Health Law Matters

10 Ways to Avoid Losing your Medical License: Part I

Stethoscope and Gavel part 1

This is the first article in a three-part series designed to inform physicians and other health care providers about proactive steps that can be taken to avoid licensure discipline by their respective state Department of Health. Read More ›

West Virginia Rolls Out Comprehensive Opioid Response Plan

The response at the federal and local level is rapidly evolving to meet the overwhelming need to stem the opioid crisis. The numbers of deaths due to opioids in the United States increased from 28,647 in 2014 to 33,091 in 2015 and 42,249 in 2016 (an increase of 47% in two years). Read More ›

West Virginia Continues Cultivation of Medical Cannabis Rules

Medical Marijuana greenhouse

The West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board (“Advisory Board”) met on February 6, 2018, to review and consider comments made to proposed rules governing growers, processors, dispensaries, participating physicians and patients wishing to participate in the medical cannabis program. Read More ›

Direct Primary Care - New Delivery Model Gains Traction

Concierge medicine direct primary care

"Direct Primary Care,” or DPC, is a patient care delivery model gaining attention and some degree of utilization by physicians, particularly in the eastern part of the United States. Read More ›

Ohio Hospitals: Are You Ready for Medical Marijuana?

Physician recommended medical marijuana

Physicians interested in recommending medical marijuana are already completing the two hours of continuing medical education credit necessary before applying for a Certificate to Recommend from the State of Ohio. Read More ›

eNLC Means More Nurses Practicing Telehealth Across State Lines

Stethescope and computer screen

Down goes a jurisdictional barrier to telehealth: Nurses interested in expanding their practice can now practice via telehealth in multiple states under the Enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact (eNLC) multistate license. Read More ›

New Medicare Bundle Promotes Care Coordination to Achieve Increased Quality, Lower Spending

Doctor holding a piggy bank

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) announced January 10 a new, voluntary bundled payment model, Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced). Read More ›

Health Care Models of the Future (Hint: They Include Nurse Practitioners!) and, 5 Tips for Hiring Nurse Practitioners

Nurse Practitioners (NP)

CVS Health announced plans to buy Aetna last month in a $69 billion deal that the New York Times boasted “may reshape the Health Industry.” Read More ›

Trump Administration Encourages States to Implement Medicaid Work Requirements

Doctor with paper people holding hands

On the day President Trump was inaugurated, he nominated Seema Verma, a healthcare consultant from Mike Pence’s home state of Indiana, to serve as the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Read More ›

Green Grass in the Bluegrass: Kentucky’s Medical Marijuana Law

Medical Marijuana in Kentucky

To Kentucky, the grass must have literally been greener on the other side. After Kentucky lawmakers watched their neighbors in Ohio and West Virginia enact medical marijuana laws, they introduced a 65-page bill at the Kentucky statehouse Thursday morning to legalize medical marijuana. Read More ›

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Alex S. Fisher is a senior associate with an emphasis in health care related boards, including the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners and the Tennessee Board of Nursing. Alex is also currently a faculty member at the Vanderbilt Center for Professional Health.