Topic: Medicare

Home Health Agencies Get More Time to Prepare for New Medicare Rules

Home health agencies (HHAs) can breathe a sigh of relief now that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have published a Final Rule delaying the effective date of the revised Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoP) published earlier this year. The effective date is now January 13, 2018. CMS issued a proposed rule in…

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Thinking of Becoming a Concierge Practice? Some Legal Issues to Consider

Many primary care physicians are transitioning their practices to a “concierge” model, sometimes called “Direct Primary Care” or “Retainer” practice. In a concierge practice, patients pay a fixed annual or monthly fee to receive certain non-medical services in addition to the usual professional services rendered by physicians. Concierge services include such “extras” as same-day or…

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Home Health Agencies May Get More Time to Prepare for New Rules

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a proposed rule that would delay the effective date of the revised Conditions of Participation (CoP) for home health agencies (HHAs) from July 13, 2017 until January 13, 2018. If finalized, the new effective date would be welcome news for HHAs, many of which reported…

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Joint Commission Confirms Ban on Texting of Patient Care Orders

After briefly considering a reversal of its prohibition on texting orders, The Joint Commission (TJC), in consultation with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced last month that its ban would continue indefinitely. In the May issue of TJC’s Perspectives publication, TJC announced that it was removing its ban on texting orders for patient…

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CT Hospitals Have New Patient Disclosure Requirements Beginning in 2017

Beginning January 28, 2017, Connecticut hospitals must start notifying patients who schedule certain non-emergency diagnoses or procedures of their right to request related cost and quality information. This new requirement applies to patients whose diagnoses and procedures are included in the annual report issued jointly by the Connecticut Insurance Department (CID) and Department of Public…

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