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The Health Law Partners congratulates Robert S. Iwrey for his selection as a DBusiness Top Lawyer for 2020!

This is Rob’s fifth consecutive year as a DBusiness Top Lawyer. DBusiness’ Top Lawyers list is based on an exclusive peer-review survey open to all area lawyers, honoring excellence in 53 practice areas. HLP is proud to announce that Rob has been selected to be included in the list for 2020.

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The Health Law Partners, P.C. is proud to be named an ABA Health Law Section Top 10 Law Firm for 2019-2020 in the Midwest Region!

HLP is a premier law firm serving health care entities and professionals nationwide. Our attorneys work hard to provide our clients with creative and effective solutions in order to produce favorable outcomes wherever possible. Facing an ever-changing industry and increasing regulatory scrutiny, we understand how important it is to strive for success in everything we do. HLP is honored to be included as a Top 10 Health Law Firm in the Midwest Region!

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on October 17, 2019 further reinforcing New York’s Surprise Medical Bill Law, originally enacted in 2014. That bill, the first of its kind in the nation, is intended to comprehensively protect New York consumers from surprise medical bills for services rendered by out-of-network providers at in-network hospitals. With the October 17th legislation, the bill has now been extended to include emergency services, as well as inpatient services following an emergency room visit.

New York Assembly Member Kevin Cahill commented: “Relieving consumers of the aggravation associated with billing disputes between health care providers and insurance companies is one step closer to completion.” New York Senator Liz Krueger added, “This new law will protect New York families from outrageous surprise medical bills and help keep overall medical costs down.”

Under this legislation, health insurance companies are now required to ensure that patients will not incur greater out-of-pocket costs from services administered by a non-participating provider than they would have incurred from a participating provider. “In an emergency, every second counts and it’s ridiculous to expect someone facing a potential life or death situation to first check and see if a hospital is part of their health insurance network,” said Governor Cuomo.

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“We serve patients poorly when government regulations gather dust in the attic: they become even more stale and liable to wreak havoc throughout the health care system. Administrative costs are driving up the cost of health care in America – to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars. The Stark proposed rule is an important next step in President Trump’s health care agenda for Americans. We are updating our antiquated regulations to decrease burden for providers and helping bring down these increasingly escalating costs.”

– Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today the release of several proposed changes to the regulations that interpret the Physician Self-Referral Law (the Stark Law), the Civil Monetary Penalty Law (CMP), and the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS). The proposed revisions are intended to provide greater clarity to health care professionals.

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By Adrienne Dresevic, Esq. and Carey Kalmowitz, Esq. of The Health Law Partners, P.C.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that strengthens the agency’s ability to stop fraud by barring unscrupulous providers out of federal health insurance programs. This rule is unlike past rules in that it stops providers before they get paid. This is a momentous step on CMS’s part to end “pay and chase” in federal health care fraud efforts and replace it with proactive measures.

The final rule, Program Integrity Enhancements to the Provider Enrollment Process (CMS-6058-FC), becomes effective November 4, 2019 and establishes novel revocation and denial authorities to buttress CMS’ efforts to stop waste, fraud and abuse. This rule is applicable to the entire provider community, including radiologists.

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Please join The Health Law Partners, P.C. in congratulating Robert S. Iwrey, Esq. and Arturo Trafny, Esq. for their publication of Licensing Health Care Providers in Michigan: Requirements and Ramifications by The State Bar of Michigan Health Care Law Section (HCLS).

This white paper, an updated edition of a previous HCLS publication, discusses the various requirements for licensure, certification, and registration for Michigan health care professionals. It also provides an overview of the typical investigation process followed by Michigan’s Bureau Professional Licensing for alleged violations of Michigan’s Public Health Code.

Download the PDF of Licensing Health Care Providers in Michigan: Requirements and Ramifications here.

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Join panelist Jessica L. Gustafson, Esq. on September 25, 2019 at 1pm EDT for the Strafford Webinar ‘Agency Deference and the Impact of Kisor in Healthcare: Challenging CMS and Other Agency Actions’.

Jessica will be joined by co-panelists Mimi Hu Brouillette of Greenberg Traurig and Daniel Jarcho of Alston & Bird to discuss these important topics:

  • What are the practical implications of the Supreme Court’s decision in Kisor v. Wilkie for the healthcare industry
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The Health Law Partners, P.C., congratulates Robert S. Iwrey, Esq. for his inclusion in the DBusiness Top Lawyers for 2020 due to his achievements in health care law.

Robert S. Iwrey has been named a Top Lawyer for his achievements in health care law 8 out of the last 10 years.  For 2020, DBusiness polled 19,000 attorneys in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, and Livingston Counties in Michigan and asked them to nominate lawyers among 50 different legal specialties.  His award was celebrated at DBusiness Magazine’s Top Lawyers party presented by Cauley Ferrari of Detroit on September 12, 2019.

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The Health Law Partners (HLP) is proud to be part of the upcoming Physician Legal Issues Conference co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Health Law Section and Chicago Medical Society.  The conference will take place at the InterContinental Hotel in Chicago on September 12-14, 2019.  Adrienne Dresevic, Esq., a founding partner of the HLP, will be a featured speaker at the conference. Ms. Dresevic will be speaking twice at this year’s PLI Conference:

  • Structuring Physician Compensation and Incentives – Part 2: Playing to Survive (and Win) in a Value-Based Payment World, Friday, September 13, 1:15pm-2:15pm
  • Practical Skills Workshop: Contract Negotiation, Physician Compensation and Risk Management, Saturday, September 14, 9:00am-10:15am
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The Health Law Partners, P.C. congratulates Robert S. Iwrey, Esq. and Jessica L. Gustafson, Esq. for their inclusion in the 2019 Michigan Super Lawyers list as a Super Lawyer and a Rising Star, respectively.

Robert S. Iwrey has been named a Super Lawyer for his achievements in health care law every year since 2010. This award marks his 10th consecutive year. Only 5% of attorneys in the state receive this distinction, an honor reserved for lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice.

Jessica L. Gustafson has been named a Rising Star for her achievements in health care law every year since 2012. Each year, no more than 2.5% of lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

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