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Provider Relief Fund Audits Coming
February 23, 2021 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | COVID-19 | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid
A February 15 article in Part B News, “Provider Relief Fund audits coming; pick your method and keep good records,” discussed the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Rivkin Radler’s Bob Iseman was quoted in the article. Healthcare providers who received PRF funds were required …
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Flo Health Settles with FTC Over Privacy Violations
February 17, 2021 | Eric D. Fader | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | Litigation | Medical Devices and Wearables | Telehealth
Flo Health, Inc., which markets a menstrual and ovulation tracking app, recently entered into a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to dispose of charges that Flo improperly shared consumer data with third parties, including Facebook and Google. The disclosure of the data, which included pregnancy status and sexual history of more than 100 million …
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California Laboratory Settles FCA Claims Related to Genetic Testing
February 10, 2021 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | False Claims Act | Fraud and Abuse | Litigation | Medicare and Medicaid
Exceltox Laboratories, LLC, a California diagnostic laboratory, is paying a $357,584 settlement to resolve allegations of False Claims Act (FCA) violations. Exceltox allegedly submitted or caused to be submitted claims for genetic tests to Medicare without valid physician oversight. In 2015, Exceltox engaged an independent contractor, Seth Rehfuss, who persuaded residents of low-income senior housing …
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HHS Relaxes Rules on Administering COVID-19 Vaccines
February 5, 2021 | Ada (Kozicz) Janocinska | COVID-19 | Legislation and Public Policy | Pharmaceuticals
On January 28, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it has amended the Declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) to expand the types of providers that are qualified to prescribe, dispense and administer COVID-19 vaccines. Under the amendment, any healthcare provider that is licensed or …
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Two Indicted in $100 Million Home Health Care Fraud Scheme
February 4, 2021 | Christopher J. Kutner | Fraud and Abuse | Home Health | Litigation | Medicare and Medicaid
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on February 1 that an owner and operator of Arbor Homecare Services LLC and a nurse employed by the home health agency were indicted for their roles in a scheme to defraud MassHealth and Medicare of at least $100 million. The Massachusetts agency allegedly routinely billed the government …
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EHR Vendor to Pay $18.25 Million to Resolve Kickback Allegations
January 29, 2021 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | False Claims Act | Fraud and Abuse | Litigation | Medicare and Medicaid
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on January 28 that athenahealth Inc., a Massachusetts-based electronic health records (EHR) technology vendor, has agreed to pay $18.25 million to resolve allegations that it paid illegal kickbacks to generate sales of its EHR product, athenaClinicals. The settlement is the government’s latest reminder that marketing initiatives that are …
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CMS Clarifies RPM Reimbursement
January 28, 2021 | Eric D. Fader | Home Health | Legislation and Public Policy | Medical Devices and Wearables | Medicare and Medicaid | Telehealth
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released corrections to its 2021 Physician Fee Schedule final rule that was published on December 28. Some of the corrections clarify reimbursement requirements for remote patient monitoring (RPM), which entails gathering and interpreting physiologic data from patients at home. The December 28 final rule had stated …
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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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HHS Rule Blocks Enforcement Actions Based Solely on Guidance
January 19, 2021 | Eric D. Fader | Legislation and Public Policy | Litigation | Medicare and Medicaid
On January 12, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a final rule on “Transparency and Fairness in Civil Administrative Enforcement Actions.” The rule, which was effective immediately, states that HHS can rely only on statutes and regulations in bringing civil enforcement actions. Standards set forth in agency guidance documents may not …
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NY Gov. Cuomo Proposes Expanded Telehealth Access
January 13, 2021 | Eric D. Fader | Behavioral Health | COVID-19 | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Nursing Homes | Telehealth
In his 2021 State of the State Address on January 10, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced legislation to expand access to telehealth. The proposals will adjust reimbursement incentives to encourage telehealth, relax or eliminate outdated regulatory restrictions on the delivery of telehealth services, and establish training programs for patients and providers and other programs …
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