Recent News and Industry Developments

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE DETAILS MAJOR POLICY SHIFT FOR DISMISSAL OF MERITLESS QUI TAM CASES
News | DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE DETAILS MAJOR POLICY SHIFT FOR DISMISSAL OF MERITLESS QUI TAM CASES

January 31, 2018 In October of 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) signaled a sea change for how it handles meritless qui tam litigation. Michael Granston, Director of DOJ’s… Read more »

TENNESSEE APPELLATE COURT ELEVATES A PHYSICIAN’S HANDSHAKE TO POTENTIALLY ACTIONABLE CONDUCT
Advisories | News | TENNESSEE APPELLATE COURT ELEVATES A PHYSICIAN’S HANDSHAKE TO POTENTIALLY ACTIONABLE CONDUCT

January 10, 2018 “Fights begin and end with handshakes,” at least in the mixed martial arts world, according to Cameron Conaway’s Caged:  Memoirs of a Cage-Fighting Poet.  A handshake between… Read more »

The OIG Wraps 2017 With A Heightened Focus On Medicaid: Highlights From The November 2017 OIG Work Plan Update
Advisories | News | The OIG Wraps 2017 With A Heightened Focus On Medicaid: Highlights From The November 2017 OIG Work Plan Update

December 1, 2017 In November, the Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services updated its 2017 Work Plan to include four issues… Read more »

Is Your Pharmacy Complying with The Drug Supply Chain Security Act? Important Insights from the October OIG Work Plan Update
Advisories | News | Is Your Pharmacy Complying with The Drug Supply Chain Security Act? Important Insights from the October OIG Work Plan Update

October 17, 2017 The Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services released its monthly Work Plan update yesterday, which included a “Drug… Read more »

ARE YOU AWARE OF THE RECENT UPDATES FROM VIRGINIA’S PRESCRIPTION MONITORING PROGRAM?
Advisories | News | ARE YOU AWARE OF THE RECENT UPDATES FROM VIRGINIA’S PRESCRIPTION MONITORING PROGRAM?

September 20, 2017 The Director of the Virginia Department of Health Professions is charged, pursuant to Va Code § 54.1-2520, with establishing, maintaining and administering Virginia’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). … Read more »

New Laws And Regulations On The Prescribing Of Opioid And Buprenorphine
Advisories | New Laws And Regulations On The Prescribing Of Opioid And Buprenorphine

March 14, 2017 (original) April 17, 2017 (updated) May 3, 2017 (updated) June 26, 2017 (updated) August 30, 2017 (updated) On February 16, 2017, the Virginia Board of Medicine (“The… Read more »

Advisory: OIG Announces New Schedule for Updating Annual Work Plan
Advisories | Advisory: OIG Announces New Schedule for Updating Annual Work Plan

June 20, 2017 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has announced that, effective June 15, 2017, it will provide monthly updates… Read more »

Medical Malpractice Defense Verdict
Verdicts | Medical Malpractice Defense Verdict

After a four-day jury trial, Neal Lewis and Brandy Balding obtained a defense verdict. Plaintiff alleged that he was misdiagnosed and received negligent treatment after a left biceps tendon rupture.… Read more »

Medical Malpractice Defense Verdict
Verdicts | Medical Malpractice Defense Verdict

After A Three-Day Trial, Tracie Dorfman And Benjamin Wengerd Obtained A Defense Verdict. On July 27, 2011, plaintiff presented to the defendant general dentist complaining of loose teeth. The defendant… Read more »

Hancock Daniel Complimentary Webinar: Health Care Reform Beyond the ACA
Events | Hancock Daniel Complimentary Webinar: Health Care Reform Beyond the ACA

Hancock Daniel is pleased to offer a complimentary webinar, “Health Care Reform Beyond the ACA,” featuring Ken Leonczyk from the Advisory Board. Ken is a senior director and international spokesperson… Read more »

OIG Releases Medicaid Control Units FY 2016 Annual Report
Advisories | OIG Releases Medicaid Control Units FY 2016 Annual Report

May 31, 2017 In May 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its annual report of the Medicaid Fraud Control Units… Read more »

Virus Alert: Worldwide “Wannacry” Ransomware Attack
Advisories | Virus Alert: Worldwide “Wannacry” Ransomware Attack

