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Beginning June 1, CMS Requires Providers to Complete SRDP Using Forms

Posted by: Thomas N. Hutchinson and Andrew C. Walker on April 26, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

For the first time since its September 2010 introduction, CMS’ Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (“SRDP”) is undergoing sweeping changes. Beginning June 1, 2017, parties using SRDP to voluntarily disclose actual or potential violations of the Stark law will use specifically-designed forms to...


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Protected Health Care Communications Using Mobile Devices - How Does Your Policy Rate?

Posted by: Susan E. Ziel on April 6, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

Do you have a corporate policy that governs your "protected communications" which may be sent or received through the use of mobile devices? If yes, does your Policy address each of the following "Top 10" requirements?   Here's a checklist to assist you in reviewing, updating (and communicating)...


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OIG Advisory Opinion on Free or Reduced-Cost Lodging and Meals

Posted by: Meghan M. Linvill McNab and Brian M. Heaton on April 3, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

On March 10, 2017 the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) published Advisory Opinion No. 17-01 regarding a hospital system’s proposal to provide free or reduced-cost lodging and meals to certain financially needy patients (“Proposed Arrangement”).  The...


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President's Proposed Budget Makes Deep Cuts, But Seeks Increases To Medicare Fraud Fight

Posted by: Thomas N. Hutchinson and Andrew C. Walker on April 3, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

President Trump’s March 16 “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” proposes to cut $15.1 billion in Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) spending, representing a nearly 18% reduction in annual spending.[1] The cuts target many entrenched programs and grants,...


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Krieg DeVault to Present at HFMA Spring Institute

on April 3, 2017

Krieg DeVault LLP is proud to be a presenter at this year’s Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Spring Institute. Andrew C. Walker, an associate attorney in Krieg DeVault LLP’s Healthcare Practice Group, will present “The 2017 OPPS Final Rule and HOPD Reimbursement Impact,”...


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DOJ Releases Guidelines for Evaluating Effective Compliance Programs

Posted by: Brandon W. Shirley and Susan E. Ziel on April 3, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The United States Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) Fraud Section recently published guidelines (“Guidelines”) it will use when determining whether to bring charges against health care entities or individuals.  While the Guidelines in no way represent an absolute defense against potential federal...


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HHS OIG Adds New Authorities to the Anti-Kickback Statute and Civil Monetary Penalties Law

Posted by: Brandon W. Shirley on February 24, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) recently finalized new regulations (“Regulations”) impacting the anti-kickback statute (“AKS”) safe harbors and civil monetary penalties law (“CMPL”).  Specifically, the Regulations expanded the exceptions and safe harbors under...


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