Legislation and Public Policy

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs established a Temporary Emergency Reciprocity License (TERL) program to give emergency licenses to healthcare practitioners from states outside of New Jersey. The TERL program had been extended multiple times and was set to expire on January 11, 2022.

However, on January

On Thursday, January 13, in the next installment of Rivkin Radler’s Healthcare Compliance Lunch & Learn series, Rivkin Radler Partner Robert Hussar will present a review of key developments in healthcare fraud and abuse, compliance and government enforcement in 2021 as well as trends and changes in the industry that will impact healthcare organizations and

Rivkin Radler’s Michael Sirignano wrote an article, “An Insurance Fraud Year in Review,” that was published in the January 6 issue of the New York Law Journal. Among the many cases and settlements discussed were False Claims Act cases involving federal healthcare programs, healthcare fraud related to COVID-19 testing and telehealth services,

The federal No Surprises Act, effective January 1, 2022, established new requirements for healthcare providers, facilities, and providers of air ambulance services to protect consumers from “surprise” medical bills. These requirements are in addition to applicable state laws regulating balance billing and surprise bills.

If a consumer receives care from an out-of-network provider, the patient’s

On January 7, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments pursuant to emergency requests in two cases concerning COVID-19 mandates. One case involves a challenge by a coalition of interest groups and states opposed to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s mandate, which requires employees of businesses with 100 or more employees to receive

On December 22, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) announced that it issued an Order temporarily suspending the requirements for state licensure, certification or registration of physicians, nurses, and certain behavioral health providers who are licensed elsewhere in the U.S. or the District of Columbia. The Order will expire on February 15, 2022, if

Many of the changes to telehealth requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic on both the federal and state levels were intended to be temporary, as previously discussed here. Recently, a bipartisan group of lawmakers in Congress introduced the Telehealth Extension Act, which would, among other things, eliminate the requirement that patients live in a

On December 15, New York City issued clarifications to its prior vaccine mandate. As we advised here, the NYC Commissioner of Health previously ordered that, commencing December 27, workers must have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to work for a private employer at a NYC workplace. Workers will then have

A study recently released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) found that the number of beneficiaries in the traditional Medicare program who used telehealth increased from 840,000 in 2019 to nearly 52.7 million in 2020. At the same time, the number of visits to doctors’ offices reimbursed under Part B decreased.

The New York City Council just passed a new COVID vaccination bill requiring paid leave for parents per child per injection. Additionally, businesses and employees in New York City are subject to new vaccine mandates effective December 27, 2021, based on a recent announcement by outgoing Mayor de Blasio.

The new bill requires New York