Diagnostic Radiology Controls: David Harlow Interviews MITA Executive Director Dave Fischer

MITA Executive Director Dave Fischer spoke with HealthBlawg last week about industry efforts to control radiation dose in diagnostic radiology modalities such as CT.  A congressional hearing on radiation dose control took place the day after we spoke, and the FDA will be holding a hearing on diagnostic radiology issues in late March.  Earlier last […]

MPFS in Crisis: Holding of Claims for Services Paid Under the 2010 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Days of Future Passed (or: deja vu all over again).  Late Friday, after business hours, CMS pushed the following announcement via its physician information listserv: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is working with Congress, health care providers, and the beneficiary community to avoid disruption in the delivery of health care services and […]

Social Media for Lawyers presentation at Law Practice Management program, Western New England College

I will be presenting a talk today at the Business of Lawyering program at Western New England College's Law and Business Center for Advancing Entrepreneurship.  For those who are interested, here are my slides.  I would be interested in your feedback. Marketing and Branding Your Legal Practice Using Social Media – Mass Bar Assn – […]

HIPAA enforcement: Business Associate Agreement rulemaking needed first – time to plan ahead

After learning of comments on HIPAA enforcement made by a member of the HHS OCR legal staff at an ABA meeting on health care issues, I contacted him directly.  Adam Greene confirmed that HITECH Act changes to HIPAA rules regarding business associate agreements will be implemented through standard notice and comment rulemaking, noting that this […]

Massachusetts Health Reform: Is Back-to-the-Future Rate Regulation the Way to Lead the Nation Right Now?

The Massachusetts health reform law, Part II – enacted in 2008 – laid the groundwork for cost control and quality improvement, as a follow-on to the initial legislation's emphasis on achieving near-universal coverage.  The legislation authorized several studies — including a report published a few months back on global payment strategies — and set the […]