FCC Approves COVID-19 Telehealth Program Funding
May 29, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Behavioral Health | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Telehealth
On May 28, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that its COVID-19 Telehealth Program has now approved a total of over $68 million in funding for 185 hospitals and other healthcare providers in 38 states plus Washington, DC. The program, whose full title states its goal of “Promoting Telehealth for Low-Income Consumers,” was adopted on …
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Assess Legal Risk, Payer Policies to Head Off Hidden Dangers of COVID-19 Reopening
May 21, 2020 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Legislation and Public Policy | Litigation | Private Insurers
A May 18 article in Part B News, “Assess legal risk, payer policies to head off hidden dangers of COVID-19 reopening,” discussed how medical practices should take steps to protect themselves from legal and insurance issues. Rivkin Radler’s Robert Iseman was quoted in the article, which advises medical practices that are beginning to reopen on …
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What to Watch as COVID-19 Cash Crunch Fuels Hospital M&A
May 18, 2020 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Antitrust | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy
A May 15 article in Law360, “What to Watch as COVID-19 Cash Crunch Fuels Hospital M&A,” discussed the wave of hospital mergers due to the coronavirus pandemic and its financial impact on healthcare facilities. The article also addressed possible antitrust enforcement actions against hospitals that must merge to remain financially viable. Rivkin Radler’s Robert Iseman …
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New Executive Orders Aid OPWDD Facilities amid COVID-19
May 18, 2020 | John F. Queenan | Cassandra Rivais DiNova | Behavioral Health | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy
In our prior bulletin, we discussed the likely lack of civil immunity from Justice Center enforcement actions conferred in other contexts by Executive Order 202.10. However, other Executive Orders provided some relief in the form of certain suspended or waived requirements applicable to facilities licensed by the Office of People with Development Disabilities (OPWDD). By several …
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False Claims Act, Medical Necessity and Government Regulation of Medicine
May 14, 2020 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | False Claims Act | Fraud and Abuse | Hospitals | Litigation | Medicare and Medicaid
Rivkin Radler’s Geoffrey R. Kaiser authored an article for Law360 entitled “False Claims Act, Medical Necessity and Government Regulation of Medicine.” The full article can be found here. …
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CMS Announces Further Rule Changes to Address Pandemic
May 4, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | ACOs | Behavioral Health | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Telehealth
On April 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced numerous regulatory waivers and rule changes to, among other things, expand Medicare beneficiaries’ access to coronavirus testing and telehealth services. CMS also made changes to address financial concerns that had been raised by many accountable care organizations (ACOs). The changes included adding behavioral …
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