January 2024

HHS OIG Release of New “General Compliance Program Guidance” Provides Valuable Insight on Prevention of Health Care Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

By |2024-03-14T09:59:14-04:00January 4, 2024|Health Facilities Law Blog|

By Michelle E. Missigman, J.D.
On November 6, 2023, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Inspector General (OIG), released 91 pages of “General Compliance Program Guidance” (GCPG) on its website.  This is the first compliance program guidance the OIG has released since 2008.  The GCPG provides general compliance guidance, tools, and references for use by federal health care program providers.
This new guidance brings together many resources and links, making it a valuable and easy-to-read tool to keep on hand for any professional working within the healthcare industry.
The GCPG covers the following topics:
I.  Introduction
The GCPG  provides a thorough introduction to the OIG’s history and commitment to preventing health care fraud an abuse.  It provides a roadmap […]

July 2023

Walmart Increases Pay For Thousands of Pharmacists and Opticians

By |2024-03-14T09:59:24-04:00July 20, 2023|Health Facilities Law Blog|

Author and Attorney headshot standing with arms crossed in front of dark backgroundBy George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

On May 31, 2023, Walmart announced it is raising wages for 7,700 U.S. pharmacists and opticians in a nationwide plan to expand healthcare services. The retailer said about 3,700 pharmacists would get a bump in pay, bringing their total average pay to more than $140,000 annually. Additionally, more than 4,000 opticians will receive pay raises, with their average hourly pay rising to more than $22.50. The company also said it plans to start a program in which associates who […]

June 2023

Walmart Announces Pay Raise For Thousands of Pharmacists and Opticians

By |2024-03-14T09:59:29-04:00June 8, 2023|Pharmacy Law Blog|

Author and Attorney headshot standing with arms crossed in front of dark backgroundBy George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

On May 31, 2023, Walmart announced it is raising wages for 7,700 U.S. pharmacists and opticians in a nationwide plan to expand healthcare services. The retailer said about 3,700 pharmacists would get a bump in pay, bringing their total average pay to more than $140,000 annually. Additionally, more than 4,000 opticians will receive pay raises, with their average hourly pay rising to more than $22.50. The company also said it plans to start a program in which associates who […]

March 2023

DOJ Withdraws Outdated Antitrust Policy Statements For Healthcare Industry; “Safety Zones” Abolished

By |2024-03-14T09:59:32-04:00March 30, 2023|Health Facilities Law Blog|

Attorney and Author George F. Indest III HeadshotBy George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

On February 3, 2023, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) withdrew three “outdated” antitrust policy statements applicable to healthcare markets. These have been in effect and relied upon for decades by those in the healthcare industry. According to a statement it issued, the Division determined that withdrawing the three statements is the best course of action for promoting competition and transparency.

Over the past three decades since this guidance was first released, the healthcare landscape has changed significantly. As a result, the statements are overly […]

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