Hospitals


Yet Another HIPAA Right of Access Settlement
January 21, 2021 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Litigation
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced the 14th settlement in its ongoing HIPAA Right of Access Initiative. Banner Health, a Phoenix-based health system that operates 30 hospitals and many other healthcare facilities, agreed to pay $200,000 for failing to provide patients with timely access to their medical …
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Relief Bill Revamps COVID-19 Telehealth Program
January 8, 2021 | Ada (Kozicz) Janocinska | Behavioral Health | COVID-19 | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Telehealth
The most recent COVID-19 relief bill that was signed into law in December includes $250 million in new funding for the federal COVID-19 Telehealth Program, previously discussed here. The program was originally established in March, at the beginning of the pandemic, to help expand connectivity among patients and providers across the country. Telehealth has played …
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AOT Orders a Useful Tool during COVID Pandemic
January 7, 2021 | Frank P. Izzo | Cassandra Rivais DiNova | Behavioral Health | COVID-19 | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy
The pandemic has prompted the reallocation of hospital beds from psychiatric care to treatment of COVID patients. This has occurred as mental illness has been on the rise. To cope with the insufficient number of psychiatric beds, it is important for hospitals to curtail readmissions. An often-underutilized tool to do so is the assisted outpatient …
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Proposed HIPAA Modification Would Facilitate Care Coordination
December 17, 2020 | Eric D. Fader | Behavioral Health | COVID-19 | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Private Insurers
A proposed rule released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on December 10 would give healthcare providers more flexibility to share patients’ health information for certain purposes. The rule, titled “Proposed Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule to Support, and Remove Barriers to, Coordinated Care and Individual Engagement,” would loosen HIPAA restrictions …
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New AKS Safe Harbors Finalized
December 3, 2020 | Geoffrey R. Kaiser | Electronic Health Records | Fraud and Abuse | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medical Devices and Wearables | Medicare and Medicaid | Pharmaceuticals | Telehealth
The Office of Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) has finalized new safe harbors and modifications of existing safe harbors under the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) to reflect a policy priority favoring a value-based health care system that “pays for health and outcomes” and that will “remove potential barriers to more effective …
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Best Practices for Virtual Court Hearings in Hospitals
November 18, 2020 | Frank P. Izzo | Cassandra Rivais DiNova | COVID-19 | Hospitals | Litigation
The COVID-19 pandemic has had another, less-discussed effect on hospitals. Hearings that traditionally take place in hospitals – such as guardianships, retention, medication over objection, or assisted outpatient hearings – have shifted to a virtual platform. Below are some considerations for hospital personnel participating in virtual hearings. (1) Familiarize yourself with the technology Due to …
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New Relief Funds; Eased Lending Terms for Accelerated Payments
October 30, 2020 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Behavioral Health | COVID-19 | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Nursing Homes
An October 22 article in Part B News, “Welcome third round HHS relief funds, eased lending terms for accelerated payments,” discussed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Accelerated and Advance Payment Program (recently discussed here) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ CARES Act Provider Relief Program (recently discussed here). Rivkin Radler’s Eric …
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$50 Million Stark Settlement Shows Risk of Violation, Whistleblowers
October 21, 2020 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | False Claims Act | Fraud and Abuse | Hospitals | Litigation | Medicare and Medicaid
An article in the November issue of Healthcare Risk Management, “$50 Million Stark Settlement Shows Risk of Violation, Whistleblowers,” discussed Wheeling Hospital’s $50 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that resolved a whistleblower complaint filed in 2017 by a former executive of the hospital. Rivkin Radler’s Jeff Kaiser was quoted in the …
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Psychedelic Therapy Training Program Launched
October 19, 2020 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Behavioral Health | FDA | Hospitals | Pharmaceuticals
Mind Medicine, Inc. (MindMed) and NYU Langone Medical Center (NYU) recently announced a joint project to launch a clinical training program focused on psychedelic-assisted therapies and psychedelic-inspired medicines. MindMed, a psychedelic drug startup, is studying the use of hallucinogenic drugs in the treatment of mental health conditions. This venture is the first step in establishing a …
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Health Providers Get More Time to Repay Medicare Loans
October 15, 2020 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | COVID-19 | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Nursing Homes
On October 8, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released new details on repayment terms for the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payments Program, a loan program that sent aid to Medicare Part A providers and certain Part B suppliers to help the ease the financial burdens caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. CMS also …
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