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3 Dec 2013, 6:36 am by thehealthlawfirm
By Lance O. Leider, J.D., The Health Law Firm On November 8, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the promulgation of the agency’s final rule related to parity of coverage of mental health and substance use treatment. According to Sebelius: “For way too long, the healthcare system has openly discriminated against Americans with behavioral health problems.” The purpose of the regulations is to close the gaps in coverage… [read post]
22 Oct 2009, 4:51 am by Curran Tomko Tarski LLP
The Senate Finance Committee leadership finally finished drafting has posted the 1506 page long text of the proposed statutory language of the health care reform provisions of the "America's Healthy Future Act" on its website here. [read post]
22 May 2013, 8:39 am by thehealthlawfirm
By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Often we learn after the fact that a health professional such as a mental health counselor, psychologist, or pharmacist has received Healthcare Providers … Continue reading → [read post]
15 May 2013, 6:18 am by thehealthlawfirm
By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Florida’s nurse practitioners and physician assistants were hopeful the Senate would vote to allow them to have the authority to order the involuntary commitment of a patient for mental-health evaluation under the Baker Act. However, instead on April 15, 2013, the Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee passed the formation of a work group to figure out how to improve the more than 40-year-old… [read post]
9 Sep 2013, 11:11 am by Cynthia Marcotte Stamer
Health care providers, health plans, employers and others concerned about the regulatory and enforcement activities of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) have a chance to make their concerns known by speaking up now. Comment on HHS's draft Strategic Plan. [read post]
1 May 2013, 9:13 pm by Cynthia Marcotte Stamer
The proposed rule would also strengthen certain provider enrollment provisions including allowing HHS to deny enrollment of providers affiliated with an entity that has unpaid Medicare debt, deny or revoke billing privileges for individuals with felony convictions, and revoke privileges for providers and suppliers who are abusing their billing privileges. Since provider enrollment is the [...] [read post]
1 Apr 2013, 9:53 am by Cynthia Marcotte Stamer
The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has published its final rule with a request for comments that provides, effective January 1, 2014, the federal government will pay 100 percent of the cost of certain newly eligible adult Medicaid beneficiaries.  These payments will be in effect through 2016, phasing down to a permanent 90 [...] [read post]
30 Apr 2013, 2:19 pm by Cynthia Marcotte Stamer
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has developed an array of new tools to educate consumers and health care providers about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules.   Many consumers are unfamiliar with their rights under the HIPAA Privacy Rule.  With that [...] [read post]
1 May 2013, 8:44 pm by Cynthia Marcotte Stamer
Acute care hospitals and skilled nursing facilities participating in Medicare should review proposed changes to key Medicare reimbursement rules and act quickly to share feedback on any provisions of significant concern. The Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services  (CMS) is proposing changes to its Prospective Payment Systems and other reimbursement key reimbursement rules for Hospitals [...] [read post]
3 May 2013, 8:25 am by Cynthia Marcotte Stamer
Former White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt and Solutions Law Press, Inc. editor attorney Cynthia Marcotte Stamer are two of an impressive lineup of leaders scheduled to share key HIPAA & other privacy and data security compliance and risk management strategies at the Healthcare HITECH Privacy and Security Summit at the Fifth Annual Information Security [...] [read post]
27 Mar 2013, 5:30 am by Cynthia Marcotte Stamer
Acute-care and critical access hospitals that had adverse complaint inspections in 2012 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) may want to prepare to respond to press and public inquiries.  The Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) updated its website, healthcareinspectionreports.com, to include details about deficiencies cited during complaint inspections at acute-care and [...] [read post]
1 May 2013, 9:10 pm by Cynthia Marcotte Stamer
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to increase rewards paid to Medicare beneficiaries and others whose tips about suspected fraud lead to the successful recovery of funds to as high as $9.9 million. Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced proposed regulations that would increase the penalties on [...] [read post]
7 Jun 2013, 7:34 am by Cynthia Marcotte Stamer
The Department of Health & Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is publishing Technical Corrections  (Technical Corrections) to the Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notifications Rules Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act; Other Modifications to the HIPAA Rules; Final […] [read post]
13 Sep 2013, 7:44 am by Cynthia Marcotte Stamer
In celebration of the third annual National Health IT Week is September 16-20, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host several webinars and launching new eHealth tools and resources that it intends to help providers participate in eHealth programs. These programs may be of interest to providers as well as payers who are interested in what providers are doing to use eHealth tools. [read post]
24 May 2013, 12:47 pm by Cynthia Marcotte Stamer
Medicare Fee For Service (FFS) providers and others interested in participating in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) should consider participating in the two National Provider Calls that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to host on the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program) outlined in final regulations published October 20, 2011 of […] [read post]
21 May 2013, 7:53 am by thehealthlawfirm
By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law In a nationwide takedown nearly 100 people, including doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, in eight cities were all allegedly charged in separate … Continue reading → [read post]
25 Mar 2013, 5:14 pm by Cynthia Marcotte Stamer
The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) wants to ask the 115 health plans, health care clearinghouses, and health care providers (covered entities) that OCR audited in 2012 for compliance with Privacy and Security Rules of the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA)  under its HIPAA Audit Program [...] [read post]
27 Nov 2011, 12:40 pm by Cynthia Marcotte Stamer
Convictions Highlight Health Care Data Bases Attractive, Vulnerable Target For Medicare Fraud Schemers A Federal judge sentenced 25 year old Miami resident Yenky Sanchez, 25 to serve more than 5 years in Federal prison for his role in the theft of Medicare numbers and other information of elderly and disabled Florida residents as part of a plan to defraud Medicare, Medicaid and other federal programs. Coming on the heels of a November 3 conviction in West Virginia of Sargis Tadevosyan in a… [read post]
29 Nov 2012, 9:51 am by Cynthia Marcotte Stamer
Hospitals should act quickly to adopt appropriate compliance policies and tighten outpatient and inpatient admissions recordkeeping and associated billing activities to minimize exposures signaled by audits announced by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG). OIG reportedly is auditing inpatient and outpatient hospital claims for new and established patients [...] [read post]
29 Nov 2012, 9:51 am by Cynthia Marcotte Stamer
Hospitals should act quickly to adopt appropriate compliance policies and tighten outpatient and inpatient admissions recordkeeping and associated billing activities to minimize exposures signaled by audits announced by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG). OIG reportedly is auditing inpatient and outpatient hospital claims for new and established patients [...] [read post]