Mutual Matters

eClinicalWorks Agrees to Pay $155 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

Posted by Scott R. Grubman, Esq. on Jul 20, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Written by, Scott R. Grubman, Esq., Gregory A. Tanner, Esq., Chilivis, Cochran, Larkins & Bever, LLP

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Topics: Legal and Regulatory

MagMutual Introduces Shoulder Dystocia App

Posted by Bill Kanich, MD on Jul 18, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Over the past ten years, MagMutual has spent an estimated $15 million dollars defending cases involving shoulder dystocia and associated complications. While the majority of these cases involved quality medical care, they were frequently difficult to defend because important aspects of the delivery were not recorded or were only partially documented in the medical record.

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Topics: Healthcare Industry

Nationwide Health Care Fraud Sweep Targets Opioid Providers

Posted by Emma Cecil on Jul 14, 2017 2:49:55 PM

On July 13, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced charges against 412 individuals, including 115 doctors, nurses, and other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in health care fraud schemes involving approximately $1.3 billion in false billings to health care programs.

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Topics: Legal and Regulatory

Time to start reporting measures for the MACRA Quality Payment Program

Posted by Bill Kanich, MD on Jul 12, 2017 1:00:00 PM

The clock is ticking on the initial reporting period for MACRA; the actions you take now will determine your Medicare reimbursement rates in 2019. If you plan to participate in MIPS, failure to take any action will result in a 4% negative adjustment to your Medicare reimbursement in 2019.  An overview of MACRA and its potential impact on your practice can be found here.

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Topics: Legal and Regulatory

Georgia medical marijuana expansion now in effect

Posted by Carrie Lowe, J.D. on Jul 7, 2017 3:15:37 PM

 

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Topics: Legal and Regulatory

Medical Liability Reform Legislation Passes House of Representatives

Posted by Nichole Lydon on Jun 30, 2017 3:54:02 PM


On June 28, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protecting Access to Care Act (H.R. 1215).  This comprehensive medical liability reform bill includes traditional reforms such as unlimited compensation for economic losses, a flexible cap on non-economic damages, limits on attorney’s contingency fees, periodic payment of future damages, and a modified statute of limitations.  It also includes supplemental reforms such as an apology protection, expert witness standards, a certificate of merit requirement, and a required 90-day cooling-off period. 

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Topics: Legal and Regulatory

The Case of Provider vs Private Investigator: When Patients Record

Posted by Marshaleen King, MD on Jun 29, 2017 1:30:00 PM

Case Scenario 1

A 46-year-old woman took her 15-year-old daughter to a pediatric practice for a routine physical. During the visit the mother became uncomfortable and felt the physician assistant (PA) repeatedly violated her personal space. Unknown to the PA, the 15-year-old daughter recorded the entire visit using her cell phone.

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Topics: Healthcare Industry

New VA Laws on the Prescribing of Opioids & Buprenorphine

Posted by Hancock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagle, PC on Jun 22, 2017 1:30:00 PM

On February 16, 2017 the Virginia Board of Medicine (“The Board”) adopted regulations entitled “Governing Opioid Prescribing for Pain and Prescribing of Buprenorphine.” The regulations were adopted under the Board’s emergency authority given that State Health Commissioner Marissa Levine declared on November 20, 2016 an opioid addiction crisis as a public health emergency. The regulations quickly advanced through the approval process by the Virginia Attorney General’s Office, the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget and were signed by the Governor on March 13, 2017. The regulations became effective March 15, 2017.

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Topics: Healthcare Industry, Legal and Regulatory

GA Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Provisions Overview

Posted by Medical Association of Georgia on Jun 20, 2017 1:30:00 PM

 

MagMutual and the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) are encouraging all Georgia physicians to review the following summary of H.B. 249, an omnibus bill by Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville) that Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law on May 4. The bill is designed to address opioid abuse in the state. Note that the bill’s provisions will go into effect at different times.

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Topics: Healthcare Industry, Legal and Regulatory

Kentucky Now Requires Reporting of Dense Breast Tissue

Posted by Carrie Lowe, J.D. on Jun 15, 2017 1:30:00 PM

Kentucky governor, Matt Bevin, recently signed HB 78 into law, requiring Kentucky mammography providers to report dense breast tissue to patients through the mammogram report.  The law will become effective in July of 2017. 

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Topics: Legal and Regulatory

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