New York State Comptroller Audits Social Adult Day Programs

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli today released an audit of Social Adult Day Services (“SADS”) programs in New York State.  The audit is available here.  Among other recommendations, the Comptroller asks the New York State Department of Health and New York State Office for the Aging to consider more closely regulating these programs.

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 […]

Eco-Friendly Cleaning Supplies in Nursing Homes and Adult Homes on Senate Agenda

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 […]

HIPAA: Conversion to Version 5010

As of January 1, 2012, all healthcare providers were required to transition from version 4010/4010A to version 5010 standards for submitting electronic transactions, and the failure to comply may result in claim denials or a government investigation. CMS has repeatedly postponed enforcement, but it appears the agency will begin to enforce civil monetary penalties against […]

Gov. Cuomo Announces Task Force to Review Taxpayer Funded Not-for-Profits

On Wednesday, August 3, 2011, Governor Cuomo announced that he has created a new task force to “to investigate the executive and administrator compensation levels at not-for-profits that receive taxpayer support from the state.”  Although the task force will presumably review all taxpayer funded non-profits, the press release from the Governor’s office acknowledged that the […]

O&A Attorneys Present at NYCQAL Annual Conference

On March 14, 2011, five attorneys of the O’Connell and Aronowitz law firm presented at the annual conference of the New York Coalition for Quality Assisted Living, Inc. (NYCQAL) held in Atlantic City. Formed in December 2005, NYCQAL is a not-for-profit corporation organized to advocate for the continued viability of adult care, assisted living and other […]

Second Circuit Issues Stay in Disability Advocates, Inc. v. Cuomo

On February 23, 2011, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order staying the Remedial Order and Judgment issued on March 1, 2010 by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Disability Advocates, Inc. v. Cuomo. The District Court’s Remedial Order directed the State of New York to offer […]