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COVID-19 RESOURCES

Mellette PC is dedicated to keeping our clients abreast of the constant changes the health care landscape is currently undergoing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end please see the list of federal, state, and Mellette PC resources and a… Read More
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CMS Finalizes New Value Based Arrangement and Cybersecurity Exceptions and New Guidance for Complying with Stark Law

On November 20, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published its Final Rule updating the physician self-referral law (“Stark Law”) located at 42 CFR 411. Originally proposed in 2018, the Final Rule establishes new except… Read More
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Client Alert: Virginia State Board of Health Adds COVID-19 Reporting Requirements

On December 21, 2020, the Virginia State Board of Health published new COVID-19 reporting requirements in the Virginia Register. Physicians and directors of medical care facilities must report cases of COVID-19 when they treat, examine, hospitalize,… Read More
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Final Rules Provide Medicare Patients and Physicians Greater Flexibility and Lower Costs

On December 2, 2020, CMS announced new Outpatient Prospective Payment System (“OPPS”) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (“ASC”) final rules. Buried within are several provisions which will permit more surgeries to be performed in ASCs, thereby i… Read More
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Enhanced HIPAA Enforcement Actions in 2020 and Beyond: Health Care Providers of All Sizes Need to Be Prepared

As the COVID-19 pandemic has continued, health care providers have adjusted to a new reality of providing health care services to patients through telehealth and other means designed to mitigate the spread of the virus. With these new practices come… Read More
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New HIPAA Rule Aims to Promote Access to Medical Records and Care Coordination

New HIPAA Rule Aims to Promote Access to Medical Records and Care Coordination As 2020 closes, the Department of Health & Human Services has announced the most significant proposed changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Ac… Read More
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CMS Releases Updated Guidance on Nursing Home Resident Home Visits for the Holidays

Introduction On November 18, 2020, CMS released an alert to nursing homes, their residents, and the residents’ family members for those residents that may want to leave the nursing home temporarily to visit family and friends for the holidays or go… Read More
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VDH COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendation, Deadline TODAY

The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Health, recently gave a presentation on COVID-19 vaccination options for long-term care facilities when a vaccine becomes available. Slides from that p… Read More
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Virginia’s New Independent Contractor Laws: Implications for Health Care Providers

Introduction During the 2020 session, the Virginia General Assembly enacted several new laws addressing the evolving employer-worker relationship in a gig economy. Although the appropriate classification of workers as independent contractors versus e… Read More
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CMS Releases Updated Guidance on Nursing Home Visitation

Introduction On September 17, 2020, CMS released updated guidance on visitation in nursing homes during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. This guidance supersedes all previous guidance CMS published on nursing home visitation. While previous guid… Read More
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