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Ensuring Informed Consent, Addressing Payment Concerns

By Jeremy Wale, JD Payment concerns are becoming more prevalent due to high deductible payment plans, uninsured patients, and lower reimbursement rates—and the importance of informed consent is undiminished no matter the situation. Help ensure your practice addresses both issues effectively. Informed Consent A patient’s absolute right to make informed decisions regarding his or her

Physicians’ Responsibility to Obtain Informed Consent

As part of ProAssurance’s commitment to help healthcare providers reduce risk, they are sharing the complete “Physicians’ Responsibility to Obtain Informed Consent” article. These articles are designed to help remind healthcare providers of common informed consent issues with a variety of patient types. By Jeremy Wale, JD A patient’s absolute right to make informed decisions regarding his or her

Military Veterans and CRNAs Applaud VHA Plan to Improve Vets’ Access to Timely, Quality Healthcare

In an effort to ensure access to timely, quality healthcare for America’s veterans, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has published a proposed rule in the May 25 Federal Register that allows Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and other advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to provide patient care to the full extent of their education and

The One Simple Rule for Practitioners to Avoid Overpayments and False Claims Act Penalties

In December, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its “Supplementary Appendices for the Medicare Fee-for-Service 2015 Improper Payments Report,” an annual compilation of statistics from investigations into overpayments and other instances of fraud, waste and abuse in Medicare payments. The national average for improper Fee-for-Service (FFS) payments for FY 2015 was 12.1 percent,

Finally, CMS resolves stark inconsistencies in Stark Law

  On November 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published final rules that add two new exceptions to the Stark Law and clarify several existing definitions and standards.  With the new rules, CMS hopes to “accommodate delivery and payment system reform, to reduce burden, and to facilitate compliance,” and to “expand