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Animals Welcome? Legal Protections for Assistance Animals

Posted by: Shelley M. Jackson and Alexandria M. Foster on November 16, 2020

“Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.” ~ Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette

Over time, dogs and other animals have played many roles in society that span beyond being comforting companions in our homes. Of these roles, arguably one of the most important is to provide services and...


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Don't Lose Focus on Your Compliance with Important COVID-19 Requirements

Posted by: Brandon W. Shirley and Meghan M. Linvill McNab on November 16, 2020

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The HHS Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) published its intent to review some key measures the Federal government made in response to COVID-19. Those key measures include the Medicare program’s telehealth policy changes and oversight of funds disbursed to providers under the CARES Act and the...


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COVID-19, Faith, and 'Technical Assistance' from OCR

Posted by: Andrew W. Breck and Robert A. Anderson on November 3, 2020

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

Patients treating at hospitals during the ongoing public health emergency face a number of challenges with respect to access to on-site and virtual support from family and friends.  Compounding the stress, some hospitals have denied patients in-person access to members of their respective clergy...


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ONC Extends Information Blocking Deadlines

Posted by: Robert A. Anderson and Stephanie T. Eckerle on November 3, 2020

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for IT (“ONC”) announced a much-anticipated interim final rule with comment period (“Interim Rule”). As expected, the ONC extended various compliance dates and timeframes relating to its electronic medical...


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Patient May Raise Vicarious Liability of Hospital for Unnamed Physicians in Medical Review Panel Submission

Posted by: Julie A. Rosenwinkel and Nicole M. Keith on October 23, 2020

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

Recently, in Anonymous Hospital v. Mason Spencer and Steve Robertson, Commissioner of The Indiana Dept. of Insurance, and Doug Hill, Medical Review Panel Chair, 20A-CT-393, the Indiana Court of Appeals held that a patient may assert negligence on the part of nonparty physicians in his submission...


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CMS's Dramatic Price Transparency Rule Set to Take Effect January 1, 2021

Posted by: Robert A. Anderson and Alexandria M. Foster on October 23, 2020

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

Effective January 1, 2021, all hospitals that operate in the United States will be required to comply with CMS’s Price Transparency Requirements detailed in its Final Rule (the “Rule”). The Rule mandates that hospitals establish, update, and make public a list of their standard charges for the...


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Indiana Improves Telemedicine Reimbursement During COVID Emergency

Posted by: Brandon W. Shirley and Stephanie T. Eckerle on October 19, 2020

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The Indiana Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning (“OMPP”) announced new changes to telemedicine reimbursement that aligns all Medicaid payor policies (fee-for-service and Medicaid managed care). The changes, applicable to claims with dates of service beginning September 24, 2020, allow...


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