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Fresh New Jersey Physical Therapy Rules for 2018

Posted in Compliance Issues, Legislation, Physical Therapy, Regulations, Trends
This past summer Governor Christie signed into law an amendment (“SB 1315”) to the New Jersey Physical Therapy Licensing Act of 1983 (“PT Licensing Act”), to be effective as of January 17, 2018.  Most importantly, SB 1315 will expand the scope of practice for Physical Therapists (each a “PT” and collectively “PTs”) and allow greater… Continue Reading

Pennsylvania Legislature Exploring Court-Ordered Outpatient Treatment

Posted in Behavioral Health, Legislation, Mental Health, Mental Health Procedures Act, Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania legislature is currently considering legislation that would amend the Pennsylvania Mental Health Procedures Act (the “Act”) to provide for court-ordered outpatient treatment for those suffering from mental illness or other impairment covered by the Act. The legislation, known as House Bill 1233: A Better Standard for Outpatient Commitment for Persons with Serious Mental… Continue Reading

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

Controversial Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act Passes in Senate

Posted in Cybersecurity, Legislation, Privacy, Security
This week, the Senate passed a cybersecurity bill, called the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (the “CISA”), by a vote of 74 to 21. With the Senate’s vote, the bill is one step closer to becoming law. The CISA authorizes the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense,… Continue Reading

Effective November 1, 2015: New Jersey Expands Scope of Prescription Monitoring Program

Posted in Legislation, Prescription Drugs and Medical Devices
In July, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed legislation that expands the access, registration, and utilization of the New Jersey Prescription Monitoring Program (NJPMP). The legislation, Senate Bill 1998 (S-1998), is slated to take effect on November 1, 2015. S-1998 is part of a larger effort in New Jersey to fight prescription drug abuse. Governor… Continue Reading

Mental Health Reform Act of 2015 Proposes Overhaul to America’s Mental Health System

Posted in Guest Contributor, Legislation, Medicaid, Medicare
On Tuesday, August 4, Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn) and Bill Cassidy (R-La) introduced The Mental Health Reform Act of 2015. The bill proposes reforms to Medicare and Medicaid, introduces new grant programs, and enhances the federal government’s commitments to integrating physical and mental health and improving mental health services. According to Murphy, the bill will… Continue Reading

21st Century Cures Act Passes House: Could Usher In Broad Reforms to Drug Approval Process

Posted in FDA, Guest Contributor, Legislation, Prescription Drugs and Medical Devices
On Friday, July 10th the U.S. House voted overwhelmingly to streamline the approval process of prescription drugs and medical devices by the FDA. If passed in the Senate and signed by President Obama, the “21st Century Cures Act” (the “Act”) would foster significant regulatory changes in the introduction of new drugs to the market. The… Continue Reading

CMS Issues New Proposed Rule to Modernize Managed Care for Medicaid

Posted in Affordable Care Act (ACA), Guest Contributor, Legislation, Medicaid, Regulations
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has issued a new proposed rule (the “Proposed Rule”) intended to “modernize Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) managed care regulations to update the programs’ rules and strengthen the delivery of quality care for beneficiaries.” As CMS continues it mission toward creating better care, smarter… Continue Reading

Pennsylvania Physicians Now Required to Wear Photo Identification Badges

Posted in Legislation, Pennsylvania, Regulations
As of June 1, 2015, a new Pennsylvania law went into effect, requiring the following individuals to wear photo identification badges: All employees and physicians working at health care facilities licensed by the Department [of Health] who provide direct care to patients or consumers; All employees and physicians working at the private practice of physicians… Continue Reading

One Step Forward, One Step Out the Door – Senate Action Needed for SGR Repeal

Posted in Legislation, Medicare
The House of Representative recently passed legislation, by a sweeping vote of 392-37, which aims to change the way physicians are paid. The legislation, called the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, repeals and replaces Medicare’s sustainable growth rate formula (“SGR”). Despite the broad bipartisan support the legislation received in the House, the Senate failed… Continue Reading

News from the Health Law Gurus™: Week of February 1, 2015

Posted in Affordable Care Act (ACA), HIPAA, Legislation, News from the Health Law Gurus
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. Millions Affected by Hackers’ Attack on Health Insurer Anthem, Inc. – “Anthem was the target of a very sophisticated… Continue Reading

News from the Health Law Gurus™: Week of January 11, 2015

Posted in Affordable Care Act (ACA), Business Associates, Covered Entities, HIPAA, Legislation, Privacy, Uncategorized
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. Top Five Resolutions for Covered Entities and Business Associates in 2015 – The New Year is here. It is… 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

News from the Health Law Gurus™: Week of July 13th, 2014

Posted in Affordable Care Act (ACA), False Claims Act, Fraud and Abuse, Legislation, News from the Health Law Gurus
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. $1 Million Settlement Reached in $73 Million Overbilling FCA Suit—Florida-based Halifax Health (“Halifax”) has settled a False Claims Act… Continue Reading

If It’s Broken, Fix It (At Least Temporarily): New “Doc Fix” Law Prevents Automatic Medicare Pay Cuts to Physicians

Posted in Legislation, Medicare
Were you worried that your physician pay rate would plummet come March 31 due to Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (“SGR”) formula? You can stop pulling out your hair, at least until next year. On April 1, 2014, President Obama signed into law a bill that stops automatic Medicare payment cuts due to SGR from taking… Continue Reading