by Kim C. Stanger, Holland & Hart LLP
The HIPAA privacy rules generally prohibit healthcare providers and their business associates from using or disclosing protected health information (“PHI”) unless (1) they have a valid written HIPAA authorization signed by the patient or the patient’s personal representative, or (2) a specific regulatory exception applies.1 Many if not most authorizations received by providers are invalid. To be valid, a HIPAA authorization must satisfy the following2: Continue reading
by Chris Esseltine, Holland & Hart LLP
Colorado recently enacted a bill that will significantly affect Durable Medical Equipment (DME) suppliers in the state. The bill requires a DME supplier that currently bills or plans to bill the Medicare program for services or products to have a license with the Secretary of State. The licensee must be physically located within the state or within 50 miles of the state, have sufficient inventory and staff to do business, and be accredited by an organization recognized and accepted by the centers for Medicare and Medicaid services.
According to a representative at the Secretary of State’s office, the law will go into effect January 1, 2015. However the office is still working out details about how to procure the license, enforcement and penalties for non-compliance, and a possible grace period past the January 1 deadline.
For more information on this or any other legal issues relating to DME, please contact Chris Esseltine at Holland & Hart.