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Jun 28, 2019

New HHS Fact Sheet on Direct Liability of Business Associates

With the passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, business associates became directly liable for certain privacy and security requirements under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).  Business associates are those individuals or entities (other than employees) who perform functions or activities on behalf of, or provide certain services to, covered entities which require access to protected health information (PHI).» 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 17, 2018

Exclusion Implications of Entering into False Claims Act Settlements

According to the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the government’s primary civil tool for addressing health care fraud is the False Claims Act (FCA).  Most FCA cases are resolved through settlement agreements in which the government alleges fraudulent conduct and the settling parties do not admit liability. » Read More

Aug 31, 2018

ACOs Generate $313 Million in Savings to CMS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released new data showing that it made a $313 million gain from the Medicare Shared Savings Program in 2017.  The 472 Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) collectively generated savings of $1 billion and CMS paid $780 million in bonuses to the ACOs.» Read More

Aug 17, 2018

The Dangers of a Medical Board Investigation: How to Protect Yourself

Did you know that any patient, colleague, pharmacist, or hospital can file a complaint against a physician at any time? No matter what the complaint may be, the state medical board is required to start a preliminary investigation, at the very least.» Read More

Jun 11, 2018

Artificial Intelligence in Medicine – Legal Concerns

I recently wrote the article “Artificial Intelligence in Medicine – Legal Concerns” for the Onondaga County Medical Society Bulletin. The article discusses the role Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) plays in modern medicine and the legal concerns associated with it. To read the article, please click hereRead More

Jun 05, 2018

Governor Murphy Signs Out-of-Network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act into Law

On Friday, June 1, 2018, Governor Murphy signed into law the Out-of-Network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act, to take effect Thursday, August 30.  The bill is intended to protect patients from surprise out-of-network medical bills.

Click here to read our alert to learn how this new Act will affect patients, insurance carriers, and health care providers.» Read More

May 31, 2018

OIG Video on Corporate Integrity Agreements

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently posted a video entitled “Eye on Oversight Video: Corporate Integrity Agreements” that describes how providers accused of false claims or other health care fraud may settle their cases by entering into a Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA) with the OIG. » Read More

May 17, 2018

Lana Ros Presents Overview of NJ Medical Marijuana Program to Saint Clare’s Health Medical Staff

Lana Ros, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., was honored to present “An Overview of the NJ Medical Marijuana Program” to the Saint Clare’s Health Medical Staff at their semi-annual medical staff meeting on Tuesday, May 15, at the Rockaway River Country Club in Denville. » Read More

Apr 25, 2018

New York State – OMIG Releases its Work Plan for the 2018/2019 Fiscal Year

The Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (“OMIG”) has released its Work Plan for the next Fiscal Year, which encompasses April 1, 2018, through March 31, 2019.  The stated mission of the OMIG, an independent entity created within the New York State Department of Health, is to detect and prevent fraudulent practices within the Medicaid system and recover funds deemed improperly paid to health care providers. » Read More

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