Recent Merger Reflects Enhanced Need for Revenue Cycle Management Platforms Two of the nation’s most noteworthy companies in the Revenue Cycle Management (“RCM”) technology space, Navicure Inc., and ZirMed Inc., announced a merger on September 14, 2017. Navicure is a medical claims management, patient payment and data analytics company and ZirMed is known for its predictive analytics technology that helps healthcare organizations capture more revenue. … Continue Reading
Failing to Repay is Costly A recent civil settlement announced by the Department of Justice reminds providers that failing to repay the government can be as costly as fraudulent billing.  Although a medical practice paid nearly $450,000 to resolve an investigation, the contested amount was only $175,000. That’s the kind of 250% penalty often associated with a false claim settlement. Similarly, this incident of failing to repay was...… Continue Reading
South African Health Products Regulatory Authority Board has been appointed

The Minister of Health has appointed the board members of the newly established South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA). This health agency is the successor to the Medicines Control Council (MCC) which for decades has been the only medicines regulator in South Africa. A well-resourced and streamlined regulator is seen as the first step...… Continue reading

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H.R. 3985 Calls For Public-Private Working Group to Study Medical Device Security The “Internet of Medical Things Resiliency Partnership Act of 2017” was introduced in the House of Representative earlier this month.  Co-sponsored by Rep. David Trott (R-MI) and Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), the bill would require establishment of “a working group of public and private entities to develop recommendations for voluntary frameworks and guidelines to increase...… Continue Reading
Building a Health App? Part 5: Contracting for Health App Construction

As you take your health app from innovative idea to reality, you will be engaging in a development project that will likely entail the procurement of technology, services and perhaps even content from third parties. For example, you may hire an app developer. Or perhaps you will take advantage of a cloud-based hosting platform that...

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Structuring Clinical Practices to Prevent Pitfalls – Deeply Rooted Corporate Practice Doctrine Remains Strong With growing patient demands, advanced technology and payer restraints, healthcare providers are increasingly exploring management agreements with experienced companies to handle the daily operations of their clinical practice. However, healthcare professionals need to be aware of the potential pitfalls in doing so, especially given the deeply rooted corporate practice of medicine doctrine in many states,...… Continue Reading

You need not spend much time reading the news to know that recent Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have disrupted the lives of tens of thousands of individuals, many of whom may already have behavioral health needs; however, the trauma caused by these recent natural disasters, and others, has created an immense need for additional behavioral and mental health services. For example, a 2012 study entitled “The Impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Mental and Physical Health of Low-Income Parents in New Orleans” reported elevated rates of incidence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”), depression, and a need for mental … Continue Reading

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