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Telemedicine Essentially Missing from MACRA MIPS Final Rule

By on October 19, 2016 in Medicare with 0 Comments

The final rule on MACRA’s Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), the new Medicare payment model, scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2017, made a significant change to the 2015 proposed rule in that it largely eliminated quality scoring for telemedicine and remote monitoring services to Medicare beneficiaries from MIPS.  MIPS will be the quality […]

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Physician Assistants’ Enhanced Role in New Jersey requires Proper Supervision

By on October 11, 2016 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

Earlier this year, the State of New Jersey enacted amendments to the statutes governing the scope of practice of physician assistants (“PA”). Although there are likely State Board of Medical Examiner regulations forthcoming to provide further clarity on PA practice, the new statutes provide more autonomy to PA’s, which can be a both a boon […]

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The Importance of Having an Updated Business Associate Agreement

By on October 4, 2016 in HIPAA with 0 Comments

As part of its increased enforcement efforts, the Office of Civil Rights of the US Department of Health and Human Services (OCR) recently entered into a $400,000 settlement with a Rhode Island hospital for failure to update its business associate agreement as required under the Privacy and Security Rules of the Health Insurance Portability and […]

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