Health Law Matters

European Commission Provides a Last-Minute Holiday Gift

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it was easy to overlook the issuance of the written report from the European Commission concerning its second annual review of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield program. Read More ›

New Cybersecurity Requirements for Insurance Companies Operating in Ohio

New Cybersecurity REquirements for Insurance Companies Operating in Ohio

On December 12, 2018, the Ohio House passed Senate Bill 273 (the “Bill”) enacting Section 3965.01-11 to the Ohio Revised Code to “establish standards for data security and for the investigation of and notification to the Superintendent of Insurance of a cybersecurity event.”

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EKRA’s Interaction with the Anti-Kickback Statute: Just What the Government Intended

Medical Kickbacks

Labs, clinical treatment facilities, and recovery homes BEWARE! If you are currently using marketers/distributors/sales personnel to market your services, you will need to evaluate your agreements with these people immediately. Read More ›

Recommending Physicians Get Ready: Ohio BOP Announces Launch of Patient & Caregiver Registry for Ohio Medical Marijuana Program

Ohio Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Don’t criticizeeeeeee it” – the State Board of Pharmacy, that is, because the State Board of Pharmacy did its job, announcing today that the “Patient and Caregiver Registry” for the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program has been activated, just before dispensary products are expected to be available to patients. Read More ›

CMS’ New Fee Schedule Signals Modern, Cost-Conscious Approach to Telehealth for Medicare Patients

Telehealth

On November 1, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for public inspection. Read More ›

West Virginia Adopts New Rules to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

Prescription pills

During 2018, the West Virginia Legislature took several important steps to supplement and strengthen the State’s response to the opioid epidemic. [1] Read More ›

New Requirements to Report to the National Practitioner Data Bank

Requirements to Report

In October of 2018, the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) published an updated NPDB Guidebook that revises the requirements for reporting changes in a practitioner’s clinical privileges, licensure, and malpractice.  Read More ›

CMS Backs Off (a little!) in Finalizing the 2019 OPPS Rule

Health care charts

The long-awaited 2019 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) final rule has arrived – and it came with at least one surprise. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) elected NOT to finalize the rule pertaining to the “clinical family of services” at Provider Based Departments (PBD). Read More ›

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James (Jim) A. Dietz is a Member at FBT who provides an array of legal services to hospitals, physicians, long-term care providers, diagnostic facilities, and others across the spectrum of patient care.

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