Regulatory Focus on Mental Health Parity Laws

This month’s article from the Albany County Bar Association Newsletter discusses the New York Attorney General’s recent settlement with Excellus, a Rochester-based health insurer, which resulted from an investigation into complaints from consumers that Excellus was improperly denying claims for mental health and substance abuse treatment.  The article also includes a brief overview of New […]

Seventh Circuit Decision Highlights Scope of Anti-Kickback Statute

This month’s article from the Albany County Bar Association Newsletter offers brief summary of the recent decision in U.S. v. Patel, in which a physician was found to have violated the federal Anti-Kickback statute for an improper referral scheme with a home health agency, even though he did not actively divert patients to other providers. The […]

Medical Marijuana Draft Regulations Appear on DOH Website

The New York State Department of Health has posted draft regulations on the medical use of marijuana in New York.  We’ll have more on these regulations in coming days.  In the meantime, the interested should visit the DOH Medical Marijuana Website for the draft regulations, which run to 120 pages.

SCOTUS Grants Cert in King v. Burwell

In what could be very important news this afternoon regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA,” or more commonly called “Obamacare”), the Supreme Court of the United States announced that it was granting certiorari in the case of King v. Burwell, decided on July 22, 2014, by the United States Court of Appeals […]

CMS Issues 2015 Managed Care Rate Setting Consultation Guide

On Wednesday, October 2, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued its  2015 consultation guide for states to use when setting reimbursement rates with respect to any Medicaid managed care program subject to actuarial soundness requirements in 42 CFR 438.6 during rating periods starting January 1, 2015.  The guide “describes information that CMS expects states to provide […]

New Nurse Practitioner Rule on Track

The New York State Education Department (“SED”) issued a proposed rule to allow nurse practitioners (“NPs”) with 3,600 hours of experience to have collaborative agreements with hospitals, as opposed to individual physicians.  We wrote about the amendment to the Education Law in April of this year.  This first notice of proposed rulemaking appears to put […]

Who’s Looking Out for Patients? OIG Recommends more CMS Oversight of Medicaid Managed Care Programs

Office of the Inspector General of the federal Department of Health and Human Services (“OIG”) has issued a report that suggests that most states that offer Medicaid through Managed Care Organizations (“MCOs”) have widely-variable and possibly inadequate oversight of the organizations providing care to Medicaid beneficiaries.  Given OIG’s findings, beneficiaries, providers, and Medicaid MCOs should […]