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EHR Incentive Registrations and Payments Continue to Grow

[01/18/12]

Posted on January 18, 2012 in Health Information Technology

Written by: Jeffrey W. Short

CMS’s most recent monthly report for the EHR Incentive Program shows rapid growth in the number of Eligible Hospitals and Eligible Providers registered for the program and receiving payments under the programs.  In December, Medicare payment tripled with $89 million in payments to Eligible Professionals and $374 million in payments to Eligible Hospitals and CAHs.   Total Medicare payments for…Read More

WSJ Cites Research Aimed at Restoring Antibiotic Sensitivity to Superbugs

[01/17/12]

Posted on January 17, 2012 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

So-called “superbugs”, those bacteria strains that have developed resistance to antibiotics, have long generated high levels of concern for hospitals and long-term care facilities.  These infections are difficult to treat, and often generate serious complications for individuals with already impaired immune systems.  The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) today published a note detailing efforts by researchers to…Read More

Supreme Court Rules on Religious Exemption from Discrimination Laws

[01/13/12]

Posted on January 13, 2012 in Health Law News

Written by: Stephen W. Lyman

Some Employees of Religious Employers Are Not Protected by Discrimination Laws On January 11, 2012, the Supreme Court of the United States, in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, definitively ruled that the First Amendment bars employment discrimination suits that challenge a religious organization’s decision to fire a “minister.”  Although the…Read More

Lots of Activity at the NLRB as the New Year Begins

[01/13/12]

Posted on January 13, 2012 in Health Law News

Written by: Stephen W. Lyman

The year that just ended was filled with an amazing volume of significant developments coming from the National Labor Relations Board affecting private employers.  Those developments were driven by a Board that was never up to its full complement of five members – until now. Recess Appointments to the NLRB Bring Controversy On January 4,…Read More

For New Cost Report Periods, PPACA Requires Direct Care Expenditure Accounting

[01/10/12]

Posted on January 10, 2012 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are required to seperately report expenditures for wages and benefits for direct care staff (breaking out (at a minimum) registered nurses, licensed professional nurses, certified nurse assistants, and other medical and therapy staff).  CMS recently posted updates to the Provider Reimbursement Manual detailing…Read More

New Regulations Implemented for Independent Informal Dispute Resolution (IDR) Process for Nursing Homes

[01/10/12]

Posted on January 10, 2012 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Selby, Todd J.

Effective January 1, 2012, all standard and/or complaint surveys initiated on or after January 1, 2012, that generate an enforcement action, will be subject to the new Federal requirements governing the Independent IDR process.  The State survey agency must develop a written process that will then be approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid…Read More

Teaching Hospital Will Pay $115,000 for I-9 Violations

[01/09/12]

Posted on January 9, 2012 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced another I-9 settlement in which the University of California San Diego Medical Center agreed to pay a $115,000 civil penalty for improper I-9 procedures.  In addition to the civil penalty imposed, the organization must also implement new I-9 procedures, conduct I-9 training and work with the DOJ moving forward…Read More

OIG Releases Provider Compliance Videos

[01/09/12]

Posted on January 9, 2012 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

In December, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released an initial series of videos aimed at providers that focus on compliance issues.  These videos are part of the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT) Provider Compliance Training initiative.  Health & Human Services Inspector General Daniel Levinson stated the videos are intended…Read More

Indiana’s Right-to-Work Battle Heats Up

[01/09/12]

Posted on January 9, 2012 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

January 9, 2012 Indiana’s Right-to-Work Battle Heats Up The Indiana General Assembly is “Ground Zero” in the epic battle over the so-called “Right-to-Work” legislation. So much has been written about “Right-to-Work” that it makes some sense to understand what the Indiana proposed legislation actually says. Some Background about “Right-to-Work” Most private non-governmental employers are covered…Read More