CMS Issues Coronavirus Guidance
March 11, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | COVID-19 | Home Health | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Nursing Homes | Private Insurers | Telehealth

Over the past week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a flurry of guidance documents and FAQs regarding COVID-19 for healthcare providers in private practice, hospitals, nursing homes, hospices and dialysis facilities, and for Medicare Advantage and Part D insurance plans. The guidance includes how to bill and collect for coronavirus

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Social Equity Under Discussion in Marijuana Legislation
March 10, 2020 | Cannabis | Legislation and Public Policy

The Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act proposed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act under consideration by the State Legislature, would mandate social and economic equity programs as part of legalizing adult-use marijuana in New York, to ensure that communities that have been disparately impacted by the “War on

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Second Circuit Cases May Affect Insurers’ Ability To Fight No-Fault Fraud
March 9, 2020 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Fraud and Abuse | Litigation | Private Insurers

Rivkin Radler’s Evan Krinick authored a March 6 article in the New York Law Journal, “Second Circuit Cases May Affect Insurers’ Ability To Fight No-Fault Fraud,” that discussed two pending cases relating to New York no-fault insurance carriers. Both cases involve a healthcare provider that filed hundreds of new arbitration proceedings or collection lawsuits against

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Coronavirus Funding Bill Includes Telehealth Provisions
March 6, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | COVID-19 | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Telehealth

The “Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020,” signed into law by the President on March 6, includes provisions waiving Medicare’s geographic restrictions on telehealth during a public health emergency. This will enable healthcare providers to provide care via telehealth in urban and rural areas as well as in patients’ homes within the “emergency

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No Cost-Sharing for Coronavirus Testing in NY
March 5, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | COVID-19 | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Pharmaceuticals | Private Insurers | Telehealth

On March 2, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new regulations on New York health insurers regarding coverage for coronavirus testing and related matters. The State Department of Financial Services (DFS) directive requires insurers to waive cost sharing for COVID-19 testing at emergency room, urgent care and office visits. In addition, Medicaid patients will not

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Develop Plan for Responding to Adverse Events
March 3, 2020 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Hospitals

An article in the March issue of Healthcare Risk Management, “Develop Plan for Responding to Adverse Events,” discussed the importance of hospitals preparing in advance for how to respond to an unexpected death, serious accident or possible malpractice. Rivkin Radler’s David Richman was quoted in the article. To read it, click here.

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