New State Department of Health Regulations Require a Hospital to Develop Policies and Procedures if it Allows Patients to Bring In and Self-Administer Medical Marijuana

June 23, 2017

New York State Department of Health (DOH) regulations took effect on May 17, 2017 that require hospitals to develop policies and procedures if they allow patients to bring in and self-administer medical marijuana. The DOH regulations require that the hospital’s policies and procedures address security of the medical marijuana product, verification that the patient is …

HRSA Implements New Risk Management Requirements Relating to FTCA Coverage

June 21, 2017

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are required to annually apply for FTCA coverage and submit related documents to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). In the new application relating to calendar year 2018, which is discussed in Program Assistance Letter (PAL) 2017-03, HRSA has implemented significant new requirements relating to risk management. These new …

CMS Proposes to Cancel Prohibitions Regarding Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements

June 14, 2017

On October 4, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) adopted a final rule (the “Final Rule”) which revised the requirements for long-term care (LTC) facilities to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Among other things, the Final Rule prohibited LTC facilities from entering into pre-dispute arbitration agreements with residents and/or their …

eCW Settlement with DOJ and Impact on Providers

eClinicalWorks (eCW) recently entered into a published Settlement Agreement with United States Department of Justice (DOJ) to resolve allegations that eCW falsely obtained certification of its EHR for the Meaningful Use Program. The government alleged that, although eCW software was certified as 2011 and 2014 ONC Certified EHR Technology, the eCW software was not capable …

POTENTIAL CHANGES TO CONNECTICUT’S CON PROGRAM

May 1, 2017

On March 27, 2017, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Public Health approved  the Governor’s Bill No. 795, An Act Establishing the Office of Health Care Strategy and Improving the Certificate of Need Program (the “Bill”), and filed it with the Legislative Commissioners’ Office for a vote in the State Senate. The Bill drastically …