The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a final rule that will require all hospitals to make their pricing information publicly available. The rule is set to go into effect on January 1, 2021 and will require every hospital to publish the pricing information for all of their health care services on their websites. The rule was created with the intent of driving competition and increasing price transparency, while protecting patients from unexpected charges that could burden them with medical debt. Continue reading “CMS Issues Final Rule on Hospital Price Transparency”
Google is facing legal scrutiny after a whistleblower revealed the tech company was collecting the healthcare data of millions of Americans as part of a partnership with Ascension Health, a large Catholic health care provider. In an initiative called “Project Nightingale,” Google gained access to information on as many as 50 million Americans, including details such as their names, addresses, birth dates, and full medical history. Critics are concerned about the purposes to which Google might put the data they collect, and whether they are complying with privacy laws to protect patient data. Continue reading “Google Faces Scrutiny Over Healthcare Data Sharing”
When opening an independent medical practice, there are many new hurdles to conquer that medical professionals typically do not face when working in a hospital. Predictable challenges can include financing, staffing, equipment sourcing, and record keeping, to name a few. One factor that has become nearly essential over the past decade in private practices is the utilization of an individual Practice Facilitator (PF) or practice facilitation team. Continue reading “Practice Facilitation and Primary Care Success”
Restrictive employment covenants are typically disfavored by law, as they can be burdensome to the employee and prohibit them from making a decent living after the termination of a former job. However, restrictive covenants in the medical industry are highly enforceable in some ways.
The Health Care Reform Law commits the government to more aggressive efforts to find and prosecute Medicare fraud. Under the new law, funding will be increased to aid those efforts. The number of Medicare Fraud investigative offices across the country will double, so the agency will have the people and resources to address this serious problem. Continue reading “The Health Care Reform Law — Is Your Practice at Risk?”