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HHS Considers Allowing Hospitals to Use Medicaid Funds to Pay for Patients’ Housing

[12/19/18]

Posted on December 19, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The Secretary of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) recently announced that Medicaid may allow hospitals and health systems to use funds to pay for patients’ housing.[1] HHS has already experimented with this idea by providing states with waivers under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act to expand Medicaid coverage to individuals experiencing homelessness.[2] Some…Read More

2019 Non-Monetary Compensation to Physicians (And Chance to Review 2018)

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Posted on December 19, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Under the federal Stark Law, hospitals may provide non-monetary compensation to physicians up to an aggregate amount of $416 for calendar year 2019. The dollar limit for “medical staff incidental benefits” (e.g., meals, parking and other items or incidental services that are used on the hospital’s campus) is less than $35 per occurrence. Other requirements…Read More

This Week in Washington – December 14, 2018

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Posted on December 14, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Congress Tackles Multiple Health Provisions This Week The standstill on progress over finalizing the remaining fiscal year 2019 spending bills has given Congress the opportunity to advance some outstanding health care measures. This week, the House of Representatives passed legislation including the ACE Kids Act to allow state Medicaid programs to use a home health…Read More

OCR Announces Fine for Lack of BAA and Failure to Terminate Former Employee’s Access to PHI

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Posted on December 14, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On December 11, 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced that a critical access hospital in Colorado (the “Hospital”) will settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) by paying a civil penalty of $111,400 and adopting a corrective action plan….Read More

Health Provider News – December 14, 2018

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Posted on December 14, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL US health care spending hits $3.5 trillion in 2017, but rate of growth slows CMS finalizes risk adjustment rule for benefit year 2018 4 health systems raising their minimum wage Demand for both physicians and nurse practitioners driving up compensation, study finds Report predicts shortage of nearly 30,000 doctors in geriatrics American Hospital Association…Read More

Important Alert: Response to Emailed Bomb Threats

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Posted on December 13, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

A number of organizations, including many health care and financial organizations, nationwide have reported receiving emails that state that an explosive device has been brought into the recipient’s facility and will be detonated unless a ransom is paid in Bitcoin. Law enforcement authorities are investigating; however, at this point, no explosive devices have been found….Read More

Nursing Home Fine Upheld for Inadequately Addressing Sexual Interactions Between Cognitively Impaired Residents – Policy Reviews Needed

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Posted on December 13, 2018 in Health Law News, Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (“Court of Appeals”) released an opinion that confirmed a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) assessment of an immediate jeopardy citation and an $83,800 civil money penalty against a nursing home for inadequately addressing sexual interactions between cognitively impaired nursing home residents….Read More

Business Associate’s Data Breach Leads to $500,000 Fine for Hospitalist Group

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Posted on December 10, 2018 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced on December 4, 2018 that a hospitalist group (“Group”) that works with hospitals and nursing homes to provide internal medicine physicians has agreed to pay $500,000 and adopt a corrective action plan to settle alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability…Read More

Department of Justice Announces Important Updates to Yates Memo Requirements

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Posted on December 7, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On November 29, 2018, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced some significant changes to the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ’s”) policies on investigating corporate wrongdoing. These changes pull back some of the guidance that was first announced in a public memorandum issued by former Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates (“Yates Memo”) in 2015, especially with…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – December 7, 2018

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Posted on December 7, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Congress Passes Two-Week Stopgap Funding Measure On December 6, Congress passed a continuing resolution that extends current funding for select federal agencies for two weeks. The extension became necessary after the services for former President George H.W. Bush halted almost all legislative activity on Capitol Hill this week. Lawmakers will now have until December 21 to…Read More