Behavioral Health


Psychedelic Therapy Training Program Launched
October 19, 2020 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Behavioral Health | FDA | Hospitals | Pharmaceuticals
Mind Medicine, Inc. (MindMed) and NYU Langone Medical Center (NYU) recently announced a joint project to launch a clinical training program focused on psychedelic-assisted therapies and psychedelic-inspired medicines. MindMed, a psychedelic drug startup, is studying the use of hallucinogenic drugs in the treatment of mental health conditions. This venture is the first step in establishing a …
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HHS Announces $20 Billion in Phase 3 Provider Relief Funding
October 2, 2020 | Ashley (Osadon) Algazi | Behavioral Health | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid
On October 1, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced $20 billion in additional funding as part of its Phase 3 Provider Relief Fund. This large push from the government is meant to (a) ensure that all eligible providers who received prior provider relief distributions have a balanced equitable payment equal to 2% …
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OCR Announces Five HIPAA “Right of Access” Settlements
September 17, 2020 | Ada (Kozicz) Janocinska | Behavioral Health | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Legislation and Public Policy | Litigation
On September 15, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced five new settlements relating to enforcement of HIPAA’s right of access rule. Under HIPAA, patients have the right to timely access to their medical records, as recently discussed here. A HIPAA covered entity must respond to a patient’s …
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CMS Proposes Permanent Expansion of Telehealth Services
August 5, 2020 | Ada (Kozicz) Janocinska | Behavioral Health | Home Health | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Telehealth
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic since mid-March, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) worked quickly to issue emergency guidance that allowed temporary expansion of payment for telehealth services and provided certain flexibility in providing telehealth services. The COVID pandemic has significantly increased awareness of the benefits of telehealth, as many patients have …
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FCC Increases Funding for Rural Telehealth Services
July 17, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Behavioral Health | Home Health | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Telehealth
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is adding $198 million in funding to the Rural Health Care Program to help healthcare providers acquire telecommunications and broadband services. The funding is in addition to $200 million that was allocated to the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). About …
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SAMHSA Updates Part 2 Rules
July 15, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Behavioral Health | HIPAA | Legislation and Public Policy
On July 13, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the adoption of revised Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records regulations in an effort to improve care coordination for substance abuse patients and reduce the burdens on their providers. The revisions to the regulations, commonly known as the Part 2 Rules …
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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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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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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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OIG Posts FAQs on Enforcement During Pandemic
April 29, 2020 | Geoffrey R. Kaiser | Behavioral Health | False Claims Act | Fraud and Abuse | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Telehealth
On April 24, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published responses to certain frequently asked questions and further explained its application of administrative enforcement authorities to arrangements directly connected to the COVID-19 pandemic. OIG stated that it is accepting inquiries regarding application of its administrative …
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