The Davis Brown Health Law Blog is dedicated to the legal and business issues facing health care providers. Topics include regulatory developments, employment law updates, and compliance trends of importance to a wide variety of providers, including hospitals, physician practices, surgery centers, long-term care facilities and rural providers.
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On April 24, 2015, Governor Branstad signed into law Senate File 306, which amends Iowa Code Chapter 633 to provide for very specific forms of visitation for adult persons who have a guardian. The law limits a guardian from barring visitation by family members and requires court approval for any ban on visitation. Read More »
The world can be a scary place. There are risks that you can control, like whether or not you take up bungee jumping or alligator wrestling, and risks you can't control, such as whether or not someone runs a red light or if your cubemate has the flu. Read More »
In light of the Ebola outbreak and other events, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, released a bulletin to ensure HIPAA covered entities are aware of the ways in which patient information may be shared under the HIPAA Privacy Rule in an emergency situation Read More »
On November 12, 2014, a former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Shelby Regional Medical Center pled guilty in federal court to falsely attesting to compliance with the meaningful use program. Read More »
On October 3, 2014, the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General ("OIG") issued a Proposed Rule that, among other things, would protect additional payment practices and business arrangements from criminal prosecution or civil sanction under the Anti-Kickback Statute ("AKS") and Civil Monetary Penalties ("CMP") Law. Read More »
On September 9, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a conference call with providers and other interested parties regarding CMS's recent offer to resolve any acute care or critical access hospitals' pending appeals of patient status claim denials. Read More »
This morning the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled the IRS' interpretation of a key ACA provision is invalid. Read More »
In collaboration with the HHS Office for Civil Rights, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released a new tool designed to help practices conduct and document a comprehensive assessment to identify risks in their organizations Read More »
In a Feb. 24 notice in the Federal Register, the HHS's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced its intention to resume its HIPAA Audit Program. By and large, the audit program has been inactive since December 2012, when OCR concluded its pilot audit program.
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A small county in Washington has agreed to pay $215,000 to settle allegations that it violated HIPAA by failing to secure electronic protected health information. Skagit County maintained protected health information ("PHI") of individuals served by its Public Health Department. Read More »
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