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Today in Washington – April 6, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

[04/06/20]

Posted on April 6, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates

Published by: Hall Render

Monday, April 6 Recap Note – ​We believe this is the most up-to-date information available at this time, but it is subject to change ​as circumstances warrant. Also, all finalized resources can be found ​on the COVID-19 ​Resource ​Center page ​of Hall Render’s website.​ Congressional Outlook The House and Senate remain in recess until at least... READ MORE

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OIG Reports on Hospitals’ Experiences in Managing COVID-19 Crisis

[04/06/20]

Posted on April 6, 2020 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On April 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a report summarizing OIG’s interviews with hospital administrators across the country on COVID-19. The interviews, which Hall Render summarized in a previous alert, were conducted between March 23 through March 27 and focused on three... READ MORE

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OIG Issues COVID-19 Message Minimizing Burdens on Providers

[03/31/20]

Posted on March 31, 2020 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On March 30, 2020, OIG released a message to health care providers reinforcing OIG’s continued focus on aggressively pursuing bad actors exploiting the COVID-19 crisis but also praising the hard work and dedication of the frontline providers who are serving heroically in this crisis. This is in follow-up to our previous COVID-19-related guidance pertaining... READ MORE

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Today in Washington – March 25, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

[03/25/20]

Posted on March 25, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates

Published by: Hall Render

Wednesday, March 25 Recap Note – ​We believe this is the most up-to-date information available at this time, but it is subject to change ​as circumstances warrant. Also, all finalized resources can be found ​on the COVID-19 ​Resource ​Center page ​of Hall Render’s website.​ Congressional Outlook Early this morning, the Senate finally reached a tentative agreement... READ MORE

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Emergency! OIG SNF Audits Reveal Failure to Comply with Life Safety and Emergency Preparedness Regulations

[02/13/20]

Posted on February 13, 2020 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

Most skilled nursing facilities are not correctly complying with life safety requirements or emergency preparedness requirements, according to three recent reports by the Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. OIG recently issued three reports on its audits of life safety requirements or emergency preparedness requirements:... READ MORE

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OIG Issues Guidance on Real Estate Purchase from Entity Owned in Part by Excluded Individual

[10/11/19]

Posted on October 11, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On September 6, 2019, OIG issued Advisory Opinion No. 19-05 (“the Opinion”) regarding the proposed purchase of real estate from an entity owned and managed, in part, by an excluded individual. The facts that gave rise to the Opinion involved a community health center receiving federal grant funding and Medicare reimbursement which was looking... READ MORE

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Webinar Preview: Analyzing 2018 Anti-Kickback Compliance Settlements Involving Real Estate Arrangements

[09/18/19]

Posted on September 18, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) and Department of Justice (“DOJ”) often release information about compliance settlements under the Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”), including both the settlement value and the subject arrangement. The most recent data from 2018 shows several of these settlements arose from real estate arrangements and some involved millions of dollars... READ MORE

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A New Option for Grant Noncompliance: OIG Releases Grantee Self-Disclosure Program

[08/16/19]

Posted on August 16, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On July 11, 2019, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) released the new Grant Self-Disclosure Program Guidance (“Grant Guidance”) for HHS grant recipients and subrecipients. Through the Grant Guidance, OIG provides new self-reporting options for HHS grant recipients and subrecipients who determine that they... READ MORE

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Medicare Paid Twice for Ambulance Services Subject to SNF Consolidated Billing

[04/19/19]

Posted on April 19, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Summary In a February 2019 report, No. A-01-17-00506, HHS Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) determined that Medicare made Part B payments to ambulance suppliers for transportation services that were covered through the Medicare Part A payments to skilled nursing facilities (“SNF”) as part of consolidated billing requirements. With certain exceptions, the SNF Part... READ MORE

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Digital Medicine: OIG Approves Arrangement to Provide Smartphones to Patients

[02/15/19]

Posted on February 15, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On January 29, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) published Advisory Opinion 19-02, which approved an arrangement allowing a pharmaceutical manufacturer to loan smartphones to financially needy patients in order to assist with medication adherence. OIG stated that it would not impose sanctions against the parties for... READ MORE

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