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ISDH Issues Proposed Rule Amending the Newborn Screening Program

Posted by: Thomas N. Hutchinson on May 24, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

On May 9, 2018, the Indiana State Department of Health issued a proposed rule to amend certain regulations governing the Newborn Screening Program in 410 Indiana Administrative Code 3-3 (the “Proposed Rule”).  The Proposed Rule amends the list of disorders newborns must be screened for and the...


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Importance Of Having A Contingency Plan

Posted by: Stacy Walton Long and Stephanie T. Eckerle on May 24, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

In March 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) issued a newsletter entitled, “Plan A… B… Contingency Plan!” While contingency plans are already required under the HIPAA Security Rule1, OCR’s newsletter provides guidance regarding the importance and...


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Update on the May Meeting of the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse

Posted by: Amy M. Levander and Laura A. Brown on May 10, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse (“Commission”) met on Thursday, May 3, 2018 to continue its collaboration and work to combat various drug and addiction issues in Indiana. 

Several updates on current initiatives were first provided, including the status of INSPECT integration, the...


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Indiana Medicaid Finalizes Rule Changes Affecting Medicaid Home Health Providers

Posted by: Thomas N. Hutchinson and Brandon W. Shirley on May 10, 2018

The Office of the Secretary of Family and Social Services finalized LSA Document #17-342, which is a rule amendment that impacts Indiana Medicaid home health service providers (“Final Rule”).[1] In general, the Final Rule seeks to align Indiana home health service policies with those of 42...


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OCR Issues Guidance on the Performance of a HIPAA Risk Analysis v. a Gap Analysis

Posted by: Stephanie T. Eckerle and Stacy Walton Long on May 10, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

In April 2018 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) published guidance entitled “Risk Analyses v. Gap Analyses – What is the difference?” (the “Guidance”).[1] This Guidance is extremely helpful for both covered entities and business associates on the...


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Bipartisan Budget Act Includes Important Changes to Fraud and Abuse Penalties

Posted by: Thomas N. Hutchinson and Brandon W. Shirley on May 1, 2018

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (“BBA”) was signed into law February 9 and funds the federal government through March 23. Additionally, the legislation contains significant health care policy changes. Of important note are dramatic increases to civil and criminal penalties for federal health...


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CMS Proposes Four Rules ??" SNF, IRF, Hospice, IPF

Posted by: Robert A. Anderson and Meghan M. Linvill McNab on May 1, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

On April 27, 2018, CMS announced four (4) new proposed rules to “advance administrative burden reduction, Medicare modernization, and the Meaningful Measures Initiative.”   These proposed regulations apply to the following payment systems: (i) Skilled Nursing Facilities Prospective Payment...


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