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DEA Proposes New Tele-Prescribing Rules for End of COVID-19 State of Emergency

At the end of January, the Biden Administration announced that May 11, 2023, would mark the end of the federal public health emergency (PHE) declarations that have been in place for the last three years. For healthcare providers, this means change is on the horizon, especially where telemedicine is concerned. In response to the impending end of emergency telehealth provisions, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has proposed a permanent rule regarding the prescription of controlled medications via telemedicine in order to extend COVID-era accommodations. The public will be able to comment for 30 days on the proposed rules. A summary of the rules can be found here: Proposed Telemedicine Rules Summary. More >

Governor Signs HB 200 to Address Healthcare Worker Shortage

The COVID-19 public health emergency has impacted the healthcare field in numerous ways. Like the rest of the country, Kentucky has been facing a dire shortage of healthcare workers that was only worsened by the pandemic. The Kentucky Hospital Association’s Workforce Survey Report showed across the commonwealth, at the end of the calendar year (2021), Kentucky hospitals reported 13,423 full-time equivalent (FTE) vacancies across thirteen (13) professional groups, with a statewide hospital workforce vacancy rate of 17.1 percent. Registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) are the largest profession of direct-care providers and hospitals reported 5,060 RN and 331 LPN vacancies, for a combined vacancy rate of 22.1 percent. More >

OIG, in a Departure, Approves Hospital Provision of Nurse Practitioner Services

Traditionally, the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“OIG”) would take a hard stance on any arrangements that might involve some form of remuneration from a hospital to a referring physician, but the winds of change may be blowing. In Advisory Opinion 22-20, published in December of 2022, the OIG has given a green light, albeit in a limited context, to an arrangement in which a hospital may have its employee nurse practitioners perform some services traditionally performed by the patients’ primary care physicians. This is a small step in the direction of a more flexible OIG stance on the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”), but it doesn’t completely sidestep risks. More >

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