RECENT HEALTH LAW NEWS


FTC Investigations Could Bring Unwanted Scrutiny to Hospitals
January 18, 2019 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Affordable Care Act | Antitrust | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Litigation | Private Insurers
An article in Relias Media’s Healthcare Risk Management newsletter, “FTC Investigations Could Bring Unwanted Scrutiny to Hospitals,” discussed potential investigations of hospitals’ anti-competitive behavior by the Federal Trade Commission.  Rivkin Radler’s Robert H. Iseman was featured prominently in the article. Bob noted that hospitals and health systems that are considered “must-have” participants in health insurance plans face …
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Rivkin Attorneys to Speak at “The Business of Medicine” Seminar
January 14, 2019 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Employer/Employee | Fraud and Abuse | HIPAA | Hospitals | Medicare and Medicaid
Rivkin Radler’s Jeffrey Rust and Eric Fader will be among the presenters at “The Business of Medicine,” a seminar to be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at the Convene conference center, 101 Park Avenue (at 41st Street), New York, New York. Neuro Alert Services LLC, a multistate provider of intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring services, designed …
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Outside Counsel Can Be the Right Choice, but Know When
January 9, 2019 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Employer/Employee | Hospitals | Litigation
An article in Relias Media’s Healthcare Risk Management, “Outside Counsel Can Be the Right Choice, but Know When,” discussed when and why it might be appropriate for healthcare organizations to use outside counsel. Rivkin Radler’s Jeffrey Rust was quoted extensively in the article. Jeff noted that it is especially important to retain outside counsel in …
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Starting the New Year with Hospital Price Transparency
January 8, 2019 | Cassandra Rivais | Affordable Care Act | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid
As of January 1, hospitals are now required to post charges for their standard items and procedures online in an effort to increase price transparency. Section 2718(e) of the Public Health Service Act, part of the Affordable Care Act, requires each hospital in the U.S. “for each year [to] establish (and update) and make public …
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OB/GYN Practice Liable to Patient for Breach of Confidentiality
January 7, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | HIPAA | Legislation and Public Policy | Litigation
A Connecticut state court ruled in December that an obstetrics and gynecology practice must pay a former patient close to $2 million, the latest round in an 11-year saga in which the case was appealed to the state Supreme Court twice. The defendant medical practice was found to have breached the confidentiality of the plaintiff’s …
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The False Claims Act: A Powerful Tool Against Federal Health Care Program Fraud
January 7, 2019 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | False Claims Act | Fraud and Abuse | Litigation | Medical Devices | Medicare and Medicaid | Pharmaceuticals
Evan Krinick authored an article, “The False Claims Act: A Powerful Tool Against Federal Health Care Program Fraud,” that was published in the New York Law Journal.  The article discusses recent actions taken by U.S. Attorneys in New York against health care providers under the FCA. …
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HIPAA Clarity Coming for Coordinated Care
January 4, 2019 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Legislation and Public Policy
On December 12, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public input on how the HIPAA rules, especially the Privacy Rule, could be modified to promote coordinated, value-based healthcare. A January 1 article in Health Law360 entitled “Health Care Policy Moves To …
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Here’s Why Your Tax Dollars Are Overpaying for Medicaid
January 3, 2019 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid
A January 2 article in Bloomberg Law’s Health Law & Business, “Here’s Why Your Tax Dollars Are Overpaying for Medicaid,” discussed the Medicaid program’s difficulty in recovering inappropriate payments made by states to doctors. A December 11 report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) said the lack …
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Midterm Election Results: 6 Ways Healthcare Could Change in 2019
December 27, 2018 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Affordable Care Act | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Pharmaceuticals
A December 6 article in Managed Healthcare Executive, “Midterm Election Results: 6 Ways Healthcare Could Change in 2019,” discussed how Congress may attempt to address various healthcare issues next year. Rivkin Radler’s Eric Fader was quoted in the article. Eric pointed out that the recently enacted Know the Lowest Price Act and Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act will …
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Hospitals Still Faxing and Mailing Patient Records
December 21, 2018 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | Hospitals | Medicare and Medicaid
A recent study by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology revealed that most hospitals were still transmitting at least some patient medical records by mail or fax in 2017. The data showed that industry-wide electronic interoperability remains a distant goal. According to the study, 66% of the hospitals surveyed sometimes sent …
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