May 19, 2017 Last Friday, cyber criminals launched a global ransomware attack against businesses and government agencies in 150 countries. Experts believe the virus, dubbed the “WannaCry” virus, compromised its… Read more »

CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Deadline Approaching
Advisories | CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Deadline Approaching

May 17, 2017 Now that hurricane season is approaching and facilities must implement the CMS emergency preparedness rule by November 15, 2017, facilities should make sure they understand the rule’s… Read more »

AHLA Annual Meeting
Events | AHLA Annual Meeting

Mary Malone and co-presenter Bob Bitterman will be presenting Managing Behavioral Health Patients in the Emergency Department: Risks, Challenges and Solutions at the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) 2017 Annual… Read more »

Virginia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2017
News | Virginia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2017

2017 Super Lawyers Sean Byrne, Jim Daniel, Kim Daniel, Rod Dillman, Scott Johnson, Mary Malone, John Mumford, Rich Nagle, Mike Olszewski and Jodi Simopoulos were named Super Lawyers by Virginia… Read more »

AHLA Health Care Transactions
Events | AHLA Health Care Transactions

Emily Towey, along with Ross Sallade of Polsinelli, PC, will be presenting The Current and Future State of Provider/Supplier Enrollment and Certification and the Impact on Transactions at the American… Read more »

VHCA-VCAL Program Assisted Living: New Standards & New Laws in 2017.
Events | VHCA-VCAL Program Assisted Living: New Standards & New Laws in 2017.

Hancock Daniel attorneys Emily Towey and Andrew Schutte have partnered with the Virginia Health Care Association-Virginia Center for Assisted Living for the in-person program Assisted Living: New Standards & New… Read more »

Medical Malpractice Defense Verdict
Verdicts | Medical Malpractice Defense Verdict

Olszewski and Markley obtain a defense verdict in Fairfax County. On August 15, 2012, plaintiff, a 23-year-old female, sustained a deep slice to her left thumb while working as a… Read more »

Clear Law Institute Webinar – Provider Exclusions: Everything You Need to Know
Events | Clear Law Institute Webinar – Provider Exclusions: Everything You Need to Know

Mary Malone will be presenting the webinar Provider Exclusions: Everything You Need to Know. May 9, 2017 3:00PM to 4:15PM ET Register Now Program Overview Termination from participation in Medicare… Read more »

Trump Administration Plans to Ramp-up Health Care Fraud and Abuse Enforcement Efforts
Advisories | Trump Administration Plans to Ramp-up Health Care Fraud and Abuse Enforcement Efforts

March 17, 2017 On Thursday, March 16, 2017, President Trump and the Office of Management and Budget released its budget blueprint “America First.” While news reports have focused on the… Read more »

New Laws and Regulations on the Prescribing of Opioid and Buprenorphine
Advisories | New Laws and Regulations on the Prescribing of Opioid and Buprenorphine

March 14, 2017 (original) April 17, 2017 (updated) May 3, 2017 (updated) On February 16, 2017 the Virginia Board of Medicine (“The Board”) adopted regulations entitled “Governing Opioid Prescribing for… Read more »

ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar
Events | ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar

John Mumford, Kaity Kasper, and Lindsay Rollins will be presenting at the ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar. March 1 – 4, 2017 Tucson, AZ Coverage TKOs: Insurance for… Read more »

Beware of Phishing W-2 Scheme Targeting Businesses
Advisories | Beware of Phishing W-2 Scheme Targeting Businesses

February 22, 2017 The IRS has issued a warning about a W-2 phishing scheme that is targeting businesses and organizations across the United States. Just recently, a Wyoming hospital fell… Read more »

Supreme Court of Virginia Differentiates Technical Battery from Negligent Breach
Advisories | Supreme Court of Virginia Differentiates Technical Battery from Negligent Breach

February 20, 2017 In a decision released February 2, 2017 in Mayr, et al. v. Osborne, the Supreme Court explained the difference between a lawsuit for “battery” in the medical… Read more »

Florida Supreme Court Reverses Charles Decision, Holding PSQIA Protection Does Not Apply To Documents Required Under State Law
Advisories | Florida Supreme Court Reverses Charles Decision, Holding PSQIA Protection Does Not Apply To Documents Required Under State Law

February 8, 2017 After much anticipation from healthcare providers and Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) from around the country, the Florida Supreme Court issued an opinion in Southern Baptist Hospital of… Read more »

