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WEBINAR: Home Care and the Continuum – March 10

[03/05/15]

Posted on March 5, 2015 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

Join Hall Render Attorney Robert Markette on March 10 for: How Home Care and Acute Care Can Work Together With the rise of ACOs and other new payment models, acute care providers are beginning to reconsider their involvement with post-acute care. As pay for performance, shared savings and other models that pay based upon... READ MORE

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Five-Star Ratings to Undergo Revisions

[02/12/15]

Posted on February 12, 2015 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

On February 12, CMS hosted an Open Door Forum on the upcoming changes to the Nursing Home Compare Five-Star rating system.  These changes will be effective on February 20th.  Nursing facilities will be able to privately view their revised ratings by mid-morning on Friday, February 13, via their MDS portal login. The updated scoring system may... READ MORE

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New Guidance Documents from FDA Seek to Clarify Regulation for Wellness Devices and Medical Device Accessories

[02/10/15]

Posted on February 10, 2015 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

On January 20, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (the “FDA” or “Agency”) published two draft guidance documents designed to fulfill promises it made in the multi-agency Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (“FDASIA”) Health IT report. The first draft guidance is intended to promote the innovation of general wellness devices and... READ MORE

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Report Details Safety Issues with Health IT

[02/09/15]

Posted on February 9, 2015 in Health Information Technology

Written by: Mark R. Dahlby

In November 2014, the ECRI Institute¹ issued a report discussing issues of patient safety and adverse events linked to health information technology (“IT”) products. The report comes in the form of an annual list of top ten health technology safety hazards. According to the ECRI Institute, although many facets of health IT have a... READ MORE

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The Exemption Lives: District Court Strikes Down the Department of Labor’s Revised Definition of Companionship Services

[01/15/15]

Posted on January 15, 2015 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

In an opinion issued on January 14, 2015 in Home Care Association of America v. Weil1, the U.S. District Court ruled that the revised companionship service exemption would not take effect and that the exemption would remain as originally promulgated in 1974 (“the Opinion”).  This means that home care providers may continue to rely... READ MORE

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Happy New Year from the D.C. Circuit

[12/31/14]

Posted on December 31, 2014 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Taylor, Allison L.

Hall Render advised readers of a memorandum opinion issued December 22, 2014¹ by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, in which it struck down some, but not all, of the revised companionship services regulations (the “Regulations”) that are currently set to become effective on January 1, 2015. In this ruling, the... READ MORE

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D.C. Circuit Strikes Down Portion of New Companionship Services Exemption

[12/29/14]

Posted on December 29, 2014 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Taylor, Allison L.

In a memorandum opinion issued December 22, 2014,1 the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia struck down some, but not all, of the revised companionship services regulations (the “Regulations”) that are currently set to become effective on January 1, 2015. The ruling comes out of a legal challenge brought against the United... READ MORE

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Face-to-Face Analysis Relating to Final Home Health PPS Final Rule 2015

[11/03/14]

Posted on November 3, 2014 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On October 30, 2014, CMS issued its pre-released copy of the Final CY 2015 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rule (“Final Rule”). The Final Rule adopts many of the proposals found in the proposed regulations that were published by CMS earlier this year (“Proposed Rules”). Notably, the Final Rule also contains CMS’s responses to... READ MORE

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Indiana Medicaid to Reimburse Home Health Agencies for Certain Telehealth Services

[10/31/14]

Posted on October 31, 2014 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Taylor, Allison L.

Senate Enrolled Act 554 from the 2013 legislative session set the stage for an upcoming change in Medicaid policy that will provide reimbursement for certain telehealth services provided by Home Health Agencies (“HHAs”).  The Indiana Health Coverage Programs (“IHCP”) released Bulletin BT201454 earlier this week outlining the policy change that will cover an HHA’s remote monitoring of data... READ MORE

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Caution – Pay No Mind to the Department of Labor’s Temporary Non-Enforcement Policy Relating to the Companion Services Exemption

[10/31/14]

Posted on October 31, 2014 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Taylor, Allison L.

In the October 9, 2014 Federal Register, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) indicated it will delay enforcement of the Companion Services Rule (“Rule”) until June 30, 2015 (the “Notice”). The DOL suggests this delayed enforcement is meant to assist the provider community with implementing changes in the Rule. In its commentary, the DOL suggests... READ MORE

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