American Hospital Association Criticizes Provision in CMS’ Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems Final Rule

Anthony Huber, Class of 2021, Belmont Law On September 2, 2020 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) filed an unpublished version of the upcoming Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (“IPPS”) Final Rule for 2021.  According to CMS, the finalized policies in the IPPS Final Rule support its key priorities such as, strengthening Medicare and …

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Tennessee COVID-19 Recovery Act

  Jacob Freeland, Class of 2021, Belmont Law Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed into law the Tennessee COVID-19 Recovery Act on August 17, 2020. By doing this, Tennessee joins a growing list of states that have enacted state laws that provide expansive protections to various individuals and organizations from actions arising from loss, damages, injuries, …

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Covid-19 Response – Temporary Altering of Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice Requirements

David Brust, Class of 2022, Belmont Law In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, twenty-three states made temporary changes to their scope of practice requirements for nurse practitioners (twenty-two of the states are classified as reduced or restrictive practice states). One of the most common changes states made was suspending or modifying physician supervision or collaboration …

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Support for Telemedicine During Pandemic

Jessica Scott, Class of 2021, Belmont Law The current coronavirus pandemic has overwhelmed numerous countries’ healthcare systems, including China and Italy who are unable to help all the patients that walk through the hospital doors in critical condition as a result of the coronavirus. As physical hospital locations in China are full and overflowing with …

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Tennessee Supreme Court Holds that Qualified Protective Order Provision Violates the Tennessee Constitution

Anthony Huber, Belmont Law, Class of 2021 Last week, on February 28, in the case Willeford v. Klepper, the Tennessee Supreme Court (“Court”) found that a statutory provision in Tennessee Code Annotated section 29-26-121(f) violated the separation of powers clause in the Tennessee Constitution. The provision struck down by the Court allowed defense counsel to conduct …

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Drug Resistant Infections in Skilled Nursing Facilities and Long-Term Care Hospitals

Ryland Close, Belmont Law, Class of 2020 Skilled nursing facilities and long-term care hospitals are struggling to control the spread of Candida auris, a drug resistant fungus that causes serious infections, particularly in vulnerable patients with pre-existing illnesses.[1] Candida auris poses an especially serious threat as it is difficult to identify, spreads easily and quickly, …

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CMS expands disclosure requirements and increases enforcement powers in affiliation rule

Ryland Close, Belmont Law Class of 2020; Patsy Powers and Justin Hickerson, Attorneys at Waller The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is expanding its authority to revoke or deny providers’ and suppliers’ Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment based upon their affiliation with a sanctioned entity. The rule will go …

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