DOJ Opened a Staggering 975 New Criminal Health Care Fraud Investigations and 930 New Civil Health Care Fraud Investigations in FY 2016
Advisories | DOJ Opened a Staggering 975 New Criminal Health Care Fraud Investigations and 930 New Civil Health Care Fraud Investigations in FY 2016

January 30, 2017 This month the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued their Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (HCFAC) Program… Read more »

Cyber Attacks Continue to Rise at an Alarming Rate: Proactive Strategies for Protecting Your Network
Advisories | Cyber Attacks Continue to Rise at an Alarming Rate: Proactive Strategies for Protecting Your Network

January 24, 2017 The most recent cyber security statistics are overwhelming. For 2016, the number of reported U.S. data breaches spiked at an all-time high of 1,093 – a staggering… Read more »

New Substance Use Disorder Privacy Regulations Finalized
News | New Substance Use Disorder Privacy Regulations Finalized

January 19, 2017 Yesterday, over 29 years since the last significant changes in the regulations under 42 CFR Part 2, new final regulations were issued regarding confidentiality of alcohol and… Read more »

Three Things Every Provider Should Know about the OIG’s New Final Rule on Exclusion Authority
Advisories | Three Things Every Provider Should Know about the OIG’s New Final Rule on Exclusion Authority

January 16, 2017 On January 11, 2017, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published a Final Rule on its website amending… Read more »

Hospitals Act Now! You Only Have Until February 13, 2017 to Seek Grandfathered Status for “Mid-Build” Off-Campus Departments.
Advisories | Hospitals Act Now! You Only Have Until February 13, 2017 to Seek Grandfathered Status for “Mid-Build” Off-Campus Departments.

January 9, 2017 The 21st Century Cures Act (the Act) is a new law that grants welcomed relief for some hospital projects impacted by the site-neutral payment provisions of the… Read more »

New Directors Elected for 2017
News | New Directors Elected for 2017

Hancock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagle, P.C. is pleased to announce Eric Atkinson, John Buford, Travis Markley and Jenny McGrath have been named Directors in the firm.

Legal Elite 2016
News | Legal Elite 2016

Hancock Daniel is honored to have eight attorneys named as members of Virginia Business‘ “Legal Elite,” for 2016. They were nominated by their peers as the best in their profession… Read more »

Federal Court Temporarily Blocks New Overtime Rules at the Eleventh Hour
Advisories | Federal Court Temporarily Blocks New Overtime Rules at the Eleventh Hour

November 23, 2016 On November 22, 2016, less than ten days before significant changes to Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations were set to go into effect, the United… Read more »

OIG Releases New Focus Areas in 2017 Work Plan
Advisories | OIG Releases New Focus Areas in 2017 Work Plan

November 18, 2016 The United States Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released its Fiscal Year 2017 Work Plan, which summarizes new and ongoing reviews… Read more »

Louisiana Association of CPAs 2016 Medical & Healthcare Services Workshop
Events | Louisiana Association of CPAs 2016 Medical & Healthcare Services Workshop

Andrew Schutte will be presenting MACRA: Accelerating the Shift to Value-Based Payment at the Louisiana Association of CPAs’ 2016 Medical & Healthcare Services Workshop. October 21, 2016 Renaissance Hotel Baton… Read more »

New Final Rule May Make it Easier for Residents to Sue Long-Term Care Facilities
Advisories | New Final Rule May Make it Easier for Residents to Sue Long-Term Care Facilities

October 3, 2016 In what represents one of the biggest overhauls of the requirements applicable to long-term care facilities, on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid… Read more »

Kentucky High Court Disregards Tibbs Decision, Confirms Federal Privilege for Documents Residing in Provider’s PSES, so long as External Requirements Otherwise Met
Advisories | Kentucky High Court Disregards Tibbs Decision, Confirms Federal Privilege for Documents Residing in Provider’s PSES, so long as External Requirements Otherwise Met

September 29, 2016 On September 22, 2016, The Supreme Court of Kentucky issued a noteworthy opinion in Baptist Health Richmond, Inc. v. Agee1 that provides progressive support for healthcare providers… Read more »

CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule
Advisories | CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule

