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May 20, 2020

Resumption of Ambulatory Surgery Centers Elective Surgery and Invasive Procedures in New Jersey

On Friday, May 15, 2020, Gov. Murphy issued Executive Order 145, allowing physicians and dentists to resume elective surgeries and invasive procedures as of Tuesday, May 26. This is long-awaited news by both patients and doctors. However, before Ambulatory Surgery Centers (“ASCs”) start scheduling and performing elective procedures and surgeries, the ASC needs to comply with the directives of the New Jersey Department of Health.» Read More

Apr 24, 2020

Additional $480 Billion in Coronavirus Relief Package Approved Including $310 Billion for Payroll Protection Program and $75 Billion for Health Care Providers Treating COVID-19 Cases

After a two-week impasse with Democrats and Republicans proposing competing COVID-19 pandemic relief bills, the Senate (on April 21, 2020) and the House (on April 23, 2020) approved a total of $480 billion of additional funds for various COVID-19 pandemic relief programs, including additional funding to the Payroll Protection Program, health care providers treating COVID-19 patients, and state and federal agencies for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing.» Read More

Apr 23, 2020

DEADLINES LOOM FOR HHS ALLOCATION OF $100 BILLION CARES ACT RELIEF FUND FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS

Update: On Thursday evening, April 23, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) extended the deadline for hospitals in the nation’s hardest-hit areas to apply for additional relief from the $10 billion CARES Act fund set aside for this purpose.» Read More

Apr 17, 2020

$30 Billion Is Being Infused Into the Health Care System: Who Is Receiving Money and What You Should Know If You Keep It

Beginning April 10, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), assisted by UnitedHealth Group, began distributing the $30 billion to health care providers and health care systems. These payments are not loans and will not need to be repaid.» Read More

Apr 11, 2020

Pennsylvania Establishes $450 Million Loan Program to Assist Hospitals in the Fight Against COVID-19

On April 10, 2020, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the creation of a state loan program, entitled the Hospital Emergency Loan Program, or HELP for short, to assist hospitals that are facing unprecedented challenges from COVID-19. The loan program will provide immediate financial support to hospitals in Pennsylvania for working capital in order to retain health care personnel and acquire personal protective equipment.» Read More

Aug 13, 2019

CMS Issues Proposed Rule on Stark Law Advisory Opinions

On July 29, 2019 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a proposed rule on modifications to the Stark Law advisory opinion regulations.  The proposed rule responds to comments CMS received in response to its July 25, 2018 Request for Information, seeking recommendations from the public on how CMS might address any undue impact and burden of the Stark Law.» Read More

Jan 25, 2019

Governor Murphy Unveils New Initiatives to Fight the Opioid Epidemic and Adds a New Eligible Condition for the Medical Marijuana Program

On Jan 23, Gov Phil Murphy announced an additional eligible condition to qualify patients for the Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) – opioid addiction.  The addition of opioid addiction as a qualifying condition is consistent with the governor’s and Health Commissioner Dr.» Read More

Oct 02, 2018

Disclosure Requirements in Non-Emergent Cases – NJ

The Out-of-Network Consumer Protection Transparency Cost Containment and Accountability Act was adopted in June 2018 and went into effect last month.  It has gotten significant attention regarding emergent or urgent services rendered to patients, and the inability of out-of-network providers and facilities to balance bill the patient. » Read More

Jul 20, 2018

New OCR Guidance Regarding Patient Authorizations for Research Purposes

Generally, when using or disclosing an individual’s Protected Health Information (“PHI”), HIPAA regulations require the covered entity to obtain an authorization from an individual, including for research purposes[1].  The Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”), the entity that enforces HIPAA compliance, recently issued guidance for situations when an entity obtains an authorization from an individual for use and disclosure of PHI for research[2], focusing on the following topics:

  • Sufficient Description – HIPAA regulations require that the authorization, in plain language, provide “a description of each purpose of the requested use or disclosure.
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May 10, 2018

Medical Executive Committees Have the Capacity to Sue or Be Sued in New Jersey

The case of Nahas v. Shore Medical Center, a New Jersey Court ruling dated April 27, determined that a Medical Executive Committee of a hospital can be sued as an entity for its decision denying restoration of a physician’s full privileges.» Read More

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