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Frier Levitt’s Government Affairs/Advocacy Services

As legal counsel to providers in an ever-changing healthcare landscape, Frier Levitt recognizes the importance of monitoring proposed, pending and recently enacted legislation and/or rulemaking that affects our clients. From time-to-time, stakeholders are invited to participate in shaping the outcome of a proposed bill (perhaps though testimony at a Congressional hearing) or a proposed rule (through the submission of a public comment to be considered by a rulemaking agency.) We...

CMS Seeking Public Comments on Reforming Scope of Practice Regulations

Acting on Executive Order #13890, "Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation's Seniors," the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") will consider new regulations designed to eliminate the regulatory barriers that constrain advanced practice providers (i.e., physician assistants and advanced practice nurses) from practicing at the top of their professional licenses. These barriers include burdensome billing requirements, conditions of participation, and supervision requirements that are more stringent than applicable...

It is Time to Rethink Hospital-Physician Relationships

According to the AMA, employed physicians now outnumber private practice physicians for the first time. Does this mean private practice physicians will eventually be the rare exception rather than the rule? Is there still a significant role for physician-owned private practices? Relatedly, as hospitals consolidate to fight off the accelerating trend towards outpatient care, which is increasingly being controlled by health insurers (e.g., Optum, which directly or indirectly employs tens-of-thousands...

Frier Levitt Successfully Defends Three Physicians Facing Board Matters

Frier Levitt successfully represented three physicians facing actions before the Board of Medical Examiners. In one matter, a physician faced patient abandonment allegation when the patient complained about post-care prescribing practices. After preparing a thorough narrative response that detailed a physician's duties to a patient and the appropriateness of the prescribing and actions, the Board closed the matter to be kept in its confidential files. In another matter, a physician...

DEA Announces Plans to Permit Prescriptions of Controlled Substances via Telehealth

The Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2008 prohibits providers from prescribing or dispensing controlled substances in the absence of a valid in-person encounter, with limited exceptions. One such exception permits a practitioner who has obtained "special registration" to prescribe a controlled substance for a legitimate medical purpose in the usual course of professional practice as a result of a telemedicine encounter that permits the prescriber to obtain...