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Easing Restriction on Medication-Assisted Addiction Treatment

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Oct 5, 2018 8:00:00 AM

The Department of Health and Human Services and the Drug Enforcement Administration have recently been working together to increase access to medication-assisted addiction treatment (MAT). The HHS and DEA are aware that doctors able to prescribe these medications are in short supply, which is one of the reasons they are looking to ease restrictions on MAT.

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Topics: Medical Law, Opioids, News

Senate Passes Bill in Response to Opioid Crisis

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Sep 28, 2018 9:43:53 AM

Emerald Coast Medical Association is dedicated to keeping our members up to date on any legal changes going on in the medical community. The most recent one being a massive package of measures in response to the ongoing opioid crisis. This package includes over 70 bills, each of which makes a significant impact on how the opioid crisis is handled. 

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Topics: Medical Law, Opioids

CMS Overpayment Rule Overturned

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Sep 21, 2018 8:00:00 AM

The medical community has its own laws that can be changed. Often, these laws have a significant impact on the medical community and the way patients or physicians are handled. At Emerald Coast Medical Association, we strive to keep our members up to date on even the smallest of legal changes. 

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Topics: Medical Law

Federal CSR Case is a Win for ACA Insurers

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Sep 14, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Tuesday, September 4th marked a big moment for providers in the Affordable Care Act, when Montana Health Co-op was awarded a win in the ongoing battle between insurers and the government over cost-sharing reduction payments (CSRs). The health cooperative, which serves about 50,000 members throughout Idaho and Montana, filed suit against the federal government in January, claiming it was owed approximately $5 million in CSRs for 2017. 

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Topics: Medical Law, News

Health Organizations Concerned by Proposed Medicaid Changes

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Jun 8, 2018 9:06:00 AM

In March of 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule that would exempt states with at least 85 percent of their Medicaid managed care population from most access-monitoring requirements for services provided through the traditional fee-for-service avenue.  This would immediately exempt at least 17 states from existing access monitoring requirements, and could also exempt another dozen states whose managed-care enrollment is close to the threshold. 

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Topics: Medical Law, News

HHS Secretary Azar Plans Sweeping Changes

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Jun 1, 2018 9:00:00 AM

"The pen is mightier than the sword" is an age-old adage, coined by English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar would agree, and would go on to add that the pen is also mightier than Congress.

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Topics: News, Medical Law

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