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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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HIPAA Business Associates ... How Do I Know Thee?

Posted by: Susan E. Ziel and Stephanie T. Eckerle on February 24, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

HIPAA, as amended by HITECH, imposes significant requirements on those persons or entities who qualify as a business associate (BA) as a result of their access to protected health information (PHI) in the performance of services on behalf of a covered entity (CE). 

For example, a BA could be...


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Be Prepared: Submission of Breach Notifications Due to HHS by March 1, 2017

Posted by: Stephanie T. Eckerle and Stacy Walton Long on February 24, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

Did your company have a HIPAA breach affecting less than 500 individuals in calendar year 2016 that has not yet been reported to HHS?  If so, the deadline for submission of any breach notifications to HHS is March 1, 2017.  

HIPAA requires that covered entities maintain a log or other...


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HHS OIG Publishes New Regulations that Expand its Authority to Exclude Health Care Providers from Participation in the Program

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”) finalized Regulations on January 12, 2017, that revise and clarify Federal authorities governing a health care provider’s participation in and exclusion from a Federal health care program, i.e., Medicare and Medicaid.  These...


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