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March 16, 2015 Regulatory Developments

March 16, 2015 | No Comments
Posted by Beth Christian

Here are the most recent health care related regulatory developments as published in the New Jersey Register on March 16, 2015:

  • On March 16, 2015 at 47 NJR 569, the State Department of Education published notice of its proposal of amendments to its rules governing health screenings for student athletes.  The new rules implement the Scholastic Student-Athlete Safety Act, which requires student athletes in grades 6-12 to have a physical exam using a pre-participation physical examination before participating in school sports and to undergo a student-athlete cardiac screening pursuant to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act.  Under the proposed rules, a pamphlet will be developed to provide student-athletes and their parents or guardians with information about sudden cardiac arrest.  The proposed rules and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act require public and non-public schools to have automatic external defibrillators and to establish emergency action plans for responding to sudden cardiac events.  The proposed rules will also require pamphlets to be distributed to parents or guardians concerning media violence.
  • On March 16, 2015 at 47 NJR 604, the Division of Consumer Affairs published notice of its proposed readoption of its rules and the proposal of new rules governing controlled dangerous substances.
  • On March 16, 2015 at 47 NJR 658, the Board of Respiratory Care published notice of its adoption of new rules governing the delegation of tasks by a respiratory care practitioner to unlicensed persons.  The new rules will enable individuals delivering basic respiratory, non-assisted ventilation and oxygen equipment to demonstrate how to use of the equipment to patients when the equipment is being delivered to their home.

Sustainable Growth Rate

March 16, 2015 | No Comments
Posted by Frank Ciesla

Over the years, we have written blogs in regard to the “resolution” of the Sustainable Growth Rate issue.  Again, the Sustainable Growth Rate temporary resolution, previously enacted in 2014, will be expiring.

While there is discussion that there will be a permanent fix, until Congress can identify where it will find $174 billion, there will not be a permanent fix and Congress will continue to kick the can down the road for another year.

Now what appears to also be intruding on a resolution of the SGR problem is whether or not there should be an alteration of the Medicare pay schedules to the physicians.  While that would be a grand resolution of the issues, it will just complicate what already is a very difficult issue, that is the resolution of the Sustainable Growth Rate issue.  I would expect that you will not see a permanent fix before the current deferral of the Sustainable Growth Rate issue expires and just another temporary fix.

Are You Prepared for the Affordable Care Act?

March 10, 2015 | No Comments
Posted by Ari Burd

If a business employs 50 or more employees, it has until January 1, 2016 to get ready to meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act/Obama Care.  If a business has a 100 or more employee, it is already subject to the Affordable Care Act.  If you want to know what this means for your business or for your business clients, come out and join us for the free “The Implications of the ACA on Small Business” seminar being held at our office on March 12, 2015 at 6pm.  More information available here.

March 2, 2015 Regulatory Developments

March 2, 2015 | No Comments
Posted by Beth Christian

Here are the most recent health care related regulatory developments as published in the New Jersey Register on March 2, 2015:

  • On March 2, 2015 at 47 NJR 527, the Department of health published notice of its readoption of its regulations governing the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research.
  • On March 2, 2015 at 47 NJR 557, the State Board of Dentistry published notice that the New Jersey Dental Association had withdrawn a petition for rulemaking that it had filed in 2013.  The petition had sought to establish regulatory guidance with respect to the corporate and/or unlicensed practice of dentistry.

February 17, 2015 Regulatory Developments

February 17, 2015 | No Comments
Posted by Beth Christian

Here are the most recent health care related regulatory developments as published in the New Jersey Register on February 17, 2015:

  • On February 17, 2015 at 47 NJR 486, the Department of Corrections published notice of its readoption with amendments to its rules governing substance use disorder treatment programs.
  • On February 17, 2015 at 47 NJR 488, the Department of Banking and Insurance published notice of its readoption of the regulations governing health maintenance organizations.

February 2, 2015 Regulatory Developments

February 3, 2015 | No Comments
Posted by Beth Christian

Here are the most recent health care related regulatory developments as published in the New Jersey Register on February 2, 2015:

  • On February 2, 2105 at 47 NJR 319, the Department of Health published notice of its readoption with amendments to its rules and the proposal of a new rule governing the Certificate of Need application and review process.  The proposed new rule would offer the 11 hospitals currently providing elective PCI without on-site cardiac surgery the opportunity to participate in a Statewide demonstration project as a follow-up to the earlier C-Port demonstration project administered by Johns Hopkins University.
  • On February 2, 2105 at 47 NJR 406, the State Board of Nursing published notice of its proposal of amendments to its rules and the proposal of a new rule designed to clarify the scope of practice for certified homemaker-home health aides and the process by which individuals obtain and renew certification.

January 20, 2015 Regulatory Developments

January 23, 2015 | No Comments
Posted by Beth Christian

Here are the most recent health care related regulatory developments as published in the New Jersey Register on January 20, 2015:

  • On January 20, 2015 at 47 N.J.R. 252, the Department of Human Services published notice of its proposed readoption with amendments to its existing rules and the proposal of a new rule governing short term care facility standards

M&A And The ACA

January 21, 2015 | No Comments
Posted by Frank Ciesla

Co-Authored By Ari Burd and Patrick Convery

As most employers already know, the Affordable Care Act (a/k/a ObamaCare or the ACA) now imposes health care insurance coverage requirements upon certain employers which have a certain number of full time and full time equivalent employees (“FTEs”).  Therefore, it is imperative that consideration be given to whether parties involved in any merger or other acquisition transaction are currently subject to the requirements of the ACA (and if so, whether they are in compliance with such requirements), or will otherwise be subject to the requirements of the ACA following the consummation of the transaction. Read more

January 5, 2015 Regulatory Developments

January 12, 2015 | No Comments
Posted by Beth Christian

Here are the most recent health care related regulatory developments as published in the New Jersey Register on January 5, 2015:

  • On January 5, 2015 at 47 N.J.R. 107, the Department of Human Services published notice of its adoption of amendments to its rules governing advance directives for mental health care.
  • On January 5, 2015 at 47 N.J.R. 118, the Department of Banking and Insurance published notice of its adoption of amendments to its rules governing advance Small Employer health Benefit Plans.
  • On January 5, 2015 at 47 N.J.R. 120, the State Board of Pharmacy published notice of its adoption of amendments to its rules governing minimum standards for container integrity.
  • On January 5, 2015 at 47 N.J.R. 232 through 233, the Department of Health published notice of its cancellation of the Certificate of Need calls for the following services: adult and pediatric comprehensive rehabilitation services; intermediate and intensive care bassinets and changes in membership of maternal and child health consortia; pediatric and specialized long-term beds and services; and psychiatric beds and services.

EXPANSION OF LIMITED LICENSED PRACTITIONERS

January 6, 2015 | No Comments
Posted by Frank Ciesla

As of January 1, nurse practitioners in New York with over 3,600 hours of clinical practice will no longer be required to have a written collaborative agreement with a physician nor will they be required to submit patient charts to a physician for review.

As pointed out in many prior blogs, we are seeing the expansion on a state-by-state, inconsistent basis of the ability of limited licensed practitioners to provide expanded health care services.

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