September 23, 2016 On September 16, CMS finalized a rule establishing emergency preparedness requirements applicable to seventeen types of providers and suppliers. The rule becomes effective November 15, 2016 and… Read more »

Medical Malpractice Defense Verdict
Verdicts | Medical Malpractice Defense Verdict

Nagle and Knaack obtain a defense verdict in Fairfax Neurosurgery case seeking $2,271,000. Plaintiff filed suit in the Fairfax County Circuit Court alleging that the defendant was negligent in his… Read more »

Medical Malpractice Defense Verdict
Verdicts | Medical Malpractice Defense Verdict

After a four-day trial and almost five hours of jury deliberation, John Peterson and Meredith Brebner obtained a defense verdict. Plaintiff filed a $2,050,000 lawsuit against Defendant pathologist and co-Defendant… Read more »

VHHA Program – EMTALA: Navigating Behavioral Health and the Opioid Crisis
News | VHHA Program – EMTALA: Navigating Behavioral Health and the Opioid Crisis

Hancock Daniel attorneys Mary Malone, Jerry Canaan, and Clay Landa have partnered with the Virginia Hospital Research and Education Foundation (VHREF) for the in-person program EMTALA: Navigating Behavioral Health and… Read more »

VHCA Annual Convention & Trade Show 2016
Events | VHCA Annual Convention & Trade Show 2016

Clay Landa will be presenting The Evolving World of Social Media in the LTC Setting at the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) Annual Convention & Trade Show. Social media by… Read more »

Merger Muddle
Articles | Merger Muddle

Virginia joins the fight against proposed union of health insurers Scott Johnson was among those interviewed in the August 30, 2016 Virginia Business article, “Merger Muddle.” Full article available here… Read more »

VA GOP Votes to Switch from Convention to Primary to Nominate 2017 Candidates
News | VA GOP Votes to Switch from Convention to Primary to Nominate 2017 Candidates

By the slimmest of margins, leaders of the Republican Party of Virginia on Saturday voted to select their 2017 statewide candidates in a primary rather than at a convention —… Read more »

Best Lawyers in America 2017
News | Best Lawyers in America 2017

Eight Hancock Daniel attorneys were honored with selection to the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Best Lawyers is considered the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in… Read more »

CMS Issues Final Rule Implementing the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice
Advisories | CMS Issues Final Rule Implementing the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice

August 8, 2016 On August 2, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a Final Rule implementing the Notice Act’s requirement to provide notice of a patient’s… Read more »

Medical Malpractice Defense Verdict
Verdicts | Medical Malpractice Defense Verdict

After a five-day trial and less than 45 minutes of deliberation, Jodi Simopoulos and Chip Hancock obtained a defense verdict. Plaintiff filed a $33 million lawsuit against Defendant mental health… Read more »

The Death and Rebirth of Gainsharing: Payment Opportunities for the Orthopaedic Surgeon
Articles | The Death and Rebirth of Gainsharing: Payment Opportunities for the Orthopaedic Surgeon

“Gainsharing” is a popular management and incentive compensation strategy that is often used in manufacturing and by companies with industrial service lines. It is used to reduce costs by paying… Read more »

Why Clinton picked Kaine to be her running mate
News | Why Clinton picked Kaine to be her running mate

Hillary Clinton is not someone who takes many risks. She is a meticulous thinker who almost never leaps before looking. That caution has not always worked in her favor, politically… Read more »

Certificate of Public Need Reform
News | Certificate of Public Need Reform

House and Senate announce Joint Working Group on Certificate of Public Need Reform Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell and Senate of Virginia President Pro-Tempore Stephen D. Newman,… Read more »

State Elections
News | State Elections

Lionell Spruill Sr. Defeats Joe Lindsey in Firehouse Primary for State Senate Del. Lionell Spruill Sr. will be moving from the state House to the Senate next year following his… Read more »

Bringing Stark Into the 21st Century
Advisories | Bringing Stark Into the 21st Century

July 11, 2016 In the changing health care marketplace, and with the shift towards value-based alternative payment models, many in the health care community believe that the Stark law (42… Read more »

CMS Issues Long-Awaited Guidance for Off-Campus Provider-Based Departments
Advisories | CMS Issues Long-Awaited Guidance for Off-Campus Provider-Based Departments

July 6, 2016 Since the passage of Section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA), which imposed site-neutral payment reductions on new off-campus hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) that… Read more »

National Healthcare Crisis: What Should Healthcare Providers do to Address the Opioid Epidemic?
Advisories | National Healthcare Crisis: What Should Healthcare Providers do to Address the Opioid Epidemic?

