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Apr 17, 2017

Doctors Orders: Proposed medical marijuana regulations are under review

The Pennsylvania Department of Health recently published its first set of proposed regulations for physicians and health care practitioners in connection with Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law. The regulations cover topics such as the required physician-registry, conflict of interest restrictions on physician ownership of medical marijuana businesses, and guidelines for issuing medical marijuana certifications to qualified patients. The regulations also discuss the prescription-drug monitoring database and physician training courses.» Read More

Jul 06, 2015

King v. Burwell Supreme Court of the United States Upholds Provisions of Affordable Care Act

On June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States (the “Court”) upheld a challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “Act” or “PPACA”) – a challenge to the Act based on a provision of a law providing tax credits to certain individuals.» Read More

Nov 01, 2013

The Affordable Care Act: Reporting of Physician Financial Relationships within the Healthcare Industry

Section 6002 of the Affordable Care Act, entitled “Transparency Reports and Reporting of Physician Ownership or Investment Interests,” mandates a national online reporting system designed to increase transparency within the healthcare industry. Section 6002 of the Act (referred to as the “Open Payments” provision) requires that any financial relationship between a health care provider and an applicable manufacturer be reported on a public website maintained by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).» Read More

Jun 25, 2013

Take Steps Now To Comply With HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule Requirements

On January 17, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued the much anticipated omnibus final rule on privacy and security protections for health information.  The final rule represents the culmination of over fifteen (15) years of federal government efforts to establish a nation-wide framework to protect patient health information.  Those efforts started with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) and the ensuing privacy and security rules; and over the years that followed, included the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (“HITECH Act”) and the rule for Breach Notification for Unsecured Protected Health Information (“Breach Notification Rule”).» Read More

Jan 17, 2013

Hospital-Physician Shared Savings and Quality Performance Incentives in Clinical Integration Agreements

In an effort to accomplish better care coordination, improve quality and lower costs, doctors and hospitals are using comprehensive clinical integration agreements (CCIA).  Please click here to read an article I co-authored with Debbie Salas-Lopez, M.D., M.P.H., for MD News, where I discuss the incentives in using CCIAs.

For more information about CCIAs, please contact Sandra Jarva Weiss at sjarvaweiss@nmmlaw.com.» Read More

Nov 28, 2012

Payment Bundling: Another Value-Based Reimbursement Tool under the ACA

With all of the discussion around the uncertain future of the Affordable Care Act, it seems change is imminent for physicians and other providers.  Please click here to read an article I authored for MD News where I discuss the variety of different value-based reimbursement models adopted by the ACA, namely payment bundling.

For more information about the Affordable Care Act, please contact me at lsorrentino@nmmlaw.comRead More

Oct 29, 2012

Parents’ Medical Bills: Are They Your Responsibility?

Just when you thought your days of paying others’ medical expenses were behind you, Pennsylvania Courts are holding you responsible for your elderly parents’ care.  Please click here to read an article I authored for Lehigh Valley Woman where I discuss the implications of the Filial Support Law.

For more information about the Filial Support Law, please contact Rebecca Price at rprice@nmmlaw.comRead More

Aug 20, 2012

Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Hosts Celebrity Bartending Fundraiser

Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., will sponsor a Celebrity Bartending Night on September 13, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., at Sangria in Allentown.  Attorneys Matt Sorrentino, Kate Curcio, and Lauren Sorrentino will serve the drinks, and twenty percent of the proceeds and all tips will benefit The Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital.  There is no charge to attend and all are welcome.» Read More

May 03, 2012

Physician-Owned Hospitals Face Obstacles

On February 22, 2012, President Obama signed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act – a version that no longer contained provisions to ease restrictions on the operation and expansion of physician-owned hospitals. Please click here to read an article I authored for MD News, where I discuss the obstacles facing physician-owned hospitals.

For more information about restrictions on physician-owned hospitals, please contact Peter Lehr at plehr@nmmlaw.comRead More

Oct 11, 2011

Change of Ownership Notification – Simple Regulation, Complex Reality

An ambulatory surgical center (ASC), like all facilities licensed under the Pennsylvania Health Care Facilities Act, must give the Department of Health (DOH) at least thirty (30) days prior written notice of any change involving five percent (5%) or more of its existing ownership.  That is all that the governing regulations contained in Part IV of Title 28 in the Pennsylvania Code have to say on the subject. » Read More

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