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Illinois Appeals Court Upholds Denial of Property Tax Exemption for Hospice Center

Posted by: Kendall A. Schnurpel and Robert A. Anderson on March 11, 2019

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

In an opinion issued on February 25, 2019, the Illinois Appellate Court confirmed that a not-for-profit hospice provider was not entitled to a charitable use property tax exemption because it was not exclusively engaged in charity care. See Midwest Palliative Hospice and Care Center v. Constance...


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Tidying Up for 2019: Are Your Estate Planning Documents in Order?

Posted by: Micah J. Nichols and Rodney S. Retzner on March 6, 2019

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

A new year means “New Year’s Resolutions.” Many people commit to financial resolutions for 2019, whether it is eliminating debt or creating a monthly budget. Unfortunately, they neglect their estate plans. Adding estate planning to your resolutions is important for a variety of reasons, whether...


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Indiana Medicaid Finalizes Rule Affecting ABA Therapy Services

Posted by: Stephanie T. Eckerle and Brandon W. Shirley on March 6, 2019

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning finalized a rule impacting applied behavioral analysis (ABA) Therapy services effective March 1, 2019. Affected services providers should review and revise business policies and practices to accommodate these new changes as applicable. Note that the...


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How Does Your Organization's Medicare/Medicaid Overpayments Policy Compare?

Posted by: Susan E. Ziel and Brandon W. Shirley on February 21, 2019

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The process for dealing with Medicare or Medicaid overpayments is essential to any health care organization. The mishandling of overpayments can result in substantial corporate liability, including potential claims of wrongful retention of overpayments in violation of the False Claims Act. Every...


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OCR Breaks All-Time Record in 2018 with Final HIPAA Settlement for the Year

Posted by: Stacy Walton Long and Alexandria M. Foster on February 18, 2019

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) recently entered into its final Resolution Agreement of 2018 to resolve HIPAA allegations involving Cottage Health, a California health system that serves patients throughout the state. Cottage Health provided notice of breaches of...


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OIG Issues Favorable Advisory Opinion on Waiver of Cost-Sharing Amounts for Charitable Pediatric Care

Posted by: Marc T. Quigley and Andrew W. Breck on February 18, 2019

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The OIG recently published favorable guidance in Advisory Opinion No. 19-01 regarding the waiver of cost-sharing amounts for charitable pediatric care in limited circumstances (“Arrangement”).  While OIG concluded that the pediatric clinic’s Arrangement could potentially generate prohibited...


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Are you ready for changes to Medicare Part D prescription requirements?

Posted by: Stacy Walton Long and Brandon W. Shirley on February 5, 2019

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

In October of 2018, Congress passed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (“SUPPORT Act”), a measure attempting to address the opioid epidemic at the national level. Two sections of the SUPPORT Act specifically mandate changes that will likely affect most providers, including the...


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