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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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Ohio Medical Board Issues Guidance On Ohio Telemedicine Prescribing Rule

Posted by: Stephanie T. Eckerle and Maggie C. Little on October 17, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The State Medical Board of Ohio recently issued a Frequently Asked Questions Guidance Document (“FAQ”) on Rule 4731-11-09 of the Ohio Administrative Code, which governs when a physician or physician assistant can prescribe medication to a patient that they have not conducted an in-person...


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OIG Allows Retail Pharmacy's Discount Program to Include Medicaid and Medicare Beneficiaries

Posted by: Stephanie T. Eckerle and Brandon W. Shirley on October 17, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

On September 7, 2017, the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) published Opinion 17-05 (“Opinion”) that allowed a retail pharmacy to include Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries in the pharmacy’s discount benefit program. The OIG determined that the program design did not...


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Joint Commission Updates Medication Management Element of Performance

Posted by: Thomas N. Hutchinson and Andrew C. Walker on October 5, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The Joint Commission is enhancing provider Element of Performance (“EP”) protocols regarding patient medications in response to the nation’s ongoing opioid crisis. Specifically, the Joint Commission has revised its Medication Management (MM) EPs “to assure the standards continue to reflect...


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Interim Study Committee on Public Health - September 2017

Posted by: Laura A. Brown on October 5, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The Interim Study Committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health, and Human Services (“Committee”) met on September 28, 2017, to discuss the following topics:  1) Potential improvements to the INSPECT program; and 2) the shortage of health care providers in Indiana.

With regard to the first...


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CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule Nears Implementation Date

Posted by: Maggie C. Little and Susan E. Ziel on September 20, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have devastated our nation in recent weeks and significantly impacted health care facilities in the affected areas. To better address preparedness for disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued the...


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