Tag Archives: Massachusetts

Will the Massachusetts Proposed Legislation on Hospital Outpatient Facility Fees Have a Nationwide Impact?

In some states, including the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, “site neutrality” for outpatient hospital reimbursement is factoring into state-specific health reform and cost containment initiatives. This potentially goes well-beyond Medicare’s limitation of reimbursement at new off-campus outpatient hospital departments under Section 603 of the Bi-partisan Budget Act of 2015. Since Massachusetts’ state health reform law was … Continue reading this entry

Shining a Brighter Light on Massachusetts Public Records - HB 4333

If, as Justice Louis Brandeis famously said, “sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants,” Massachusetts public records have just received a substantial splash of bleach. On June 3, 2016, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law the first update to Massachusetts’s public records law since 1973.  The law, as amended, will change how Massachusetts … Continue reading this entry

Expansion of Clinical Services at Assisted Living Sites – The New Paradigm

As payment reforms, such as bundled payments and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), drive further provider collaboration to achieve lower costs with enhanced outcomes, post- acute providers, especially assisted living sites, find themselves at the junction of important strategic decisions. Historically, assisted living was viewed as a “nursing home light” model that allowed aging in place and possible … Continue reading this entry

Four Distinct Federal and State Policies Addressing Prescription Opioid Abuse

The first quarter of 2016 has witnessed a great deal of attention in government to the problem of opioid-related overdose and death in the United States. In just the past few weeks, the Senate passed prescription drug treatment and abuse prevention legislation—the Federal Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), Senate Bill 524—while two states—Massachusetts and … Continue reading this entry

Federal Prosecutors Charge NECC Employees with Second Degree Murder: A Shot Across the Bow to Healthcare Companies Navigating Uncertain Regulatory Environments

Federal prosecutors charged the head pharmacist and the president of New England Compounding Center (NECC), a now-bankrupt Massachusetts compounding pharmacy, with second-degree murder and racketeering in the U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts on Tuesday, December 16. The charges relate to NECC’s 2012 distribution of contaminated steroid injection vials in twenty states. The contaminated vial … Continue reading this entry