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If A CMS Surveyor Knocks, Will You Be There To Answer?

Posted by: Thomas N. Hutchinson and Andrew C. Walker on April 26, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

In order to maintain enrollment in Medicare, suppliers and providers must comply with Medicare program mandates, including the “enrollment requirements” detailed in Medicare’s conditions for payment regulations.[1] The enrollment requirements obligate a provider to submit – and keep current – a...


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Delay in Implementation of Home Health COPs

Posted by: Meghan M. Linvill McNab on April 26, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

In January 2017, we reported on CMS’ recent publication of a comprehensive final rule revising the conditions of participation (“COPs”) that home health agencies (“HHAs”) must abide by in order to participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs. This Final Rule was published on January 13, 2017...


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Recent Indiana Supreme Court Medical Malpractice Ruling

Posted by: Robert A. Anderson and Thomas C. Higgins on April 26, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The Indiana Supreme Court recently held in Charles McKeen, M.D. v. Billy Turner  that a plaintiff’s theory of negligence at trial need not be identical to the plaintiff’s theory in his or her submission to the Medical Review Panel (“Panel”), so long as evidence relating to the theories of...


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Payment Matters: To Collect or Not to Collect?

Posted by: Meghan M. Linvill McNab and Thomas N. Hutchinson on April 26, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

A frequent question from physicians is:  What do I do if I have a patient who does not pay his or her bill?  And for those physicians who are thinking ahead:  What can I do to avoid having a patient who does not pay his or her bill?  This article briefly addresses strategies physicians may try...


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Beginning June 1, CMS Requires Providers to Complete SRDP Using Forms

Posted by: Thomas N. Hutchinson and Andrew C. Walker on April 26, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

For the first time since its September 2010 introduction, CMS’ Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (“SRDP”) is undergoing sweeping changes. Beginning June 1, 2017, parties using SRDP to voluntarily disclose actual or potential violations of the Stark law will use specifically-designed forms to...


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Protected Health Care Communications Using Mobile Devices - How Does Your Policy Rate?

Posted by: Susan E. Ziel on April 6, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

Do you have a corporate policy that governs your "protected communications" which may be sent or received through the use of mobile devices? If yes, does your Policy address each of the following "Top 10" requirements?   Here's a checklist to assist you in reviewing, updating (and communicating)...


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OIG Advisory Opinion on Free or Reduced-Cost Lodging and Meals

Posted by: Meghan M. Linvill McNab and Brian M. Heaton on April 3, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

On March 10, 2017 the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) published Advisory Opinion No. 17-01 regarding a hospital system’s proposal to provide free or reduced-cost lodging and meals to certain financially needy patients (“Proposed Arrangement”).  The...


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