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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued new guidance extending the timeline for health care providers that received more than $10,000 in payments from the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) to expend and report the funds. While the terms and conditions attached to the PRF funds did not specify a deadline for using the funds, HHS had previously informed providers that all funds must be used by June 30, 2021, and that…
This is the first of a multi-part series on how telemedicine and digital health entrepreneurs can better avail themselves of patent and intellectual property strategies to gain a competitive advantage and increase the asset valuation for their company. As telemedicine services and associated software platforms become more commonplace during the worldwide pandemic, healthcare entrepreneurs and technology companies are looking for ways to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Intellectual property, particularly patents, are a…
This article originally appeared in Bloomberg Law on May 26, 2021. Patient privacy will continue to be a top priority for regulators as patients continue to rely heavily on telemedicine. Foley & Lardner LLP attorneys say taking steps now to ensure compliance with HIPAA will put vendors and health-care providers ahead of what is sure to be a hectic and confusing time as the public health emergency waivers and federal enforcement discretion comes to an…
On May 17, 2021, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced a new, inter-agency task force led by Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco to address fraud related to the COVID-19 pandemic (COVID-19 Task Force). According to DOJ’s memorandum, the Justice Department and the other enforcement agencies will be devoting significant resources to the investigation and prosecution of fraudulent schemes arising from pandemic-related relief efforts. Likely areas of focus include Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments, alleged double…
In this episode, Foley Of Counsel Mike Lappin talks with Michael Grebe and Scott Powder of Advocate Aurora Health, to discuss Advocate Aurora Enterprises, a subsidiary of Advocate Aurora Health responsible for advancing the system’s purpose of helping people live well through a commitment to Whole Person Health. Mike Lappin is Of Counsel and a business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Mike practices primarily in the areas of Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Law, and…
This article was originally published in Law360 on May 11, 2021. Click here to view that post. Many predict a significant wave of health care enforcement during the Biden Administration. And for good reason: Federal health care spending nearly doubled to $2.4 trillion due to the COVID-19 relief bills, including $178 billion in Provider Relief Funds. That funding surge adds to regulators’ separate concerns about the telehealth boom, increasing cyberattacks, the well-being of elderly patients,…
This morning, the United States Senate Committee on Finance questioned Pres. Biden’s nominee, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, for Administrator for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), as well as Andrea Palm, the nominee for Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).  CMS oversees and administers Medicare and Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the programs implemented as a result of the Affordable Care Act.  Opening Statements: Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR); Ranking Member
The ACCC 47th Annual Meeting & Cancer Center Business Summit (AMCCBS) took place virtually, March 1-5. The Summit serves the prominent thought leadership forum and annual conference on matters of policy, business strategies, business models, hospital alignment, and best business practices in community oncology. You can also review our additional AMCCBS focused blogs on “Moving Forward Under the Biden Administration” and “The 2021 ‘Level Set’ in the Sprint to Value-Based
The ACCC 47th Annual Meeting & Cancer Center Business Summit (AMCCBS) took place virtually, March 1-5. Through a combination of five-star panels and interactive drop-in sessions, attendees learned about key themes and trends in oncology today: telemedicine/telehealth, virtual care models and remote monitoring, including home therapy for chemo; cancer service line efficiency and revenue optimization; leveraging data; managing alternative payment models; employer-driven models and addressing disparities in cancer care; long-and short-term impacts of…
What does the new Supreme Court text message ruling mean for your digital health business? The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Facebook, holding that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) did not apply to Facebook because the system did not have the capacity to randomly or sequentially store, or to randomly or sequentially generate, a telephone number. Previously, companies were at risk of TCPA claims asserting only that the text messages or calls were…