On April 12, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra extended the COVID-19 public health emergency for another 90 days. The PHE had been scheduled to expire on April 16.

The PHE originally went into effect in January 2020, at the onset of the pandemic. It provides important flexibilities for healthcare providers,

New York’s 2023 state budget, signed into law on April 9, included an amendment to the state’s Education Law establishing 3,600 practice hours as a threshold beyond which nurse practitioners no longer require a collaborative agreement or a collaborative relationship with a physician to practice within their educational and clinical practice area. Practitioners such as

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently intervened in an action filed in Texas against two laboratory CEOs, one hospital CEO, and numerous other executives, employees, and recruiters, seeking civil penalties and treble damages for violations of the False Claims Act. The DOJ’s complaint, which was unsealed on April 4, also alleges that the fraudulent

On March 22, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued guidance clarifying the obligations of covered entities to require their business associates to comply with HIPAA Administrative Simplification requirements related to standards for electronic health care transactions, code sets, unique identifiers, and operating rules.

While these requirements apply only to covered entities,

A March 21 article in Part B News, ACO REACH tweaks help smaller group practices, promote health equity,” discussed the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Realizing Equity, Access and Community Health (REACH) model, which was announced on February 24 as a replacement for the CMS Global and Professional Direct Contracting (GPDC) model. Both programs are

In a report published on March 31, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) begin to collect and analyze information about any effect telehealth has on the quality of care for Medicaid beneficiaries. CMS does not currently collect or analyze this information, nor does it have

This is outside our usual catchment area, but interesting nonetheless. The Indiana Supreme Court ruled on March 8 that the state’s Medical Malpractice Act (MMA) does not apply to claims for indemnification filed by one medical provider against another. The decision allows a contract claim by a hospital system against an outside radiology group to

Rivkin Radler’s Eric Strober will be a panelist at the CLM Focus conference, taking place June 15-16 in Nashville, TN. His program, entitled “Medical Malpractice: Unique Issues in the Defense of Non-MD Healthcare Providers in the Homecare Setting,” will cover the various kinds of claims that are made against non-doctor professionals in the home care