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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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Iowa Gun Legislation & Its Impact on Government Health Care Facilities - May 25, 2017

Last month former Governor Branstad signed House File 517 which significantly expands the rights of gun owners in Iowa. The legislation also allows Iowans to sue cities or counties that enact "gun-free zones." Specifically, the legislation prohibits a "political subdivision" from enacting an ordinance regulating the ownership, possession, transfer, transportation, registration, or licensing of firearms if otherwise lawful. Read More »


HHS Issues Cyber Threat Warning to US Hospitals and Medical Providers - May 23, 2017

In light of last week's ransomware attacks overseas targeting hospitals and other providers, HHS is notifying providers in the United States of a warning issued by the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) regarding a coordinated, global ransomware attack targeting various organizations, including health care organizations. Read More »


Medicaid in Iowa: What's Next - June 21, 2016

In my previous blog post, I provided a brief history of Medicaid in Iowa, including sharing details on it's current modernization and challenges. In this post, we'll cover what's next for Medicaid members with the move to managed care organizations ("MCOs"). Read More »


Medicaid in Iowa: A Brief History - June 13, 2016

In the short span of two years, the Iowa Department of Human Services designed, implemented and recently completed a plan to transition the vast majority of the 560,000 members in the state's $4.2 billion Medicaid program[1] to private managed care organizations ("MCOs"). Read More »


Get Me A Whistle! Refereeing Family Visitation under the New Rules - May 7, 2015

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 »


Health Law Blog: Infectious? Please, Just Go Home! - January 8, 2015

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 »


HIPAA Privacy in Emergency Situations - November 24, 2014

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 »


Meaningful Use Attestations - Be Careful of What You Attest To - November 21, 2014

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 »


Health Law Blog: Office of Inspector General Proposes New Safe Harbors to the Anti-Kickback Statute and Civil Monetary Penalty Rule - October 8, 2014

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 »


Health Law Blog: CMS Offers Settlement to Hospitals for Resolving Patient Status Denials - September 9, 2014

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 »


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