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General Assembly Puts Limits on In-Office Dispensing of Controlled Substances

Practitioners who have established in-office dispensing as a convenience to patients, as well as the patients who look to their doctor to dispense medications, are going to see those systems impacted by a recent bill signed by the Governor. In yet another measure intended to address the prescription drug abuse epidemic in Delaware, Senate Bill 119 was signed into law on July 3, 2013 to limit the in-office dispensing of controlled substances.

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Shared Responsibility for Proper Prescribing and Dispensing of Controlled Substances

Delaware pharmacists have recently been reminded of their “corresponding responsibility” under Delaware and federal law. Regulations provide that while “the responsibility for the proper prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances is upon the prescribing practitioner… a corresponding responsibility rests with the pharmacist who fills the prescription.” 21 CFR § 1306.04; Delaware Controlled Substances Act Regulation 4.3.1

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Proposed Regulations to Require Accreditation of Medical, Dental and Podiatry Practices

On April 1st, the Department of Health and Social Services (“DHSS”), through the Office of Health Facilities Licensing and Certification, published proposed regulations governing accreditation standards and safety and sanitation standards that, if implemented, would apply to all medical offices, dentist offices and podiatry offices where certain invasive procedures are performed. Physicians, dentists, and podiatrists who perform even minor medical procedures in their offices while utilizing “any level of anesthesia” should carefully review the regulations, as the Delaware health care community will undoubtedly be surprised by the proposed new requirements that may soon apply to these practices.

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Delaware General Assembly Considers Expanding Immunity Connected to Mental Health Assessments

Pending in the Delaware Senate is a bill already passed unanimously in Delaware’s House of Representatives clarifying the law on immunity with regard to the process to detain or not detain a person for an involuntary mental health evaluation. House Bill #9 provides that immunity to civil damages and criminal penalties extends to peace officers, medical doctors, credentialed mental health screeners, and the facility in which the medical doctor or credentialed mental health screener practices, only for harm resulting from the mental health assessment, resulting clinical decision, and involuntary hold necessary until the person is presented to a designated psychiatric treatment facility, as required by the statute, and only if the peace officer, medical doctor, etc., did not intentionally inflict harm or engage in willful or wanton misconduct in connection with those activities.

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American Hospital Association Strikes Back at the RACs

Many health care providers are familiar with the costly exercise of fighting a Recovery Audit Contractor’s (“RAC”) determination of an overpayment through the administrative appeal process. But where providers take on the expense, the statistics on appeal are largely favorable. For fiscal year 2011, 43.4% of RAC determinations were reversed in the providers’ favor. The problem is that of the 903,372 claims identified as overpayments by RACs, only 56,620 claims were appealed at any level. Of those 56,620 claims, the 24,458 claims overturned during the appeal process translate to $37.9 million, or $1,550 per case.

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Delaware Bar Association Health Law Section Seminar

Please plan to attend a very special CLE/CME Seminar, “Health Law 101: What Every Lawyer and Healthcare Provider Should Know,” on Friday, November 30th, 2012, at the Medical Society of Delaware’s Conference Center in Newark. During this all-day seminar leading Delaware health law practitioners will cover a range of health law topics, from recent HIPAA-related developments and federal fraud and abuse laws to state law topics such as prescription drug monitoring and medical malpractice litigation.

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OIG RELEASES 2013 WORK PLAN

Yesterday the OIG issued its Work Plan describing the activities the OIG plans to initiate or continue with respect to HHS programs and operations in fiscal year 2013. The Plan identifies areas of government focus for each type of healthcare provider, as well as the OIG’s planned activities related to its oversight of Medicare Part A and B contractors, Medicare Part C and D programs, state Medicaid plans, and public health and human services agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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CMS Proposes Raising Medicaid Payments to Primary Care Physicians

In a proposed rule announced on Wednesday, CMS seeks to provide states more than $11 billion in new funds to improve Medicaid primary care from 2013 through 2014. The proposal, if finalized, would implement requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act designed to help primary care physicians and networks prepare for the increased enrollment following implementation of healthcare reform.

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Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline Proposes New Licensure Requirements

The United States Supreme Court’s review of the Affordable Care Act dominates the news and is on the minds of health care attorneys across the country. The constitutional fate of the Act will be decided when the Supreme Court releases its opinion in June, an event all health care providers will anticipate as the landscape of American health care awaits its fate.

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CMS Issues Proposed Rule on Reporting and Returning Overpayments

One of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) that has gotten a great deal of attention is Section 6402(a), which requires a person who receives an overpayment to report and return the funds within 60 days after the overpayment is identified (or the date any corresponding cost report is due, if applicable.) The provision is significant because the failure to report and return overpayments creates False Claims Act liability, exposure to Civil Monetary Penalties, and potentially exclusion from participation in the federal programs.

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