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.
LeadingAge has compiled a variety of resources for members to utilize in determining their responsibilities under the Employer Shared Responsibility provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). In addition, we have included some resources on the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit and a link to the ACA itself.
In addition to releasing the August, 2013 List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE) update, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has added new information into its online exclusions database and the LEIE downloadable databases in the form of the National Provider Identifier (NPI), a Waiver, and Waiver State. Also, the online search of the LEIE has been redesigned. OIG strongly recommends that users download the entire LEIE Database with the three new fields at least once during the transition period from June to August 2013.The Monthly Supplement files only contain information about new exclusions or reinstatements that occurred in a single month. It does not – and will not - offer NPI and Waiver information for the thousands of records already in the LEIE before the latest LEIE upgrade.