CMS Proposes Stark Law Amendments - Is Stark Law a Barrier to Healthcare Reform? Print E-mail
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Sunday, 26 July 2015 13:25

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend its regulations implementing and interpreting the Stark Law. CMS also used this proposed rule to state its positions on certain questions of Stark Law interpretation and application, and to solicit comments from the industry on whether the Stark Law is a barrier to health care delivery and payment innovation, and whether the industry needs more guidance on how the Stark Law applies to physician compensation. Notably, the proposed rule adds two new Stark Law exceptions-one for financial assistance to practices to recruit primary care non-physician practitioners and one for "time-share" arrangements. Comments on the proposed rule are due September 8, 2015.

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Telemedicine: Understanding the Risks Print E-mail
Written by Jacqueline Bezaire, RN, JD, Robert L. Snyder, JD, ARM   
Thursday, 23 July 2015 12:18

Telemedicine is increasingly a hot topic among health care providers, organizations and patients. Whether for better access to physicians, referrals, second opinions or remote consultations, both physicians and patients alike favor increased communication via electronic methods. Reimbursement for telecommunication encounters is on the rise and more health plans are encouraging it. Whether the modality is via your smart phone, tablet, laptop, computer or telephone, the growing popularity of telemedicine warrants a look at risk management, insurance and regulation issues.

The very definition of telemedicine is evolving along with its technology, regulations and practice guidelines. Undoubtedly we will see more of it in the future as reimbursement for telemedicine encounters, physician accessibility and consumer preference for it increase. So what is it and what are the liability, insurance and risk management issues involved with this evolving practice?

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Federal prosecutors increasingly target individual healthcare execs in anti-fraud efforts Print E-mail
Written by Health Law Offices of Anthony Vitale   
Thursday, 16 July 2015 11:07

Last month's sentencing of the former president and CEO of OtisMed Corporation to two years in prison should serve as yet another example that federal prosecutors are not holding back when it comes to holding corporate executives accountable.
Charlie Chi was sentenced for intentionally distributing a medical device used in knee replacement surgery despite the fact that the Food and Drug Administration had denied the company's application for marketing clearance. In December 2014, Chi admitted to distributing, with the intent to defraud and mislead, adulterated medical devices into interstate commerce in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
In addition to the 24-month prison sentence, Chi was ordered to serve one-year of supervised release and to pay a $75,000 fine. Prior to his own sentencing, OtisMed Corp., in September 2014, was hit with a criminal fine of $34.4 million and ordered to pay $5.16 million in criminal forfeiture.

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Florida scores an 'F' in healthcare price transparency Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 July 2015 12:02

Last week the latest Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute (HCI3) Report Card on State Price Transparency Laws was published by Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR). The report finds forty-five out of 50 states failed to provide adequate healthcare price transparency. Florida, along with most other states, gets an 'F'.

According the report's authors:

Markets cannot function properly without freely accessible information on price and quality. Our healthcare system needs CPR.

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