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By Jayme Matchinski on May 29, 2019 at 9:45 AM

Heath Care Today Series: The Teleheath Landscape Series LogoThe expansion of telehealth is changing the landscape of health care. This is the final installment in a four-part series exploring what providers should know about this growing area.

There are many business models and provider arrangements for the provision of telehealth. Given the regulatory climate and increasing use of telehealth by health care providers and patients, these business models and provider arrangements are continuing to change.

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By Heather Mehta on May 28, 2019 at 9:15 AM

Arrow turning around on a brick wallOn May 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced that it is issuing proposed revised regulations under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act that remove the redefinition of “sex” and certain regulatory burdens, including language taglines. The changes substantially roll back the original Obama-era regulations.

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By Sally Browning on May 21, 2019 at 3:20 PM

Business partners shaking hands and exchanging paperworkHealth care transactions can be complex, given the regulatory maze of health care laws and regulations applicable to the entities involved. One way to help mitigate the risks inherent in such transactions is through representations and warranties insurance (“R&W insurance”), which can be purchased by a buyer or seller. R&W insurance is becoming more common in health care transactions as a means to provide buyer and seller more financial certainty in finalizing a deal.

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By Jayme Matchinski on May 15, 2019 at 2:10 PM

Heath Care Today Series: The Teleheath Landscape Series LogoThe expansion of telehealth is changing the landscape of health care. This is the third in a four-part series exploring what providers should know about this growing area.

Medicaid programs pay for telemedicine, telehealth and telemonitoring services delivered through a range of interactive video, audio or data transmission (telecommunications). Various state Medicaid programs are experiencing a significant increase in claims for these services and expect this trend to continue.

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By Jeffrey Herman, Gregg Lepper on May 9, 2019 at 11:30 AM

Hospital interiorMany hospitals share space with other health care entities. Despite this, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has given mixed signals — and never issued formal guidance — concerning the permissibility of shared spaces under the Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoP). This has created great confusion and uncertainty for hospitals as they try to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing health care system.

That’s all about to change!

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By David Niemeier, Kathleen Howard on May 6, 2019 at 10:30 AM

White pills spilling from medicine bottle on to US currencyAccording to the Department of Justice (DOJ), the opioid crisis in the United States is now a national public health emergency. Unfortunately, such pervasive opioid use is presenting prime opportunities for drug manufacturers, health care providers and pharmacies to make money by engaging in various illegal kickback schemes.

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By Sanja Ord on May 1, 2019 at 2:20 PM

Doctor holding the word "HIPPA"On April 23, 2019, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) published a Notification of Enforcement Discretion Regarding HIPAA Civil Money Penalties (CMP) outlining interim annual limits for HIPAA violations. HHS believes the revised annual limits “reflect the most logical reading of the HITECH Act.” These amounts are subject to change pending further rulemaking.

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