HHS Transformation Initiative

HHS Transformation Initiative

In April, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new set of payment models meant to allow primary care providers deliver better care at a lower cost to their patients by removing unneccessary administrative and adjust payouts from procedures to outcomes.

Reimbursement and Practical Considerations for House Call Practices

Reimbursement and Practical Considerations for House Call Practices

Are you thinking about starting a new house call practice? There will be things you need to prepare for (and budget for), so Nixon Law Group compiled this information. Note that major concerns include whether commercial clients can reimburse, what kinds of safety needs there are, and Medicare requirements for a “practice location.” Read more below and feel free to contact us with questions!

New HHS Fact Sheet on Direct Liability of Business Associates under HIPAA

New HHS Fact Sheet on Direct Liability of Business Associates under HIPAA

As all health care providers know, the HIPAA Privacy Rule applies to their practice. But because many providers outsource some of their health care activities and/or functions, the HIPAA Privacy Rule also applies to these “business associates".” It is important that providers have assurances in writing that all business associates are appropriately safeguarding patient information and following all HIPAA provisions. The HHS Office for Civil Rights has issued a new fact sheet that lays out all provisions where the business associate would be held directly liable for HIPAA Rule violations.

May 22 Richmond Aging 2-PINT-0!

May 22 Richmond Aging 2-PINT-0!

Join us and Aging 2.0 Richmond on May 22 for our next Aging 2-PINT-O event to learn, innovate, and take action together!

We welcome all Richmond Chapter members, and any entrepreneurs, startups, and other change-makers to join us and innovate together over some liquid networking!

Prepare Against Phishing Attacks!

Prepare Against Phishing Attacks!

We like to find interesting tips and tricks to help our clients improve their health data security. This infographic from Inspired eLearning on "phishing" schemes covers the most common types of phishing attacks, including via email, phone call, text message, or USB baiting.  Read on to learn about how these attacks can occur, common statistics, and prevention tips.

Virginia's Cannabis Industry: A 2019 Legislative Session Rundown

Virginia's Cannabis Industry: A 2019 Legislative Session Rundown

In Virginia’s 2019 General Assembly (GA) Session, five of six proposed cannabis-related bills passed and will soon reach the desk of the Governor, ushering in some significant changes to the Commonwealth’s medical cannabis program. Among them, allowing full therapeutic-strength medical cannabis preparations, and the addition of physician assistants and nurse practitioners to the list of providers permitted to make medical cannabis recommendations.

Considerations for Clinician Contracting – An Employer Perspective

Considerations for Clinician Contracting – An Employer Perspective

Having written a series of posts over the years addressing employment contracting from the physician perspective, one of our readers reached out to let us know that Nixon Law Group should, likewise, address physician/clinician employment contracting from the perspective of the healthcare employer.  Considerations for Clinician Contracting – An Employer Perspective…

Free Smartphones for Patients?! The OIG's Opinion

Free Smartphones for Patients?! The OIG's Opinion

This Advisory Opinion demonstrates OIG’s willingness to remove barriers to adoption of healthcare technologies - such as lack of access to a smartphone - that may improve patient outcomes and reduce overall costs of care.