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 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.
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 […]
From the Albany County Bar Newsletter, February edition, available here.
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 […]
Many studies have been done demonstrating that many individuals have not talked to providers or loved ones about end-of-life care. However, studies also demonstrate that for individuals who discuss their wishes for decisions to be made at the end-of-life, the individual experiences an increased quality of life and both the individual and family have greater […]
The New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) has announced that it has recovered $851 million in Medicaid funds for 2013. If accurate, this amount will have set a new record (the prior record is claimed to have been $468 million for 2012) for the OMIG in a state where over $53 […]
The New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) has released its final audit protocols for Assisted Living Programs (ALPs). These protocols became effective November 22, 2013 and are the OMIG’s audit tool that they will use when conducting their audits of ALPs. The protocols contain 22 areas of potential disallowances based upon […]
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 […]