OPWDD Issues Proposed Telehealth Regulations

On July 25, 2018, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities released proposed regulations that expand the use of telehealth services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Under the regulations, licensed…

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New NYS Drug Take Back Act Signed Into Law

On July 10, 2018, the Drug Take Back Act was signed into law in New York State. This act requires pharmaceutical manufacturers to finance and manage the safe collection and…

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NY Court Confirms Occupational Health Providers Need Not Disclose Results to Examinees

Physicians who perform medical examinations for employers often question the extent to which they must inform the employee of the findings of their examinations. Recently, a New York appellate court…

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NYS Warns Insurers About Discrimination Against Individuals Taking HIV PrEP

The NYS Department of Financial Services recently issued a letter warning insurers against discrimination when underwriting for New Yorkers using HIV prevention medication, specifically, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The warning was…

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Proposed Regulations Add Protections for Transgender Individuals

On June 24, 2018, Governor Cuomo directed the NYS State Department of Health to revise its regulations to provide additional protections for transgender patients. The proposed regulations amend Part 405…

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Counting Calories: New FDA Rule on Menu Labeling Takes Effect

On May 7, 2018, the new Food & Drug Administration (FDA) menu labeling final rule went into effect, requiring “covered establishments” (restaurant and retail food chains with 20 or more…

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New York Has a New “Discovery Rule” for Medical Malpractice Actions Involving Cancer

Effective January 31, 2018, New York State adopted a new discovery rule applicable to medical malpractice lawsuits arising from the alleged failure to diagnose cancer or a malignant tumor. The…

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OMIG Flexes Its Data-Mining Muscle to Recoup Overpayments Through Numerous “Data-Match” Desk Audits

Medicaid providers, especially transportation providers, were recently targeted with a substantial number of “desk” audits seeking recoupment of overpayments based solely on the review of electronically submitted claims. OMIG’s effort…

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Staving Off the PBM Giants: Independent Pharmacies Under Attack

The giants of the health care industry are getting bigger and wielding more control than ever over their member’s health care choices. This is particularly true when it comes to…

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Ransomware Attacks Major Health Care Information Technology Company

The health care information technology giant Allscripts reported a ransomware attack late last week. According to reports, the attack disrupted Allscripts’s electronic health record platform and certain e-prescribing systems. Of…

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