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Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Physicians in Whistleblower Suits Need Not Exhaust Peer Review Remedies
Posted on 27 May 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

A recent decision of the California Supreme Court removed a long-standing procedural limitation on physician suits against hospitals arising from peer review actions. In the recent decision, the California Supreme Court held that a physician need not... Read More

Barnes & Thornburg LLP: OIG Work Plan 2014: Takeaways for Hospitals
Posted on 21 Feb 2014 by Barnes & Thornburg LLP

By Gayland Hethcoat With the release of its work plan for fiscal year 2014 on Jan. 31, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has provided insight on the agency’s current enforcement... Read More

Norton Rose Fulbright: CMS Offers Settlement Of Inpatient RAC Denials
Posted on 24 Sep 2014 by Norton Rose Fulbright

By Mark Faccenda On August 29, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“ CMS ”) announced that certain providers with pending appeals of specified inpatient-status claims denied by Medicare contractors may elect to receive... Read More

Barnes & Thornburg LLP: President Obama Signs Bill Extending Physician Medicare Rates And Delaying ICD-10 And RAC Audits Under The 2-Midnights Rule
Posted on 8 Apr 2014 by Barnes & Thornburg LLP

By Nita Garg On April 1, President Obama signed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014. This legislation extends current Medicare physician reimbursement rates and delays implementation of the ICD-10 code for a full year. Previously, hospitals... Read More

DLA Piper: Ebola And Infectious Disease Control – Key Points For Hospitals And Health Systems
Posted on 6 Nov 2014 by DLA Piper

By Lara Compton and Joshua Kaye Dr. David Relman, a professor of infectious disease, microbiology and immunology at Stanford University's medical school, was quoted recently saying of the Ebola virus: “As best we can tell right now, it is... Read More

DLA Piper: Bankruptcy Sales for Distressed Hospitals: 4 Questions to Ask Before You Begin
Posted on 23 Sep 2014 by DLA Piper

By Thomas R. Califano , Rachel Nanes and Daniel G. Egan Over the last several years, a wide range of healthcare companies, among them hospitals, home health agencies and continuing care facilities, have faced financial distress as a result of declining... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: CMS Final IPPS Rule Effective Oct. 1, 2014
Posted on 23 Sep 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Jami K. Suver, Of Counsel In August 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) rule for fiscal year 2015, applicable to inpatient stays at general acute care and long-term... Read More

Do Not Use Registration Opens for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs
Posted on 1 Jan 2011 by Ted Zwayer

Posted Jan 9, 2011 at 9:24 PM, Deleted Jan. 12 5:50 p.m. By Foley & Lardner LLP Legal News Alert: Health Care On January 3, 2011, CMS opened registration for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, and several states opened registration for... Read More

The National Nursing Shortage: Is Mandatory Nurse-to-Patient Staffing Ratio Legislation the Solution?
Posted on 13 Sep 2010 by Jason S. Greis

By Jason Greis and Lara Duda The authors state: “Many states face shortages of registered nurses ("RNs" or "nurses") and other health care professionals. Such shortages will only be exacerbated as some seventy-eight million... Read More

AHLA's Guide To Healthcare Legal Forms, Agreements, And Policies, First Edition with CD-ROM
Posted on 17 Sep 2010 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Community Staff

Collected from expert health law attorneys and members of AHLA, this resource is designed to meet the needs of health law attorneys who must regularly create such documents for their clients. Conveniently organized by topic in a looseleaf format, AHLA’s... Read More

Health System Reform: An Implementation Checklist for Hospitals
Posted on 9 Sep 2010 by McDermott Will & Emery

In the months since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was enacted, hospital and health system senior management have been inundated with advisories, articles, and seminars summarizing the provisions of the health care reform law and its cadre... Read More