Topic: U.S. Department of Health

Health IT Update – Reconciling HHS’ Recent Proposed Rules Concerning Electronic Health Information with Connecticut’s Information Blocking Statute

Connecticut healthcare providers should give heed to three sets of recently proposed rules issued by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) interpreting some of the federal laws relating to electronic health record systems (EHRs) and prohibiting illegal restrictions on the use of electronic health information (EHI). The proposed rules are especially important…

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No Such Thing As A Free Lunch: A Compliance Warning on Lavish Entertainment and Bogus Educational Meetings

Health care practitioners should need no reminder that government authorities closely scrutinize practitioner relationships with the medical device and pharmaceutical industries. Reports of payments under the federal Physician Sunshine Act represent just one way the authorities become aware of payments to practitioners. Still, a recent settlement under the Anti-Kickback Statute concerning physician entertainment expenses is…

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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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