Recently, the Counsel of OASAS, Robert Kent, sent a memorandum to all providers regarding Justice Center incident reporting policies and procedures for all OASAS providers. OASAS has also published a guidance document for incident reporting to the Justice Center under Part 836 of the OASAS regulations. Many OASAS providers have a process and procedure whereby […]

Governor Cuomo Announces Over $50 Million in Funding for Home Health Services for Senior Citizens Not Yet Eligible for Medicaid

Today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that $50 million in funding from the state’s Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly Program has been awarded to the state’s county-based Area Agencies on Aging for the purpose of helping New York’s senior citizens to obtain home health care services.  The press release states that the funding “will […]

SCOTUS Decides Implied Certification Issue in Key False Claims Act (Whistleblower) Case

In a decision that is poised to have resonating implications for health services providers, the Supreme Court of the United States explicitly endorsed the “implied false certification theory of liability” under the False Claims Act (FCA) in Universal Health Services, Inc. v.  U.S. ex rel. Escobar.  Under this theory of liability, any person who submits […]

Are you a business that has had a data breach? Will your customers be able to sue you?

Class actions for damages resulting from a data breach are difficult to succeed upon unless there is an identifiable harm.  Once again a court has determined that the mere loss of data is not sufficient to confer standing (Chambliss v. CareFirst, Inc.,  No. RDB-15-2288 [D. MD., May 27, 2016]).  With the decision in Chambliss, Maryland […]

USDA Offers Funding for Healthcare Providers Serving Rural Areas

Rural healthcare providers that seek funding for capital expenditures, equipment, vehicles, or telemedicine infrastructure for their programs should make themselves aware of special funding opportunities through the United States Department of Agriculture. The three programs of immediate interest to rural healthcare providers are: (1) the Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program; (2) the Community […]

OCR Announces that the Phase 2 HIPAA Audit Program Has Already Started

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) just announced that its Phase 2 HIPAA audit program has started and that covered entities and business associates are already being contacted. You can find this announcement here. OCR has begun sending emails to verify contact information for various covered entities and business associates and determine which entities […]

ATTENTION ALCOHOLISM AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES PROVIDERS: SAMHSA’s Proposed Changes to 42 CFR Part 2 Address Key Integration Issues, Raise Other Questions About Compliance Responsibilities

In an earlier post, we highlighted that the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”) submitted a proposed rule for public comment in the February 9, 2016 edition of the Federal Register, see 81 FR 6988, proposing a number of changes to 42 CFR Part 2 (“Part 2”), the federal regulations governing the […]

N.Y. Appellate Division Upholds Insurance Policy Exclusion for “Five Guys” Data Breach

Today, the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department issued a decision enforcing an insurer’s exclusion of coverage for “damages arising out of the loss of . . . electronic data,” stemming from a 2011 credit card data breach at certain locations of the Five Guys Burgers & Fries restaurant chain. The decision should prompt businesses, especially […]

Further Analysis of 60-day Medicare Overpayment Rule Reveals Emphasis on Proper Compliance Plans

Last week, we highlighted that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a long-awaited final rule regarding its interpretation of the statutory obligation of Medicare Part A and Part B providers to return any overpayments they receive from the program within 60 days after such an overpayment is “identified.”  The final rule is […]