Every healthcare organization has two essential requirements: (1) continuous access to qualified talent; and (2) continuous access to significant numbers of that talent. Hospitals clearly need a lot of employees. To meet these demands, today, more than ever, hospitals and other healthcare providers call on international medical graduates, international students educated in medicine in the United States, global researchers in every practice of medicine, and world-renowned specialists in countless professions.» Read More
In a recent article, “Making a Case for Sanctuary Hospitals,” three medical doctors made an argument in favor of “sanctuary hospitals.” They rely primarily on the emotional argument for adopting sanctuary hospital policies, citing several incidents that occurred between February and October of 2017, involving ICE agents at or near hospitals and other healthcare facilities. For more information and to see how this relates to you, access the Norris McLaughlin & Marcus alert here, written by Raymond G.» Read More
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
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
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
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
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 email@example.com.» Read More
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.
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.
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