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HHS proposes significant changes to Stark, Anti-Kickback and CMP regulations

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On October 9, 2019, the DHSS proposed significant amendments to the Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Law and Civil Monetary Penalty Law. These proposed amendments are intended to modernize and clarify these laws, encourage value-based arrangements and care coordination and reduce some of the key burdens these laws impose on health care providers. READ MORE

CMS issues final rule on pre-dispute arbitration agreements with long-term care facilities

Nicole Jobe Sarah Larson August 9, 2019
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On July 18, 2019, CMS published a rule that finalized certain requirements for long-term care facilities using pre-dispute arbitration agreements with residents. The final rule is scheduled to go into effect on September 16, 2019. READ MORE

OCR seeks public input on potential modifications to the HIPAA Rules

Jennifer Pike January 4, 2019
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The Office of Civil Rights has asked for public input how the agency might modify the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules in a Request for Information. The 50 questions in the RFI reveals notable insights for the OCR’s future plans to improve care coordination and reduce regulatory burdens. READ MORE

7 facts employers and employees should know about HIPAA and the opioid crisis

Lori Jones September 21, 2018
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As the opioid crisis continues, the Department of Health and Human Services has provided information to help health care providers know what they can and cannot disclose to concerned family members trying to help addicted loved ones. READ MORE

AT&T rings Justice's bell: What the AT&T-Time Warner merger decision means for health care

June 22, 2018
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U.S. District Judge Richard Leon's decision in the AT&T-Time Warner merger has set a precedent regarding antitrust scrutiny in large mergers. The decision demonstrates how vertical mergers may lead to less scrutiny—and that likely goes for the health care industry as well. READ MORE

CMS revises CJR program, cancels cardiac bundles

August 22, 2017
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In August, CMS issued a proposed rule seeking to reduce mandatory participation requirements in the CJR program and eliminate the episode payment models and CR incentive payment model before their scheduled effective date. READ MORE

Blog browse: Is mobile targeting a ‘secret weapon’ for good or ill?

Mark Sableman May 1, 2017
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A recent Massachusetts case highlights the tension inherent in geo-location targeted ads— the ability to target customers through their mobile devices, right to down to where they are and what they are doing — as well as special concerns that crop up when advertisers target consumers using health care metrics. READ MORE

Responding to ransomware attacks: A guide for health care providers

June 8, 2016
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Like all cybersecurity threats, the risk of a ransomware attack cannot be eliminated. But the health care industry is not defenseless. With careful planning and a cybersecurity breach response plan, any lasting damage from an incident can be substantially reduced by planning before a crisis unfolds. READ MORE

Are you covered? Emerging issues for health care providers under cyber risk insurance

Matt Darrough February 3, 2016
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It is critical that cyber risk insurance is designed to both: (1) adequately mitigate future harm to those whose private information is compromised as a result of a data breach; and (2) satisfy the full array of damages sought by such third parties, including damages for future injuries resulting from the anticipated improper use of data. READ MORE