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In recent years, balance billing from medical providers has attracted the attention of legislatures at both the state and federal level. On Jan. 1, 2021, Virginia’s balance billing law took effect that barred out-of-network providers from billing patients for emergency services, and barred balance billing for some prescheduled, nonemergency services at hospitals or other health...
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) June 10, 2021 to address the hazard posed to health care workers whose positions expose them to SARS-COVID-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The ETS provides guidelines for how these workplaces can reduce the risk of viral transmission to their employees. This standard applies...
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The new HIPAA “Safe Harbor” law H.R. 9898 became law on Jan. 5, 2021. It amended the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (“HITECH Act”). This new safe harbor requires that, in the case of a data breach investigation, when calculating fines, evaluating audits or reviewing proposed mitigation steps, the Department of...
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The Virginia Board of Medicine is the regulatory arm of the Virginia Department of Health Professions and investigates any complaints made against a physician licensed in Virginia. As a physician, if you receive a notice in the mail, an email or call from the Virginia Board of Medicine, this notice must be given priority and...
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Audio and video monitoring of patients, also known as telesitting, is an effective tool to improve patient safety. But there are federal and state regulations to be considered when this form of telehealth is used in the patient care environment. More information can be found here. This item has been provided as an informational service and...
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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued revised guidance Dec. 16, 2020 addressing COVID-19 vaccinations in the employment context. Information can be found here. This item has been provided as an informational service and does not constitute legal counsel or advice, which can only be rendered in the context of specific factual situations. If...
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Federal and state authorities have granted health care practitioners flexibilities to offer telemedicine services to their patients during the pandemic. Information on the regulatory and reimbursement waivers can be found here. This item has been provided as an informational service and does not constitute legal counsel or advice, which can only be rendered in the context...
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Three Virginia health system executives participated in a virtual discussion about COVID-19 from a provider’s perspective. The hour-long program was part of the 16th Annual Virginia Health Care Practitioners’ Roundtable sponsored by the Virginia Bar Association’s Health Law Section Oct. 22. The conversation series topics included: practitioner burnout, team efforts, moving carefully when there’s pressure...
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Health Privacy Rule RevisedCFR Part 2 substance use disorder record confidentiality requirements have been updated. The changes significantly modify the regulation to better align it with HIPAA. Information can be found here. This item has been provided as an informational service and does not constitute legal counsel or advice, which can only be rendered in the...
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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law March 27, 2020. While the foundation of the Act economically supports individuals, small businesses and industries hard hit by COVID-19, key provisions directly affect the health care industry. Providers should be aware of the information found here. This item has been provided...
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