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30 Jan 2013, 1:47 pm by Todd Rodriguez
I imagine that few physicians contemplated being part of organized labor when they enrolled in medical school but as more and more physicians make the leap from private practice to hospital employment, perhaps large-scale unionization of the physician workforce could become a reality. [read post]
22 Jun 2016, 5:07 am by Edward J. Cyran
The deadline for providers to file a hardship exception application to the electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use requirements for the 2015 reporting period is July 1, 2016. [read post]
5 Nov 2012, 5:51 am by Todd Rodriguez
It's no secret that Medicare pays significantly more for certain services when they are performed in a hospital outpatient department than when they are performed in a physician office.  [read post]
23 Jul 2018, 6:06 am by Edward J. Cyran
This is the second installment in a new series on the Physician Law Blog entitled “Small Doses” designed to provide you with quick updates on meaningful issues. [read post]
31 Jan 2011, 9:10 am by Todd Rodriguez
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services is hosting six free OIG compliance training sessions for local health care providers, compliance professionals, and their legal counsel. [read post]
25 Feb 2014, 1:42 pm by Todd Rodriguez
Is bigger better when it comes to private medical practices? [read post]
28 Oct 2010, 6:10 am by Todd Rodriguez
Hot on the heels of the online article in the Wall Street Journal focusing on questionable physician billing practices and Medicare's Carrier Standard Analytic File database, another recent online Wall Street Journal article is now questioning the propriety of physician involvement in setting the relative values used to establish Medicare physician fees.   [read post]
30 May 2012, 8:11 am by Todd Rodriguez
Health care fraud and abuse enforcement activity is at an all-time high yet many physicians and other providers lack a basic understanding of the key healthcare fraud and abuse statutes that apply to them.  [read post]
30 Oct 2012, 7:40 am by Todd Rodriguez
The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has announced that the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (MCARE) Act annual assessment for calendar year 2013 will be 25% applied to the prevailing primary premium for each participating health care provider.  [read post]
10 Jun 2017, 12:57 pm by Edward J. Cyran
As previously reported on our Physician Law Blog (see our post here), the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued draft “temporary” regulations regarding physician registration and certification of medical marijuana on April 11, 2017. [read post]
30 Nov 2016, 7:01 am by Todd Rodriguez
Earlier this month, the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (“OIG”), the agency charged with enforcement of key federal fraud and abuse laws, published its annual Work Plan identifying the areas of compliance concern under the Medicare program on which it will focus its review efforts in the coming year. [read post]
10 May 2010, 10:53 am by Todd Rodriguez
If you are one of the many doctors in private practice thinking about selling your medical practice, consider signing up for our free one-hour Webinar "Selling Your Medical Practice to a Hospital: Legal and Practical Considerations".  [read post]
28 May 2014, 9:21 am by Todd Rodriguez
An article on Businessweek.com today suggests that healthcare companies rank worse than financial institutions, utility companies and even retailers when it comes to cybersecurity. [read post]
28 May 2010, 11:57 am by William Maruca
Five California physicians are among the eleven individuals indicted by a federal grand jury on May 20, 2010 for Medicare fraud.  [read post]
28 Sep 2011, 7:44 am by Todd Rodriguez
Even after many years of working with physicians, I am still surprised by the poor record-keeping habits of private practices.  [read post]
27 Jan 2015, 8:32 am by Todd Rodriguez
Yesterday the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) formally announced HHS’ intention to shift 90% of all traditional Medicare payments from fee-for-service (FFS) to quality or value-based payments by 2018. [read post]
28 Dec 2015, 8:10 am by Todd Rodriguez
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has stated its intention to move at least 50% of Medicare payments from fee for service to alternative payment systems based on quality and/or value by 2018. [read post]
30 Jul 2009, 8:38 am
Citing lingering confusion over to whom the identity theft rules apply, the FTC announced yesterday that it is delaying the Red Flags Rule compliance date for a third time. [read post]
9 Aug 2011, 3:20 pm by Todd Rodriguez
According to an announcement this week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended its 5-year Physician Group Practice (PGP) Payment Demonstration program by another two years.  [read post]