On January 2, 2024, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the Texas District Court’s ruling allowing Texas to ban emergency abortions in spite of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA). Following a preliminary injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from enforcing the

In August, Governor Murphy signed into law Senate Bill 3929 (approved P.L. 2023, c. 139), which amended the involuntary commitment process and added, among other things, a mechanism by which hospitals could request an additional 72 hours to hold patients when having difficulty locating a short-term care or psychiatric facility, or special psychiatric hospital with

John W. Kaveney, a partner in the firm’s Healthcare and Litigation Departments, will present the program “The Conclusion of the Public Health Emergencies: What This Means for Healthcare Providers and the Accommodations Put in Place by the Federal and State Governments” at the New Jersey & Metro Philadelphia HFMA 47th Anniversary Annual Institute. The

In earlier blog posts from April 26, 2023 and August 23, 2022, we have provided information regarding the Garden State Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program, established by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) as a mechanism to finance commercial renewable energy projects, energy efficiency initiatives, electric vehicle charging stations, microgrids, power

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government and many state governments went to great lengths to relax many of the restrictions on telehealth that had historically limited this medium in the provision of healthcare services to patients. However, in an effort to ensure that patients could continue to access necessary healthcare during this time period

As recently reported by HealthITSecurity, IBM Security’s 2023 Cost of a Data Breach Report revealed that the average cost of a healthcare data breach was almost $11 million in 2022, an $800,000 increase from the prior year and a 53% increase from 2020. The report further revealed that the global average cost of a

On June 15, 2023, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), a nonpartisan independent legislative branch agency that was created to advise Congress on a range of issues affecting Medicare, issued its 2023 Report to Congress. Included therein was a report, mandated by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, on the usage of telehealth services during the public

Our partner Jim Robertson is the featured speaker on the Hospital Finance Podcast episode “Thinking Outside the Box on Challenging State DSH Subsidies,” which is now available online on the Besler website and on major podcast platforms including iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and SoundCloud. Highlights of the episode include a review of the Takings

The COVID-19 pandemic created a paradigm shift in the world of medicine with the increased use of telehealth and telemedicine to meet the challenge of expanding the delivery methods patients used to access health care. Although the federal Public Health Emergency related to COVID has now ended, telehealth providers must continue to monitor developments in

Considerable literature has emerged concerning the impact of the extended COVID-19 pandemic on the ability to handle stress and sustain mental health. Healthcare professionals are among the most vulnerable segments of the population to these consequences of the pandemic. There are numerous studies and reports of stress, sleep disturbances, and increased mood and anxiety symptoms