Recent News and Industry Developments

AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT OF 2021
Advisories | News | AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT OF 2021

May 5, 2021 The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the “Act”) was signed into law on March 11, 2021, with the intent to provide economic relief to families and… Read more »

NEW HHS GUIDELINES FOR BUPRENORPHINE PRACTICE EXPAND ACCESS
Advisories | News | NEW HHS GUIDELINES FOR BUPRENORPHINE PRACTICE EXPAND ACCESS

May 3, 2021 On April 27, 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued new practice guidelines for the administration of buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use… Read more »

CMS ISSUES ADDITIONAL COVID-19 VISITATION GUIDELINES FOR ICF/IIDS AND PRTFS
Advisories | News | CMS ISSUES ADDITIONAL COVID-19 VISITATION GUIDELINES FOR ICF/IIDS AND PRTFS

April 8, 2021 On February 10, 2021, the Centers for Medicaid & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued guidance regarding visitation at Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (“ICF/IIDs”) and… Read more »

OIG ISSUES COVID-19 GUIDANCE FOR FQHCs
News | OIG ISSUES COVID-19 GUIDANCE FOR FQHCs

April 5, 2021 On March 24, 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) updated the frequently asked questions (“FAQs”) providing guidance on the flexibilities… Read more »

CHECKING OUR VITALS: OIG PROVIDES INSIGHTS ON HOSPITAL CHALLENGES/NEEDS THROUGH NATIONAL “PULSE” SURVEY
Advisories | News | CHECKING OUR VITALS: OIG PROVIDES INSIGHTS ON HOSPITAL CHALLENGES/NEEDS THROUGH NATIONAL “PULSE” SURVEY

April 1, 2021 On March 23, 2021, the United States Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) released the results of a national “pulse” survey under a report titled, “Hospitals Reported… Read more »

OIG: PROVISION OF FREE DRUGS BY DRUG MANUFACTURER TO ELIGIBLE PATIENTS PRESENTS LOW RISK OF FRAUD AND ABUSE AND DOES NOT IMPLICATE BENEFICIARY INDUCEMENTS CMP
Advisories | News | OIG: PROVISION OF FREE DRUGS BY DRUG MANUFACTURER TO ELIGIBLE PATIENTS PRESENTS LOW RISK OF FRAUD AND ABUSE AND DOES NOT IMPLICATE BENEFICIARY INDUCEMENTS CMP

March 30, 2021 In Advisory Opinion 21-01, issued January 8, 2021, the OIG recently determined that an arrangement whereby a drug manufacturer provides a free drug to patients meeting specific… Read more »

Long Awaited: CMS Revises Guidance on Visitation in Nursing Homes During COVID 19 Pandemic
Advisories | News | Long Awaited: CMS Revises Guidance on Visitation in Nursing Homes During COVID 19 Pandemic

March 12, 2021 On March 10, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued long-awaited revisions to QSO-20-39-NH, Nursing Home Visitation – COVID-19 (the “Guidance”). These revisions update… Read more »

AHLA Article Publication: Emily Towey
Articles | AHLA Article Publication: Emily Towey

Emily W.G. Towey, Partner at Hancock Daniel, has co-authored the article, “Trap for the Wary Becomes a Minefield: Beware the New Provider Enrollment Rule,” published by the American Health Lawyers… Read more »

Niswonger Children’s Hospital Radiothon 2021
News | Niswonger Children’s Hospital Radiothon 2021

Hancock Daniel was proud to be a $10,000 sponsor of the Niswonger Children’s Hospital Radiothon that took place March 4th and 5th supporting Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City, Tennessee. The… Read more »

SPECIAL ELECTION UPDATE
Advisories | SPECIAL ELECTION UPDATE

January 6, 2021 Two members of the House of Delegates stepped down for different reason.  Delegate Jennifer Carroll-Foy resigned her House seat to focus on her run for Governor.  Democrat… Read more »

RESUMPTION OF NURSING HOME HEALTH INSPECTION RATINGS STARTS JANUARY 27, 2021
Advisories | News | RESUMPTION OF NURSING HOME HEALTH INSPECTION RATINGS STARTS JANUARY 27, 2021

January 18, 2021 On December 4, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued QSO 21-06-NH, Updates to Nursing Home Compare website and Five Star Quality Rating System… Read more »

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