Home Health


Amazon Enters Health Wearables Market
September 11, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | Home Health | Medical Devices and Wearables | Private Insurers | Telehealth
Amazon recently introduced the Halo fitness tracker, its first entry into the health wearables market currently dominated by Fitbit and the Apple Watch. Amazon’s previous efforts to move into the healthcare industry have included the acquisition of online pharmacy PillPack in 2018, the mysterious Haven initiative with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase, and various other …
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CMS Proposes Permanent Expansion of Telehealth Services
August 5, 2020 | Ada (Kozicz) Janocinska | Behavioral Health | Home Health | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Telehealth
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic since mid-March, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) worked quickly to issue emergency guidance that allowed temporary expansion of payment for telehealth services and provided certain flexibility in providing telehealth services. The COVID pandemic has significantly increased awareness of the benefits of telehealth, as many patients have …
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HHS, DOJ Release Fraud and Abuse Report
July 23, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | False Claims Act | Fraud and Abuse | Home Health | Hospitals | Litigation | Medical Devices and Wearables | Medicare and Medicaid | Pharmaceuticals | Telehealth
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) have released the 2019 annual report for their Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program. The government recovered almost $3.6 billion, of which about $2.5 billion was returned to the Medicare trust fund. The recoveries included judgments and settlements from fraud …
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FCC Increases Funding for Rural Telehealth Services
July 17, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Behavioral Health | Home Health | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Telehealth
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is adding $198 million in funding to the Rural Health Care Program to help healthcare providers acquire telecommunications and broadband services. The funding is in addition to $200 million that was allocated to the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). About …
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Time to Prepare for Possible Medicaid Home Care Changes
July 9, 2020 | Wendy Hoey Sheinberg | Home Health | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Nursing Homes
Community Medicaid Services will undergo a significant change on October 1, 2020, due to the passage of the New York State Budget Bill (“2020 Bill”). Although many of the changes in the 2020 Bill are subject to federal approval, this bulletin will offer an overview of what might be affected. You can take steps now …
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VNSNY Agrees to $57 Million Settlement
June 29, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | False Claims Act | Fraud and Abuse | Home Health | Litigation | Medicare and Medicaid
The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) has agreed to pay $57 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit that alleged it billed the Medicare and Medicaid programs for hundreds of millions of dollars in home care visits that were not actually provided. The lawsuit, originally filed in 2014 by a former executive of VNSNY, …
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Rivkin Radler Provides Business Briefing On Stark Law Waivers During COVID-19 Pandemic
April 14, 2020 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Fraud and Abuse | Home Health | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid
In the latest installment of Rivkin Radler’s COVID-19 Business Briefing Series, held on April 14, Geoffrey Kaiser and Ada Kozicz presented on the recent issuance by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of blanket Stark Law waivers for certain types of business arrangements, intended to help address the current health emergency. On …
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COVID-19 Business Briefing: Telehealth
April 7, 2020 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Behavioral Health | Cybersecurity | HIPAA | Home Health | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Private Insurers | Telehealth
On April 6, Rivkin Radler’s Eric Fader presented a COVID-19 Business Briefing on Telehealth. The Briefing covered recent developments in federal and state law and policy, and changes in private insurers’ policies, that have been aimed at encouraging the use of telehealth during the current public health emergency. This Business Briefing was the second in …
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CMS Issues Guidance on Blanket Stark Law Waivers During COVID-19 Crisis
April 1, 2020 | Geoffrey R. Kaiser | Ada (Kozicz) Janocinska | Fraud and Abuse | Home Health | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid
On March 30, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued blanket waivers of certain requirements of the federal physician self-referral law (Stark Law), retroactive to March 1, in response to the COVID-19 crisis. A detailed discussion of the waivers may be found here. …
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CISA Guidance Clarifies “Essential Industry” for Healthcare
March 31, 2020 | Marc S. Ullman | Behavioral Health | Home Health | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medical Devices and Wearables | Nursing Homes | Pharmaceuticals
On March 28, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a much-needed update clarifying what constitutes “essential industry” during the national COVID-19 response. This updated Guidance is especially important as many of the individual state declarations of emergency refer to “essential industry” without any enumeration, or specifically reference DHS-CISA agency …
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