Results for Health Law

Medicare Accelerated and Advanced Payment Program offers financial relief

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) is working with participating provides and suppliers to ensure they have the funds necessary to continue operating without disruption. During the current public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Medicare Accelerated and Advan...

Medical Practice Vulnerabilities during COVID-19: Cybercrime

In the mist of the COVID-19 pandemic, medical practices are overwhelmed with the number of patients seeking testing and office visits related to COVID-19. Interpol has released a “purple notice” to its 194 member countries warning them of the heightened ransomware threat during the pandemic.

Coronavirus Legal Advise: get your estate in order - NOW

If you are over 60-you need an estate plan. This virus has the ability to create havoc in individuals over the age of 60- a segment of our population that includes business owners, CEO's and heads of households. The critical question we should all be asking is "what if I get it?". I cannot urge enou...

Social Media in the Healthcare World

Social Media is invaluable for all businesses but in the health care business it comes with many challenges. The primary reason is that patient confidentiality rules, generally called HIPAA, can prevent or seriously limit a response to a complaint or review. Also, patient solicitation rules prohibi...

Off-Label Prescribing For COVID-19; Is It Fraud?

In several press conferences the President of the United States has been promoting the use of a malaria drug, Chloroquine, for treatment related to COVID-19.  Because Chloroquine is not approved for COVID-19, the prescribing and dispensing of that medication for COVID-19 is what i...

New Bill Would Allow Automated Pharmacy Machines

A Bill being considered by the Florida Legislature would allow for the use of automated pharmacy dispensing, allowing pharmacies to use what essentially amounts to vending machines to dispense medications. CS/CS/HB 59: Automated Pharmacy Systems would allow community pharmacies to locate machines a...

How Electronic Data Makes It Easier To Commit Health Care Fraud

According to an investigation by Pro Publica, the system for assigning National Provider Identifier (NPI), the gateway to obtaining billing privileges for federal health care programs and private insurance, makes it fairly simple to commit fraud. The reason is nobody actually checks the credentials...

Medicare Risk Adjustment and Mental Health – Fraud Concerns Reduce Possible Payments

Although the goal of providing care is the same regardless of the payment arrangement, often the payment model requires different approaches to how that care is both provided and particularly how health services are documented. The underlying payment rationale of managed care and Medicare Advantage...

Federal Weapon In The Opioid Crisis – Civil Penalties

The DEA and the US Attorneys enforcing health care laws routinely use criminal prosecutions and administrative actions. Less routinely does the government use civil courts. The governmental decision-making as to what constitutes a crime as opposed to an administrative or civil action is often blu...

Does SB 732 Require Physicians Practicing At Surgical Centers To Have Insurance?

On June 25, 2019 the Governor of Florida approved SB 732, a new statute modifying the rules related to office surgery and surgical centers. The question many bare doctors in Florida are asking is whether SB 732 requires doctors working at surgical centers to carry malpractice insurance. The answer i...