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Healthcare Industry Groups Want Anti-Kickback Waiver for Cybersecurity

In a move that may change the way patient healthcare info is processed and secured, several health care industry groups are asking the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to enact an anti-kickback waiver allowing the donation of cybersecurity technology to better protect patient data. The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) […]

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New Anti-Kickback Prohibition in Opioid Bill Creates Issues for Physicians

In early October, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (the SUPPORT Act) was passed by Congress. The goal of the SUPPORT Act is to end opioid abuse through a strict regulation of the activities of drug treatment and rehabilitation centers, recovery facilities, and drug laboratories. However, […]

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Investigations of Free Services from Drugmakers 

A federal investigation into how pharmaceutical companies provide free services to patients and physicians is underway. Amgen Inc., Bayer AG, and Eli Lilly & Co. are all involved with whistleblower lawsuits claiming that services, such as complimentary reimbursement and nursing assistance, are used to drive up sales. Although the companies claim that these methods help […]

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The Most Common Issues Associated with Running a Medical Practice

While medical practices help many people in a variety of ways, running one comes with potential risks. In addition to maintaining a current medical knowledge of treatments and protocols, the operation of a medical practice also requires that many other things are kept accurate and up-to-date. The legality of a medical practice is of the […]

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Office of the Inspector General Revises Anti-Kickback Rules

The federal government is hoping to emphasize care coordination in the healthcare industry. Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has stated that it may soon overhaul anti-kickback regulations to help providers. Under the statute, it is a criminal offense to knowingly and willfully offer, pay, solicit, or […]

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CMS Seeks Input from Health Care Industry on Stark Law Provisions

The federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) prohibits the exchange of a reward for the referral of a federal health care program or business. Like AKS, Stark Law prohibits physician self-referral of a Medicare or Medicaid patient to an entity providing designated health services with whom the physician has a financial relationship. For example, certain doctors who […]

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Opioid Laws Hit Physicians in Unintended Ways

The opioid crisis in America has spread to every state and city. With over 115 people suffering from drug-related fatalities daily, new laws addressing the misuse of opioid pain killers are being passed in many states. A reduction in the use of opioids is the main goal of opioid laws, which increased regulations for prescribing […]

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Physician Burnout

For most physicians, working long hours under stressful situations is their daily routine. Over time, this repeated pattern of being overworked can lead to burnout and a poor work-life balance. Recent findings by Locumstory.com show that more doctors are spending increased time at work. The study is based on responses from over 3,700 general and specialty […]

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CMS to Streamline Medicare and Medicaid Enrollment Process

To create a more efficient and convenient Medicare and Medicaid enrollment process for physicians, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have proposed a new pilot program. The program will include an updated enrollment application with improved provider screening for state Medicaid agencies that will use the same methods that are now in place […]

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Pediatric Practices Develop Sexual Harassment Policies

Sexual harassment in the workplace is an unfortunate reality for many employees. Harassment can happen in every type of workplace, including professional settings. Pediatric practices are somewhat unique workplaces. Often, only a few colleagues work together in a small and intimate office space.  Something as subtle as a doctor brushing against a staff member while […]

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