Welcome to Health Law Diagnosed, a Mintz podcast that explores current topics related to the entire health care ecosystem, from providers and payors to suppliers, investors and lenders alike, with a focus on existing and emerging legal and social issues. Each episode will feature a Mintz Health Law attorney interviewing experts and thought-leaders on various hot topics.
Telehealth Transformation: Where We Are and Where We’re Headed
The ability to provide health care from a remote location has been around for many years, but with the arrival of COVID-19, hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers have had to rapidly rethink their traditional models of health care delivery. This episode explores the many changes to the telehealth regulatory landscape necessitated by the pandemic, including expansions in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements, the deregulation of certain HIPAA privacy and security rules, the loosening of state licensure requirements, and whether other barriers to telehealth will continue to fall in the months and years to come.
Final Rules Amending the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law Regulations: Part 2
At the end of 2020, the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued final rules modifying and expanding upon the regulatory safe harbors and exceptions to the federal Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Law, respectively.
In Part 2 of this two-part series, Mintz’s Karen Lovitch and Rachel Yount return to examine the changes to the Stark Law regulations, including new defined terms, modifications to existing exceptions, and the government’s efforts to ease compliance burdens associated with this strict liability statute.
Final Rules Amending the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law Regulations: Part 1
At the end of 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued final rules modifying and expanding upon the regulatory safe harbors and exceptions to the federal Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Law, respectively. In Part 1 of this two-part series, Mintz’s Karen Lovitch and Rachel Yount examine the changes to the Anti-Kickback safe harbors, and how they advance the government’s efforts to promote value-based care and reduce the regulatory burdens that impede care coordination.
Bioethical Considerations in a Pandemic
Mounting anxiety over how to control the spread of infectious disease outbreaks encourages public and political discourse of bioethics. In the third episode of Mintz’s Health Law Diagnosed, Mintz’s Bridgette Keller talks about the legal, public health, and bioethics concerns inherent in a global pandemic, including allocating scarce medical resources such as COVID-19 vaccine, and how the greatest challenge to vaccine distribution may be the public’s hesitancy.
Confronting Racial Disparities in Health Care: How Providers Can Drive Change
Despite dramatic improvements in the overall health of the population, racial and ethnic disparities in health and in our health care delivery system persist. In the second episode of Mintz’s Health Law Diagnosed, Dr. Tom Sequist of Mass General Brigham speaks to Mintz’s Brent Henry about what health care providers can do to help break down the barriers that perpetuate our country’s health care inequalities.
HIPAA Compliance Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
In the inaugural episode of Mintz’s Health Law Diagnosed, Dianne Bourque (Member, Mintz Health Law Practice) discusses why HIPAA is so engrained in our collective consciousness, how it was already equipped to handle public health emergencies, and the important changes made over the last several months to address the COVID-19 outbreak.