Health Law Observer

Assisting health care organizations and providers in meeting the challenges they face in a changing and consolidating industry.

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OIG Self-Disclosure Protocol: Some Things Change; Some Stay the Same

On November 8, 2021, the OIG updated and renamed its “Provider Self-Disclosure Protocol” to the “Health Care Fraud Self-Disclosure Protocol” applicable to disclosure of certain non-compliance with the federal Anti-Kickback Statute.
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Upcoming Sunset of Regulatory Suspensions and Clarifying Guidance – Submit Pennsylvania Telehealth Behavioral Health Waiver Requests Before the Deadline

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS), issued Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to clarify its recently revised Behavioral Health Telehealth Policy Guidance.
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CMS Emergency Regulations Mandate COVID-19 Vaccination of Certain Health Care Workers

CMS issued a press release that announced the availability of the display copy of the anticipated Interim Final Rule on COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccinations.
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OSHA Issues COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard

We provide answers to some of the most common questions concerning the ETS.   
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FTC Policy Change May Signal Increased Scrutiny for “Anticompetitive” Health Care Transactions

Organizations subject to a consent order or other FTC order will now be required to provide prior notice to, and obtain prior approval from, the FTC for applicable future transactions.
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Pennsylvania House Demands Transparency for Population Health Data

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives recently passed HB 1893 to amend Section 15 of the Pennsylvania Disease Prevention and Control Law.
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New Laws Expand the Autonomy of Physician Assistants in Pennsylvania

Governor Tom Wolf signed five new bills into law, including legislation that provides for permanent COVID-19 waivers that will give physician assistants more leeway and autonomy to practice in Pennsylvania.
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OCR Issues HIPAA and COVID-19 Vaccination Guidance

The Office for Civil Rights recently released guidance on HIPAA’s application to an individual’s COVID-19 vaccination status.