Recent News and Industry Developments

Not All ACOs are Charitable: IRS Rejects Tax-Exemption for Commercial ACO
Advisories | Not All ACOs are Charitable: IRS Rejects Tax-Exemption for Commercial ACO

April 29, 2016 On April 8, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a private letter ruling (PLR) rejecting the application of an accountable care organization (ACO) for tax-exemption under… Read more »

CMS Nursing Home Compare Adds Six New Quality Measures: Upcoming Changes to the Calculation of the Nursing Home Five-Star Quality Ratings
Advisories | CMS Nursing Home Compare Adds Six New Quality Measures: Upcoming Changes to the Calculation of the Nursing Home Five-Star Quality Ratings

April 28, 2016 On April 27, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) added six new quality measures to its Nursing Home Compare website. The six new quality… Read more »

OIG Releases Updated Criteria for Determining Permissive Exclusions
Advisories | OIG Releases Updated Criteria for Determining Permissive Exclusions

April 20, 2016 On April 18, 2016, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued updated non-binding criteria that the OIG will… Read more »

Virginia Prescription Monitoring Program – What You Need to Know from the 2016 Session of the Virginia General Assembly
Advisories | Virginia Prescription Monitoring Program – What You Need to Know from the 2016 Session of the Virginia General Assembly

April 20, 2016 Hardly a day goes by without a news story reporting a death due to opioid abuse. Opioid abuse is unique in that it does not target a… Read more »

CMS Drops Two-Midnight Rule Payment Cuts in 2017 IPPS Proposed Rule
Advisories | CMS Drops Two-Midnight Rule Payment Cuts in 2017 IPPS Proposed Rule

April 19, 2016 On April 18, 2016, CMS announced that the agency will not continue a 0.2 percent payment reduction to Inpatient Prospective Payment System (“IPPS”) payments that was instituted… Read more »

Community Blood Drive | May 26
AHLA Institute on Medicare and Medicaid Payment Issues 2016
Events | AHLA Institute on Medicare and Medicaid Payment Issues 2016

Emily Towey will be presenting Hot Topics in Provider Enrollment at the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) 2016 Institute on Medicare and Medicaid Payment Issues. April 13-15, 2016 Baltimore, Maryland… Read more »

National Healthcare Decisions Day – April 16, 2016
Events | National Healthcare Decisions Day – April 16, 2016

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 »

Virginia Rising Stars 2016
News | Virginia Rising Stars 2016

John Buford, Tracie Dorfman, Molly Huffman, Kaity Kasper, Dan Kincheloe, Travis Markley, Jonathan Sumrell and Heather Zaug were named Rising Stars by Virginia Super Lawyers.

Virginia Super Lawyers 2016
News | Virginia Super Lawyers 2016

Sean Byrne, Jim Daniel, Kim Daniel, Rod Dillman, Scott Johnson, Mary Malone, John Mumford, Rich Nagle and Mike Olszewski were named Super Lawyers by Virginia Super Lawyers.

Phase 2 HIPAA Audits Begin: Covered Entities and Business Associates—Check Your Email!
Advisories | Phase 2 HIPAA Audits Begin: Covered Entities and Business Associates—Check Your Email!

3/21/2016 The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced, yesterday, that it has commenced Phase 2 of its HIPAA Audit Program. This announcement comes in the wake of public criticism by… Read more »

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