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Hooper, Lundy & Bookman congratulates our 2019 District of Columbia Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers ranks those who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, and the selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

  • Robert Roth
  • David Vernon, Rising Star

Abandoned at 4 years old, OS, now 17, has received his Permanent Resident card thanks to the unwavering support of partner Linda Kollar over the course of two years.  The Alliance for Children’s Rights asked Ms. Kollar to take on OS’ case through the Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) program.  The case involved navigating the labyrinth of immigration laws, starting with a Petition for Evidentiary Findings in the Probate Court to the application process at Homeland Security. 

Kollar said, “OS is a great kid and will graduate next month from Pasadena High with excellent grades.  He is a firefighter explorer, volunteers at a homeless shelter, is active in his church and plays soccer. Now he can apply for scholarships and financial aid for college and get a social security card. He plans to go to Pasadena City College and enroll in the firefighting program.”

HLB is proud of the successful road OS now travels and for the wonderful advocacy of Linda Kollar.

On Friday, April 5, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) finalized its fall 2018 proposal to expand coverage of telehealth benefits for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, creating a new category of benefits entitled “additional telehealth benefits.” This brief alert highlights what this development means for healthcare providers, before reviewing the various ways in which Congress and CMS have expanded the telehealth benefits available to Medicare beneficiaries throughout 2018 and 2019.

Background: Telehealth Coverage by Medicare and Medicare Advantage

Medicare Coverage of Telehealth. Historically, Medicare has only covered telehealth services delivered to Medicare fee-for-service (“FFS”) beneficiaries when the services at issue satisfy the requirements for “Medicare telehealth services” set forth in § 1834(m) of the Social Security Act, and codified at 42 U.S.C. § 1395m(m). In order to be eligible for payment, such services must satisfy five requirements: the services must be rendered to a patient in a rural health professional shortage area (“HPSA”) or in a county which is not included in a metropolitan statistical area (“MSA”) (unless an exception applies); the patient must be located at an approved “originating site;” the services must be delivered through an approved telecommunications system; the service must be rendered by an approved type of provider; and the service provided must be included on CMS’ list of approved “Medicare telehealth services,” which it updates annually. In the past few years, Congress and CMS have broadened the authority to offer telehealth based services both in Medicare FFS and in Medicare Advantage. Read More ›

Hooper Lundy is pleased to announce that Jeremy D. Sherer was recognized by the American Bar Association’s Health Law Section with an Emerging Young Lawyers in Healthcare Award at the 20th Annual Emerging Issues in Healthcare Conference  on March 13-16, 2019 at the JW Marriott in Orlando, Florida. The ABA recognized Jeremy for a broad range of achievement, vision, leadership, and legal and community service in health law. The award was presented by the Section Chair, Alexandria Hien McCombs, during her State of the Section presentation on Friday, March 15, 2019

On February 22, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (“ONC”) of the Department of Health and Human Services (“DHHS”) formally issued two proposed rules and related Requests for Information (RFIs) intended to advance interoperability and increase patient access to health information (the “CMS Proposed Rule” or “Proposed Rule” and the “ONC Proposed Rule,” respectively).   This alert focuses on the CMS Proposed Rule, while a subsequent client alert will address the ONC Proposed Rule. Read More ›

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