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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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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The “Internet of Things” Benefits and Challenges Health Care

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a term used to reference the ability of various everyday objects to connect to the internet through the transfer of data.[1]  It includes products or systems connected to technologies or networks which allow the transmission and receipt of data without human interaction.  These systems are transforming industry, government, transportation, and our homes.  Practical examples include cell-phones, cars, home appliances, popular health-related consumer [...]

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Health Care Cybersecurity Data

Modern Healthcare has published a special report, "Building a Better Cybersecurity Defense," which focuses on health care. Health care hacks continue to rise each year according to the Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights. The report notes that many providers feel ill-informed about the use of advance technologies, and they do not have a complete and accurate record of all of their medical and non-medical web connected devices. The full report can be found at this link.  

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