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Unwinding Hospital-Physician Acquisitions

This article was originally published in the April 2016 issue of New Jersey Lawyer, a publication of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and is reprinted here with permission. View PDF version of this article. When the Honeymoon Ends In the past several years, many hospitals have been in a feeding frenzy, purchasing one medical practice after the other. Primary-care physicians, cardiologists, OB/GYNs and other specialists have been the targets...

DOD Leads the Way in Telemedicine Expansion

In February the Assistant Secretary of Defense elected to allow Military Health System (MHS) providers to offer telemedicine services to patients in locations other than military health treatment facilities. With the intent to expand telemedicine, the Secretary authorized patients' homes as acceptable sites for the receipt of telemedicine services, if deemed appropriate by the treating physician. This expansion imposes two additional requirements on MHS providers. First, the provider must be...

CMS Final Rule Implements the 60 Day “Report and Return” Rule on Overpayments for Medicare Parts A and B

On February 12, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published its Final Rule (the "Final Rule") obligating Medicare providers and suppliers under Parts A and B to report and return Medicare overpayments within 60 days of the identification of such overpayments. The release of the Final Rule marks a significant development for healthcare providers as CMS finally provides some clarity on the obligation to report and return...