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OIG Final Rule Significantly Expands Exclusion Authority

[01/19/17]

Posted on January 19, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On January 12, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) published the “Health Care Programs: Fraud and Abuse; Revisions to the Office of Inspector General’s Exclusion Authorities” Final Rule (“Final Rule”) revising and expanding its authority to exclude individuals and entities from participation in federal health care programs.... READ MORE

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CMS Comments on Compliance, QAPI Regulations

[03/22/13]

Posted on March 22, 2013 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

During yesterday’s Open Door Forum, Jeanette Kranacs, the Director of the Division of Institutional Post-Acute Care for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) commented that CMS will not be issuing instructions to surveyors on evaluating compliance and ethics programs until the regulations have been promulgated.  CMS was required to have final regulations and various tools in place as of... READ MORE

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OIG Issues New Guidelines for Review of State FCA Statutes

[03/15/13]

Posted on March 15, 2013 in False Claims Act Defense

Published by: Hall Render

The recent amendments to the False Claims Act, the Fraud Enforcement Recovery Act of 2009 (“FERA”), the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (“PPACA”), and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) continue to generate new rules and guidance. Effective 2007, Congress created incentives for States to pass and enforce mirror FCA statutes... READ MORE

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Deadline Looming for Nursing Facility Compliance Program Requirement

[02/06/13]

Posted on February 6, 2013 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires all skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and nursing facilities (NFs) to have an effective compliance and ethics program in place by March 23, 2013.  Unfortunately, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has failed to publish final regulations covering these programs, as required under PPACA, by... READ MORE

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OIG Publishes Findings of Nurse Aide Criminal History Investigation

[10/09/12]

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

Written by: Bufford, David W.

As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) was mandated to submit a report to Congress evaluating the Nationwide Program for National and State Background Checks on Direct Patient Access Employees of Long Term Care Facilities and Providers (commonly referred to as the “Background... READ MORE

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OIG Publishes 2013 Work Plan

[10/05/12]

Posted on October 5, 2012 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has published their annual Work Plan for 2013. The Work Plan continues to identify compliance risk areas that subject Medicare and Medicaid providers to audit and enforcement initiatives. The Work Plan specifically targets skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), hospices, and home health agencies (HHAs). For all types of... READ MORE

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Inappropriate and Questionable Billing by Medicare Home Health Agencies

[08/02/12]

Posted on August 2, 2012 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Selby, Todd J.

Data collected and analyzed by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) since 2010, indicate that home health agencies (HHAs) are predisposed to commit Medicare fraud, waste and abuse. In 2010, Medicare inappropriately paid $5 million for erroneous claims submitted by HHAs. With one in four claims being suspect, the OIG established six (6) criteria... READ MORE

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LTPAC Collaborative Releases 2012-2014 Health IT Road Map

[07/09/12]

Posted on July 9, 2012 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

Since 2005, a group of associations known as the Long Term and Post Acute Care (LTPAC) Health Information Technology Collaborative (the Collaborative) have hosted the annual LTPAC Health IT Summit to discuss and advance health IT issues for long LTPAC providers.  Following the Summit, the Collaborative publishes a Road Map that identifies the progress... READ MORE

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OIG Report Finds Extensive Misuse of Antipsychotics in Nursing Facilities

[07/09/12]

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

Written by: Bufford, David W.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report this morning detailing issues found in the use of antipsychotics in nursing facilities.  Utilizing a sample of records from January through June of 2007, the OIG found over 99% of records reviewed failed to meet one or more Federal requirements.  

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CMS Releases 2012 Nursing Home Action Plan

[07/06/12]

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

Written by: Bufford, David W.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) just released the 2012 Nursing Home Action Plan; a guide for CMS’ efforts to continue to improve nursing home safety and quality.  The plan features 5 actionable strategies, including: enhance consumer engagement; strengthen survey processes, standards, and enforcement; promote quality improvement; create strategic approaches through partnerships; and... READ MORE

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