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Office of Inspector General Cautions Physicians Who Reassign Their Medicare Benefits


Posted on February 8, 2012 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Brian D. Jent

On February 8, 2012, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Health and Human Services issued an Alert cautioning physicians who reassign their Medicare benefits. The Alert included precautions to physicians to perform appropriate due diligence of the entities to which they reassign their benefits. The OIG also alerted physicians to utilize…Read More

Electronic Health Record Donation Arrangements


Posted on February 7, 2012 in Health Information Technology

Written by: Michael T. Batt

Today, Hall Render published an article providing some practical guidance and points for consideration when implementing an EHR donation arrangement.  Please click here to view the article. Should you have any questions, please contact Michael Batt at 317.977.1417 or

OIG Posts Video Guidance on Self-Disclosure


Posted on February 6, 2012 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

As part of their on-going video series, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has posted a video on their self-disclosure protocols. Self-disclosure is a key element of an effective compliance program, and can possibly reduce any civil monetary penalties (CMPs) associated with a violation or instance of noncompliance. The OIG has provided many videos in…Read More

False Claims Act Update, January 2012


Posted on February 6, 2012 in False Claims Act Defense

Written by: David B. Honig

January, 2012, saw two different examples of the Government using the False Claims Act to bring a gun to a knife fight. In the first case the gun won the day. In the second, it backfired. Both cases were brought in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and in both the Government was the defendant…Read More

CMS Postpones Two Anti-Fraud Initiatives


Posted on February 6, 2012 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has pushed back the start of two anti-fraud programs to June due to provider concerns.  Two pilot programs, one that would require prior authorization for scooters and power wheelchairs and one allowing recovery audit contractors (RAC) to review claims prior to payment, were initially slated to begin January 1, 2012.  

Congressional Budget Office Estimates Federal Health Care Program Spending to Double over Next 10 Years


Posted on February 3, 2012 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

This installment of Hall Render’s Health Law Broadcast series on health care reform is designed to provide you with the insight, analysis and practical suggestions with respect to the various reform initiatives that will affect your organization.   The Congressional Budget Office (“CBO”) recently released a report detailing the nation’s budget and economic outlook for the next…Read More

Two Bills Under Discussion in Kentucky to Affect Litigation Actions


Posted on February 2, 2012 in Litigation Analysis

Published by: Hall Render

Two bills in Kentucky are currently under discussion that will, if enacted, impact litigation of contracts with arbitration clauses and cases involving malpractice of long-term care providers.  These bills significantly alter the current process for such actions. One bill, introduced as House Bill (HB) 88, changes the established treatment of arbitration clauses in contracts.  Currently…Read More

Right to Work Becomes Law in Indiana


Posted on February 1, 2012 in Health Law News

Written by: Stephen W. Lyman

February 1, 2012 Right to Work Becomes Law in Indiana On February 1, 2012, Indiana became the 23rd state to enact “Right to Work” with Governor Mitch Daniels’ signature on House Bill 1001 after it passed the Senate by a vote of 28 to 22. This Right to Work law has been a long time…Read More

Health Care Real Estate Outlook Remains Strong


Posted on February 1, 2012 in Health Law News

Written by: Dick, Andrew A.

During the 4th quarter of 2011, Grubb & Ellis (G&E) released their investor outlook for health care properties. The report states that demand is strong and that health care properties will continue to be a reliable investment over the next decade. G&E points to a number of factors to justify its outlook. The driving force…Read More