Question Before New York’s Highest Court: Can the State of New York Put Your Physician In Jail for Acting Upon Your Decision to End Your Life?

New York’s highest court recently heard arguments in a challenge to the state’s physician-assisted suicide ban. The Court of Appeals case is Myers v. Schneiderman.

The challenge, which follows two lower-court findings against plaintiffs on a motion to dismiss, seeks to overturn two separate provisions of the Penal Law.  First, it challenges a provision of Penal Law §125.15, the state’s second-degree manslaughter statute, that finds any person, including a physician, guilty of manslaughter in the second degree who “intentionally causes or aids another person to commit suicide.” Also challenged is Penal Law § 120.30, which states “[a] person is guilty of promoting a suicide attempt when he intentionally causes or aids another person to attempt suicide.”

Attention Medicaid Managed Care/CHIP Program Providers: You Must Enroll in the Medicaid Program Effective 01/01/2018

Effective January 1, 2018, federal law requires that all Medicaid Managed Care Network providers, as well as all Children’s Health Insurance Program providers, enroll with state Medicaid programs.  For example, this applies to a provider that currently participates in a network with a New York State Medicaid managed care plan that provides services to, or […]

Medical Answering Services, LLC Awarded Contract for Medicaid Transportation Services Management in the New York City Region

As of April 23, 2017, Medical Answering Services, LLC (MAS) will serve as the Medicaid transportation manager for the New York City region.  This region includes New York, Kings, Richmond, Queens, and Bronx counties.   MAS currently serves 2,000,000 Medicaid enrollees in 55 counties in the Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes, Northern New York, and Western New […]

Federal False Claims Act Recoveries Are the Third Highest in History

The United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) reported that it obtained over $4.7 billion in civil settlements and judgments involving federal False Claims Act fraud and abuse claims against the government in 2016. This is the third highest yearly total since the False Claims Act was enacted during the Civil War to help deter fraud […]

US HHS OIG and HCCA Release Compliance Program Effectiveness Resource Guide

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) released Measuring Compliance Program Effectiveness: A Resource Guide on March 27, 2017 (“the Guide”). The Guide was created by the HCCA-OIG Compliance Effectiveness Roundtable which convened in Washington, D.C., in January 2017 to explore ways […]

Medicaid Program Integrity: US GAO Finds CMS Needs Work to Develop More Effective Oversight Efforts

On April 17, 2017, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report about the current state of Medicaid program integrity. GAO conducted a study of the Medicaid program due to concerns about improper payments and was asked to conduct a study of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to determine the […]

The OMIG Releases its 2017-2018 Work Plan

The New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (“OMIG”) has released its annual Work Plan for fiscal year 2017-18.  The annual Work Plan offers providers insight into OMIG’s areas of focus in the New York State Medicaid program for the upcoming year.  As stated in the Work Plan, the OMIG’s overall mission “is […]

 CMS Announces RAC Audits To Begin in New York State

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that Performant Recovery, Inc., New York’s Medicare Fee-for-Service Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) for Region 1, can begin recovery audit activity now that provider outreach is complete. Region 1 includes the following groups of states:  J8, WPS: Michigan and Indiana; J15, CGS: Ohio and Kentucky; JK, NGS: New […]