March 2018

Massachusetts FY2018 Budget Ushers In New Requirement of Licensure For Home Health Agencies in the State

In July of 2017, Massachusetts Governor Baker signed the FY2018 budget, which includes changes to the state’s public health landscape. One of them is a new state law requiring all home health agencies operating in Massachusetts to hold a license issued b…

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 Expands Medicare Coverage for Telehealth Services

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (the “Act”) greatly expands Medicare coverage for telehealth services and signals a shift in longstanding federal policies on the subject of telehealth care.  Signed into law on February 9, 2018, Section 50323 of the …

December 2017

Privacy Matters: Protect Your Patients When They Point and Click

As hospitals and providers increasingly connect with their patients through technology and turn to mobile health apps to help manage patient care, it can be difficult to determine what federal laws, if any, may apply to the collection of health information…

December 2016

Health Care Changes Near

President-elect Donald J. Trump and congressional leaders have stated they will attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as "Obamacare." While the future of Obamacare is unclear, our health care system will continue to und…

August 2016

More Restrictions on Physician Noncompetes Ahead?

The nation’s health care system is in the midst of a structural shift that has been accelerating with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. A paradigm change in reimbursement from the traditional fee-for-service model to payment-based on quality…

June 2016

Tips for Navigating Hospital Affiliations

The pace of change in today's healthcare industry has caused consolidation to become the "new normal" for many community hospitals and smaller health systems. Value-based payment, more informed patient-consumers, increasing costs of clinical personnel, tec…