Health Services


Proposed Changes to Stark Law Promote Value-Based Provider Arrangements
October 11, 2019 | Benjamin P. Malerba | Ada Kozicz | Health Services | Compliance, Investigations & White Collar
As part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ “Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care,” the U.S. Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) coordinated their efforts in issuing proposed changes to the federal fraud and abuse laws which prohibit certain patient referrals. The changes are intended …
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Cannabis: A Business Opportunity for Those with an Appetite for Risk
September 26, 2019 | Robert C. Kern, Jr. | Matthew V. Spero | Marc S. Ullman | Mark J. Wagner Jr. | Health Services | Corporate | Compliance, Investigations & White Collar
In the past 10 years, the legalization of marijuana and other cannabis-related products have expanded tremendously throughout the United States. Currently, medical marijuana is legal in 33 states and the District of Columbia, while 11 states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana use for adults 21 and over. Additionally, cannabidiol (CBD) got …
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Heptig Authors Article for USLAW
September 25, 2019 | Katherine A. Heptig | Health Services
Kate Heptig has authored an article for USLAW’s Fall 2019 magazine, “Safety In Numbers – Most Independent Physicians Can’t Afford to Go it Alone Anymore.” Click here to read the article. …
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Litigation Trends in Packaging Claims
April 12, 2019 | Intellectual Property | Health Services
Michael Cannata and Frank Misiti authored an article published in Natural Products Insider, “Litigation Trends in Packaging Claims.” Click here to read the article. …
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Embryo Destruction Lawsuits Open New Legal Frontier
February 20, 2019 | Katherine A. Heptig | Cassandra Rivais DiNova | Health Services
As of January 2019, following a months-long break in the cases due to judicial transition, at least 70 lawsuits arising from the accidental destruction of human embryos and eggs were pending in Ohio state courts. The cases highlight the complex questions surrounding the legal status of embryos and, by consequence, theories of liability for the …
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Shapiro Publishes Article in Nutrition Industry Executive
December 12, 2018 | Steven Shapiro | Health Services | Compliance, Investigations & White Collar
Steven Shapiro published an article in Nutrition Industry Executive, “What is Slack-fill & Why You Need to Know.” Click here to read the article. …
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UPDATE: OMIG Issues Changes to December 2018 Certification
December 7, 2018 | Ashley (Osadon) Algazi | Health Services | Compliance, Investigations & White Collar
OMIG has issued updates to its certification process for applicable Medicaid and Managed Medicaid providers, which may have a significant impact on providers who are required to certify by December 31, 2018. OMIG has expanded its certification to adopt five separate categories listed on the updated Social Services Law Certification Form: (i) Annual Certification, (ii) …
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Deadline Approaches to Certify Compliance Programs
November 20, 2018 | Ashley (Osadon) Algazi | Health Services | Compliance, Investigations & White Collar
The December 31 deadline for certain Medicaid providers and third-party billers to certify as to the effectiveness of their compliance program is fast approaching. New York State Medicaid providers and third-party billing companies who claim, bill, order or receive at least $500,000 in any consecutive 12-month period from the Medicaid Program or Managed Medicaid payors …
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Shapiro Published Article in Natural Products Insider
November 13, 2018 | Health Services
Steven Shapiro authored an article “Making and Using Endorsements” that was published in Natural Products Insider. The article discusses the need for brands working with celebrity or influencer endorsements to share all pertinent information with its consumers. Click here to read the article. …
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All Publicity is Good Publicity, Unless it is a HIPAA Breach
October 10, 2018 | Health Services
A recent U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) settlement illustrates why health care facilities must carefully consider potential privacy risks and take precautionary steps before allowing a camera crew to film on their premises. OCR settled with three Massachusetts hospitals for a total amount of $999,000 for violations of …
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