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Physician Alert: Patient Informed Consent for Medical Marijuana Treatments

State laws vary considerably in terms of the professional obligations they place on physicians obtaining a patient’s informed consent for the use of medical marijuana. Ohio, for example, requires a physician to document in the medical record the patient’s consent (or legal representative’s consent if the patient is a minor) to medical marijuana treatment prior to completing a recommendation. Ohio Administrative Code 4731-32-03. Read More ›

National Practitioner Data Bank: Gray Areas In Reporting

National Practitioner Data Bank: Gray Areas In Reporting

The National Practitioner Data Bank (“NPDB”) is a confidential information clearinghouse created by Congress with the primary goals of improving health care quality, protecting the public, and reducing health care fraud and abuse in the United States. Read More ›

Medical Marijuana and the Terminally Ill: How Ohio Hospice Programs Can Learn to Cope with “Dope”

With nearly 20,000 registered Ohioans with medical marijuana recommendations, it is inevitable that Ohio Hospice program leaders will need to make a decision on medical marijuana as soon as possible. Read More ›

Ohio’s Standardization of Medical Release Form

Ohio's Standardization of Medical Release Form

This month, the Ohio Department of Medicaid finalized its regulation (OAC 5160-1-32.1) which creates a standard authorization form for the release of medical records. This standard form must be accepted and honored by all Ohio providers beginning February 2, 2019. Read More ›

Understanding the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners

Understanding the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners

In December, I had the pleasure of speaking to the Tennessee Recovery Coalition, a non-profit dedicated to educating the community about the disease of addiction, promoting evidence-based treatment models, focusing on primary prevention tactics, and advocating for patient-centered policies. 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 ›

Telehealth Reimbursement Guide After the Latest OIG Audit

Co-Author: Joseph Brammer

Telehealth Reimbursement after the latest OIG Audit

The Office of the Inspector General's (OIG) audit dissected telehealth reimbursement under Medicare, finding multiple complications. Medicaid reimbursement is next up. Read More ›

Midlevel Providers’ Role in the Ever-Changing Landscape of Prescribing

Depending on the state in which a nurse practitioner or physician assistant practices, he or she can likely prescribe controlled and non-controlled substances to patients, within the parameters of the applicable state’s regulatory scheme. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants, referred to here as “midlevel providers,” continue to provide excellent care to their patients and move in greater numbers into the role of primary care providers for Americans. Nurse practitioners currently account for one in four providers in U.S. rural practices, a significant 43.2 percent increase over the past 10 years according to research just published in Health Affairs. Understanding the qualifications and responsibilities of midlevel providers in the context of prescribing is, therefore, essential. Read More ›

10 Ways to Avoid Losing Your Medical License: Part III

Avoid Losing Your Medical License Part 3

This is the third 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 the Department of Health. Read More ›

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Thomas D. Anthony is the former chair of FBT's Health Care Industry Team. He focuses on counseling health care entities on corporate transactions, regulatory compliance and joint ventures.

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