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As a fourth grader at South Green Elementary School in Glasgow, Kentucky, Jonas Bastien wore a suit to school and told everyone he could that he was going to be a lawyer. For Jonas Bastien …

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Fine Lines in Medical Spa Regulations

Medical spas (also known as ‘medspas,’ ‘medispas,’ or ‘esthetic salons’) combine advanced medical esthetic services that would have previously only been found at plastic surgery clinics or dermatologists’ offices (such as Botox injections, laser hair removal, chemical peels, injectable fillers, and acne treatments) with those found in a traditional day spa. Often, these procedures require the supervision of a licensed physician or nurse practitioner, creating a unique regulatory issue. As medspas have generated billions in revenue annually across the country and involve several types of healthcare and cosmetology professionals, it is critical for healthcare professionals offering services at a medspa to understand their specific obligations to maintain compliance with the law and prioritize patient safety. More >

OIG and CMS Audits Present New Round of Compliance Concerns for Healthcare Providers

Since the beginning of the Public Health Emergency, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) data reflect over 44 million COVID-19 cases, 3 million COVID-19 related hospitalizations, and 720,000 COVID-19 deaths. COVID-19 has placed enormous stress on our healthcare system. Federal and state responses to COVID-19 have woven a complex and complicated safety net by easing regulatory requirements through waivers and funneling billions of dollars to providers among many other actions.  Just as the pandemic may finally be easing, federal focus on use of COVID-19 resources promises to increase healthcare providers’ stress.  More >

Not All Surprises Are Presents: Preventing Surprise Medical Bills under the No Surprises Act

To address surprise medical costs for consumers, Congress recently passed an extremely complicated bill: No Surprises Act (“The Act”). No Surprises Act aims to prevent surprise medical bills or balance billing in the American health care system. Specifically, The Act prevents surprise medical bills when patients receive emergency care or are treated by an out-of-network provider at an in-network hospital or ambulatory surgical center. More >

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