Caplan and Earnest Health Law Group Adds Five Attorneys

The health law group at Caplan and Earnest LLC has added five experienced health law attorneys in recent months, making this one of the largest health groups in Colorado. The practice group now has 11 attorneys. The new additions to the health care law group are: Sheryl K. Bridges, special counsel, specializes in malpractice, defending clients who receive complaints from [...]

By |2017-10-30T13:52:51-07:00October 18, 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|

The Colorado Medical Board Finalizes Rule Concerning Delegation and Supervision of Medical Services

The Colorado Medical Board recently finalized an updated version of Rule 800 concerning the delegation and supervision of medical services to unlicensed persons. Highlights of these rule changes, which are of particular interest to physicians who delegate services and health care providers who work with delegating physicians, include: A delegating physician must ensure there is, on-site and available to the [...]

By |2017-09-27T12:19:51-07:00September 6, 2017|

Episode 4: Health Law Rundown Podcast Covers Criminal Impacts on Health Care Licensing

BOULDER—Aug. 1, 2017—Episode 4 of the Health Law Rundown, a podcast created by Caplan and Earnest attorney Matt Ullrich, is now available. Episode 4 includes a discussion with Caplan and Earnest attorneys Sheryl K. Bridges and Greg Lindquist about the health care issues and ramifications a practitioner providing Medicare or Medicaid services and licensed under the Colorado Medical Board or [...]

By |2017-11-02T09:31:09-07:00August 1, 2017|

Medicare Fraud Strike Force Sends Strong Message on Fraud and Abuse

Highlighting its continued focus on cracking down on Medicare fraud and abuse practices, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced this month the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action precipitated by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force. As part of this national health care fraud takedown, the government charged 412 defendants with approximately $1.3 billion [...]

By |2017-10-10T13:03:18-07:00July 27, 2017|

Public Hearing Scheduled Aug. 1 for Workers’ Comp Rule Changes

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment announced it will hold a public hearing prior to the adoption of proposed amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Rules of Procedure, Rules 16 and 18, regarding Utilization Standards and Medical Fee Schedule, respectively. Specifics of the Workers’ Compensation proposed and adopted rules can be viewed here. The hearing will take place on August [...]

By |2017-07-10T11:20:28-07:00July 10, 2017|

Laura Wassmuth Joins Caplan and Earnest LLC as Special Counsel

BOULDER—July 6, 2017—Laura Wassmuth has joined Caplan and Earnest LLC as special counsel with a focus in health care law. Her areas of expertise include litigation, credentialing proceedings and investigations, defense of civil rights claims and employment and medical staff issues. Wassmuth has represented hospitals and healthcare providers in professional negligence cases since 1999. She represents clients in medical negligence [...]

By |2017-08-04T15:35:49-07:00July 6, 2017|

What You Need to Know About Granny Cams

Cameras placed in the rooms of residents at skilled nursing or assisted living facilities, otherwise known as granny cams, are becoming more commonplace. Lawsuits against staff members at such facilities are also increasing because of disturbing footage found on the cameras.  However, there are currently no federal laws (other than applicable criminal laws) in place to regulate their use and [...]

By |2017-07-06T13:33:43-07:00July 5, 2017|

New Legislation to Affect Colorado Medical and Dental Providers in August

Many health care professionals struggle with traditional models of patient care because of limitations on reimbursement imposed by insurance companies. When they are forced to rely on insurance companies and federally funded programs such as Medicare and Medicaid to determine coverage and reimbursement rates, these health care professionals are stretched thin. To cover overhead costs, they often schedule as many [...]

By |2017-06-28T13:09:12-07:00June 28, 2017|