Repealing the Affordable Care Act - What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
By Craig B. GarnerFounder
Garner Health Law Corporation
In a constant state of flux, the American health care system has struggled to exist in the present since the introduction of Medicare in 1965. Both in terms of medical care and its delivery, our nation’s health care system must continually evolve if it is to keep up with advances in science, technology and the treatment of disease, as well as the way we access these advances. As a result, each generation’s health care must balance providing that which has come to be expected with the need to expand coverage and modern methods of care. As a nation, we depend upon those in highest office to monitor such changes, adding provisions where applicable and paring down what is no longer practical. Much of the divided nation fears that come January 20, 2017, Barack Obama’s legacy, the Affordable Care Act, may find itself vulnerable to a single stroke of the pen, potentially leaving millions of Americans without meaningful access to medical care. Others will celebrate as Donald John Trump accepts the role of 45th President of the United States. The only immediate certainty for modern American health care is that both sides will continue to argue whether the Affordable Care Act is a frivolous luxury or a social necessity. Read article
CMS Rule Prohibiting Binding Arbitration Put on Hold
By Jonathon E. CohnPartner, Arent Fox LLP
The use of binding arbitration provisions in healthcare facility admission agreements, particularly those involving nursing facilities, has generated controversy for many years. A new rule recently finalized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) would prohibit the use of such provisions and bar Medicare reimbursement to any nursing facility continuing to include binding arbitration provisions in its admission agreement after November 28, 2016. A recent federal court decision, however, has effectively put a hold on the enforcement of that rule – at least, for now. Read article
New Anti-kickback Safe Harbor Protects Local Patient Transportation
By Richard S. Cooper, Esq.Member, McDonald Hopkins LLC
A new anti-kickback safe harbor that takes effect Jan. 6, 2017, will allow health care providers to provide free or discounted local transportation to their patients without triggering potential exposure under the federal anti-kickback statute. Read article
The Physician Dilemma: Private Practice or Hospital Employee?
By Sarah KrizanicPractice Manager, Medic Management Group, LLC
A few years ago it may have seemed that Private Practice was a thing of the past, that all physicians would eventually close up their practices and become hospital employed physicians, and many of them did. What wasn’t expected was how many physicians stuck it out and refused to follow the trend. Read article