2019 Revisions to the Colorado Professional Review Act

By: Meghan Pound and Laura Wassmuth The House and Senate both passed Senate Bill 19-234 and it is awaiting Governor Polis’s signature. Assuming the governor signs the bill, it will re-enact Colorado’s Professional Review Act, C.R.S. § 12-36.5-101, et seq. If signed, the revised statute with take effect August 2, 2019, and it will sunset again on September 1, 2030. [...]

By |2019-05-15T11:01:30-07:00May 14, 2019|

Health Law Practice’s Matt Ullrich Appointed to Board of LeadingAge Colorado

Matt Ullrich, an attorney in the health law practice, was recently appointed to the board of directors of LeadingAge Colorado, the largest association of senior living and care providers in the state and the leading voice for senior living and aging service providers in Colorado. As a board member, Ullrich will be part of LeadingAge Colorado’s efforts to assist senior [...]

By |2018-12-19T09:20:32-07:00December 19, 2018|

3 Tips for Health Care Organizations on Colorado’s New Data Privacy Law

By Matt Ullrich On September 1, 2018, Colorado’s new data protection law, HB 18-1128 or “Protections for Consumer Data Privacy,” became law.  Here are some helpful tips to make sure your health care organization is in compliance with the new law. Update your Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) Policies If you’re a covered entity or business associate subject [...]

By |2018-09-11T13:40:21-07:00September 11, 2018|

Lance Armstrong Settles False Claims Act Case

Lance Armstrong has settled his False Claims Act (“FCA”) case with the federal government. As part of the deal, Armstrong will pay a $5 million settlement as well as roughly $1.65 million in attorneys’ fees. The relator, and doper himself, Floyd Landis, stands to collect roughly $1.1 million. While the merits of settling can be debated, what I find unfortunate [...]

By |2018-04-24T10:40:44-07:00April 24, 2018|

Caplan & Earnest Proud Sponsor of This Year’s Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum

Caplan & Earnest is a sponsor of this year’s Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum (CHEF). The two-day event is scheduled for April 26 and 27 and is hosted at theStonebrook Manor Event Center in Thornton. The meeting brings together some of the state’s most influential leaders and organizations engaged in conversation about healthcare ethics and education. The theme of this year’s [...]

By |2018-04-18T10:53:21-07:00April 18, 2018|

Understanding the Impact of Changes to Rule 400

On Friday, April 14, 2018, revisions to the Colorado Medical Board (CMB) Rule 400 became effective.  The CMB had previously held a rule-making hearing on February 15, 2018, to hear testimony for Rule 400 and its proposed changes.  Rule 400, which primarily defines CMB’s expectations for the supervising physician-supervised physician assistant (PA) relationship, was first enacted in 1983. Caplan & [...]

By |2018-04-24T11:21:25-07:00April 18, 2018|

Telehealth On The OIG’s Radar

Telehealth is one of the fastest growing markets in health care, and with the ever-increasing availability and growth of technology, telehealth will continue to play a significant role in the future of health care. In an attempt to keep up with the dynamic and rapidly changing telehealth market, federal and state agencies have responded by developing a patchwork of different [...]

By |2018-02-27T08:54:45-07:00December 20, 2017|

Starting a PT Practice in Colorado? 2 Questions to Ask

Working for yourself is a wonderful idea in theory, but when it comes time to start your own business, the process is often daunting. This is especially true if you plan to get the business up and running on your own. For physical therapists, in particular, there’s more red tape than normal due to health insurance, patient privacy laws and [...]

By |2018-01-25T07:58:06-07:00November 14, 2017|

Corporate Integrity Agreement Highlights Individual Accountability within Health Care Organizations

A physician-owned chain of family medicine clinics located in and around Columbia, South Carolina, Family Medicine Centers of South Carolina, LLC (“FMC”), has agreed to pay the United States $1.56 million, and its principal owner and former chief executive officer, Dr. Stephen F. Serbin, and its former Laboratory Director, Victoria Serbin, have agreed to pay $443,000, to resolve a False [...]

By |2017-11-08T10:10:41-07:00October 13, 2017|

CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Takes Effect Nov. 15

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the November 15, 2017 deadline for new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regulations on emergency preparedness seems all the more critical. Hundreds of facilities were devastated by flooding and damage, leaving them without vital patient data and at risk of security breaches and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations. [...]

By |2017-10-13T10:37:21-07:00October 10, 2017|