Health Law Matters

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 ›

Trending in Health Care: The Rise of Clinically Integrated Fee-for-Value Programs

doctors and nurses high fiving

Frost Brown Todd attorney Tom Anthony is featured as a guest commentator on episode 20 of the Coker Group’s podcast. Read More ›

Congress Seeks to Strengthen Response to the Opioid Crisis Through the Support for Patients and Communities Act

Blue pills

On October 3, 2018, Congress approved the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6). This bipartisan legislation is now headed to President Trump’s desk, to be signed into law. H.R. 6 aims to accomplish two main objectives: stopping the sale and use of opioids and expanding treatment options for those who are suffering from opioid addiction. Read More ›

$1 Billion Telemedicine Fraud Scheme in Tennessee

Telehealth lawsuit

In October, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that several individuals and companies were indicted in Tennessee for a $1 billion telemedicine fraud scheme. Read More ›

Telehealth Highlights in CMS' Proposed Physician Fee Schedule

stethoscope and money

While the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General is looking backwards in auditing telehealth claims, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is peering forward by allowing reimbursement for new telehealth-based services. 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.

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