Tagged: CMS

Covid-19 Requirements for Healthcare Employers: A Recap of Where Things Stand

There is a lot going on right now for healthcare employers.  The first phase of CMS’s vaccine mandate is in full effect nationwide (now including Texas), the CDC has changed masking guidance in some circumstances, and it has been two months since OSHA let the Health Care Emergency Temporary Standard expire.  To help you navigate...

Limited Preliminary Injunction Issued for CMS Vaccine Mandate

On November 29, 2021, a federal court in Missouri enjoined the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) vaccine mandate in the following states: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.  Those ten states filed a lawsuit on November 10, 2021, challenging the vaccine mandate and requesting a...

CMS’ COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate: What Health Care Providers and Suppliers Need to Know

**Note that a federal court has issued a temporary injunction stopping the CMS COVID-19 vaccine mandate in certain states.  Please read our blog post here for the latest information on this injunction. Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published their much-anticipated rules mandating...

Additional EEOC Guidance for Employers Processing Religious Exemption Requests in Workplace COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

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 Katie Ervin Carlson...

CMS Advisory Opinion Approves Parent and Wholly-Owned Subsidiary Qualifying as “Single Legal Entity” under the Stark “Group Practice” Definition

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released Advisory Opinion No. CMS-AO-2021-01 in June 2021, which gave the requestor the green light to provide designated health services (“DHS”) through wholly-owned subsidiaries while the parent and subsidiaries could qualify as a “single legal entity” under the “group practice” definition of the federal physician self-referral law...

The “Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care” – Overview and Links to Further Resources from Dorsey & Whitney

In 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) launched the “Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care” to accelerate a transformation of the healthcare system, with a focus on removing “unnecessary obstacles” to coordinated care (the “Regulatory Sprint”). Several HHS agencies requested comments and information from the public and have published new or proposed...

White Papers: Understanding the Final Rules to Revise the Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute and Beneficiary Inducement Civil Monetary Penalty Regulations

In just two weeks, on January 19, 2021, a sweeping set of changes to the federal physician self-referral law (or “Stark Law”) and anti-kickback statute (“AKS”) regulations go into effect.  These changes, which are part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) “Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care,” are the most significant changes...

Much-Anticipated Final Rules to Revise Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute, Beneficiary Inducement CMP Regulations Released under “Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care”

On November 20, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) each released their much-anticipated final rules to revise the federal self-referral law (or “Stark Law”) regulations, the safe harbors under the federal anti-kickback statute (AKS), and regulations under the...

CMS Issues Interim Final Rule to Enforce COVID-19 Reporting Requirements

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published an Interim Final Rule in the Federal Register on September 2, 2020 to supplement and strengthen the agency’s enforcement of COVID-19 reporting requirements.  The final rule also modifies various aspects of Medicare reimbursement methodologies for health plans, physicians, and other providers.  This post summarizes each of...