On Jan. 13, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion No. 14-01 in which it concluded that while an arrangement involving payments to a senior living placement agency would potentially generate prohibited remuneration under the Anti-Kickback Statue (AKS) if the requisite intent to induce or reward referrals of federal health care program business were present, parties to the arrangement had taken sufficient steps to adequately reduce that risk. As a result, OIG concluded that it would not subject the parties to administrative sanctions.
On Dec. 27, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule to establish national emergency preparedness requirements for health care providers and suppliers participating in Medicare and Medicaid. We would like to include your feedback in our response to CMS. Please send any recommendations you may have for change or amendment to Evvie Munley no later than Feb. 17, 2014.
The U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services Office for Civil Rights and Office of National
Coordinator for Health Information Technology have released model Notices
of Privacy Practices that health care providers and health plans can use to
communicate with their patients and plan members. The notices are compliant with
changes to the HIPAA privacy rule affected by the so-called HIPAA Omnibus Rule
in January of 2013.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2015,
workers who provide companionship services to the elderly and who are employed
by home care or other third-party agencies will be entitled to the minimum wage
and overtime protections afforded by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) under a
final rule issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on Sept. 17.
The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final regulations on the individual shared responsibility provision that largely finalize the provisions of the proposed regulations without change. The final regulations provide guidance to individual taxpayers on the liability under Section 5000A of the Internal Revenue Code.