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CMS Seeks Comments on Role of Physician-Owned Hospitals

[04/27/17]

Posted on April 27, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On April 14, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a proposed rule addressing several potential changes to the health care delivery system, including physician-owned hospitals (“Proposed Rule”). As a part of this Proposed Rule, CMS is also seeking comment regarding the current restrictions on physician-owned hospitals and how these restrictions affect... READ MORE

CMS Proposes Two Regulatory Changes for Accreditation Organizations to Publish Survey Reports and Revised Public Notice for Medicare Terminations

[04/26/17]

Posted on April 26, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

CMS issued a survey and certification letter, dated April 16, 2017, announcing their intention to publish proposed changes on April 28, 2017 that will require accreditation organizations (“AOs”) (i.e., TJC, DNV, HFAP and CIHQ) to post provider/supplier survey reports and plans of corrections from CMS-approved accreditation programs on their website. CMS is also proposing... READ MORE

Did CMS’s March 31, 2017 MIPS “Snapshot” Affect Your Practice Group’s MIPS Scoring?

[04/26/17]

Posted on April 26, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Ordinarily, CMS will calculate the MIPS final score for a practice group’s physicians on an individual or group basis.[1] However, physicians participating in a “MIPS APM” are subject to a significantly different scoring methodology – the “APM scoring standard.” This article: (1) outlines CMS’s “snapshot” process for determining which physicians CMS will score using... READ MORE

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Prescriber Enrollment Requirements for Part D Prescriptions: Enforcement to Begin in Early 2017

[04/19/17]

Posted on April 19, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced that it will delay enforcement of its final rule (“Final Rule”) requiring physicians and other prescribing health care clinicians to either enroll in or opt out of Medicare in order for the prescriptions they write to be covered by any Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit... READ MORE

Stressful or Streamlined? CMS’s New SRDP Disclosure Form Presents New Challenges for Providers

[04/14/17]

Posted on April 14, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently updated its Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (“SRDP”) when it posted a new form to be used as part of the SRDP process (“SRDP Form”). According to CMS, the SRDP Form is an attempt to “streamline and simplify” the SRDP process. CMS originally proposed the new SRDP... READ MORE

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The 21st Century Cures Act: Tackling Mental Health from the Inside Out

[04/11/17]

Posted on April 11, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

This is the final article in a series covering the behavioral health sections of the 21st Century Cures Act (the “Cures Act”), which was signed into law on December 13, 2016. The articles in our series are located here.  As with many of the behavioral health sections of the Cures Act, Title XIV also provides for... READ MORE

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Section 1557 Suit Alleges Health System Failed to Provide Effective Communication

[04/06/17]

Posted on April 6, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On March 13, 2017, twelve hearing impaired individuals filed suit in federal district court in Arizona against a large health system (the “System”) alleging discrimination under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. In the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that the System discriminated against them by “refusing to provide effective auxiliary aids and services, despite... READ MORE

The 21st Century Cures Act: Title XIII Mental Health Parity – What You Need to Know

[04/05/17]

Posted on April 5, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

This is the sixth article in a series on the 21st Century Cures Act (the “Cures Act”), which was signed into law on December 13, 2016. We will continue publishing a series of articles summarizing various components under the Cures Act. The articles in our series are located here.  This article highlights the provisions... READ MORE

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Telehealth Law Revised by Michigan Legislature

[03/29/17]

Posted on March 29, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On March 27, 2017, the Michigan State Legislature revised the telehealth services regulations that were enacted on December 21, 2016. This revision to MCL 333.16285 goes into effect on March 29, 2017 and will allow health care professionals providing telehealth services to prescribe controlled substances. The original regulations prohibited prescription of controlled substances; however,... READ MORE

Federal District Court Opines on Revised Stark Law Writing Requirement

[03/28/17]

Posted on March 28, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On March 15, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania provided the first federal court interpretation of the writing requirements affecting several regulatory exceptions in the federal physician self-referral statute (“Stark Law”) and its implementing regulations since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) provided sweeping revisions and clarifications... READ MORE