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New CMS Rule: Program Integrity Enhancements to the Provider Enrollment Process

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced a final rule entitled "Program Integrity Enhancements to the Provider Enrollment Process." The new rule, which will go into effect on November 4, 2019, requires Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers and suppliers to disclose any current or previous direct or indirect "affiliations" (as specifically defined by CMS) with another provider or supplier that: has uncollected debt...

Dental Practice Agrees to $10,000 Settlement for Potential Social Media HIPAA Violation

Last week, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced a settlement related to allegations that a dental practice disclosed protected health information on its Yelp review page. The original complaint, filed in 2016, alleged that the practice impermissibly disclosed a patient's last name, details of her treatment plan, insurance, and cost information when responding to the patient's negative review. An OCR investigation revealed that this was not the only instance...

Frier Levitt Successfully Defends Two Physicians Before the NJ Board of Medical Examiners

Frier Levitt was recently successful in representing two New Jersey-based physicians facing separate disciplinary actions before the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners. In one case, a physician was accused of patient abandonment for allegedly failing to provide adequate post-surgical care, including the failure to prescribe pain medication requested by the patient. After submitting a formal document that explained the patient care provided, Frier Levitt clarified misinterpretations of the patient's...

DOJ Targets Laboratory Owner in Nationwide Telehealth Fraud Scheme

Federal prosecutors in Florida and Louisiana have filed multiple indictments related to a nationwide telemedicine fraud scheme involving genetic testing. The arrangement included at least 35 individuals and has resulted in the submission of more than $2.1 billion of fraudulent claims. Earlier this week, federal prosecutors for the United States Department of Justice charged the CEO of LabSolutions, LLC, the owners of telemedicine companies Lotus Health, LLC, MedSymphony, LLC, and...

Frier Levitt Names John Morrone Equity Partner

Boutique Healthcare law firm of Frier Levitt announced today the promotion of John E. Morrone, Esq., to Equity Partner status. Mr. Morrone has also been named Chair of the firm's Life Sciences Regulatory Practice Group and Co-Chair of the firm's Healthcare Group, along with co-founding partner, Daniel Frier. Mr. Morrone is the Managing Partner of the firm's New York City and Long Island offices. "Mr. Morrone is one of the...