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U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Rules Concerning Association Health Plans

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued final regulations that expanded the availability of association health plans ("AHPs"). Read More ›

Categories: Employee Benefits, Employment, Health Insurance Exchange

Skilled Nursing Facility and Hospice Contracts – Prime Time to Update

Effective November 28, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a final rule which revised the Medicare Conditions of Participation for Long-Term Care Facilities. There are three different phases of implementation. Read More ›

Categories: Contracts, Hospice, Hospitals, Medicare/Medicaid

Update on the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Proposed Rules for Licensing Health Facilities and Agencies

Earlier this year, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) issued proposed administrative rules relating to the licensing of health care facilities. Currently, there are separate sets of rules that apply to each type of health facility, such as hospitals, hospices, and nursing homes. Read More ›

Categories: Compliance, Health Care Reform, Hospice, Hospitals, Licensing, Regulations

Updates to the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records Regulations

Earlier this year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), finalized updates to the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records regulation at 42 CFR Part 2 ("Part 2"). Read More ›

Categories: Electronic Health Records, HIPAA, Hospitals, Physicians, Providers

Cybersecurity Concerns in Health Care

Health care systems are eager to adapt to newer technology and widespread network options, all in the name of giving patients the best possible care. However, this comes with a price: more outlets for hackers to breach valuable data.  Read More ›

Categories: Cybersecurity, Electronic Health Records

Update on Michigan’s New Requirements for Prescribing Controlled Substances

The Legislature has delayed the effective date of a key provision in the new controlled substance prescribing laws until March 31, 2019, or until the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) promulgates rules on the subject. Read More ›

Categories: Licensing, Physicians, Providers

IRS Begins Enforcement of ACA Employer Mandate

The IRS recently began enforcing the employer mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) by assessing penalties on noncompliant employers for the 2015 calendar year. Read More ›

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Michigan Adopts New Requirements for Controlled Substance Prescriptions

In response to growing concerns about misuse and abuse of opioid medications, Michigan has enacted three statutes amending the Public Health Code.  The new statutes impose specific requirements on physicians, dentists, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners (“prescribers”) who prescribe controlled substances and on pharmacists who fill those prescriptions. Read More ›

Categories: Compliance, Did you Know?, Health Care Reform, Pharmacy, Providers

MDHHS Issues New Guidelines for Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Organizations in Michigan

Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) organizations provide certain medical and social services to eligible individuals who meet the Long Term Care level of care criteria. Read More ›

Categories: Long Term Care, Medicare/Medicaid

Hospice Provider Agrees to Pay $75 Million to Settle False Claims Act Lawsuit

Chemed Corporation and various of its subsidiaries, including Vitas Hospice Services LLC and Vitas Healthcare Corporation (collectively “Vitas”), recently settled allegations brought by the federal government that Vitas violated the False Claims Act by submitting to Medicare false claims for hospice services. Read More ›

Categories: Billing/Payment, Hospice, Medicare/Medicaid, Providers