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 […]

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 […]

O&A Offers Healthcare Payment Cycle and Financial Consulting for Challenging Markets

In the post-recession world of tighter credit, the close management of payment cycles, accounts receivable, payables, debt and financing obligations, and cash flow has become even more critical to maintaining healthy businesses. Management of these issues also impacts the successful start-up of new practices, facilities or acquisitions.  While these issues apply equally to healthcare market, […]

Behavioral Home and Community-Based Services Delayed

The New York State has delayed implementation of Behavioral Home and Community-Based Services (“HCBS”) outside of New York City.  These new services were scheduled to begin on July 1, 2016, but are now slated to be phased in three months later, on October 1, 2016. Non-HCBS behavioral health care services will be offered through Medicaid […]

New York Proposes Overhaul of Its Data Breach Statute and a New Data Security Standard in the Wake of Recent Cyber Attacks

The largest data security breaches ever reported have occurred in the last several years. The organizations whose data security systems were compromised in connection with these massive breaches include Anthem, Ebay, Target, Home Depot, JP Morgan Chase, Adobe and now the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management. Not only is the scope of these breaches […]

The MRT Affordable Housing Work Group Allocates $86 Million to Supportive Housing Initiatives

The Medicaid Redesign Team (“MRT”) Affordable Housing Work Group has allocated $86 million in 2013-14 to fund various supportive housing initiatives throughout the state. The Notice of Funding Availability is available here. Of this amount, $36.376 million is targeted to expand supportive housing units for high cost Medicaid populations. These funding opportunities can be found […]

New York State Releases Funding RFP for Sandy Relief

The Office of Children and Family Services announced that funding is available under the Federal Social Services Block Grant for health and human service providers impacted by Superstorm Sandy.  In total, $200,034,600 in federal Superstorm Sandy Social Services Block Grant (Sandy SSBG) funding will be distributed through a solicitation for proposals. Sandy SSBG resources are […]

Justice Center Operations to Begin; DOH Advises Facilities on Compliance

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 […]

Medicaid Director Announces House Oversight Committee Interest in Managed Long Term Care

On June 20, 2013, at the Managed Care Policy Meeting, Jason Helgerson announced that the House Oversight Committee has asked CMS to investigate managed long term care plans related to the use and possible abuse of social day care programs in New York City.  Mr. Helgerson reminded Plans that enrollment from Social Day Care Programs […]

Health Planning Committee of the Public Health and Health Planning Council Proposes Significant Certificate of Need Redesign

The Health Planning Committee of the Public Health and Health Planning Council is proposing a significant Certificate of Need (“CON”) redesign. The Committee and Council are expected to make twenty-two (22) recommendations to the Department of Health next week, affecting the CON process.  Five of the recommendations refer to an initiative to shift towards regional […]