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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Federal appeals court backs injunction against religious, moral exemptions from contraceptive mandate

Amy Zink, Class of 2021; Kim Harvey Looney, Partner at Waller The Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has upheld a lower court ruling in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. President United States of America et al., which granted a nationwide preliminary injunction against religious and moral exemptions for employers to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) …

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Pennsylvania AG takes hard stance on nonprofit healthcare providers in the name of consumer protection

Clay Brewer, Class of 2019; Neil B. Krugman, Partner at Waller The rise in healthcare costs and public concern about accessing adequate care has caught the eye of many government officials across the country, some of whom have increased their enforcement of consumer protection laws in response. The Attorney General of Pennsylvania, Josh Shapiro, provides …

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