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Bipartisan approach needed to stop cuts to Medicare physician pay

By Kevin B. O’Reilly What’s the news: The AMA is urging House Republican and Democratic leaders to work together on a bipartisan basis to prevent arbitrary across-the-board Medicare cuts that threaten the financial viability of physician practices during the pandemic. The AMA supports the provisions of H.R. 1868, which would stop scheduled cuts totaling 6%. Why it’s …

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$70K OCR Penalty for Sharp Health Over HIPAA Right of Access Failures

Sharp HealthCare’s $70,000 civil monetary penalty with OCR is the sixteenth enforcement action under the HIPAA Right of Access Initiative and the second announced this week. By Jessica Davis California-based Sharp HealthCare, doing business as Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers (SRMC), has agreed to a corrective action plan and to pay the Office for Civil Rights a $70,000 civil …

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McLaren Health and feds reach record $7.75M settlement of drug allegations

McLaren Health Care Corp. agreed Tuesday to pay a record $7.75 million penalty to settle a federal investigation into officials distributing opioids and other drugs without prescriptions, the largest amount in U.S. history involving allegations of drug diversion. The penalty settles a years-long investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration into whether officials at the …

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Merit Medical to Pay $18 Million Over False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Violations

In mid-October 2020, Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (MMSI) agreed to pay $18 million to resolve allegations that the company violated the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute by paying kickbacks to physicians and hospitals to induce the use of MMSI products. This case is somewhat unique because the qui tam suit was brought by the …

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HHS OIG Issues Special Fraud Alert Targeting Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Speaker Programs

By: Sarah K. diFrancesca On November 16, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG) issued Special Fraud Alert: Speaker Programs (Fraud Alert) to “highlight the fraud and abuse risks associated with the offer, payment, solicitation, or receipt of remuneration relating to speaker programs by pharmaceutical and medical device companies.” …

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Merit Medical to Pay $18 Million Over False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Violations

By Thomas Sullivan In mid-October 2020, Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (MMSI) agreed to pay $18 million to resolve allegations that the company violated the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute by paying kickbacks to physicians and hospitals to induce the use of MMSI products. As we covered in our September 2020 issue of our sister …

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No insurance, no savings, no support: what happens when LA’s least privileged get Covid

Undocumented Filipino caregivers, South LA’s black neighborhoods and garment workers grapple with unequal toll of virus By: Sam Levin Lily has no health insurance, no doctor and no savings. The 57-year-old Los Angeles caregiver contracted coronavirus last month at work and survived after weeks of agony and isolation in her bedroom. Without access to healthcare, …

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Why 4 Technologies That Boomed During Covid-19 Will Keep People Home More After A Vaccine

“Even before the pandemic, remote monitoring of chronically ill patients had been shown to cut emergency room visits, hospital stays, and costs, allowing medical professionals to intervene before a situation becomes dire.” By Moe Kelley Moe is a mobility expert with the Oliver Wyman Forum and a partner in the communications, media, and technology practice …

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Telemedicine takes big hit in federal healthcare fraud takedown in South Florida

BY JAY WEAVER OCTOBER 09, 2020 06:00 AM, UPDATED OCTOBER 09, 2020 06:27 AM A Consumer Alert from Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office concerned fake COVID-19 stimulus text messages. U.S. Health and Human Services said scam callers use COVID-19 to get Medicare information. BY CDC As the advertising folks like to say, telemedicine is …

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BREAKING NEWS: CMS Has Released The Proposed 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Highlights: Conversion Factor decreases -11%:  winners and losers by specialty Telehealth services-some extended through the pandemic and beyond E/M Overhaul moving forward for 2021 Supervision and scope of practice changes for extenders and ancillary providers Quality Payment Program updates for MIPS and MPV CMS confirmed that the E/M office visit codes remain on track for their first …

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