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Roadmap to Prison: Lessons Learned from the Criminal Prosecution of Alpha Ambulance’s Leaders

No one running an ambulance company ever planned to go to prison for doing his or her job. But that is a real possibility if the government knocks on the door, and the owner or manager is dishonest in his or her response to...more

OIG Report Outlines Five Recommendations for Hospice Care Reform

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) to reform the hospice payment system, collect data relevant to revising hospice payments and develop quality...more

OIG criticizes HUD’s enforcement of community service requirement

This week, HUD’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report critical of HUD’s oversight of the community service and economic self-sufficiency requirement (CSSR). This federal requirement, applicable only to public...more

OIG Advisory Opinion Sheds Light on Preventive Care Exception

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued an advisory opinion approving an arrangement whereby a licensed entity providing services under a state program for...more

Gear Up for Increased CMS Scrutiny of Hospice Services for Assisted Living Facility Residents - EndNotes February 2015

A recent study issued by the evaluation and policy division of the U.S. DHHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) indicates that hospices can expect increased scrutiny regarding the services they provide to assisted living...more

OIG Approves Free Diapers and Playpen in Connection with Medicaid Program Promoting Pre- and Post-Natal Care

On January 26, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued an advisory opinion approving an entity’s practice of advertising and providing free diapers and free portable...more

OIG Issues Advisory Opinion Regarding Free Items Provided By State Maternal Infant Health Program

On February 2, 2015, OIG posted a favorable Advisory Opinion regarding the provision of certain free items to Medicaid beneficiaries by a state maternal infant health program (the “Program”). The Program is designed to...more

End Notes Newsletter February 2015 - News for North Carolina’s Hospice and Palliative Care Community

In this issue: - Gear Up for Increased CMS Scrutiny of Hospice Services for Assisted Living Facility Residents - Happy New Year from the DC District Court - Companionship Exemption Lives On!! - DEA Rules On...more

Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group Highlights Legal Issues to Watch in 2015

HIPAA in the Workplace - In late 2013, the Office of Inspector General issued a report critical of the Office of Civil Rights’ enforcement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. OCR enforcement of...more

OIG Responds to Hospital Compliance Review Objections

The OIG has defended its hospital compliance review policies in response to objections raised by the American Hospital Association (AHA). Specifically, a January 15, 2015 OIG letter addresses four main areas of AHA concern...more

OIG Questions Potentially Duplicative Hospital Quality Improvement Efforts

The OIG recently issued a report that examined the extent to which Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) duplicate other CMS hospital quality improvement efforts, particularly Hospital Engagement Networks (HENs) and the...more

OIG Examines CMS Payments to Hospitals for Clinic Visits

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) estimates that CMS made $4.6 million in incorrect Medicare outpatient payments to hospitals for established patients’ clinic visits in 2012. ...more

This Just in: OIG Rules Free Diapers Are Not an Illegal Kickback

The February Profile in Courage Award goes to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health & Human Services. In its very first Advisory Opinion of the year, the OIG has boldly proclaimed that a provider...more

Compliance Corner: Long-Term Care and the OIG Work Plan: As HHS Sharpens its Focus, Providers Should Set Their Sights on...

In the fall of 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General released its 2015 Work Plan, which highlighted HHS’s compliance focus areas in the upcoming year. As in past years, areas of...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Recent Health Care Updates

On January 29, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its plan to propose changes to the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program (EHR Incentive Program). According to CMS, the rule will address...more

Medicare Hospital Compliance Reviews are Legal and Sound, According to OIG

The Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) recently defended its practices pertaining to hospital compliance reviews in a published response to a letter from the American Hospital...more

OIG Report Recommends Reforms to Reduce Hospice Incentives to Provide Care in Assisted Living Facilities

On January 14, 2015, OIG published a report that analyzes Medicare payments for hospice care in assisted living facilities (ALFs). OIG concluded that CMS should implement measures to reform Medicare payments to hospices,...more

Health Law Pulse - January 2015

In This Issue: - Connecticut Supreme Court Rules State Does Not Recognize Mature Minor Doctrine - OIG Issues Advisory Opinion Permitting Copayment Assistance - CMS Announces Recovery Audit Program...more

OIG Reports Lack of Oversight on Hospital Use of Compounded Drugs

On January 22, 2015, the HHS OIG released a report regarding CMS’s oversight of compounded sterile preparations (CSPs) used in hospitals. After reviewing oversight efforts at CMS and the entities that accredit hospitals to...more

Inspector General Launches Investigation into EPA's RCRA Inspections

EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has launched an investigation to determine whether EPA is inspecting hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facilities (TSDFs) in compliance with the law....more

OIG Defends Its Hospital Compliance Reviews in Response to AHA Criticism

The Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services(“OIG”) responded to concerns expressed by the American Hospital Association (“AHA”) regarding the OIG’s hospital compliance reviews,...more

OIG Questions Incentives for Hospice Care in Assisted Living Facilities

Today the OIG issued a report examining the growing use of Medicare hospice care in the assisted living facility (ALF) setting. According to the OIG, Medicare payments for hospice care in ALFs grew by more than 119% from 2007...more

OIG Recommends Greater Scrutiny for Hospice Services in ALFs

The OIG’s recently released study examining Medicare hospice claims from 2007 to 2012 calls for targeted reviews of hospices that receive a high proportion of their payments for care in assisted living facilities....more

OIG Examines Appropriateness of Medicare Ophthalmology Claims

The OIG recently assessed the appropriateness of claims submitted by providers for screening for, diagnosing, evaluating, or treating cataracts, wet age related macular degeneration (wet AMD), and glaucoma in 2012....more

OIG Approves Nonprofit Foundation's Proposed Copayment Assistance Program

On January 5, 2015, the OIG posted a favorable advisory opinion, OIG Advisory Opinion 14-11, regarding a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation’s (Foundation) proposal to establish a patient assistance program that would provide...more

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