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CMS Considers National Directory of Healthcare Providers and Services

USA - October 20 2022 In its latest effort to increase transparency and improve Patient Access to information about their health care providers the U.S. Department Health…

FDA Announces Final Guidance on Clinical Decision Support Software

USA - September 28 2022 On September 27, 2022, FDA announced the publication of a final guidance document entitled Clinical Decision Support Software, Guidance for Industry…

Eighth Circuit Finds “But-For” Causation Standard for AKS-Premised FCA Cases

USA - September 28 2022 The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently weighed in on the causation standard for False Claims Act (“FCA”) cases premised on…

Agencies Look for Input on No Surprises Act Good Faith Estimate Rules

USA - September 18 2022 Following closely after the clarifying independent dispute resolution process Final Rule, the four Executive Branch entities tasked with implementing…

Telehealth Under Scrutiny: OIG Special Fraud Alert and DOJ Enforcement Highlights Suspect Characteristics Associated with High-Risk Telemedicine Arrangements

USA - September 12 2022 The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) recently published a Special Fraud Alert warning health care…

OIG Approves Rewards Program for Medicare Advantage Organizations

USA - August 30 2022 After a long line of opinions scrutinizing the use of rewards programs offered by providers, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of…

Departments issue new Final Rule and guidance materials for No Surprises Act IDR process

USA - August 26 2022 On August 26, 2022, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury (the “Departments”) issued the highly anticipated Requirements…

Supreme Court judgment triggers abortion bans in states, legislative action in others

USA - August 1 2022 The U.S. Supreme Court on July 26 issued its judgment in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, officially setting in motion abortion bans in…

ONC’s Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA): Impacts on Health Information Networks and Health Care Organizations

USA - July 13 2022 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released earlier this…

New Guidance by OCR addresses HIPAA and Disclosures of Information relating to Reproductive Health

USA - July 6 2022 On June 29, 2022, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued two pieces of guidance clarifying the…