June 30, 2016 The United States saw over 14,000 people die from opioid overdose in 2014. In an effort to stop this epidemic, numerous federal and state agencies have published… Read more »

Medical Malpractice Defense Verdict
Verdicts | Medical Malpractice Defense Verdict

After a four-day trial, Rich Nagle and Heather Zaug obtained a defense verdict. On February 9, 2014, the defendant was serving as the on-call general surgeon for a local community… Read more »

Office-Based Anesthesia – Time to Update Your Policies
Advisories | Office-Based Anesthesia – Time to Update Your Policies

June 30, 2016 Regulations promulgated by the Virginia Board of Medicine already govern practice requirements for certain anesthesia used in an office setting. Effective July 27, 2016, amendments to these… Read more »

SCOTUS Decision in Escobar has Major Implications for Health Care Providers
Advisories | SCOTUS Decision in Escobar has Major Implications for Health Care Providers

June 16, 2016 In a unanimous decision released today in Universal Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar, the Supreme Court held that the implied certification theory can be… Read more »

OIG Mid-Year Update to FY2016 Work Plan
Advisories | OIG Mid-Year Update to FY2016 Work Plan

June 16, 2016 On June 8, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) released its Mid-Year Update to the Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2016… Read more »

Medical Malpractice Defense Verdict
Verdicts | Medical Malpractice Defense Verdict

After a three-day trial, Rich Nagle and Tracie Dorfman obtained a defense verdict. On May 16, 2014, the defendant general surgeon performed a robotic-assisted laparoscopic repair of the plaintiff’s umbilical… Read more »

New Discrimination Protections: Implications for Healthcare Providers on Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act
Advisories | New Discrimination Protections: Implications for Healthcare Providers on Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act

June 13, 2016 On May 13, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010.… Read more »

PLRB Adjusters Conference 2016
Events | PLRB Adjusters Conference 2016

John Mumford will be presenting Multiple Claimants and Insufficient Policy Limits – What’s An Insurer To Do at the 2016 Property and Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB) Adjusters Conference. June 21-22,… Read more »

Proposed Bill Provides Potential Relief for Some Provider-Based Departments
Advisories | Proposed Bill Provides Potential Relief for Some Provider-Based Departments

May 26, 2016 A bill introduced in the House last week—H.R. 5273, the Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016 (HHIPCA)—would expand grandfathering to some provider-based departments affected by… Read more »

New FLSA Regulations Likely to Make Millions of Additional American Workers Eligible for Overtime Compensation
Advisories | New FLSA Regulations Likely to Make Millions of Additional American Workers Eligible for Overtime Compensation

May 19, 2016 Earlier this week, the Obama Administration issued its long-awaited changes to Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that an additional… Read more »

False Claims Act Penalties to Double in 2016
Advisories | False Claims Act Penalties to Double in 2016

May 9, 2016 On May 2, 2016, the Railroad Retirement Board published an interim final rule that would double penalties under the False Claims Act in 2016. The news from… Read more »

Update of Fire Protection Guidelines for Certain Health Facilities: CMS Publishes Final Rule on Fire Safety Requirements
Advisories | Update of Fire Protection Guidelines for Certain Health Facilities: CMS Publishes Final Rule on Fire Safety Requirements

May 4, 2016 On May 3, 2016, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a final rule, updating the fire protection guidelines for several types of health care… Read more »

Proposed MACRA Rule Outlines MIPS Structure, Sets High Bar for Advanced Alternative Payment Models
Advisories | Proposed MACRA Rule Outlines MIPS Structure, Sets High Bar for Advanced Alternative Payment Models

May 3, 2016 On April 27, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released the highly anticipated proposed rule that would implement major provisions of the Medicare Access… Read more »

The Final 60-Day Rule is Here: What Healthcare Providers Need to Know
Articles | The Final 60-Day Rule is Here: What Healthcare Providers Need to Know

The healthcare industry has been waiting for almost six years to receive final guidance on the “60-day” rule provisions of the Affordable Care Act. On February 12, 2016, the Centers… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Medical Malpractice Defense Verdict
Verdicts | Medical Malpractice Defense Verdict

