Dorsey Health Law Blog

2020’s a Bust, but HIPAA Enforcement Is on a Roll!

Elizabeth Greiter

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been actively enforcing HIPAA regulations this year, including a series of seven settlements under OCR’s Right of Access Initiative to enforce patients’ rights to timely access their medical records at a reasonable cost. This year, OCR has recorded...

Finalized Rule to Remove Disincentives to Living Organ Donation

Randall Hanson

On September 22, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (“DHHS”) finalized a new rule to expand the scope of qualified reimbursable expenses incurred by living organ donors to include lost wages, child-care expenses, and elder-care expenses. The new rule goes into effect on October 22, 2020, and is a win for living organ...

CMS Issues Interim Final Rule to Enforce COVID-19 Reporting Requirements

Jamie McCarty

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published an Interim Final Rule in the Federal Register on September 2, 2020 to supplement and strengthen the agency’s enforcement of COVID-19 reporting requirements.  The final rule also modifies various aspects of Medicare reimbursement methodologies for health plans, physicians, and other providers.  This post summarizes each of...

DOJ Demonstrates Continued Focus on Opioid Crisis with $600 Million Criminal and Civil Settlement Against Indivior Solutions, Indivior Inc., and Indivior plc

Vanessa J. Szalapski

The Dorsey Health Law blog team keeps readers up-to-date on relevant topics in the health care industry. In order to do so, the members of the blog team communicate regularly with other practice groups within the firm for applicable updates from client publications. We would like to thank Vanessa J. Szalapski for the following post...

Is Your Compliance Program More than a Paper Program? DOJ Issues Revised Guidance for Evaluating Corporate Compliance Programs

Laura B. Morgan

On June 1, 2020, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued an updated version of its “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs” (the “DOJ Guidance”), available here. The DOJ Guidance is an update to guidance first issued by the DOJ in February 2017 (which we described in our prior blog post), and was last updated by the...

Top Three Current Revenue Stream Considerations for Tax-Exempt Organizations Providing Elder Care

Mackenzie McNaughton

Current economic conditions have put additional strain on organizations across the health care spectrum in unprecedented ways. However, along with new challenges, both market conditions and new guidance from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) bring fresh opportunities for tax-exempt senior services and other elder care organizations to consider new efficiencies, maximize revenues, and even expand...

False Claims Act Exposure for Beneficiaries of the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Relief Fund: Mitigating Risks of Ambiguous Terms & Conditions

Andrew Brantingham

The Dorsey Health Law blog team keeps readers up-to-date on relevant topics in the health care industry. In order to do so, the members of the blog team communicate regularly with other practice groups within the firm for applicable updates from client publications. For this post, we would like to thank Andrew Brantingham, Ross C....

CMS Provides Additional COVID-19 EMTALA Guidance for Hospitals

Carson Lamb

On March 9, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a memorandum describing hospitals’ continuing obligations with respect to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (“EMTALA”) during the COVID-19 public health emergency (“PHE”). Check out our previous blog post on this topic here. Last week, in response to a growing number...