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Nov

HEALTHCARE LEGAL UPDATE

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Nov

Haskin Healthcare Update November 2014

Haskin Healthcare Update 

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Nov

Anti-Kickback Laws Possible Effects on Insurance Exchanges

An interesting question evolved several months ago upon creation of the Federal and State run insurance exchanges. Would payments stemming from private insurance companies participating in the public exchanges and accepting public subsidies now become subject to the Federal Anti-Kickback law, prohibiting the remuneration of consideration in exchange for services, referrals and the like?  

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Jul

WellPoint Suffers Patient Data Loss

Last week, WellPoint, one of the nation’s largest insurers, settled a HIPAA violation case brought by the Department of Health and Human Services. In a self-reported violation, WellPoint was found to have exposed the personal information of over 612,000 individuals in what WellPoint termed a “lapse in its online security during a routine upgrade of its system.” The “lapse” occurred during a routine online upgrade of WellPoint’s tracking system. 

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Mar

California Healthcare Law Update

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) just released the new quality reporting codes, categorized as “G-Codes.” All ASCs are required to include these codes in all Medicare claim forms starting on October 1, 2012. The codes denote whether the patient suffered a burn, fall, other wrong including a wrong site, side, patient, procedure or implant event. Other items are included as well. 

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Mar

California Healthcare Legal Update

Question:
If I avoid taking Medicare / Medicaid, am I safe from violating the Stark Laws? 

Answer:
This is a question I am asked fairly often by my clients and others who are looking to expand their physician practice into the realms of other health services, e.g. imaging, urgent care, etc.  While the answer technically may be “yes” to the limited question above, California’s self-referral law is there is slam the door and add the proverbial “but” to the end of the answer.  

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