Compliance

Top Four Legal Issues to Consider When Opening an Urgent Care Center

Each year in the United States, more than 150 million patient visits are made to urgent care centers for the treatment of acute illness and injury. This number is expected to rise as more Americans gain health coverage through the Affordable Care Act in the next few years. Other factors contributing to the growing prominence of urgent care facilities include the lack of primary care physicians, ...

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Telehealth Legislation on Connecticut Governor’s Desk

The Connecticut House approved legislation that would establish standards for telemedicine. SB-467, which is on its way to Governor Dannel Malloy for signature, covers a variety of healthcare providers, including physicians, psychiatrists, advanced practice registered nurses, physician assistants, psychologists and other types of counselors, and dietitian-nutritionists. The provision of the bill require providers to: Communicate using real-time, two-way interactive technology Gather medical history information from the ...

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Tweaking the Model for Healthcare Delivery

PHOTO: WELLCOME TRUST Urgent care was a major disruptor to the U.S. healthcare delivery system. Telemedicine is arguably positioned to be the next major disruptor to healthcare delivery. But there is clearly space in the landscape for other models. WBUR reports that Jeff Gold is breaking ground as the first Massachusetts physician to practice under the direct primary care model. Gold doesn’t take insurance, but rather ...

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RAND Study Says 16.9 Million More Insured Under Obamacare

If there was any doubt that the Affordable Care Act has had an impact, the RAND Corporation put those doubts to rest. In a study published in the journal Health Affairs, RAND reported that 22.8 million people got healthcare coverage between September 2013 and February 2015, while 5.9 million lost coverage. This is a net increase of 16.9 million. Folks gained coverage through ACA marketplaces, through ...

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ACA and the Disruption of Healthcare Delivery

The Economist analyzes the Affordable Care Act as a major disruptor to the U.S. healthcare delivery system. With the shift away from employer insurance plans and toward exchanges, the article says that healthcare must be more consumer-centric, and the patients are “seeking better treatment for less money.” Due to increased deductibles, an increasing number of consumers are heading for pharmacy walk-in clinics. “The prices are clear, ...

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Legalities of Healthcare Leases

In the Legal Intelligencer, attorney Steven Boell analyzes the often tricky prospect of negotiating healthcare leases. After reviewing issues relating to the Stark Law, Boell delves into the unique challenges posed by facilities like urgent care centers. He notes that, because urgent care centers are different from hospitals, such facilities are regulated by a variety of state agencies and are subject to local zoning ordinances – ...

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