Hospice EndNotes - June 2010

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In This Issue:

Using Cleaning/Maintenance Services or Consultants Are These Relationships Putting Your Company at Unnecessary Risk?

An independent contractor or subcontractor whose illegal workforce is on your premises creates an area of vulnerability where Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) can apply sanctions against your company. ICE can deem these workers to be your employees under two circumstances: (1) there are indications of an employer/ employee relationship, extremely broadly defined by the amount of control your managers exercise over these workers or (2) you have actual or “constructive” knowledge that the independent contractor’s workforce is illegal....

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Its Impact on Hospice

The health care reform bill signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010, otherwise known as the Patient Protection andAffordable Care Act (PPACA), will have a broad impact on virtually all aspects of health care, with hospice being no exception. Since the implementing regulations to the PPACA have not yet been published, we do not know the specifics of how we will be expected to achieve its new requirements. However, we do know what Congress intends the end results to be. The impact on hospice providers can be defined in terms of quality, data collection, accountability, payment reform and access to care. Some of the more significant provisions of the PPACA, as applied to hospices, are summarized below....

Audits and Breaches and Fines, Oh My! – Part 2 Further progress along the HIPAA brick road

In last month’s issue of Endnotes, we covered the “why” of HIPAA compliance. Now let’s consider the “how.” How exactly do you review your HIPAA privacy and security compliance program and ensure that all the requisite bases have been covered?

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