Recent News and Industry Developments

New Laws and Regulations on the Prescribing of Opioid and Buprenorphine
Advisories | New Laws and Regulations on the Prescribing of Opioid and Buprenorphine

March 14, 2017 (original) April 17, 2017 (updated) May 3, 2017 (updated) On February 16, 2017 the Virginia Board of Medicine (“The Board”) adopted regulations entitled “Governing Opioid Prescribing for… Read more »

National Healthcare Decisions Day – April 16, 2017
Events | News | National Healthcare Decisions Day – April 16, 2017

National Healthcare Decisions Day is designed to raise public awareness of the need to plan ahead for medical decisions when patients are unable to speak for themselves and to encourage… Read more »

ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar
Events | ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar

John Mumford, Kaity Kasper, and Lindsay Rollins will be presenting at the ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar. March 1 – 4, 2017 Tucson, AZ Coverage TKOs: Insurance for… Read more »

Beware of Phishing W-2 Scheme Targeting Businesses
Advisories | Beware of Phishing W-2 Scheme Targeting Businesses

February 22, 2017 The IRS has issued a warning about a W-2 phishing scheme that is targeting businesses and organizations across the United States. Just recently, a Wyoming hospital fell… Read more »

Supreme Court of Virginia Differentiates Technical Battery from Negligent Breach
Advisories | Supreme Court of Virginia Differentiates Technical Battery from Negligent Breach

February 20, 2017 In a decision released February 2, 2017 in Mayr, et al. v. Osborne, the Supreme Court explained the difference between a lawsuit for “battery” in the medical… Read more »

Florida Supreme Court Reverses Charles Decision, Holding PSQIA Protection Does Not Apply To Documents Required Under State Law
Advisories | Florida Supreme Court Reverses Charles Decision, Holding PSQIA Protection Does Not Apply To Documents Required Under State Law

February 8, 2017 After much anticipation from healthcare providers and Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) from around the country, the Florida Supreme Court issued an opinion in Southern Baptist Hospital of… Read more »

DOJ Opened a Staggering 975 New Criminal Health Care Fraud Investigations and 930 New Civil Health Care Fraud Investigations in FY 2016
Advisories | DOJ Opened a Staggering 975 New Criminal Health Care Fraud Investigations and 930 New Civil Health Care Fraud Investigations in FY 2016

January 30, 2017 This month the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued their Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (HCFAC) Program… Read more »

Cyber Attacks Continue to Rise at an Alarming Rate: Proactive Strategies for Protecting Your Network
Advisories | Cyber Attacks Continue to Rise at an Alarming Rate: Proactive Strategies for Protecting Your Network

January 24, 2017 The most recent cyber security statistics are overwhelming. For 2016, the number of reported U.S. data breaches spiked at an all-time high of 1,093 – a staggering… Read more »

New Substance Use Disorder Privacy Regulations Finalized
News | New Substance Use Disorder Privacy Regulations Finalized

January 19, 2017 Yesterday, over 29 years since the last significant changes in the regulations under 42 CFR Part 2, new final regulations were issued regarding confidentiality of alcohol and… Read more »

Three Things Every Provider Should Know about the OIG’s New Final Rule on Exclusion Authority
Advisories | Three Things Every Provider Should Know about the OIG’s New Final Rule on Exclusion Authority

January 16, 2017 On January 11, 2017, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published a Final Rule on its website amending… Read more »

Hospitals Act Now! You Only Have Until February 13, 2017 to Seek Grandfathered Status for “Mid-Build” Off-Campus Departments.
Advisories | Hospitals Act Now! You Only Have Until February 13, 2017 to Seek Grandfathered Status for “Mid-Build” Off-Campus Departments.

January 9, 2017 The 21st Century Cures Act (the Act) is a new law that grants welcomed relief for some hospital projects impacted by the site-neutral payment provisions of the… Read more »

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