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FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Cybersecurity in Medical Devices and Begins Comment Period
FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Cybersecurity in Medical Devices and Begins Comment Period

On April 8, the Food and Drug Administration issued draft guidance titled "Cybersecurity in Medical Devices

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Effective July 11 Alabama  Has New Telehealth Rules:  What Physicians Need To Know
Effective July 11 Alabama Has New Telehealth Rules: What Physicians Need To Know

Telehealth is not new, but during the pandemic, it has received renewed attention and support because of its ability to expand access to health care.

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ANA Reveals Top Federal Legislative Priorities
ANA Reveals Top Federal Legislative Priorities

The American Nurses Association (ANA) recently unveiled its leading federal legislative priorities for Congress covering safe staffing, nursing workforce development, home health, the opioid epidemic, workplace violence and COVID-19.

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Osha Prepares Final Rule Related To Healthcare Providers - Stakeholders Must Submit Comments By April 22nd
Osha Prepares Final Rule Related To Healthcare Providers - Stakeholders Must Submit Comments By April 22nd

On June 21, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an emergency temporary standard (ETS) that was designed to protect healthcare workers from exposure to COVID-19 in settings where people with COVID-19 were reasonably expected to be present.

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Making Sure You're Not Surprised By The No Surprise Act
Making Sure You're Not Surprised By The No Surprise Act

The No Surprise Act (the "Act"), which became effective January 1, 2022, creates federal protections against surprise medical bills.

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Billing Under Another Provider's Name Can Land Physicians in Hot Water
Billing Under Another Provider's Name Can Land Physicians in Hot Water

When it comes to Medicare, billing under the wrong physician's ID can cost doctors and hospitals - literally.

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2022: The Ever-Changing Healthcare Regulatory Landscape

As we look ahead in 2022, it's a good opportunity to re-visit key regulatory challenges from 2021 and what potentially lies ahead in each of these key areas.

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Addressing Barriers to Health Care Delivery Through Advocacy

Diabetes is the epitome of "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

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Sweeping Medical Record Changes  Proposed for Alabama Physicians
Sweeping Medical Record Changes Proposed for Alabama Physicians

The Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners and the Alabama Licensure Commission have proposed a complete overhaul of the rules affecting medical record management by Alabama physicians (the "Proposed Rule").

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The OIG's Updated Healthcare Fraud Self Disclosure Protocol
The OIG's Updated Healthcare Fraud Self Disclosure Protocol

On November 8, 2021, the United States Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") amended its provider self-disclosure protocol (the "SDP") which was originally published in 1998 to establish a process for health care providers to voluntarily identify, disclose and resolve instances of potential fraud involving federal healthcare programs.

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Dispute Resolution Provisions of the No Surprises Act Outlined by Agencies

In October, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury (collectively, the "Departments") and the Office of Personnel Management jointly released rules that implement the dispute resolution provisions of the No Surprises Act (the "Act").

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Stark law Changes May Require Groups to Change How they Pay Physicians
Stark law Changes May Require Groups to Change How they Pay Physicians

Physician groups should check their income distribution plans to make sure they comply with new Stark changes that will go into effect January 1, 2022.

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J-1 Waivers and the Employment of  Foreign Physicians in Alabama
J-1 Waivers and the Employment of Foreign Physicians in Alabama

Health care providers across the United States continue to face an acute shortage of physicians particularly in Medically Unserved Areas ("MUAs") and Health Professional Shortage Areas ("HPSAs"), which areas are determined by the United Stated Public Health Service and which include certain areas in and around Alabama.

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CMS Proposes  Reversing Trump Administration  Decision
CMS Proposes Reversing Trump Administration Decision

In yet another reversal by the Biden Administration of a Trump-era policy, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a proposed rule reversing the Trump Administration's decision to eliminate the inpatient-only service list (IPO List) over a three-year period.

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Bipartisan Legislation to Support ACOs and Fix Rural Glitch
Bipartisan Legislation to Support ACOs and Fix Rural Glitch

In July, major healthcare organizations signed a letter of support for the recent reintroduction of a bipartisan bill to support accountable care organizations (ACOs) and other alternative payment models (APMs), while also addressing an unintended consequence of the ACO formulary, known as the 'rural glitch,' that punishes rural hospitals even when they achieve savings.

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The Dol's Covid-19 Ets For Healthcare Providers Is Now Effective
The Dol's Covid-19 Ets For Healthcare Providers Is Now Effective

On June 21, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") published an Emergency Temporary Standard ("ETS") that requires healthcare employers to take certain precautions to protect workers from COVID-19.

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Medical Marijuana in Alabama - What You Need to Know
Medical Marijuana in Alabama - What You Need to Know

On May 17, 2021, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law the Darren Wesley 'Ato' Hall Compassion Act (the "Medical Marijuana Law")

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The Biden Tax Plan

The Trump Era 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changed the tax code by reducing the income tax brackets of individuals and corporations.

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Healthcare Enforcement Actions
Healthcare Enforcement Actions

Healthcare enforcement actions take multiple forms.

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Three HIPAA  Increases Potentially on the Horizon
Three HIPAA Increases Potentially on the Horizon

On December 10, 2020, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced proposed changes to the regulations implementing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

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Alabama Enacts COVID-19 Liability Protections for Business and Healthcare Providers
Alabama Enacts COVID-19 Liability Protections for Business and Healthcare Providers

Like many states, the Alabama legislature passed, and Governor Ivey signed into law, a bill that provides civil liability protections to Alabama businesses and healthcare providers related to COVID-19.

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Alabama Practices Restructure
Alabama Practices Restructure

Even before the pandemic, change was in the air.

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The Office for Civil Rights Announces Additional Help with Fighting COVID-19
The Office for Civil Rights Announces Additional Help with Fighting COVID-19

On January 19, 2021, the Office for Civil Rights ("OCR") at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") announced that it will exercise its enforcement discretion and will not impose penalties for violations of the HIPAA Rules in connection with the good faith use of online or web-based scheduling applications (collectively, "WBSAs") when used for scheduling individual appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.

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Hospital Price Transparency Rule - January 1, 2021 Effective Date
Hospital Price Transparency Rule - January 1, 2021 Effective Date

As if hospitals don't have enough challenges with the fallout from COVID-19, they also need to comply with the new Hospital Price Transparency Rule (See 45 C.F.R. Part 180) which is effective January 1, 2021.

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HIPAA Patient Rights

Although HIPAA is probably best known for its privacy and security provisions, it also affords certain essential rights to ensure that individuals have access to their medical records.

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