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CMS Website Compiles Emergency Waivers and Guidance
March 17, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Home Health | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Telehealth
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has created a “Current Emergencies” page on its website that compiles links to the agency’s recent press releases and guidance regarding coronavirus in one place. CMS has already issued more than 30 press releases and guidance documents in March alone and there are too many to summarize, …
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CMS and ONC Release New Interoperability Rules
March 12, 2020 | Ada Kozicz | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medical Devices and Wearables | Medicare and Medicaid | Private Insurers | Telehealth
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) have finalized two highly anticipated rules that are intended to give patients “unprecedented safe, secure access to their health data.” ONC will establish a certification process for application programming interfaces (APIs) that will meet certain interoperability …
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CMS Issues Coronavirus Guidance
March 11, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Home Health | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | 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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Coronavirus Funding Bill Includes Telehealth Provisions
March 6, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | 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 | 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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The Broad Reach of the Medicare Fraud Strike Forces
January 3, 2020 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | False Claims Act | Fraud and Abuse | Litigation | Medical Devices and Wearables | Medicare and Medicaid | Pharmaceuticals | Telehealth
Rivkin Radler’s Evan Krinick authored an article for the New York Law Journal, “The Broad Reach of the Medicare Fraud Strike Forces.” The article discusses recent strike force actions in New York and New Jersey that targeted a variety of healthcare fraud schemes.   …
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Genetic Testing Fraudster to Plead Guilty
December 11, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Fraud and Abuse | Litigation | Medicare and Medicaid | Telehealth
The U.S. Department of Justice’s campaign against genetic testing scams continues and the latest accused lab owner is set to plead guilty. Ravitej Reddy, the owner of Personalized Genetics in Pittsburgh and Med Health Services Management in nearby Monroeville, was charged in November with paying kickbacks in a conspiracy to induce referrals for $127 million …
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Genetic Testing Fraud Trend Attracts DOJ Attention
October 8, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Fraud and Abuse | Litigation | Medicare and Medicaid | Telehealth
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced fraud charges against 35 individuals in five federal districts for defrauding Medicare of more than $2.1 billion in medically unnecessary genetic testing. The announcement of the coordinated actions, which involved dozens of telemedicine companies and genetic testing laboratories, eight physicians and two nurse practitioners, was foreshadowed by a Fraud …
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Wave of DOJ Actions Targets Healthcare Fraudsters
October 3, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | False Claims Act | Fraud and Abuse | Home Health | Litigation | Medical Devices and Wearables | Medicare and Medicaid | Pharmaceuticals | Telehealth
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) kicked its healthcare fraud enforcement activities into high gear last week, unveiling charges against hundreds of individuals and companies for paying kickbacks and billing for unnecessary drugs, supplies and tests. The cases, which alleged nearly $1.5 billion in fraudulent claims to Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers, targeted specialty pharmacies, …
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Robot Assistant Dispenses Meds, and More
September 26, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Home Health | Medical Devices and Wearables | Telehealth
Last week, Pillo Health announced a collaboration with Stanley Black & Decker to assist elderly people and their caregivers. The companies’ Pria “personal medication assistant” (or, alternatively, “smart healthcare companion”) can dispense a week’s worth of pills on a prearranged schedule and also provides alerts, two-way video calling capability, and real-time monitoring via a mobile …
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