The Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS OIG), and three associations of health care professionals (the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), the Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors (AHIA) and the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA)) collaborated on new guidance to help health care boards fulfill their compliance oversight duties.
A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (“Appeals Court”), in a unanimous decision released on May 7, 2013, struck down a National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) regulation that required most employers to post a notice of employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The Appeals Court ruled that the Notice posting requirement violated section 8(c) of the NLRA, which protects employers’ “free speech” rights. It is unknown at this time whether the NLRB plans to pursue further appeals of the case.
On April 17, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General ("OIG") released a substantially revised Self-Disclosure Protocol ("SDP"). This updated SDP supersedes and replaces the OIG's original 1998 SDP, as well as three Open Letters to Providers that the Inspector General issued about the SDP in 2006, 2008 and 2009.
The the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) postponed the implementation of its notice-posting rule until Jan. 31, 2012. The rule was scheduled to take effect on Nov. 14, 2011.
The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Workforce held a hearing on the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 3094), a bill that would reinstate the traditional standard for determining which employees will participate in union representation, overturning the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision in Specialty Healthcare.
Kaiser Health News offers a short Frequently Asked Questions about what workers and employers need to know about the recently postponed employer mandate under health care reform.