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By : Ted Barron

Telehealth Benefits To Be Expanded Under Medicare Advantage

Silver Iphone 6 Near Blue and Silver StethoscopeThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule...

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CMS Issues Final “60 Day Rule” on Healthcare Overpayments

On Feb. 11, 2016, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued its long-awaited final rule on the mandatory reporting and return of overpayments, commonly known as “the 60-day rule.”  Medicare and Medicaid providers, suppliers and managed care contractors...

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CMS Clarifies Healthcare Stark Regulations and Finalizes New Stark Exceptions

On October 30, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced a new final rule for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule on or after January 1, 2016.  Among other things, the new final rule offers several clarifications intended to help reduce the bur...

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False Claims Act Cases Continue to Grow

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently reported that federal fiscal year (FFY) 2014 was a record-breaking year for judgments and settlements in civil cases involving health care fraud and abuse, particularly qui tam whistleblower actions under the False Claims Act (FCA). In total, DOJ reporte...

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Boston Marathon Serves as Reminder of Valuable Service of Community Health Care Providers

As an attorney who specializes in health care law, I have had the privilege of representing hospitals and physicians on a daily basis throughout my legal career. I spend most days strategizing with and counseling health care clients, negotiating transactions, attempting to draft the perfect legal co...

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Fair Market Value Physician Compensation

In recent years, the health care industry has experienced significant growth in contractual relationships between physicians and health systems.  This growth is likely to continue as hospitals will increasingly require physicians’ clinical services and expertise as their reimbursement becomes tied t...

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Employers Face Increasing Scrutiny Over Hiring Illegal Workers

Despite the Obama administration’s movement towards immigration reform, more and more employers are being audited to determine if they are employing illegal immigrants.  In 2012, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) audited the I-9 forms of over 3,000 employers, up from only 250 employer...

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Avoiding Email HIPAA Violations

Many providers transmit their patients’ Protected Health Information (“PHI”) in unsecured e-mails.  Through audits, some providers have discovered that their employees routinely included patient PHI in both the subject line and body of e-mails sent internally and externally.  In doing so, these prov...

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Obama Administration Announces Relief for Young Illegal Immigrants

Today the Obama Administration is expected to formally announce that it will no longer seek deportation of most young illegal immigrants.  Rather, it will grant deferred action to eligible young people who were brought to the United States before age 16, who have been raised and educated in the U...

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