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CMS Reminds Providers to Report Changes in Ownership

Posted by: Thomas N. Hutchinson and Maggie C. Little on March 5, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

CMS’ recent MLN Connects e-Newsletter reminds providers of their obligation to report changes in ownership to CMS and highlighted the 2016 Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) study that revealed providers may not be properly reporting changes in ownership.

OIG’s 2016 study titled “Medicare:...


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Continuing HIPAA Obligations After a Business Ceases

Posted by: Stephanie T. Eckerle and Meghan M. Linvill McNab on March 5, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

In a recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”), the OCR was clear to make a point that just because a business closes during an OCR investigation, does not mean that the business’ obligation for any HIPAA violations ends.  To...


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OIG Approves of Hospital-Physician Gainsharing Arrangement, But Details Prove Critical

Posted by: Brian M. Heaton and Andrew C. Walker on March 5, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

A December 2017 Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) Advisory Opinion favors a gainsharing arrangement whereby a hospital will share with specific neurosurgeons a percentage of the hospital’s cost savings from spinal surgeries performed at the hospital. [1]  This Advisory Opinion marks the OIG’s...


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Passing of Bi-Partisan Budget Act Affects Medicaid Payments

Posted by: Leah S. Mannweiler and Meghan M. Linvill McNab on February 26, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

On February 9, 2018, both the House and the Senate voted to pass, and President  Trump signed into law, the Bi-Partisan Budget Act of 2018 (the “Act”, House Resolution 1892).  Most notably this Act extends federal appropriations through March 23, 2018, preventing government shutdown for another...


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Recent OCR Resolution Agreement and Corrective Action Plan ... Lessons Learned

Posted by: Stephanie T. Eckerle and Susan E. Ziel on February 26, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) recently entered into yet another Resolution Agreement after investigating a serious breach incident involving the electronic protected health information (“e-PHI”) of over 2 million patients that was maintained by a Florida health...


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Ability to Prescribe Buprenorphine Expanded to Mid-Level Practitioners

Posted by: Stephanie T. Eckerle and Meghan M. Linvill McNab on February 26, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

On January 23, 2018, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) issued a  final rule announcing another step to increase opioid addiction treatment.[1]  Effective January 22, 2018, nurse practitioners (“NP”) and physician assistants (“PA”) are eligible to become DATA-Waived "qualifying...


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OIG Settles Cases Involving Allegations of EMTALA Violations

Posted by: Thomas N. Hutchinson and Maggie C. Little on February 26, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

In December 2017, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) entered into settlement agreements with four hospitals to resolve allegations of violations of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (“EMTALA”).[1]  EMTALA requires hospitals to provide an appropriate screening examination and...


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