Recent News and Industry Developments

CMS ANNOUNCES PLAN TO UTILIZE MEDICARE PART B PAYMENT ADJUSTMENT PROCESS TO PROVIDE INCENTIVES FOR PARTICIPATION IN COVID-19 RELATED RESEARCH
Advisories | News | CMS ANNOUNCES PLAN TO UTILIZE MEDICARE PART B PAYMENT ADJUSTMENT PROCESS TO PROVIDE INCENTIVES FOR PARTICIPATION IN COVID-19 RELATED RESEARCH

April 21, 2020 THE MERIT-BASED INCENTIVE PAYMENT SYSTEM (MIPS) Implemented in 2017, CMS’s Quality Payment Program (QPP) has shifted Medicare Part B providers to a performance-based payment system. Prior to… Read more »

OSHA’S COVID-19 REPORTING REQUIREMENTS AND INTERIM ENFORCEMENT PLAN
Advisories | News | OSHA’S COVID-19 REPORTING REQUIREMENTS AND INTERIM ENFORCEMENT PLAN

April 21, 2020 For most employers, it is unfortunately likely that one or more of their employees will get the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Employers, therefore, need to understand how to… Read more »

FDA UPDATES RECENTLY ISSUED GUIDANCE FOR CLINICAL TRIAL RESEARCHERS AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Advisories | News | FDA UPDATES RECENTLY ISSUED GUIDANCE FOR CLINICAL TRIAL RESEARCHERS AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC

April 20, 2020 THE U.S. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (“FDA”) SUPPLEMENTS ITS MARCH 18TH GUIDANCE ENTITLED “CONDUCT OF CLINICAL TRIALS OF MEDICAL PRODUCTS DURING COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY.” Less than… Read more »

AN END TO SURPRISE BILLING: A NEW BALANCE BILLING PROCESS IN VIRGINIA
Advisories | News | AN END TO SURPRISE BILLING: A NEW BALANCE BILLING PROCESS IN VIRGINIA

April 14, 2020 On April 10, 2020, Governor Ralph Northam signed Senate Bill 172 and House Bill 1251 into law, officially ending surprise medical billing in Virginia. Surprise billing, or… Read more »

National Healthcare Decisions Day – April 16, 2020
Advisories | News | National Healthcare Decisions Day – April 16, 2020

April 13, 2020 National Healthcare Decisions Day (April 16, 2020) is designed to raise public awareness of the need to plan ahead for medical decisions when patients are unable to… Read more »

ANTI-KICKBACK ENFORCEMENT UPDATE BASED ON SELF-REFERRAL BLANKET WAIVERS
Advisories | News | ANTI-KICKBACK ENFORCEMENT UPDATE BASED ON SELF-REFERRAL BLANKET WAIVERS

April 9, 2020 On April 3, 2020, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a statement announcing a change in enforcement policy related to Section 1128B(b) of the Social… Read more »

EFFECT OF THE VIRGINIA SUPREME COURT’S ORDER DECLARING A JUDICIAL EMERGENCY IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19
Advisories | News | EFFECT OF THE VIRGINIA SUPREME COURT’S ORDER DECLARING A JUDICIAL EMERGENCY IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

April 7, 2020 On March 27, 2020, the Supreme Court of Virginia, pursuant to Va. Code § 17.1-330, renewed their March 16 order declaring a judicial emergency for all district… Read more »

FFCRA’S REGULATIONS PROVIDE HELPFUL ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE ON PAID LEAVE
Advisories | News | FFCRA’S REGULATIONS PROVIDE HELPFUL ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE ON PAID LEAVE

April 6, 2020 On the effective date of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), April 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a temporary rule issuing regulations… Read more »

BLANKET WAIVERS OF PHYSICIAN SELF-REFERRAL (STARK LAW) PROHIBITIONS
Advisories | News | BLANKET WAIVERS OF PHYSICIAN SELF-REFERRAL (STARK LAW) PROHIBITIONS

April 1, 2020 On March 30, 2020, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issued blanket waivers related to the prohibitions on physician self-referrals under Section… Read more »

ADDITIONAL COVID-19 EMERGENCY BLANKET WAIVERS AND FLEXIBILITIES
Advisories | News | ADDITIONAL COVID-19 EMERGENCY BLANKET WAIVERS AND FLEXIBILITIES

March 31, 2020 On March 30, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued unprecedented and sweeping regulatory changes including blanket waivers with a retroactive date of March… Read more »

EMPLOYER COVID-19 LEGISLATIVE DEVELOPMENTS: FCCRA NOTICE, FAQS, AND THE CARES ACT
Advisories | News | EMPLOYER COVID-19 LEGISLATIVE DEVELOPMENTS: FCCRA NOTICE, FAQS, AND THE CARES ACT

March 31, 2020 Over the past week, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) has continued to provide information necessary for employers to implement the Families First Coronavirus Response Act… Read more »

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