Breakthrough Devices: CMS Removes Hurdles and Increases Payments for New Technology Add-On Payments Under the IPPS Final Rule

Breakthrough Devices: CMS Removes Hurdles and Increases Payments for New Technology Add-On Payments Under the IPPS Final Rule

Hospitals and medical device manufacturers will both benefit from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) finalization of the 2020 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Final Rule (“Final Rule”) scheduled to be published on August 16, 2019.  In an effort to increase Medicare beneficiaries’ access to innovative medical technologies, CMS has finalized certain changes to the “new technology add-on payment” “(NTAP) application and payment processes under the Final Rule. This change is likely to encourage hospital adoption of new technologies, which is intended to spur innovation and additional investment in these technologies.

New Maryland Telehealth Rules for Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners

New Maryland Telehealth Rules for Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners

Maryland’s Secretary of Health adopted new regulations that lay out standards for the nonclinical practice of teletherapy by certified registered nurse practitioners/psychiatric mental health (CRNP/PMHs) and psychiatric mental health/advanced practice registered nurses (PMH/APRNs).  

UPDATE: VDACS Food Safety Program Releases CBD Manufacturing Requirements for Virginia Industrial Hemp Processors

UPDATE: VDACS Food Safety Program Releases CBD Manufacturing Requirements for Virginia Industrial Hemp Processors

Following its July 15th letter to Virginia Industrial Hemp Processors (“Processors”) notifying them of Governor Ralph Northam’s recent directive regarding the manufacture of CBD in Virginia, the VDACS Food Safety Program (the “FSP”) sent a letter to Processors on Friday, July 26th setting forth guidelines for Processors to follow when manufacturing cannabidiol (“CBD”) products intended for human consumption (the “Food Safety Letter”).

The Most Exciting Technologies Being Used in Patient Recovery

The Most Exciting Technologies Being Used in Patient Recovery

Seemingly every industry is being shaken up by a wide variety of emerging technologies, and physical therapy is no different. The field is seeing a number of important developments that change how practitioners approach both diagnosing and treating patients. 

VDACS Okays Manufacture of CBD Products Intended for Human Consumption

VDACS Okays Manufacture of CBD Products Intended for Human Consumption

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (“VDACS”) Commissioner Jewel Bronaugh sent a letter (the “July Letter”) to all Virginia-registered Industrial Hemp Processors (“Processors”) on July 15, 2019 notifying the Processors that Governor Northam’s office has directed VDACS to “treat hemp-derived extracts intended for human consumption as approved food additives and to place qualifying Registered Industrial Hemp Processors under food safety inspection so that inspected and approved processors may manufacture a hemp-derived extract for human consumption.”

Nixon Law Group, a Leading Health Law Firm, Welcomes Thomas E. Miller, Esq.

Nixon Law Group, a Leading Health Law Firm, Welcomes Thomas E. Miller, Esq.

VIRGINIA, July 15, 2019/Nixon Law Group, PLLC – Nixon Law Group, a leading health law firm representing innovative healthcare providers and health technology companies, announced today that Thomas “Tommy” E. Miller, Esq. has joined the firm as Senior Counsel. Mr. Miller will be based in Nixon Law Group’s Richmond office and is licensed in Virginia and Maryland, with licensure in Washington, DC pending.

Nixon Law Group joins the ACO Exhibit Hall

Nixon Law Group joins the ACO Exhibit Hall

Nixon Law Group is pleased to be the only legal services provider in the ACO Exhibit Hall! This virtual exhibit hall was created to serve physicians and provider entities participating in (or desiring to participate in) Accountable Care Organizations, including the Medicare Shared Savings Program models, NextGen ACOs, commercial shared savings arrangements, and other value-based reimbursement models.

Mining and Sharing Healthcare Data: What you need to know

Mining and Sharing Healthcare Data: What you need to know

New technologies in healthcare means new risk to the security and privacy of patient health data. Though most healthcare companies and providers are aware of the need for internal data security, many may not be in compliance when sharing information with third parties. As providers and vendors find new and innovative ways to work together, the need for data sharing will only increase. It is critically important that all parties know when and how protected health information (PHI) is shared, and when patient authorization is required to do so.

OCR Shifts Focus to HIPAA Compliance Enforcement

OCR Shifts Focus to HIPAA Compliance Enforcement

In October, The Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) shared that future health-care privacy and security audits will shift from an educational focus to an enforcement focus. Previously, OCR performed these audits to educate providers on patient privacy and HIPAA. But now, the priority is enforcement. Instead of relying on complaints and breach notifications, the OCR will be more proactive in identifying problem providers. It’s important for all healthcare provider entities to have a HIPAA compliance plan actively in use. (We can help!)

New CMS Innovation Models: Primary Care First and Direct Contracting

New CMS Innovation Models: Primary Care First and Direct Contracting

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.