Category Archives: Health

US Attorney’s Office in Chicago Announces Creation of Health Care Fraud Unit

Acting US Attorney Joel Levin says the new dedicated unit aims to bring “even greater focus, efficiency, and impact to our efforts in this important area.” The US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois recently announced the creation of a Health Care Fraud Unit—a team of five assistant US attorneys devoted to prosecuting …

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HSAs and the ERISA Fiduciary Rule: What Employers Should Know

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With the fate of health care reform—and its repeal and/or replacement—up for grabs in Washington, there is a health-related compliance item outside of health care reform that should be on employers’ radars: health savings accounts (HSAs) and the new Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) fiduciary rule. We have previously kept you apprised concerning the …

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Senate Unveils Changes to the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017: Significant Changes, but Uncertainty Remains

On July 13th, the Senate released the updated version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017. While the new version makes some significant changes to the original Senate proposal, the major components of the original bill remain intact. Will the Changes Result in Additional Support? Securing the required votes to pass the revised BCRA will be …

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Better Care Reconciliation Act – Key Takeaways for Employers and Plan Sponsors

On June 22, 2017, the Senate released its much anticipated health care reform legislation – the Better Care Reconciliation Act (“BCRA”) (linked to amended version released June 26, 2017). In many respects the BCRA is similar to the House of Representatives’ American Health Care Act (which was described in our March 9, 2017 and May 4, 2017 blog entries). However, the …

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The Healthcare Executive’s Simple Guide to FMV For Attorneys, C-Suite, Compliance, and Physicians

The ABA has developed a guide for healthcare executives: The Healthcare Executive’s Simple Guide to FMV For Attorneys, C-Suite, Compliance, and Physicians.  This guide has been developed to provide basic information on nearly every type of transaction or compensation arrangement that must adhere to the FMV standard. Click here to order. This guide will help …

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CBO Greenlights Telehealth Provisions in Senate’s CHRONIC Care Act

Last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) concluded that a key piece of telehealth legislation, the CHRONIC Care Act of 2017, would not, overall, increase or decrease Medicare spending. This score is significant as it marks the first time that CBO has concluded that providing enhanced Medicare coverage for telehealth services would be budget neutral and …

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Practicing Telemedicine Across State Borders: New Expedited Licenses Permit Physicians to Expand Practice

In a watershed moment for the expansion of telemedicine, the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission is now processing applications to allow physicians to practice telemedicine across state lines with greater ease. Nineteen states have passed legislation to adopt the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which allows physicians to obtain a license to practice medicine in any Compact …

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“WannaCry” Ransomware Attack Causes Disruption Globally – With Worst Yet to Come

A ransomware known as “WannaCry” affected 200,000 people in 150 countries over the weekend, locking computer files and demanding payment to release them. As of this morning, Australia and New Zealand users seem to have avoided the brunt of the attack, with the Federal Government only confirming three reports of Australian companies being affected.  Not …

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Compliance with Health and Fitness State Laws: Background, Best Practices and Key Takeaways for Health and Fitness Club Owners

We have found that most business owners desire to run their club, studio or other fitness facility in compliance with all applicable laws.  However, the problem is the difficulty in obtaining complete and accurate information regarding which laws are applicable to their business.  Therefore, the purpose of this article to: (i) Provide information as to …

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More Than Family Affair: Six-Figure HIPAA Penalty Upheld for Unrepentant Home Care Agency due to PHI Access by Spurned Spouse of Employee

Introduction The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Public Law 104-191 and the regulations promulgated thereunder (“HIPAA”) should be now well-known to health care providers and health plans.  Under HIPAA’s “Privacy Rule,” covered entities must take steps to “reasonably safeguard” protected health information (“PHI”) from any “intentional or unintentional use or disclosure that …

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