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CY 2019 FTCA Deeming Applications Released

May 1 2018 - 15:35

HRSA has released PAL 2018-01 on the Calendar Year 2019 Requirements for FTCA Coverage for Health Centers and their Covered Individuals (available here). The electronic hand book (EHB) system will begin accepting CY2019...

HRSA Releases Latest Grants Policy Bulletin

Apr 16 2018 - 00:00

On April 4th HRSA released its Grants Policy Bulletin: Legislative Mandates in Grants Management for FY 2018. The Bulletin clarifies the requirements mandated by the FY 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-141), which was signed into law on March 23, 2018 and provides...

Criminal Recoveries by Medicaid Fraud Control Units Nearly Doubled Amid Steady Fraud Convictions

Apr 9 2018 - 00:00

According to the Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCU) Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report issued recently by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), convictions by MFCUs have held steady over the past three years. In FY2017, MFCU convictions totaled 1,528, including 1,157 convictions for fraud....

OIG Announces Review of Grantees Receiving Multiple Grants from HHS

Mar 21 2018 - 14:24

In March 2018 the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it will review select grantees receiving HHS grant funding from multiple sources. The review will determine whether the selected grantees are allocating and claiming costs...

HRSA Updates Library of Progressive Action Conditions

Mar 14 2018 - 00:00

HRSA recently announced that it has updated its “Progressive Action Condition Library” to align with the Health Center Program Compliance Manual.  When HRSA determines that a health center has not demonstrated compliance with the Health Center Program requirements, HRSA places a condition(s) on...

OCR Announces $100,000 HIPAA Settlement with Business Associate Hired to Securely Dispose of PHI

Feb 28 2018 - 00:00

In the Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) most recent HIPAA settlement, a medical records moving and storage company’s receivership estate agreed to pay a $100,000 settlement and the receiver agreed to properly store and dispose of the company’s remaining medical records. The company is no longer in...

Covered Entity Agrees to Pay $3.5 Million HIPAA Settlement Related to Five Breaches at Five Different Sites in a Four Month Period

Feb 27 2018 - 17:32

A covered entity that experienced five separate breaches over a four month period agreed to pay a $3.5 HIPAA million settlement and entered into a two year corrective action plan with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The breaches, which occurred at five different sites, involved a total of...

Behavioral Health Organization Pays $4 Million Settlement Related to Claims Submitted by Unlicensed, Unqualified and Unsupervised Staff

Feb 14 2018 - 00:00

A Massachusetts behavioral health organization recently agreed to pay $4 million based on allegations that it fraudulently billed the state’s Medicaid Program for mental health care services provided to patients by unlicensed, unqualified, and unsupervised staff members at seventeen different...

$17 Million Settlement a Reminder that Privacy Breaches Could be in the Mail

Jan 22 2018 - 17:59

On January 17, 2018, Aetna settled a federal class action lawsuit for $17 million related to a data breach. According to the settlement, Aetna improperly released the names of over 13,000 individuals to its legal counsel and to a vendor. The vendor then sent letters in large-windowed envelopes...

SAMHSA Provides Additional Clarification on Rules Applicable to Substance Use Disorder Records under Part 2

Jan 12 2018 - 00:00

On January 3, 2018, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) published a Final Rule (“2018 Final Rule”)  that makes additional changes to the regulations governing the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records (42 CFR Part 2 or “Part 2”).  The 2018...