Telemedicine Physicians: Seek Counsel Before You Sign On with a Telemedicine Company!

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Facts of an Interesting Telemedicine Case1 The plaintiff in the case (“Physician”) is a board-certified radiologist who entered into a contract with defendant teleradiology company (“Company”) to furnish teleradiology services to hospitals, including a hospital on Long Island, New York (“Hospital”).  Under the terms of the contract, Hospital would electronically transmit diagnostic... Continue Reading →

EEOC Issues Proposed Rule on Application of the ADA to Employer Wellness Programs

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On April 16, 2015, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) announced the issuance of a proposed rule that would describe how Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) applies to employer wellness programs that are part of group health plans. The proposed rule was officially published in... Continue Reading →

Telecommuting: A Reasonable Accommodation? Not Necessarily

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Last year, we blogged about a decision issued by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over courts in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, that held that allowing a disabled employee to telecommute could be a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Last week, however, that... Continue Reading →

This Week in Washington – April 17, 2015

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Senate Passes, President Signs SGR Replacement Legislation On Thursday, April 16, President Obama signed H.R. 2, the SGR repeal and replacement bill, into law.  The President’s signing ceremony comes two days after the U.S. Senate passed the SGR replacement legislation by a 92-8 vote.  The measure, which repeals the sustainable... Continue Reading →

Are Medical Records an Easy Target for Hackers?

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The Journal of the American Medical Association recently reported data breaches have affected 29 million medical records. Of that number, approximately 60 percent of the breaches between 2010 and 2013 resulted directly from theft. These statistics reported by JAMA should leave many hospital administrators nervous about the possibility of future... Continue Reading →

One Stamp, One Scam? Wisconsin Court of Appeals Upholds Separate Violation Per Individual Misrepresentation

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In WI v. Going Places Travel Corp., Nos. 2014AP1859-62 (April 14, 2015), the Wisconsin Court of Appeals affirmed a $3.8 million restitution order and nearly $842,000 in forfeitures against companies (“Travel Services”) stemming from multiple misrepresentations and failures to disclose required information when selling travel club memberships to Wisconsin residents.... Continue Reading →

501(r) Compliance: Correcting Failures Under Revenue Procedure 2015-21

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Hospital organizations that are tax exempt pursuant to Code Section 501(c)(3) can face significant penalties for failures to comply with Code Section 501(r) and the related final regulations.  Fortunately, in drafting the final regulations, the IRS and Treasury Department acknowledged that even the most diligent hospital organizations may experience unintentional... Continue Reading →

Updated: Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence For Health Care and Social Service Workers

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Last week, the U. S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued an updated version of its publication, “Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers” (the “Guidelines”). This technical assistance manual was first issued in 1996 and then revised in 2004. The Guidelines... Continue Reading →

Colorado Passes Telehealth Coverage Expansion Law

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On March 20, 2015, Governor John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 15-1029 into law, expanding coverage for telehealth by requiring health insurers to provide reimbursement for telehealth services at the same level as in-person services in urban as well as rural areas beginning in 2017.  Previously, Colorado law only required reimbursement... Continue Reading →