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OCR Throws Penalty Flag on Jackson Health System's Multiple HIPAA Violations

Posted by: Stacy Walton Long and Alexandria M. Foster on December 3, 2019

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that it imposed $2,154,000 in civil money penalties (CMPs) against Jackson Health System (“Jackson”) for multiple violations of the Security and Breach Notification Rules of the Health...


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The Online NPDB Insights Publication Provides Monthly Guidance on Reportable Actions

Posted by: Susan E. Ziel and Sarah Stites Millspaugh on December 3, 2019

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The National Practitioner Data Base (“NPDB”) is a confidential clearinghouse established by Federal laws[1] and regulations[2] in order to promote quality, to protect the public and to reduce healthcare fraud and abuse.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) is responsible for...


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Just Released: Proposed Rule on Medicaid Fiscal Accountability

Posted by: Meghan M. Linvill McNab and Amanda K. Schipp on November 12, 2019

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

On November 12, 2019, Seema Verma, Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) spoke to the National Association of Medicaid Directors.  As part of that speech, Administrator Verma emphasized the need for transparency in Medicaid programs, particularly Medicaid...


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CMS' Final Rule on Discharge Planning Expands Patient Choice and Supports Interoperability

Posted by: Andrew W. Breck and Robert A. Anderson on October 29, 2019

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

CMS recently issued a final rule on discharge planning requirements for hospitals, critical access hospitals (“CAHs”), and home health agencies (“HHAs”).  The new regulations focus on the exchange of patient information between healthcare facilities in the discharge process. The final rule...


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How Does Your Organization's Exclusion Verification Policy Compare?

Posted by: Susan E. Ziel and Robert A. Anderson on October 29, 2019

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements
Does your organization have a policy relating to verification of exclusion from Federal and State healthcare programs? If so, does your Policy comply with all applicable requirements?   Requirements include the following:
 
  • The Civil Monetary Penalties (“CMP”) Law[1] which imposes...

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PATIENTS SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS: Providers Risk Disclosing PHI in Response to Online Reviews

Posted by: Thomas N. Hutchinson and Alexandria M. Foster on October 28, 2019

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

In the age of increased access to online review platforms such as Google, Facebook, Healthgrades, and Vitals, healthcare providers face the difficult task of managing negative reviews. It can be tempting to respond to negative reviews in an effort to resolve problems. However, these platforms...


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Office of Inspector General Clarifies Online Digital Platforms and Marketing Practices for Physicians

Posted by: Brandon W. Shirley and Robert A. Greising on October 8, 2019

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) recently published an Advisory Opinion (“AO 19-04”) concerning the use of online platforms for finding and booking physician appointments and physician marketing. While the OIG determined that the platform and payment structure...


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