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Updates to Hospice Face-to-Face Encounters

[07/01/11]

Posted on July 1, 2011 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Selby, Todd J.

In response to the changes contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) designed to address increasing lengths of stay in hospice programs, CMS added a “face-to-face encounter” requirement to the hospice certification requirements. Effective January 1, 2011, a hospice physician or nurse practitioner must have a “face-to-face” encounter with each hospice... READ MORE

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UPDATED – Retention of Overpayments under FERA and the ACA

[01/06/11]

Posted on January 6, 2011 in False Claims Act Defense

Written by: David B. Honig

The Fraud Enforcement Recovery Act of 2009 (“FERA”) was enacted on May 20, 2009. Among other things, FERA significantly amended the False Claims Act (“FCA”) to make it easier for whistleblowers to bring claims against Medicare and Medicaid providers and other government contractors. It also created an entirely new type of “false claim,” improper... READ MORE

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