Monthly Archives: May 2015

May 7, 2015

Idaho Passes Direct Primary Care Act

by Melissa Starry, Holland & Hart LLP

Direct Primary Care (“DPC”) is increasing in popularity in the United States as an alternative payment model for primary care medical services. Instead of fee-for-service insurance billing, typically a DPC medical provider enters into an agreement with its patients and charges its patients a monthly, quarterly, or annual fee that covers all or most primary care services. Given the fact that a DPC medical provider takes on a certain amount of risk in agreeing to provide primary care services to patients for a fixed amount (regardless of how often a patient is seen by the provider), there were concerns that such an arrangement could be interpreted under Idaho law as the provision of insurance. With the passage of the Idaho Direct Medical Care Act1 (the “Act”), and subsequent signing by Governor Butch Otter, Idaho is now the ninth state in the country to pass legislation to ensure that DPC medical providers are not treated as insurance products by state regulators. Continue reading

May 4, 2015

New OIG Guidance Emphasizes Health Care Compliance Oversight for Boards

by Ellen Bonner, Holland & Hart LLP

In late April, the Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“OIG HHS”) issued Practical Guidance for Health Care Governing Boards on Compliance Oversight (“Compliance Guidance”)1. The Compliance Guidance assists health care organization boards (“Boards”) with compliance plan oversight obligations. Highlighted below are a few of the Compliance Guidance’s numerous practical tips for proactive compliance oversight and review of health care organizations.

As a starting point for compliance assessment, the Compliance Guidance recommends the following publically available compliance resources:

  • The Federal Sentencing Guidelines2
  • OIG voluntary compliance program guidance documents3; and
  • OIG Corporate Integrity Agreements (“CIAs”)4

With a nod towards the “ever-changing regulatory landscape and operating environment,” the Compliance Guidance promotes the development of formal plans, including periodic updates from informed staff, to stay current with the changes in regulations and operating environments that impact the organization and its Compliance Program. The following four areas are emphasized in the Compliance Guidance: Continue reading