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 […]
With the NFL season opener just a few hours away, the arrival our most recent Health Law column in the Albany County Bar Association Newsletter is timely as it explores the reporting of New York Giants star Jason Pierre-Paul’s amputated finger and analyzes whether media organizations can be liable for violations of a person’s health […]
The New York State Department of Health announced the winners of five licenses to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana today. The winners as well as the final scoring for applicants were posted to the Department of Health website, and are available here and here.
After two investigations by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“HHS”), St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, a Boston-based hospital, has agreed to a Resolution Agreement with HHS. The Resolution Agreement appears to settle two apparently unrelated HIPAA issues at the same facility in 2012 and 2014.
The United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a short Fraud Alert last week focusing on the anti-kickback implications of certain compensation paid to medical directors. OIG noted that it had recently settled with a dozen physicians who had entered into medical director positions of various health care […]
The New York State Medicaid program is projected to have a $62 billion-dollar price tag in State Fiscal Year 2016, with $22.4 billion paid out by the State, as explained by the New York State Office of the Comptroller (“OSC”) in its April 2015 report entitled Ensuring Integrity in New York State Medicaid. As Medicaid […]
The Department of Health has pushed the medical marijuana application deadline back to June 5, from May 29, according to an announcement on the Department’s website: http://www.health.ny.gov/regulations/medical_marijuana/ The Department also announced that it planned to release responses to written questions previously submitted on May 21.
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 […]