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Anchors Away! Physical Therapists Rejoice (and Book a Tropical Getaway) as CMS Extends Locum Tenens Arrangements

Posted in Legislation, Medicare, News from the Health Law Gurus, Regulations, Trends
Even doctors get sick sometimes, or need to take a vacation, and when they do, patients are not seen and billing does not happen. Cue locum tenens – a system used by providers to ensure continuity of care and revenue when providers need to complete continuing medical education requirements or take time off for vacations… Continue Reading

Organizations Want to Cry After WannaCry Ransomware Attacks

Posted in Cybersecurity, HIPAA, HITECH, Privacy, Security, Trends
Earlier this month a massive ransomware attack spread throughout 150 countries, infecting 300,000 computers and crippling businesses across the globe. The ransomware, called “Wannacry,” infiltrated a variety of institutions, encrypting the user’s files and demanding payment of $300-$600 in bitcoin to unfreeze files. Hundreds of hospitals and health clinics in the British National Health Service… Continue Reading

The Doctor Will See You Right Now: Understanding Urgent Care Centers

Posted in Pennsylvania, Trends
In today’s busy world, convenience is a prized commodity. From pre-ordering and paying online for your favorite Starbucks drink to pulling up instantaneous directions on Google Maps, people value solutions that save time and make their lives easier. This trend carries over into the health care industry; most notably in the increasing popularity of urgent… Continue Reading

SOS Answered: New Guidance on HIPAA for App Developers

Posted in Business Associates, Compliance Issues, Covered Entities, HIPAA, Technology, Trends
Amidst criticism that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) lags behind technological innovation, the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) released new guidance to aid app developers in determining how HIPAA may apply to the products they are building and developing. OCR explained that the guidance is intended to “reduce some of the uncertainty… Continue Reading

Traveling for Medical Care — The Increasing Popularity of Medical Tourism

Posted in Guest Contributor, Medical Tourism, Trends
Medical tourism is the term used to describe the movement of patients across international borders in pursuit of medical care and treatment. While in the United States the term is usually associated with Americans leaving the country in search of low-cost treatments — particularly cosmetic surgery, dental care, fertility treatments, and heart surgery — the… Continue Reading

Looking Ahead to 2016 and Beyond: Could the Precision Medical Initiative Revolutionize the Way Patients Receive Medical Treatment?

Posted in HIPAA, Technology, Trends
The Precision Medicine Initiative (“PMI”) was officially unveiled in President Obama’s January 2015 State of the Union address. Precision medicine is an emerging approach for disease prevention and treatment that considers an individual’s genes, environment, and lifestyle. The hope is that PMI will usher in a new era of medicine in which researchers, providers, and… Continue Reading

Concierge Medicine – A New Frontier

Posted in Guest Contributor, Physician Perspectives, Trends
Concierge medicine is a relatively new, but rapidly growing and evolving supplement to traditional medical care. A concierge physician charges an annual retainer fee that provides the patient with additional services that are not covered by insurance, but which enhance accessibility, the amount of time spent with the physician, and hopefully a much more personalized… Continue Reading

HIPAA in the Time of Ebola

Posted in Business Associates, Compliance Issues, HIPAA, Privacy, Regulations, Trends
Ebola has recently been the source of much concern, and health care providers and hospitals are taking steps to prepare themselves for the possibility of treating patients with Ebola. In addition to all of the medical preparations underway, covered entities and business associates must also continue to be aware of the protections in place that… Continue Reading

No Kidding: Overseas Medical Tourism Is Well Worth Trip

Posted in Medical Tourism, Trends
Surgery was on his bucket list, but Bruce Ryan didn’t want to wait until he retired to repair his debilitating and painful rotator cuff injury. The 59-year-old construction manager could have traveled the six hours to Stanford Medical Center – considered one of the top facilities in the United States. He had other reservations, instead. “No,… Continue Reading

HITECH Act Assures Meaningful Use & Care Coordination…For Some

Posted in Behavioral Health, EHR, HITECH, Technology, Trends
The passage of the ARRA HITECH Act in 2009 fostered significant advancements in patient engagement and care coordination by incentivizing primarily physical health providers and acute care hospitals to make smarter use of technology. Specifically, the Act provided funding for eligible providers and hospitals to adopt electronic health records (EHR) and then “meaningfully use” those… Continue Reading

Proposed Reforms to Liver Transplant System Address Disparity, Raise Ethical Questions

Posted in Guest Contributor, Legislation, Trends
  Each year over 1,500 individuals in the United States die while waiting for a liver transplantation. Another 1,500 candidates are removed from waiting lists because they are deemed too medically frail to receive a liver. Some reformers believe that these figures can be reduced by changing administrative procedures used to determine how organs are… Continue Reading

CMS Announces Launch of Open Payments Database: $3.5 Billion Paid to Physicians and Teaching Hospitals

