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In a recent episode of the Virtual Care Paradigm, Nathaniel Lacktman, Chair of Foley’s Telemedicine & Digital Health Industry Team, met with reporter Kat Jercich, Senior Editor of Healthcare IT News. They discussed Lacktman’s philosophy on how regulation can be used to facilitate, rather than stifle, innovation in telemedicine and digital health. He also shared ideas on how entrepreneurs can keep pace with the changes to come.  When asked what lessons the industry can…
The federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued guidance on the applicability of HIPAA to COVID-19 vaccination information, directly addressing a number of misconceptions about when HIPAA does, or does not, regulate disclosures of an individual’s COVID-19 vaccination status. Here are five key takeaways from the guidance. “The Privacy Rule does not prohibit any person (e.g., an individual or an entity such as a business), including HIPAA covered entities and business associates, from…
During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. has experienced a troubling rise in alcohol consumption with parallels to an increased number of individuals struggling with alcohol use disorder (AUD). Enter a new wave of telemedicine-based virtual AUD treatment providers that reach providers and patients in a uniquely modern way. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines AUD as “a medical condition characterized by an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite…
In this episode, Foley Of Counsel Maureen Kwiecinski sits with Alexandra Glazier of New England Donor Services (NEDS) about how Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) are regulated and some of the recent changes in performance and outcome standards, similar to other health care organizations. Maureen Kwiecinski is of counsel with Foley & Lardner LLP, based in the firm’s Milwaukee office, where she is a member of the Health Care Industry Team. Maureen counsels health systems, hospitals,…
Starting September 19th, the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) will kick off an exciting and historic event, Telehealth Awareness Week. Created to highlight and reinforce the central role telehealth is playing in our everyday delivery of health care services to patients nationwide, especially during this unprecedented time of COVID-19, this event is a platform for members and partners of the ATA to raise awareness, educate, and support telehealth. Telehealth is health.   Foley & Lardner is…
Since Spring 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has distributed more than $150 billion in Provider Relief Funds (PRF) to health care providers that can be used to reimburse their expenses attributable to COVID-19 or to make up for revenue losses incurred during the pandemic. Providers are required to submit reports on the first distributions of PRF funding by September 30, 2021. On September 10, 2021, HHS, through the Health Resources and…
In the latest installment of our “Let’s Talk Compliance” series, Foley & Lardner’s Alexis Bortniker and PYA’s Martie Ross answered numerous questions regarding Provider Relief Fund (PRF) reporting requirements. A recording of the event is available here. Unfortunately, there were more questions from attendees than we could cover in 45 minutes, so as a supplement to the July 16 event, we have compiled those questions to offer the following responses. What “official” resources are available…
On August 13, 2021, the State of Illinois enacted a law, amending the Illinois Freedom To Work Act (the Law) to limit the enforceability of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements between employers and employees in Illinois. The restrictions apply to contracts entered into on or after January 1, 2022. Among the restrictions contained in the Law are: A prohibition on an employer entering into a “covenant not to compete” (which is defined to include adverse financial…
In this episode, Foley Partner Jana Kolarik and PYA, P.C. Principal Angie Caldwell come together again to discuss recent updates on fair market value and commercial reasonableness since COVID-19, and the impact that it has on physician compensation. You can find their first episode together by clicking here. Jana Kolarik is a partner and health care lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Her practice focuses on health law issues, including health regulatory due diligence;…
In this episode, Foley Senior Counsel Adam Hepworth talks with Trent Stechschulte of Equitas Healthabout current hot issues related to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Adam Hepworth is a senior counsel and health care lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. His practice focuses on Medicaid and Medicare, internal audits and investigations, health privacy laws, and compliance with health care fraud and abuse laws. Adam has represented hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and other…