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.
This morning, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) made available a copy of a final rule clarifying the obligations of providers and suppliers to report and return Medicare overpayments within 60 days after the date on which the overpayment was identified. The final rule will be published in tomorrow’s Federal Register.
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, […]
Alcoholism, substance abuse and chemical dependency treatment providers should be aware that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”) has promulgated proposed changes to regulations regarding the privacy and confidentiality of what are now called “substance use disorder” treatment records. Those privacy regulations, which are located at 42 C.F.R. Part 2, are well […]
Today, the Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York announced a settlement with Medical Reimbursement Systems, Inc. (“MRSI”) to resolve allegations that it violated the false claims act. The press release can be found here. Medical Reimbursement Systems, Inc. provided billing, coding and full revenue cycle services for health care […]
This week, the New York State Comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli, issued audit findings which claimed that the New York State Department of Health (“DOH”) failed to capture $95,100,000 in prescription drug rebates it was eligible to receive on drugs administered through the New York State fee-for-service program and the Medicaid Managed Care program from April […]
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) is soliciting topics for new safe harbors and special fraud alerts. The solicitation appeared in the December 23, 2015 Federal Register, and is made each year. Interested commenters have 60 days to submit their proposals. The solicitation may be viewed here.
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 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.
This month’s column in the Albany County Bar Association Newsletter reviews the situation that unfolded earlier this year at the University of Oregon. The university, which had been put on notice of a tort claim by a student in connection with an alleged sexual assault, controversially obtained the treatment records of the same student from an on-campus […]