- December 14, 2015
When Can Minors ConsentDo you have a policy in place if you encounter a minor who requests medical treatment? Usually minors are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, but in the rare instance that an unaccompanied child under the age of eighteen seeks treatment, are you prepared to address the issue of whether the minor can consent for himself or herself?
- December 7, 2015
Blueprints Vol. III
- November 19, 2015
Health Care Insurance - Five Critical Facts to Help You Pick a PlanOpen enrollment is on! It's time to select your plan - or face a penalty next year. Selecting an individual health care plan is not an easy task in itself, but doing so, while on a tight budget, amounts to a real challenge. The government website www.Healthcare.gov offers a variety of plans from which to choose but comparing plans is not simple, particularly for individuals who have never been exposed to key concepts such as deductibles, formularies, out-of-pocket expenses, EOBs, etc.
- November 18, 2015
Payroll Tax Alert
- October 15, 2015
Medicare Open Enrollment Is Open!The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the official beginning of the Medicare Open Enrollment period. Individuals with Medicare can now shop for a Medicare Advantage (MA) or Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) for 2016! The Medicare Open Enrollment period is October 15 through December 7, 2015.
- October 8, 2015
Brouse McDowell Business Minutes - Physician Employee Agreements Part 2
- October 6, 2015
The Beginning of the End of Fee-for-Service PaymentsWith the advent of mandatory Medicare bundling and pay-for-performance programs, providers must get their arms around new reimbursement models right now – and not later.
- September 21, 2015
Brouse McDowell Business Minutes - Pitfalls of Treating the Government as Lender
- September 8, 2015
More Booby Traps or Much Needed Relief? Proposed Changes to the Stark Law"It seems as if, even for well-intentioned healthcare providers, the Stark Law has become a booby trap rigged with strict liability and potentially ruinous exposure…" That statement comes directly from the appellate opinion upholding a recent $237 million dollar judgment against a South Carolina hospital for violations of the Stark Law.
- September 3, 2015
Brouse McDowell Business Minutes - Physician Employee Agreements Part 1
- August 31, 2015
Home Health Employee Monitoring UpdateEffective July 2, 2015, the State of Ohio adopted rule 5160-1-39 which provides that a home care service provider is now required to have an employee monitoring system in place.
- August 6, 2015
Brouse McDowell Business Minutes - Construction Contracts
- July 23, 2015
Brouse McDowell Business Minutes - Patent Process
- July 17, 2015
The ACA employer mandate: reduce employee hours to less than 30! Right?Not so fast. You may run into trouble with ERISA section 510. As we all know now, the Affordable Care Act ("ACA") defines a full-time employee as anyone who works on average 30 hours or more each week. Since the law was upheld, employers have been analyzing their workforces to determine ways to reduce the potential financial impact from having to provide health insurance coverage or pay a penalty for all such full-time employees. One such strategy, rather widespread, has been to reduce employee hours to less than 30 per week.
- July 16, 2015
Blueprints Vol. II
- July 9, 2015
Brouse McDowell Business Minutes - Giving Notice to Insurance Carriers
- June 25, 2015
Brouse McDowell Business Minutes - Non-Compete Clauses
- June 19, 2015
Worldwide Visa System Glitch Affects ALL U.S. Embassies and Consulates!
- June 11, 2015
Brouse McDowell Business Minutes - Construction Industry
- June 11, 2015
Saying It's So Doesn't Make It SoThe American entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in the healthcare industry. However, unlike most other industries, heavy government regulation plays a major and, oftentimes, deciding role in the structuring of business relationships and transactions between healthcare entities and providers who participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The Stark Law and/or the Anti-Kickback Statute control, in many respects, the matters for which parties can contract and the monetary amounts that can be exchanged under those contracts.
- May 21, 2015
Brouse McDowell Business Minutes - Insurance Against Data Breaches
- May 7, 2015
Brouse McDowell Business Minutes - Insurance Coverage Claims
- April 28, 2015
- April 23, 2015
Brouse McDowell Business Minutes - What is a Patent?
- April 20, 2015
Brouse McDowell Business Minutes - Intellectual Property 101
- March 25, 2015
Construction Defect Claims and the Economic Loss Doctrine Clarified by Ohio's Second District Court of Appeals
- March 12, 2015
Visa Bulletin March 2015, A Little Bit Of SunshineWhat is the Visa Bulletin? The U.S. Department of State publishes the "Visa Bulletin" every month (http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/law-and-policy/bulletin.html).
- February 12, 2015
CMS Will Cover Annual Lung Cancer ScreeningThe Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a national coverage determination last week regarding annual lung cancer screening for eligible beneficiaries.
- February 3, 2015
RA & ZPIC Audits: Know the Playbook and Prepare your TeamFootball season may be over with now, but there are other teams you should continue to follow this year. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have teamed up with Recovery Auditors (RAs) and Zone Program Integrity Contractors (ZPICs) to identify fraud, waste, and abuse by identifying and correcting improper Medicare payments.
- January 13, 2015
Keeping Up to Date on the Changing Health Care EnvironmentHealth care providers, physicians, hospitals, and systems continue to negotiate today's constantly changing health care environment and struggle with constant regulatory changes and decreases in reimbursement