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Medicare Attempts Streamlining

Posted by: Thomas N. Hutchinson and Meghan M. Linvill McNab on August 23, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

As reported in CMS’s MLNConnects (click here for release), CMS recently proposed significant regulatory changes that would reduce the burden of Medicare paperwork and thereby increase the amount of time that physicians and other clinicians can spend with their patients. The proposed rules are...


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HIPAA Assessments... Here's Looking at You!

Posted by: Susan E. Ziel and Stacy Walton Long on August 23, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

Whether you are the Privacy Officer, the Security Officer, or both, the question remains the same.  When was the last time you scheduled a "walk through" of your work space for the sole purpose of looking into the "eyeballs" of your personnel and finding out what they are really doing (or not...


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Clarification on Use of Documentation Assistants or Scribes

Posted by: Stephanie T. Eckerle and Meghan M. Linvill McNab on August 23, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The Joint Commission (“JC”) recently released a new Standards FAQ (“FAQ”) setting forth guidelines that should be followed when physicians or other licensed independent practitioners (“LIPs”) use documentation assistants (referred to herein as “scribes”) to assist with documentation.  In the...


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OCR Issues Guidance on Disposing of Electronic Devices and Media

Posted by: Stephanie T. Eckerle and Meghan M. Linvill McNab on August 10, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

On August 7, 2018, the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) issued guidance on disposing of electronic devices and media1.   This guidance is important for  all healthcare providers as it applies to any covered entities or business associates that store ePHI on desktops, laptops, copiers, cell...


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HHS OIG Recommends Greater Efforts by Medicaid Managed Care Organizations in Identifying and Addressing Medicaid Fraud and Abuse

Posted by: Leah S. Mannweiler and Brandon W. Shirley on August 8, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) published a report in July of 2018 (“Report”) regarding weaknesses by Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (“MCO”) to identify fraud and abuse in the Medicaid program1.  In general, the OIG found that MCOs lacked the controls and...


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Delaware Issues New Regulation to Clarify Telemedicine Statute

Posted by: Stephanie T. Eckerle on July 17, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

On June 1, 2018, the Delaware Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline (the “Board”) issued a Final Rule to add a new regulation to Title 24, Chapter 1700 of the Delaware Administrative Code in order to clarify certain terms used in the telemedicine and telehealth statute found at Title 24,...


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New Indiana Health Care Laws

Posted by: Amy M. Levander on July 17, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

This article summarizes many of the notable health care laws that were passed during the 2018 legislative session, which includes laws that are effective July 1, 2018, as well as laws that are effective after July 1, 2018.  These laws affect both healthcare institutions, as well as individual...


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