After a four-day trial and deliberations for forty-five minutes, the jury returns a defense verdict. On April 11, 2012, plaintiff, a 68-year-old retired female, presented to an outpatient surgery center… Read more »

Medical Malpractice Defense Verdict
Verdicts | Medical Malpractice Defense Verdict

After a five-and-a-half day trial, the jury deliberated for approximately 90 minutes and returned a defense verdict. Plaintiff’s decedent, a 5-year-old male with history of chronic severe obstructive sleep apnea,… Read more »

Medical Malpractice Defense Verdict
Verdicts | Medical Malpractice Defense Verdict

After less than 20 minutes, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendant urologist and his employer. Plaintiff, 59, was a minister. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer.… Read more »

CMS ISSUES FINAL RULE CHANGING SUPERVISION REQUIREMENTS FOR HOSPITAL OUTPATIENT THERAPEUTIC SERVICES
Advisories | News | CMS ISSUES FINAL RULE CHANGING SUPERVISION REQUIREMENTS FOR HOSPITAL OUTPATIENT THERAPEUTIC SERVICES

December 13, 2019 On November 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published the 2020 Outpatient Prospective Payment System Final Rule (“Final Rule”). The Final Rule changes… Read more »

Reorganization of CMS Regional Offices
Advisories | News | Reorganization of CMS Regional Offices

December 9, 2019 On November 25, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a notice (the Notice) in the Federal Register (84 FR 64899) announcing several changes… Read more »

House of Delegates announces Committee Chairs
News | House of Delegates announces Committee Chairs

December 9, 2019 Committee Chair selection Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Ken Plum Appropriations Luke Torian Commerce and Labor Jeion Ward Counties, Cities and Towns Kaye Kory Courts of Justice… Read more »

John Mumford Obtains Opinion from the U.S. District Court
News | John Mumford Obtains Opinion from the U.S. District Court

John Mumford, head of our insurance coverage and commercial litigation group, recently appeared in a Virginia Lawyers Weekly article reporting on an opinion he obtained from the United States District… Read more »

Senate Republican Leadership
News | Senate Republican Leadership

November 25, 2019 The Virginia Senate Republican Caucus today elected its leadership team for the four-year term beginning on January 8, 2020.  Senator Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City) was… Read more »

Rod Dillman Secures Four Consecutive Medical Malpractice Defense Verdicts
News | Verdicts | Rod Dillman Secures Four Consecutive Medical Malpractice Defense Verdicts

November 26, 2019 Between October 2, 2019 and November 25th, 2019, Rod Dillman and our Virginia Beach, VA team secured four medical malpractice defense verdicts within the state of Virginia.… Read more »

2020 Virginia House Leadership
News | 2020 Virginia House Leadership

November 21, 2019 The Virginia House of Delegates had announced the following leadership positions: Speaker of House:            Elieen Filler-Corn Majority Leader:               Charniele Herring Caucus Chair:                     Rip Sullivan… Read more »

2020 Virginia Senate Leadership
News | 2020 Virginia Senate Leadership

November 21, 2019 From the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus: Richmond–Senate Democrats held leadership elections for the 2020-2024 term. The following members were elected to leadership positions:  Senator Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax)… Read more »

Democrats Sweep the Virginia House and Senate
News | Democrats Sweep the Virginia House and Senate

November 6, 2019 A true statement but as we start this first day after the election, there are several things still in play.  First, today is the day that absentee… Read more »

New Guide Issued to Provide Advice to Clinicians Contemplating or Initiating a Change in Opioid Dosage
Advisories | News | New Guide Issued to Provide Advice to Clinicians Contemplating or Initiating a Change in Opioid Dosage

October 17, 2019 On October 10, 2019, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a new guide for tapering opioids safely and effectively for patients on long-term… Read more »

CMS ISSUES DISCHARGE PLANNING FINAL RULE SUPPORTING PATIENT PREFERENCES AND HEALTH INFORMATION INTEROPERABILITY
Advisories | News | CMS ISSUES DISCHARGE PLANNING FINAL RULE SUPPORTING PATIENT PREFERENCES AND HEALTH INFORMATION INTEROPERABILITY

September 30, 2019 On September 26, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published finalized revisions to 42 CFR Parts 482, 484, and 485 regarding patient discharge planning. … Read more »

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