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HHS Proposes New Safe Harbors Under the Anti-Kickback Statute and The Stark Law

HHS Proposes New Safe Harbors Under the Anti-Kickback Statute and The Stark Law

In a pair of proposed rules released by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the DHHS is looking to increase the utilization of value-based arrangements to drive health outcomes and ease the regulatory burdens associated with patient care coordination.  The proposed rules seek to change or add certain safe harbors or exceptions to the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS), Physician Self-Referral prohibition (Stark Law), and the Civil Monetary Penalties (CMP) laws. 

Virginia Cannabis Industry Association (VCIA) to Host Legislative Update and 2020 Session Preview

Virginia Cannabis Industry Association (VCIA) to Host Legislative Update and 2020 Session Preview

The Virginia Cannabis Industry Association (VCIA) will host a series of regional legislative forums over the next several weeks.  Discussions will include an update about the Virginia cannabis industry and how outcomes of the November elections of all 140 seats of the Virginia General Assembly may affect the opportunities and challenges of this nascent industry. 

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).  

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.

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.

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.  

Congress Votes to Legalize Low-THC Cannabis (Hemp)

Congress Votes to Legalize Low-THC Cannabis (Hemp)

On December 12, 2018, Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill (The “Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018” or the “Bill”), which includes provisions that exempt Cannabis plants with lower than 0.3% THC content (also called “Hemp”) from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Once signed into law, the Farm Bill effectively legalizes the production, commercialization, and interstate shipment and sale of hemp and hemp-derived products like cannabidiol or “CBD”. Each state (including Indian Tribes and U.S. Territories) will eventually be able to regulate hemp production like any other agricultural commodity, as long as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approves its plan to monitor and regulate the plant’s production.