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HRSA Issues Final Health Center Program Compliance Manual

Sep 28 2017 - 11:27

On August 28th HRSA released the long-awaited Health Center Program Compliance Manual.  HRSA intends for the Manual to provide a streamlined and consolidated resource to assist health...

HRSA Proposes to Delay Enforcement of Manufacturer Overcharge Penalty Rule

Aug 18 2017 - 00:00

HRSA is proposing to delay enforcement of its final rule imposing civil monetary penalties on manufacturers that overcharge 340B program covered entities (Overcharge CMP Rule) until July 1, 2018.  The agency will solicit comments on the proposal for 30 days once it is formally published in the...

Final Rule on Substance Use Disorder Records Now in Effect

Apr 7 2017 - 11:32

New requirements for patient consent forms and the sharing of substance use records are now in effect under a Final Rule issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The Final Rule modernizes 42 CFR Part 2 (Part 2) to allow for information exchange within new...

Recent False Claims Settlement Highlights Need to Supervise, Review Work Done by Contractors

Mar 15 2017 - 00:00

A sovereign Indian tribe recently agreed to pay $245,000 and entered into a five year Compliance Agreement with the Office of the Inspector General to settle allegations that it submitted false claims to Washington State Medicaid for child mental health counseling services.

The tribe...

Failure to Audit EHR Activity and Permissions Leads to Breach of 110,000 Patient’s PHI and $5.5 Million Settlement

Mar 7 2017 - 08:55

A hospital system agreed to a $5.5 million settlement with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for potential HIPAA violations.  The hospital system reported to OCR that the protected health information (PHI) of over 115,000 individuals had...

Deadline Approaching to Report Breaches Affecting Fewer than 500 Individuals

Feb 16 2017 - 14:08

Health centers that discovered breaches of unsecured protected health information (PHI) affecting fewer than 500 individuals in 2016 have until March 1st to report the breaches to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Reporting Requirements...

Thresholds Updated for Gifts of “Nominal Value” to Medicare and Medicaid Beneficiaries

Dec 12 2016 - 00:00

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently issued a Policy Statement  increasing the dollar thresholds for gifts of “nominal value” to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries from $10 per item to $15 per item or from $50 in the aggregate per patient...

GAO Report Finds OCR Needs to Strengthen Security and Privacy Guidance and Oversight

Nov 30 2016 - 00:00

In a report requested by the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, the U.S. Government Accountability Office recommended that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR): (1) update its security guidance to address the key elements identified in the NIST Cybersecurity Framework...

OIG Releases Work Plan for FY2017

Nov 29 2016 - 00:00

Each year the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Inspector General (OIG) releases a Work Plan for the upcoming fiscal year.1 The Work Plan summarizes new and ongoing reviews and activities that the OIG plans to pursue with respect to HHS programs and...

FLSA Overtime Rule Enjoined

Nov 28 2016 - 00:00

A Texas Federal court recently issued a nationwide injunction preventing the implementation of the overtime rule issued by the Department of Labor earlier this year.  The rule, which would have updated the overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for the first time in...