Posted in Affordable Care Act (ACA), Anti-Kickback Statute, Fraud and Abuse, Trends
The Open Payments database (the “Database”) is now live, and the first round of data is available to the public on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) website. This first round of data reflects “nearly 4.4 million payments valued at nearly $3.5 billion attributable to 546,000 individual physicians and almost 1,360 teaching hospitals,”… Continue Reading

News from the Health Law Gurus™: Week of August 31, 2014

Posted in Fraud and Abuse, News from the Health Law Gurus, Privacy, Technology, Trends
News from the Health Law Gurus™ is a weekly summary of notable health law news from around the country with helpful links to related content. Check back every week for the latest health law news stories. HealthCare.gov Has Been Hacked, but Your Personal Information Is Safe – HealthCare.gov was hacked in July of this year.… Continue Reading

News from the Health Law Gurus™: Week of August 24, 2014

Posted in Affordable Care Act (ACA), Anti-Kickback Statute, Medicare, News from the Health Law Gurus, OIG Advisory Opinion, Trends
News from the Health Law Gurus™ is a weekly summary of notable health law news from around the country with helpful links to related content. Check back every week for the latest health law news stories. CMS Bolsters Roster Before Next Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period – The Department of Health and Human Services… Continue Reading

News from the Health Law Gurus™: Week of August 3, 2014

Posted in Affordable Care Act (ACA), Compliance Issues, Fraud and Abuse, News from the Health Law Gurus, Technology, Trends
News from the Health Law Gurus™ is a weekly summary of notable health law news from around the country with helpful links to related content. Check back every week for the latest health law news stories. ICD-10 Compliance Deadline Is Now October 1, 2015 – Health care providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses (“Health… Continue Reading

News from the Health Law Gurus™: Week of June 15th, 2014

Posted in Affordable Care Act (ACA), Health Insurance, Technology, Trends
News from the Health Law Gurus™ is a weekly summary of notable health law news from around the country with helpful links to related content. Check back every Friday for the latest health law news stories. AMA Releases Policy on Telemedicine—Last week, the American Medical Association (“AMA”) released a policy on the provision of telemedicine… Continue Reading

News from the Health Law Gurus™: Week of April 27th, 2014

Posted in Affordable Care Act (ACA), False Claims Act, Fraud and Abuse, News from the Health Law Gurus, Technology, Trends
News from the Health Law Gurus™ is a weekly summary of notable health law news from around the country with helpful links to related content. Check back every Friday for the latest health law news stories. FSMB Provides Guidance for State Medical Boards on Use of Telemedicine Technology—The Federation of State Medical Boards (“FSMB”) released… Continue Reading

Can You See Me Now? Telemedicine Doctors Monitor Patients Remotely

Posted in Technology, Trends
You have a fever. Your stomach hurts. You have a cough and a runny nose. And to top it all off, your primary care doctor’s office is closed. What are you supposed to do? The answer is simple – telemedicine. But, what is telemedicine?  The American Telemedicine Association (the “ATA”) defines telemedicine as “the use… Continue Reading

Judge’s Antitrust Decision Makes Hospitals Think Twice before Acquiring Physician Practices

Posted in Antitrust, Physician Practice Models, Trends
A federal judge recently reversed a hospital system’s acquisition of a physician practice under antitrust laws. Judge B. Lynn Winmill of the United States District Court for Idaho ruled that St. Luke’s Health System, Ltd. (“St. Luke’s”) and Saltzer Medical Group, P.A. (“Saltzer”) would need to unwind their deal as a result of violations of… Continue Reading

ICD-10 Compliance Deadline is October 1, 2014—Philadelphia Office of CMS to Offer Webinars to Ease Transition

Posted in Compliance Issues, HIPAA, Technology, Trends
ICD-9 diagnosis and inpatient procedure codes will make way for ICD-10 codes starting October 1, 2014. Health care entities and providers need to be ready to make the switch if they want to receive reimbursement for claims. According the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”), ICD-10 (which stands for the International Classification for Diseases… Continue Reading

Health Care Technology Trends for 2014: An Interview with Joseph Coyne, President of Information Technology Services and CIO at Continuum Health Alliance, LLC

Posted in Technology, Trends
What’s the best way to provide quality patient care and reduce readmissions while lowering costs? Joseph Coyne, the President of Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer at Continuum Health Alliance, LLC (“Continuum”), believes the answer is tapping into and interpreting data about patients and physicians through the use of emerging health care technologies. These technologies,… Continue Reading

Population Care Management – The Future of Health Care: An Interview with John M. Tedeschi, M.D.

Posted in Affordable Care Act (ACA), Physician Practice Models, Trends
John M. Tedeschi, M.D., a New Jersey pediatrician turned health care entrepreneur, admits he is “obsessed” with the ideals of the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”): (1) increasing the quality of health care, (2) increasing patient access to and satisfaction with health care, and (3) decreasing the costs of health care. “Physicians love being physicians,” according… Continue Reading