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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CMS Prohibits Texting Patient Orders

On December 28, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a clarifying memorandum on texting of patient information among healthcare providers. The memorandum made it clear that CMS…

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ONC Releases Draft Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement

On Friday, January 5, 2017, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released its Draft Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (“TEFCA”) to provide a single…

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End of the Year Regulatory Updates for OASAS Providers

To assist Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) providers in complying with their licensing agency’s regulations, here is an overview of the key publications by OASAS in the…

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2017 ONC Annual Meeting Highlights Challenges to Achieving Usability of Health Information

In his keynote speech, Dr. Donald Rucker, National Coordinator, set the tone for the two-day ONC Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. on November 30 and December 1, 2017, by noting…

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