Mutual Matters

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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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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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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Medicaid Fraud Control Units Report Nearly $2 Billion in Recoveries

Posted by Scott R. Grubman, Esq. on May 25, 2017 1:05:00 PM

On March 6, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) published data regarding the enforcement activities of Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs) across the country during fiscal year 2016.

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MACRA is here – and what you don’t know can hurt you!

Posted by Guest Writer on May 19, 2017 2:00:00 PM

If you participate in Medicare Part B and if you don’t take action before October 2nd you will receive a 4% negative payment adjustment in 2019.

What is MACRA?

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) repealed the Sustainable Growth Rate methodology used to update physician fee schedule reimbursement and replaced it with a new reimbursement model, the Quality Payment Program (QPP).  Through MACRA physicians will fall into one of two tracks:

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Guidelines for Telemedicine Policies and Procedures

Posted by Marshaleen King, MD on Jan 12, 2017 1:30:00 PM

Introduction

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Topics: Hospital Management, Healthcare Industry, Practice Management, Legal and Regulatory

HIPAA: Key Areas Where Problems Occur

Posted by Bill Kanich, MD on Jan 5, 2017 12:30:00 PM

In 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its latest report concerning HIPAA breaches, security and breach notification compliance, and breaches of unsecured protected health information[1].  According to the report, the majority of covered entities audited, particularly smaller entities, continued to show HIPAA deficiencies with regard to privacy, security, and breach notification.

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Florida Workers Compensation Rates Expected to Rise

Posted by Mark Francis on Aug 18, 2016 12:30:00 PM

Two recent Florida Supreme Court rulings have led the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) to request a 19.6% workers’ compensation rate increase, the largest Florida has seen in many years.

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Healthcare and the New Overtime Rule

Posted by Carrie Lowe, J.D. on Jul 14, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Provided by Hall, Arbery, Gilligan, Roberts & Shanlever, LLP

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Hospital Alert: CMS to Survey Compliance with New Fire Safety Standards

Posted by Georgette Samaritan, RN, BSN, CPHRM on Jun 28, 2016 2:00:00 PM

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) final rule amends the fire safety standards for Medicare and Medicaid participating hospitals, critical access hospitals (CAHs), long-term care facilities, intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF-IID), ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), hospices which provide inpatient services, religious non-medical health care institutions (RNHCIs), and programs of all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE) facilities.

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Topics: Hospital Management, Legal and Regulatory