Health Care Blog

Seigfreid Bingham’s Health Care Blog includes posts relevant to HIPAA Compliance, Health Care Reform, Private Practice and Health Care Systems and many other topics in the health care law field.

DOJ Settlement Reached in Medicare Kickback Case - July 20, 2015
By: Mark U Opara - Posted in: Blog, Health Care.
In a settlement agreement reached with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Health Diagnostic Laboratories, Inc. (HDL) and Singulex Inc. will pay a combined $48.5 million to the DOJ to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act and federal Anti-Kickback … Continue reading
Injunction Upheld Regarding Missouri’s Health Insurance Marketplace Innovation Act - June 23, 2015
By: Mark U Opara - Posted in: Blog, Health Care.
Enacted in 2013, the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace Innovation Act (HIMIA) took steps to strictly regulate specific factors within the state health insurance industry. Specifically, the Act, which was established under the passing of HB 701, imposed further licensing standards on insurance navigators … Continue reading
OIG’s Possible Sanctions for Exclusive Service Agreements - May 26, 2015
By: Mark U Opara - Posted in: Blog, Health Care.
Exclusive service agreements are designed to establish a loyal relationship between two partners. Specifically, these agreements act as covenants providing that, in the case of a service provider and a user, the user will procure services from the provider, and … Continue reading
Rumble v. Fairview Health Services – Court Opinion on Transgender Discrimination Important for Health Care Groups - May 5, 2015
By: Heath W Hoobing - Posted in: Blog, Health Care.
In June of 2013, a patient checked into a hospital emergency department with complaints that his reproductive organs were causing him extreme pain. The patient identifies as a male, but was given a hospital identification bracelet stating that he was … Continue reading
CMS Releases Its Stage 3 Proposed Rule Regarding Meaningful Use - April 28, 2015
By: Lori A Beam - Posted in: Blog, Health Care.
On March 20th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its Stage 3 proposed rule to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Program.  To qualify for the Program incentives, and to avoid negative payment adjustments absent … Continue reading
New IRS Penalty Relief for Small Employer Health Insurance Premium Payment Plans - April 20, 2015
By: Heath W Hoobing - Posted in: Blog, Health Care.
Business owners nationwide have been scrambling to find ways to adhere to the rules and regulations set forth in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which was enacted in 2010. Of course, many of the provisions regulating small businesses and their … Continue reading
CMS Releases New ACO Model - April 1, 2015
By: Mark R Thompson - Posted in: Blog, Health Care.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) encouraged doctors, health care providers, and other medical professionals to participate in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), which are groups of medical professionals and healthcare providers that voluntarily unite to offer comprehensive treatment to Medicare beneficiaries. Specifically, … Continue reading
Hospital Can’t Fire for Conduct During Peer Review - March 17, 2015
By: Mark U Opara - Posted in: Blog, Health Care.
In order to provide the highest quality of care, and to ensure patient safety on the premises, hospitals throughout the country use a system of peer reviews to assess medical staff. Specifically, a group of employed medical professionals, acting as a professional … Continue reading
Court Orders Divestiture Following Anti-Competitive Acquisition of Idaho Medical Group - March 3, 2015
By: Mark R Thompson - Posted in: Blog, Health Care.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), a government agency tasked with protecting consumers’ rights in the U.S., recently exercised its power in a case filed in Idaho, asserting that a healthcare acquisition within the state threatened competition, and pushed for the divestiture … Continue reading
$39 Million Settlement Resulting from Kickback Allegations Resulting from Physician Speaker Fees - February 17, 2015
By: Mark U Opara - Posted in: Blog, Health Care.
The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that Daiichi Sankyo Inc., a global pharmaceutical company based in New Jersey, agreed to pay the U.S. and State Medicaid programs $39 million in a settlement agreement regarding allegations that it violated the … Continue reading