The United States Department of Health and Human Services is a federal executive department established in 1953, as part of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The Agency became independent in... more +
The United States Department of Health and Human Services is a federal executive department established in 1953, as part of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The Agency became independent in 1980 and was renamed The Department of Health and Human Services at that time. HHS is charged with protecting and improving the health of the American population, as well as providing essential services.
The Biggest Changes in HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus Rule & Recommended Action Steps—Ted Kobus
Although the professional component of coding for evaluation and management services ("E&M Services") has been scrutinized over the years, until recently, little attention has been given to coding practices for the facility...more
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Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other HHS and Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; Other Health Care News; and Hearings and Mark-Ups Scheduled....more
On April 10th, President Obama submitted his FY 2014 Budget Proposal to Congress. In the normal course of events, the President would have unveiled his spending plan in early February as required by law....more
The HHS OIG has released a report recommending that CMS grant the Medicare Drug Integrity Contractor (MEDIC) wider latitude in pursuing potential fraud and abuse by Medicare Advantage plans. The report found that the MEDIC,...more
Healthcare fraudsters do not discriminate between private and public health insurance. Fraudsters use similar schemes to defraud Medicare and Medicaid and private insurance companies. ...more
The Justice Department and the Department of Health and Human Services have made healthcare fraud a number one priority – it is another example of the synergy of politics and enforcement. Congress spends more money on...more
Healthcare providers, particularly physicians and hospitals, regularly engage in business arrangements that may implicate the federal self-referral law, known as the Stark Law. Recent changes to the Stark Law, including...more
The financial recoveries for healthcare fraud are staggering. The Justice Department and Health and Human Services (Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”)) regularly...more
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