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February 15, 2024
by Kristine Squiers

Are Clinical Texts Acceptable? CMS Weighs in

We all do it. Unless you’re physically impaired or living off the grid in the wilds of Alaska, most adults will communicate by way of texting at some point in a given year. For many of us, it is a daily occurrence. Interesting how methods for delivering the written word have morphed over the years, […]

February 7, 2024
by Kristine Squiers

New Final Rule from CMS: Improving Interoperability and Prior Authorization

The wheels never stop. The gears of government are always turning—churning out new rules for the rest of us to live by. Final rules are never final, and the last word is never spoken because there is always something more to say. The latest final rule addressed below provides a case in point. It acts […]

January 31, 2024
by Kristine Squiers

Federal Focus on EMTALA: HHS Goes on the Offensive

On Jan 22, 2024, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) put out a press release, announcing that it will launch new initiatives in support of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA). The law, passed back in 1986, requires hospitals with emergency departments to adhere to a certain set of standards, to […]

January 24, 2024
by Kristine Squiers

Hospital Mergers and Acquisitions: The Year in Review

Financial activity within the hospital sector started showing new signs of life beginning in 2022 with the waning of the pandemic across much of the United States. That activity became more palpable in 2023 as the public health emergency (PHE) came to an official end. This is the assessment reached by researchers at Kaufman Hall […]

January 17, 2024
by Kristine Squiers

An Ounce of Prevention: The Increasing Priority of Compliance Programs

Among the maxims we Americans have heard and repeated over the decades is one that lauds a common-sense approach to preparedness and self-preservation: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The old chestnut is actually profound for those who opt to ponder its ultimate meaning. “If only I had let the faucet […]

January 11, 2024
by Kristine Squiers

Something’s Brewing: New Challenge to Web Tracking Rule

There’s trouble in Paradise . . . again. The federal government has created a rule that has upset many in the hospital community, resulting in legal action taken by the American Hospital Association (AHA), among other entities. The rule at issue involves the prevention of hospitals from utilizing third-party technologies in connection with hospitals’ webpages. […]

January 3, 2024
by Kristine Squiers

Gone Phishing: Medical Group Penalized in Wake of Cyberattack

You’ve seen the old signs: “Out to lunch” or “Gone fishing.” Such messages placed conspicuously in front of small businesses may have been commonplace in the low-tech days of the last century, but these phrases now serve as a descriptor of either laziness or craziness. At the very least, careless disregard may be the modern-day […]

December 13, 2023
by Kristine Squiers

Outlawing the Opaque:

Congress Set to Vote on Transparency Mandate Seeing non-descript shapes and fuzzy images is a common occurrence for those driving on a stormy night with fogged-up windshields. You can see lights coming at you, but you can’t see the road itself or its yellow dividing line. The murkiness of the view can be downright dangerous—even […]

December 6, 2023
by Christopher Martin

Discouraging Information Blocking: Government Issues Proposed Rule

He’s coming right at you. A 295-pound defensive end who is attempting to bull rush you on the inside gap; and all that stands between him and your franchise quarterback is you. Blocking is one of the essentials of American football. It’s considered a major asset for those who can execute it well. But blocking, […]

December 4, 2023
by Christopher Martin

2024 Final Rule: 340B Drug Resolution

In light of the Supreme Court’s decision in American Hospital Association v. Becerra [142 S. Ct. 1896 (2022)] and the district court’s remand to the responsible federal agency, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule outlining the remedy for the invalidated OPPS 340B-acquired drug payment policy for calendar years 2018-2022. […]