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Substance Abuse Medical Record Privacy Rules Updated For The First Time in Nearly 30 Years

For the first time in nearly three decades, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has updated the regulations on the confidentiality of substance abuse treatment records found in 42 C.F.R. Part 2 (the Part 2 Regulations).

What You Need to Know: New CALOSHA Workplace Violence Rules for Health Care Facilities

Please join us for a free webinar (noon-1:00 pm PT/3:00-4:00 pm ET) designed to help health care facilities prepare for the new CALOSHA regulation that addresses the threat of workplace violence.

Top Health Care Advisor Rachel Hold-Weiss Returns to Arent Fox

Health Counselor LLP is pleased to announce the return of health care regulatory attorney Rachel Hold-Weiss as a partner in the firm’s New York office. Ms. Hold-Weiss is re-joining Arent Fox after serving as the Associate General Counsel and Corporate Compliance Officer for the Personal-Touch Home Care companies. A welcome addition to the firm’s nationally recognized Health Care practice, Ms.

The Broadening Definition of Elder Abuse

* The following article was originally published by California Healthcare News. To read it on the California Healthcare News website, click here.

Proposed Rule May Significantly Cut Reimbursement To Existing Hospital Off-Campus Outpatient Clinics Beyond Congressional Intent

On July 6th, CMS released a proposed rule (expected to appear in the Federal Register on July 15th) that, if it takes effect, could be devastating to hospital off-campus outpatient department reimbursement – an effect not intended by Congress, and certainly unwelcome to the healthcare industry.

Office of Inspector General Evaluates the Enhanced Enrollment Screening of Medicare Providers

In March 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) enhanced its Medicare enrollment screening for new and existing enrollees to the Medicare program. Providers not meeting CMS’s enhanced enrollment screening risk denial, revocation, or deactivation of Medicare billing privileges.

The Move to Value-Based Payment Continues: CMS Announces Initiative to Transform Primary Care Delivery and Payment

On April 11, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) initiative. Part of CMS’ attempt to shift Medicare from its traditional fee-for-service model to a value-based care model, CPC+ is CMS’ largest attempt so far to transform the way primary care is provided and reimbursed.

No Fooling: April 1 Compliance Deadline for CA Discrimination and Retaliation Policies

California healthcare companies should take note of the upcoming deadline for compliance with the California Fair Employment and Housing Council’s amendments to the Fair Employment and Housing Act Regulations. Arent Fox partner Jennifer Terry and associate Daisy Sanchez analyze these new requirements, below.

CMS Announces Stepped-Up Provider and Supplier Enrollment Screening

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) intends to strengthen provider and supplier enrollment screening – meaning, scrutinize providers and suppliers more closely during enrollment – according to a February 22, 2016 post on its blog, The CMS Blog.

Together We Stand(ard): CMS and AHIP Announce Standardization of Quality Measures for Physicians and ACOs

As pay-for-performance programs continue to expand in both scale and scope across the US health care system, the amount of administrative and clinical resources necessary to participate in these programs has correspondingly grown. Participating providers have been faced with increasingly burdensome reporting requirements due to a lack of standardization of quality measures and reporting mechanisms among the various payors.