Recently, in United States ex rel. Emanuele v. Medicor Assocs., 242 F. Supp. 3d 409, 431 (W.D. Pa. 2017), reconsideration denied, No. CV 10-245, 2017 WL 3675921, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania issued an opinion clarifying that the Stark law still requires executed written agreements to meet safe harbor requirements.
Whether it's a simple scale, a scope or an autoclave, every physician's office has equipment that needs maintenance, calibration and occasional repair.
On Sept. 8, 2016 the final rule Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers was published in the Federal Register. By Nov. 16, 2017, providers and suppliers must be in compliance.
During last year's Alabama legislative session, Senator Trip Pittman introduced a proposal to rein in the costs of malpractice suits. Senate Bill 413 would have replaced the trial-based system with a no-blame, administrative one.
As providers who are currently undergoing a Medicare claims appeal know, there is a lengthy delay to having an appeal actually heard by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Some estimates indicate that it will currently take over 10 years to have an appeal heard.
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector (OIG ) recently issued an advisory opinion that determined that a vaccine storage and dispensing system with a per-dispense fee did not violate the Anti-Kickback Statute.
Unfortunately for most healthcare providers, the Office of Inspector General of the US Department of Health & Human Services (OIG) continues to demand and receive large settlements under the Physician Self-Referral Law found at 42 US Code Section 1395nnn (Stark Act).
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