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Medicare: ALJ Hearings Suspended on New Claim and Entitlement Appeals

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) has announced the temporary suspension of new administrative law judge hearings for Medicare claim and entitlement appeals. OMHA noted the backlog of 357,000 claims for Medicare services and entitlements already assigned to its 65 administrative law judges and the additional cases already pending assignment. 

Health Reform: 5 Critical Compliance Questions

Health reform has generated a lot of questions for employers. Some are large and philosophical and demand thought and research. Some are important, but basic, and you simply need the answers to comply with the law.

Small Thinking

Larry Minnix tells another great story from the 2014 Aging Services of Minnesota Institute and Expo about Jean Probst, who was honored as this year's trustee of the year.

How To Host Your Legislators

Hosting a visit offers a chance for your member of Congress to meet with elder constituents and to learn more about your organization’s work for older adults. These meetings also provide an opportunity for you to become a valuable resource for your legislator in the future. Use LeadingAge's Congress to Home guide to help plan your visit.

OIG Issues Advisory Opinion No. 14-01 regarding Referrals to Senior Residential Communities

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.