Healthcare Law & Policy Archive

The New Healthcare Requires Collaboration

Highly specialized medicine and increasing patient mobility have brought about an unprecedented interdependence in healthcare. Today’s patients are cared for by multiple specialists and any one doctor’s treatment will most certainly affect another’s domain.  For the very sake of patient safety, doctors across specialties are now expected, if not required, to share information about their

Preventive care and the Affordable Care Act: A Doctor’s Dream?

The old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor way” may be losing its appeal as more Americans take advantage of the Affordable Care Act’s coverage for preventive medicine. The Affordable Care Act, extends coverage to private health insurance plan members for preventive care visits such as flu shots and other immunizations, screenings for

CMS Releases Final Stage 2 Rule for EHR Incentive

On August 23, 2012, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Final Rule for Stage 2 of CMS’ Medicare and Medicaid incentive. This rule builds upon and incorporates many Stage 1 requirements, while adding additional elements. The following highlights regarding Stage 2 are important to note. Timeline. Stage 2 requirements will not become

U.S. Supreme Court Opens New Term with Health Care Storm Looming Overhead

The U.S. Supreme Court term opened today with expectations that the Justices will rule on the numerous legal questions surrounding the federal health care reform. Although not formally on the docket, most experts believe that the constitutional challenge to President Obama’s health care overhaul almost certainly will be decided this term. Since the Affordable Care

Where GOP Presidential Hopefuls Stand On Health Care

Kaiser Health News has assembled a helpful chart detailing where five of the declared candidates for the Republican presidential nomination – Bachmann, Hutsman, Paul, Perry and Romney – currently stand on major health care issues.  The chart is sorted by issue and will be updated as the candidates continue to develop their platform. Definitely worth

Affordable Care Act Rules to Prevent Fraud: How Increased Vigilance Will Affect Your Practice

If you are wondering how the new healthcare law – the Affordable Care Act – will affect your practice, you are not alone. Providers across the country are trying to understand the implications that this new law will have on reimbursements and the practice of medicine.  Well, because the public is clamoring for my opinion

HHS Proposes Access Report for Patients: Proposed changes to HIPAA Privacy Rule

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is now reviewing comments from healthcare industry participants about its proposed rule to modify the standard for accounting of PHI disclosures under the HIPAA Privacy Rule.  HHS has proposed revising the Privacy Rule by dividing it into two separate rights for individuals: the right to an access

Being Dutiful About Compliance

Health care providers now more than ever must be proactive when it comes to addressing compliance and billing issues with Medicare and Medicaid.  Recently, federal and state governments have been devoting increased resources to detecting and combatting fraud in the health care industry.  At the federal level, both the Department of Justice and the United

AMA Asks HHS to Revise the Medicare e-Rx Policy

According to current Medicare regulations, any physician that is not e-prescribing in the first six months of 2011 will be penalized in 2012.  The American Medical Association (AMA), believing this punitive regulation to be a hindrance to proper widespread healthcare IT adoption and implementation, is urging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to

Senate Passes One-Month Reprieve for Medicare Pay Cuts

The Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan bill on November 18th that will postpone a 23% cut in Medicare physician pay that was scheduled to go into effect on December 1, 2010.  The House is expected to take up the Senate bill after Thanksgiving.  Nonetheless, even if the house follows suit and approves the bills, physicians