This month’s column in the Albany County Bar Association Newsletter addresses the rise of individuals playing Pokémon GO in healthcare facilities and the issues that healthcare facilities should consider to address the rising trend.
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 […]
New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker has declared that the influenza virus is prevalent in the state. This announcement means that health care workers who have not received the flu shot must wear masks in areas where patients are typically present.
Our monthly Health Law Update from the Albany County Bar Association Newsletter has been released a few days early. This month’s article discusses a Georgia federal court decision granting summary judgment to a nursing home and a rehabilitation therapy provider in a Federal False Claims Act prosecution that alleged the unnecessary provision of rehabilitation therapy services. Although the […]
President Obama signed into law on October 6th, 2014 the “Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014”, also known as the “IMPACT Act of 2014”. The IMPACT Act of 2014 amends the Social Security Act to require home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and long-term care hospitals to report on a […]
Today, CMS issued a Press Release announcing that it is conducting a demonstration project with New York State known as the Fully Integrated Duals Advantage (FIDA) demonstration. Under this capitated demonstration, approximately 170,000 New Yorkers who are people eligible for Medicaid and Medicare in NYC, Long Island and Westchester County will be able to join […]
Following confirmation of Jeffrey Wise as the head of the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs (“Justice Center”), the Department of Health released a Dear Administrator Letter concerning new requirements that the Justice Center will enforce. The Department has indicated that it will communicate with covered facilities about compliance with the […]
Last week, Maplewood Manor, a nursing home owned and operated by Saratoga County and represented by Jeffrey J. Sherrin of O’Connell & Aronowitz, earned a major victory in its appeal of an audit conducted by the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (“OMIG”). In a Decision After Hearing dated January 16, 2013, […]
A few bills of note for health care providers in New York were introduced in the New York State Senate with the opening of the 2013 legislative session. Each of these bills was formally introduced on January 9 and referred to the Senate Health Committee. An act allowing patients to see their laboratory results upon […]
The New York State Senate Health Committee will consider a bill that may ultimately require nursing homes, adult homes, senior centers, and other residential health care facilities to use environmentally-sensitive cleaning and maintenance products. Senator Diaz will introduce the bill on January 9. The bill, S.866-2013, would require the Commissioner of Health to create “guidelines […]