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May 20, 2020

Resumption of In-Office 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 practices start scheduling and performing elective procedures and surgeries, they should ensure that the practice complies with the directives of the New Jersey Department of Health or the Division of Consumer Affairs, depending on where the procedure will be performed.» 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

Mar 30, 2020

CARES Act Provides Financial Relief for Health Care Providers

The CARES Act, signed into law on Friday, contains a number of provisions affording financial relief to health care providers who have been struggling with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mar 26, 2020

Senate Approves $100 Billion to Hospitals in COVID-19 Relief Package

The Senate voted on Wednesday night to approve a $2 trillion COVID-19 relief package to help millions of American workers and businesses survive the impact of COVID-19. The Relief package is titled CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act) and includes COVID-19 relief for individuals, businesses, and the health care industry.» Read More

Dec 18, 2019

Private Investors in Health Care: The Consolidation of Physician Practices and Health Systems

The consolidation of health care practices and health systems continues to be a paramount theme underlying the industry. Spurred by hyper-regulation, overbearing pressure by commercial and government payors and the trend towards value-based reimbursement schemes, practitioners found that affiliating with larger entities able to coordinate care more efficiently provided them the stability required to optimally treat patients.» Read More

Jun 04, 2019

Watching and Waiting for the Expansion of the Medicinal Marijuana Program in New Jersey

It comes as no surprise that New Jersey is moving forward in expanding the medicinal marijuana program.  Since Gov. Murphy took office less than a year and-a-half ago, the number of patients enrolled in the program has almost tripled, and the qualifying conditions have significantly expanded, with the latest condition — opioid use disorder –being added in January 2019.» Read More

Apr 03, 2019

Physicians Role and Responsibilities in End-of-Life Request

New Jersey residents recently gained the “right to die,” as the legislature passed the Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act on March 25, 2019. This act gives terminally ill New Jersey residents, who have six months or less to live, the right to request oral medication to end their life.» Read More

Nov 16, 2018

What Is the Retention Requirement for a Minor’s Medical Records in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, a physician is required to maintain treatment records for seven years from the date of the most recent entry; however, questions always arise about how long a physician must retain medical records for a minor.

The State Board of Medical Examiners does not differentiate between minor and adult patients, and simply sets a seven-year retention requirement. » Read More

Oct 26, 2018

Medical Cannabis and the NJ Prescription Monitoring Program

There is no doubt that the current administration is pushing to expand the Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) in New Jersey.  Since Gov. Murphy took office this year, the number of patients registered has doubled.  The addition of five qualifying debilitating conditions and medical marijuana being viewed as a means to combat the opioid epidemic, are two of the reasons for the drastic increase in patient numbers. » 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

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