September 14, 2011 | Blog | By Karen Lovitch
ML Strategies has posted its weekly Health Care Reform Update providing timely information on implementation of the Affordable Care Act and other state and federal administrative and legislative activities related to health care reform.
September 13, 2011 | Blog | By Karen Lovitch, Dianne Bourque
CMS has announced the publication of a proposed rule that will require HIPAA-covered laboratories to make test results available to patients no later than 180 days after the rule's effective date, which will be 60 days after publication in tomorrow's Federal Register.
September 12, 2011 | Blog | By Brian Dunphy, Karen Lovitch
In a recent advisory opinion, the OIG allowed a hospital to share telemedicine resources with another hospital, in the interest of promoting new models of consultation and improving patient care by reducing unnecessary patient transfers.
September 12, 2011 | Blog | By Karen Lovitch, Nili Yolin
New York not-for-profit organizations, including hospitals, nursing homes, and managed care organizations, may need to look beyond the IRS “intermediate sanctions” regulations when setting their executives’ compensation now that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s newly formed Task Force on Not-For-Profit Entities will be reviewing these compensation levels.
September 10, 2011 | Blog
A House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee hearing on September 9th showed that the debate over the meaning of the terms “consolidation” versus “integration” in the health care context is more than petty semantics.
September 9, 2011 | Blog | By Samantha Kingsbury, Ellyn Sternfield
As some may already know, the DOJ recently charged 91 defendants from various cities and industry sectors with Medicare fraud.
September 7, 2011 | Blog | By Karen Lovitch
The Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), which provides the framework for the regulation of pharmaceuticals and raises fees to help ensure timely and safe oversight of pharmaceuticals, is due for reauthorization, and Committees in both Chambers of Congress have already held hearings.
August 22, 2011 | Blog | By Daria Niewenhous, Ellyn Sternfield
When qui tam relators/whistleblowers file suit under the civil False Claims Act (FCA), they are “standing in the shoes” of the government to allege that the government has suffered damages due to fraud.
August 10, 2011 | Blog | By Daria Niewenhous
The Mintz Levin Center for Health Law & Policy hosted a panel discussion entitled, “Understanding Health Insurance Exchanges: The Experts Weigh-In.”
August 7, 2011 | Blog | By Daria Niewenhous, Ellyn Sternfield
In late 2010, OIG effectively warned the health care provider community that it would begin exercising its discretionary “B-15” authority to exclude individual owners, officers and managing employees of sanctioned entities from participating in federally-funded health care programs, under Section 1128(b)(15) of the Social Security Act.
MA Statute Banning Sex Offenders from Living in Nursing Homes without a Hearing is Unconstitutional, Says MA SJC
August 6, 2011 | Blog | By Daria Niewenhous, Samantha Kingsbury
This case involved “John Doe,” a 65-year-old registered level-three sex offender. After serving time in jail, Mr. Doe was released to a homeless shelter. After sustaining serious injuries during a mugging, he was hospitalized and later discharged to a nursing home.
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