Tag Archives: HHS

Mount Sinai Affiliated Hospitals to Pay $3 Million Settlement for Delaying Medicaid Overpayments

By: Fred Segal On August 24, 2016, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, in conjunction with the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced that it settled a whistleblower … Continue reading

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Disclosing Patient Substance Abuse Information, It’s Complicated!

By: Heather Miller On February 5, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) proposed changes to the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations (42 CFR Part 2) “to facilitate information exchange within new health care models … Continue reading

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6 ways health care providers can reduce fraud, waste and abuse risks in 2016

By: Michael Bittman Health care providers such as hospitals and doctors face a variety of legal risks: malpractice, tax, and fraud, waste and abuse. Recent cases have shown that fraud, waste and abuse exposure can dwarf the risk of malpractice … Continue reading

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Are you Ready for a HIPAA Investigation?

By: Vanessa A. Reynolds Scarcely a week goes by without a media report of a HIPAA breach – or a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) press release announcing a settlement agreement with an organization that suffered a breach.  … Continue reading

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OIG Issues Special Fraud Alert Focusing on Laboratory Payments to Referring Physicians

By: Stephen H. Siegel, Esq. On June 25, 2014, the HHS- Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued its “Special Fraud Alert: Laboratory Payments to Referring Physicians.” The OIG focused on blood-specimen collection, processing, and packaging arrangements, as well as so-called … Continue reading

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Stolen laptops mean $2M in mega fines

Unencrypted laptops and mobile devices pose significant risks to the security of patient information, according to the HHS Office for Civil Rights. Please click here to read more.

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Clearing the Clutter: Wading Through Health Care

Please click here to see Christine Burke Worthen’s recent article in i4 Business magazine, where she provides a list of resources for professionals to stay abreast of health care reform.

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Christine Burke Worthen Recently Published by ABA

Christine Burke Worthen, Of Counsel in our Fort Lauderdale office, was recently published by the American Bar Association’s Health Law Section. Please click here to read her article titled “Nonprofit Hospital Executive Pay: Revisiting ‘Reasonable Compensation’ in Light of the … Continue reading

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Some States See Surprisingly Good Enrollment in the Obamacare Healthcare Exchange Plans

By: Fred Segal The consensus opinion by just about every expert, journalist, and even the White House itself, is that the Government did a poor job in its execution of rollout of the Healthcare Exchanges under the Patient Protection and … Continue reading

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ACOs, HIPAA-HITECH and OHCAs

By: Stephen Siegel An ACO might be a HIPAA Covered Entity, a Business Associate, or both. Unlike the waivers to the Federal health care programs’ Kickback Prohibition and the so-called Stark Law for arrangements that further the MSSP’s “triple aim”, … Continue reading

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