Wellness programs are great ways for employers to provide guidance on ways employees can improve their health through fitness, diet and various other means.
On May 7, 2015, Governor Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 239 into law and reinstated damage caps for Missouri medical malpractice cases.
On April 29, 2015, members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee released a revised discussion draft of the 21st Century Cures Act (“Cures”).
Several hearings this week will focus on veterans’ health topics. Both the House and the Senate will discuss the implementation of the Veterans Choice Program early in the week, with the Senate holding a hearing on Tuesday, May 12, and the House following on Wednesday, May 13.
The first lawsuit, in what may be a wave of antitrust litigation challenging professional board regulations in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission (Dental Examiners), was recently filed in Austin, Texas, by “one of the first and largest telehealth services in the United States” that “connects a network of approximately 700 board-certified, state-licensed physicians with approximately 11 million patients.”
The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (“ONC”) recently released a new and improved version 2.0 of their Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information.
Last month, Washington state enacted legislation requiring coverage of medical services delivered through telehealth technology, making it the latest State to join the growing consensus that telehealth is an important component of efficiently delivering health care.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced its Better, Smarter, Healthier initiative, part of which plans on tying “30 percent of traditional, or fee-for-service, Medicare payments to quality or value through alternative payment models, such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) or bundled payment arrangements by the end of 2016, and tying 50 percent of payments to these models by the end of 2018.”
The importance of disease transmission between humans and animals was recently reaffirmed by CDC’s report title “Outbreak of Human Pneumonic Plague with Dog-to-Human and Possible Human to-Human Transmission — Colorado, June–July 2014, published in the MMWR on May 1, 2015.
Historically, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS“) issues all Medicare beneficiaries a paper card that includes the beneficiary’s name, Medicare number and eligibility status.