Legislation and Public Policy


Hospitals Violate Price Transparency Rule; CMS Proposes Increased Penalties
July 30, 2021 | Eric D. Fader | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid
A new federal hospital price transparency rule that took effect on January 1, 2021, requires hospitals to post all prices for services online in an easily accessible format. However, a report recently released by PatientRightsAdvocate.org found that 94.4% of hospitals were not in compliance with the rule, because one or more price transparency requirements were …
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NY Department of Labor Issues Airborne Infectious Diseases Model and Standards for Worksites
July 29, 2021 | Brian S. Conneely | John K. Diviney | COVID-19 | Employer/Employee | Legislation and Public Policy
The New York Department of Labor has issued Model Safety Plans and Standards for airborne infectious diseases. All employers, regardless of size and with a worksite in New York, must adopt a safety plan by August 5, 2021, and must post, distribute and include the plan in their handbooks to all employees and new hires by September …
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Proposed Physician Fee Schedule Adds Coverage for Remote Therapeutic Monitoring
July 21, 2021 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | Home Health | Legislation and Public Policy | Medical Devices and Wearables | Medicare and Medicaid | Telehealth
The proposed 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule released on July 13 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) includes a new category of CPT codes for “remote therapeutic monitoring” (RTM). The new codes are in addition to the set of codes introduced in 2019 for remote physiological monitoring, usually called remote patient monitoring …
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Proposed Physician Fee Schedule Includes Expanded Telehealth Reimbursement
July 15, 2021 | Eric D. Fader | Behavioral Health | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Telehealth
The proposed 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, released on July 13 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), includes expanded reimbursement for behavioral health services delivered by telehealth, including reimbursing providers for audio-only telephone calls. The proposed expansion would allow Medicare beneficiaries with mental health or substance abuse disorders to receive diagnosis, evaluation …
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NPDB Reporting Protected by Law in Some Cases, Gray Areas Problematic
July 8, 2021 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Litigation
An article in the July issue of Hospital Peer Review, “NPDB Reporting Protected by Law in Some Cases, Gray Areas Problematic,” discussed hospitals’ obligations to report doctors to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) and their protection against liability for doing so. Rivkin Radler’s Chris Kutner was quoted extensively in the article. “In the matters …
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The Impact of Stark Law and AKS Changes on Compliance in Real Estate Transactions
July 6, 2021 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Fraud and Abuse | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid
On Wednesday, July 7, in the next installment of the firm’s Healthcare Compliance Lunch & Learn series, Rivkin Radler attorneys Benjamin P. Malerba and Ada Janocinska will discuss key compliance considerations under the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) and Stark Law as they relate to real estate transactions.  The presentation will provide: • An overview of …
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OIG: Hospitals Need to Improve Oversight of Cybersecurity for Networked Medical Devices
June 29, 2021 | Eric D. Fader | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medical Devices and Wearables | Medicare and Medicaid
On June 23, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) posted on its website an Issue Brief entitled “Medicare Lacks Consistent Oversight of Cybersecurity for Networked Medical Devices in Hospitals.” According to the OIG, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should amend interpretative guidelines or other nonbinding guidelines, or …
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NY Telehealth Waivers End
June 25, 2021 | Eric D. Fader | Legislation and Public Policy | Telehealth
New York’s State Disaster Emergency declaration, which had been extended through June 24 through a series of Executive Orders by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has expired. Among many other things, the Executive Orders had removed certain restrictions on the provision of telehealth services. For example, since March 18, 2020, Gov. Cuomo’s Executive Order No. 202.5 had …
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COVID-19 and Legal Chaos Dent CBD Market
June 17, 2021 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Cannabis | FDA | Legislation and Public Policy
Rivkin Radler’s Marc Ullman was quoted in the NutraIngredients-USA article, “COVID-19 and legal chaos dent CBD market – but Congress and a stronger economy offer hope.” The article discusses the state of the CBD market amid the COVID-19 pandemic and legal battles. “The market is a mess and the FDA doesn’t want to clean up the mess …
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OCR’s HIPAA Right of Access Initiative Continues
June 11, 2021 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Legislation and Public Policy | Litigation
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has pursued its HIPAA Right of Access Initiative since 2019. OCR’s 19th settlement under the initiative, with The Diabetes, Endocrinology & Lipidology Center, Inc. (DELC), curiously resulted in only a $5,000 fine. The West Virginia provider treats patients who have endocrine disorders. …
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