Health Care Counsel

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Health Care Counsel

Rachel E. Yount

Rachel E. Yount
Washington, DC

Rachel Yount is an associate in the Health Care group where she focuses on compliance with the Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute, the False Claims Act, and other health care regulations for her clients. She is experienced in addressing compliance concerns regarding existing physician contracts, analyzing proposed terms and operational impacts within physician agreements, and conducting compliance training on the physician contracting process.

* Rachel is not admitted in the District of Columbia. She is admitted in Virginia only. She practices under supervision of firm principals.



Blog Posts by Rachel E. Yount

E-Health, mHealth, Telemedicine & E-health
Tally-ho! Flurry of Legislative Activity Signals Ease on Federal Barriers to Telehealth

What’s New?

In recent months, a number of bills have been introduced or passed in Congress that would ease federal health care programs’ restrictions on telehealth. Currently, Medicare has strict limitations on telehealth. But bipartisan groups of Senators have introduced two bills seeking to expand telehealth services covered by Medicare.

Similarly, bipartisan groups in both the Senate and House introduced bills to eliminate the Department of Veterans Affairs’ restrictions on telehealth across state lines. Introduction of these bills comes just a few months after Congress approved a defense bill making telehealth services available under the US Defense Department’s TRICARE program, the health plan for active duty military members and their families.

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Fraud & Abuse Compliance
In A Must Read, New OIG Guidance Provides Practical Ways to Evaluate Compliance Program Effectiveness

The Department of Health and Human Services recently issued an important new compliance guide, called Measuring Compliance Program Effectiveness: A Resource Guide. The Guide is a combined effort of HHS’s Office of Inspector General and the Health Care Compliance Association and provides guidance on evaluating compliance program effectiveness based on the input of 40 compliance professionals and OIG staff.

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HIPAA / Health Privacy & Security
From the Source: Senior Advisor Provides Valuable Insight Into Office For Civil Rights’ Plans

On March 27, 2017, Rachel Yount attended the Health Care Compliance Association’s Compliance Institute 2017, where Illiana Peters, a senior advisor at Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”), provided an “OCR Enforcement Update.”

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