indiana professional corporations (“PCs”) will no longer be required to apply for a certificate of registration or renew such certificate of registration with the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (“PLA”).

House Enrolled Act 1308 (“HEA 1308”) went into effect...


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Highlights from the 2018 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

Posted by: Thomas N. Hutchinson and Andrew C. Walker on November 16, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

CMS published its 1,250 page 2018 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule (“PFS”) on November 2, 2017.[1] In addition to the finalized changes to payment for non-excepted off-campus provider-based departments (discussed in detail here), the following are other important PFS changes, effective January...


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2018 CMS OPPS Final Rule Significantly Impacts 340B Covered Entities

Posted by: Leah S. Mannweiler and Andrew C. Walker on November 16, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

340B covered entities are facing major changes in the way the discount drug program is reimbursed and administered. On November 1, 2017, CMS made available its 2018 Outpatient Prospective Payment System Final Rule (“Final Rule”).[1] The Final Rule implements, in total, drastic reimbursement...


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Important Non-340B Changes Finalized in 2018 CMS OPPS Final Rule

Posted by: Thomas N. Hutchinson and Andrew C. Walker on November 16, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

On November 1, 2017, CMS published its 2018 Outpatient Prospective Payment System OPPS Final Rule (“Final Rule”).[1] In addition to numerous changes to the 340B Discount Drug Program, the Final Rule finalizes other important rule changes requiring providers’ close consideration. Barring...


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Texas Medical Board Unveils New Rules to Expand Telemedicine

Posted by: Stephanie T. Eckerle and Andrew C. Walker on October 17, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

In May 2017, the Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 1107,[1] which cleared a path for the State’s various heath care professional boards, including the  Texas Medical Board (“TMB”) and Texas State Board of Pharmacy (“TBP”), to offer greater, easier access to telemedicine services. On September 15,...


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