Dorsey Health Law Blog

New HIPAA Waivers for Health Care Providers During the COVID-19 Emergency

This post provides an update on a number of HIPAA waivers that have just been made available to health care providers: (1) Waivers for hospitals in the initial 72 hours of enacting a disaster protocol; and (2) Waivers for all health care providers to allow them to use “everyday communications technologies, such as FaceTime or...

Coronavirus Resource Center

As the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to unfold governments, economies, businesses, and countries are being adversely affected. Many companies are therefore also facing significant and urgent business and legal challenges so we have created a resource center to provide information that may be helpful in decision making. Click here to access articles, webinars...

Public Health Emergencies and the HIPAA Privacy Rule

                Will HIPAA obligations be relaxed or waived in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States?  They could be.  This blog post contains information that is helpful to understand in preparation for such possibility. The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (the...

First EKRA Enforcement Announced

The first publicly disclosed prosecution under the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act (“EKRA”) occurred last month, a little over a year after EKRA became law. As we described in a previous blog post, EKRA criminalizes certain health care payment arrangements related to referrals, regardless of payor. In the recent EKRA prosecution, an office manager of...

Triggering the Public Disclosure Bar: It’s in the Details

The Dorsey Health Law blog team keeps readers up-to-date on relevant topics in the health care industry. In order to do so, the members of the blog team communicate regularly with other practice groups within the firm for applicable updates from client publications. For this post, we would like to thank Dorsey’s Lindsey Schmidt for...

Justice Department Touts FY2019 False Claims Act Statistics as Evidence of Administration’s “High Priority” Against Fraud, but the Numbers Show Less of a Priority on Qui Tams

The Dorsey Health Law blog team keeps readers up-to-date on relevant topics in the health care industry. In order to do so, the members of the blog team communicate regularly with other practice groups within the firm for applicable updates from client publications. For this post, we would like to thank Kirk Schuler and Alex...

Don’t Get Bitten by Your COBRA Notices

In a growing wave of class action lawsuits, plaintiffs are targeting employers who have allegedly failed to provide proper notice of health care coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (“COBRA”).  The wave prompted at least six new lawsuits in 2019 alone, and some have already netted seven-figure settlements.  To avoid this...

OIG’s Latest Congressional Report Sees Continued Emphasis on Fraud and Abuse Enforcement

In the final quarter of calendar year 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) released its Semiannual Report to Congress (the “Report”).  The Report covers the six-month period from April 2019 through September 2019 and details for Congress the OIG’s activities during that time and how the office uses...

2020 CPI-U and DHS Code List Updates Posted on CMS Website

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently posted two annual updates related to the physician self-referral law (“Stark Law” or “Stark”) on its Stark website: (1) CPI-U updates related to the nonmonetary compensation exception and medical staff incidental benefits exception; and (2) CPT/HCPCS codes used to identify certain categories of Stark designated health...

New Proposal to Remove Disincentives to Living Organ Donation

On December 20, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services (“DHHS”) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (the “Proposal”) that removes financial barriers to organ donation by expanding the scope of reimbursable expenses paid through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Reimbursement of Travel and Subsistence Expenses Incurred toward Living Organ Donation program (the...