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Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

President Trump signed into law the Small Business Runway Extension Act of 2018 on December 17th, 2018. The Act modified how the SBA calculates a business’ size for revenue-based size standards. The Act also increased the period of time used…

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

The new CMS “Two-Midnight Rule,” which is intended to provide greater clarity regarding when inpatient hospital admissions are generally appropriate for Medicare Part A payment, goes into effect today. However, in order to address widespread concern among hospitals and doctors about…

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

The new CMS “Two-Midnight Rule,” which is intended to provide greater clarity regarding when inpatient hospital admissions are generally appropriate for Medicare Part A payment, goes into effect today. However, in order to address widespread concern among hospitals and doctors…

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

In a New York Times column, Obamacare’s Other Surprise, Thomas L. Friedman wrote that health data is “creating a new marketplace and platform for innovation – a health care Silicon Valley – that has the potential to create better outcomes at lower costs.” …

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

In a New York Times column, Obamacare’s Other Surprise, Thomas L. Friedman wrote that health data is “creating a new marketplace and platform for innovation – a health care Silicon Valley – that has the potential to create better outcomes…

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Last month, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had entered into a $25.5 million settlement with Intermountain Health Care, Inc. (Intermountain), Utah’s largest health system with 22 hospitals and more than 4,500 physicians, to resolve self-reported violations of…

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) released an updated provider self-disclosure protocol (SDP) last week, which replaces the original SDP issued in 1998 and various OIG Open Letters that provided additional guidance on the program. The OIG outlined what it considers to…

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Section 501(r) was added to the Internal Revenue Code by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in order to expand and clarify the federal requirements for tax-exempt hospitals by establishing new standards relating to community health needs assessments; financial…

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Alabama State Senator Arthur Orr introduced a bill last week that would establish a State False Claims Act, which would authorize private parties to file actions on behalf of the State as qui tam plaintiffs. Similar to the Federal False…

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

The OIG released the Updated Special Advisory Bulletin on the Effect of Exclusion from Participation in the Federal Health Care Programs last week.  The prior Bulletin from 1999 left many unanswered questions, such as the scope of a provider’s obligation to screen…