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Also In The News - Health Headlines - August 2016 #3

CMS Releases Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice For Public Comment – CMS announced that the public has the opportunity to comment on the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON). The MOON is a standardized form...more

HHS Issues Final Non-Discrimination Rules for Healthcare Providers

Healthcare providers and others who receive federal financial assistance are now subject to new non-discrimination rules and notice requirements under the Affordable Care Act. The new regulation prohibits discrimination in...more

Nursing Facilities to Face Surveyors’ Review of Photo and Video Policies

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) this month took aim at the unauthorized taking and sharing of photos and videos – including through social media – in nursing facilities. In response to media reports and...more

CMS Cracks Down On Social Media Abuse By Nursing Home Staff

On August 5th the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a memorandum to all state survey agencies requiring that during the next standard survey of a nursing home, whether a Traditional or Quality Indicator...more

Kickback Prosecutions Expanding Beyond Drugs and Devices to Care Networks

The DOJ has recently showed some new muscle by applying anti-kickback laws to care facility owners rather than drug manufacturers. The uptick in federal healthcare fraud prosecutions in 2016 has been well-documented, but...more

States to Survey Nursing Home Social Media Policies

Via an August 5, 2016, letter, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) instructed State Survey Agency Directors to survey “nursing home policies and procedures related to prohibiting nursing home staff from taking...more

CMS Adds New Quality Measures to Nursing Home Ratings

On August 10, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it has incorporated five new quality measures to the calculations for its nursing home Five-Star Quality Ratings. The five measures are now...more

CMS Issues Warning to Nursing Homes Regarding Abuse of Residents Via Social Media

On August 5, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance to nursing homes in a letter to state survey agencies that addresses nursing homes’ obligations to protect residents. The Letter focuses on...more

Client Alert - The Government Makes a Business Associate Pay: What HIPAA Covered Entities and Business Associates Can Learn from...

The government has entered into its first settlement with a HIPAA business associate, including a $650,000.00 monetary penalty, ushering in a new period of enforcement for third parties who use Protected Health Information...more

Technology Must Be A Priority for Senior Living Communities

A recent panel at the Chicago Senior News Chicago Summit discussed the tendency of senior housing developers to spend money on the wrong priorities. In particular, they noted that money spent on technology should be...more

Class Rep Can Opt Out of Arbitration for All (And Other Recent State Court Anomalies)

Continuing last week’s theme of “States Gone Wild,” here are three more oddball summer decisions from state supreme courts. All of them find interesting paths around federal case law (IMHO). Georgia Says Class Complaint...more

BYOD Risks under HIPAA – Does Your HIPAA Compliance Program Adequately Address the Ever Increasing Use of Portable Electronic...

Many U.S. employers are now allowing employees to use their own personal handheld devices and laptop computers for work-related purposes. As the age of employer-provided devices is coming to an end and “bring your own device”...more

First Ever OCR Settlement of Enforcement Action against HIPAA Business Associate Due to PHI Breach

On June 30, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced the first HIPAA settlement agreement with a business associate. This follows recent settlements with two HIPAA covered entities under HIPAA due, in large part, to the...more

Recognizing the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse is a significant problem in the United States that affects thousands of innocent victims every year. Unfortunately, it is difficult to get an accurate measure of the scope of the problem, and the National...more

The Duty of Care to Distressed Employees

The Supreme Court of Queensland has allowed a negligence claim by a former nursing home administrator whose pre-existing anxiety disorder was exacerbated by work stressors1....more

Worth Another Look: Amendments to the Human Services Code

Typically when a state General Appropriations (GA) bill for the new Fiscal Year is passed, the legislature considers bills amending the Public School Code, Human Services Code, Fiscal Code and Tax Code. While the GA bill...more

D.C. Circuit Affirms NLRB’s Order to Employer to Reimburse All of Union's Bargaining Expenses as Remedy for Unfair Labor Practices

In HTH Corporation v. NLRB, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected the National Labor Relations Board’s attempt to expand the remedies under the National Labor Relations Act for unfair labor practices to...more

CMS 2016 Nursing Home Action Plan Overview

On May 17, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its new Action Plan for Further Improvement of Nursing Home Quality (Action Plan). The Action Plan is CMS’ strategic plan for nursing homes that is...more

Connecticut Health Law Legislative Update

Current law permits a hospital, health system, or medical school to organize and become a member of a medical foundation, which can practice medicine through its employees or agents who are physicians, chiropractors,...more

Health IT Bill Passes Congress, Opening Affordable Broadband Access to Rural Nursing Homes

In a late night voice vote on June 7, 2016, the Rural Health Care Connectivity Act finally passed the full Senate. Among other things, the new law promises to open up opportunities for both the long-term care industry in...more

West Virginia Supreme Court- Medical Power of Attorney Does Not Have Power to Make Binding Legal Decisions for Incapacitated...

In May, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia issued a decision in the Wanda Williams v. CMO Management, LLC case. Robert Thompson suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and resided at a nursing facility preceding his...more

CMS Releases Nursing Home Action Plan for 2016/2017

The CMS Survey and Certification Group has released its 2016/2017 Nursing Home Action Plan, which details the agency’s strategy for continuing to improve nursing home quality. The plan focuses on five strategies for quality...more

CMS Proposes Fiscal Year 2017 Payment for Skilled Nursing Facilities and Provisions for FY 2019 Value-Based Purchasing...

Overall, the Proposed Rule details CMS’s proposals for SNFs in CMS’s accelerating pace of shifting Medicare payment from volume to value toward the administration’s goals and timeline for moving the Medicare program, and the...more

You Should Know - May 2016

In This Issue: - Forced Injustice - Stacking the Deck - Sign the Petition - Excerpt from Businesses Use Loophole to Deny Day in Court: Injustice, Thy Name Is Forced Arbitration: Tia’s employment case...more

Mississippi CON Report

1. Mississippi Certificate of Need Meetings during April 2016 - During the April 28, 2016, Certificate of Need meeting, Dr. Mary Currier, State Health Officer, concurred with the health and planning staff analysis and...more

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