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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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Evaluating ADA Issues Through the COVID-19 Lens

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are taking a second look at even the most routine of workplace situations. Where multi-employee Monday morning watercooler gatherings once took place, empty spaces with social distancing reminders have appeared.

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Non-Discrimination during COVID-19 Pandemic

There have been a number of recent enforcement actions announced by the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights ("OCR") regarding alleged discrimination during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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HHS Moves Forward with Prescription Drug Import Plan

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a proposed rule that would allow states to pursue pilot programs to import drugs from Canada and a draft guidance that would allow drugmakers to import their own products and sell them under different drug codes.

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Proposed Stark Law Changes May Impact Physician Compensation Models

On October 9, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") proposed sweeping changes to the federal Physician Self-Referral Law, commonly referred to as the Stark Law.

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Discussions among Physician Groups - Avoiding Antitrust Issues

Driven by Federal Health Care Reform and a desire to remain independent of hospitals and health care systems, physician groups are actively exploring different collaborative and alignment options, including the formation of independent practice associations (IPAs), integrated care networks (ICNs), and participation in accountable care organizations (ACOs).

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HHS Issues Final Rule on Conscience Protections

On May 21, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the final regulations referred to as the Federal conscience and anti-discrimination laws.

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DOJ: EHR Companies Should Consider Themselves on Notice

Make no mistake, the federal government intends to hold health information technology ("HIT") companies accountable for failures to develop HIT in accordance with federal certification standards and compliance with federal fraud and abuse laws, including payments for customer referrals.

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HHS Publishes Guidelines on Cybersecurity

This December, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthcare & Public Health Sector Coordinating Councils issued voluntary guidelines to assist healthcare providers assess cybersecurity risks and suggestions for mitigating those risks.

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CMS Changes Durable Medical Equipment Regs
CMS Changes Durable Medical Equipment Regs

Starting January 1st, Medicare will put the competitive bidding program (CBP) on durable medical equipment on hiatus. For patients and businesses alike, this opens the door to easier access and a larger market in Birmingham for the sales and rentals of anything from nebulizers to prosthetics to home hospital beds.

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The Stark Law: A Reminder and Request

If you ask a healthcare provider to state the healthcare laws and regulations that give them a headache, you are likely to receive a range of responses.

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Alabama's New Data Breach Law
Alabama's New Data Breach Law
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DOJ Formalizes New Approach to Frivolous Qui Tam Actions
DOJ Formalizes New Approach to Frivolous Qui Tam Actions

We recently reported that Michael Granston, Director of the Civil Fraud Section of the Department of Justice (DOJ), made comments during a November 2017 healthcare compliance conference suggesting that in cases where the DOJ has determined allegations in a qui tam (or "whistleblower") lawsuit lack merit, the government may more aggressively exercise its statutory authority - rarely used in the past - to dismiss such cases.

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The Battle over 340B
The Battle over 340B

The battle over 340B continues as hospitals serving some of the nation's most vulnerable patients worry what will happen if $1.6 billion in cuts go through.

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Healthcare Collaboration

Not every major action takes an act of legislation.

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DOJ's New Approach to Frivolous Qui Tam Actions
DOJ's New Approach to Frivolous Qui Tam Actions

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently made a surprising announcement that it may begin seeking dismissal of meritless qui tam cases brought under the False Claims Act.

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Enforcement Trends: Five Lessons from Recent OCR Resolution Agreements and Other Enforcement Risks
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For Providers, 2017 Draws to a Close with Regulatory Burdens and Promises of IRS Enforcement

Last year drew to a close with promises for the swift repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act after the inauguration of Donald Trump.

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Reinventing the State's Malpractice System
Reinventing the State's Malpractice System

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.

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End in Sight for Medicare ALJ Backlog?

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.

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