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OIG advisory opinion cautions against percentage fee arrangements and management services, takes expansive view of marketing

USA - December 5 2011 The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued Advisory Opinion 11-17 (issued November 16, 2011, posted November 23, 2011) in response to a request by a company (the Requestor) that proposed to provide allergy testing and immunotherapy management services to primary care physicians (the Physicians).

R. Michael Barry

New HIPAA regulations will require providers to revise notices of privacy practices

USA - February 12 2013 Since the publication of the final HIPAA Omnibus Rule (the "Omnibus Rule") on January 17, 2013, health care publications have been replete with…

New laws from Georgia’s 2015 Legislative Session impacting healthcare providers and consumers

USA - June 22 2015 The following provides a quick snapshot of the bills impacting healthcare providers and consumers that were introduced during the 2015 Legislative…

OIG FY 2013 Work Plan (Part 1): what hospitals can look forward to

USA - October 10 2012 Each year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) publishes its Work Plan for the upcoming fiscal year ("FY"), which lists activities and reviews that the agency plans to pursue during that year.

Neil W. Hoffman, Ph.D.

HIPAA/HITECH final rules expected soon

USA - April 24 2012 On March 24, 2012, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) sent Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)/Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) final rules to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review.