Medicaid Providers Warned About Collection Arrangements

New York’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) recently sent letters to health care providers in the state regarding “percentage of collection” arrangements with outside billing companies. These arrangements are illegal under Medicaid law, and providers should evaluate all billing vendor service contracts to confirm they do not provide compensation to the billing company based on a percentage of collections. The MFCU states in its correspondence, “Billing agents are [...]

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Department of Labor Regulations Pertaining to Wage Payments Revoked

New York State Department of Labor (DOL) regulations regarding payment of wages to employees via direct deposit or debit card, which were set to take effect March 7, 2017, have been revoked. Previously adopted in September 2016, the regulations imposed restrictions on New York State employers paying wages by payroll debit card and direct deposit, including written notice and consent requirements applicable to the latter. The intent was to ensure workers had access to their wages in full without [...]

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What Should My HOA Board Be Doing About Zika?

Should homeowner associations be advising on a public health threat? You have most likely heard news coverage about Zika. The virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of certain kinds of infected mosquitoes. Illnesses from the virus are usually mild, however, worldwide concern is growing as it has been linked to health problems in some people. It remains a serious concern for pregnant women, their partners and couples planning a pregnancy as it can cause serious birth defects. There [...]

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SAMHSA Issues Final Changes to 'Part 2' Confidentiality Regulations

On January 18, 2017, the United States Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”) issued final regulations (the “Final Rule”) intended to update and modernize the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations set forth at 42 C.F.R., Part 2 (“Part 2”).  The Final Rule marks the most substantive update to Part 2 since 1987.  Obviously, significant changes have [...]

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DEA Announces Updates to Renewal Process

Beginning January 2017, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will no longer send its second renewal notification by mail. In place of a postal mail notice, an electronic renewal reminder will be sent to the email address associated with the DEA registration. The first renewal notice will continue to be sent by postal mail 65 days prior to the expiration date to the mailing address associated with the DEA registration.   DEA will retain its current policy and procedures with respect to [...]

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