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December 2018: Compliance Newsletter

Posted on January 07, 2019

The Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act (EMTALA) was enacted in 1986 to make sure that individuals have access to emergency services regardless of their ability to pay.

December 2018: LTC Newsletter

Posted on December 17, 2018

This past September, Wisconsin Republican Representative Sean Duffy introduced a bill (H.R. 6986) that would amend the Social Security Act to change the mandatory Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) training prohibitions that are imposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). According to Rep. Duffy,

November 2018: Compliance Newsletter

Posted on November 26, 2018

MSP or Medicare Secondary Payer refers to benefits provided to a beneficiary when Medicare is not the primary insurance. According to CMS, when Medicare began, they were the primary payer except when Worker’s Compensation, Veteran Administration, or Black Lung Benefits were involved.

October 2018: LTC Newsletter

Posted on October 31, 2018

According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), “Hospice provides support and care for persons in the last phases of an incurable disease so that they may live as fully and comfortably as possible.”

October 2018: Compliance Newsletter

Posted on November 02, 2018

If you are a covered entity, any person (with the exception of your workforce) or entity who performs a function or an activity that involves the use of or the disclosure of protected health information (PHI) on behalf of your organization would be considered a business associate.

September 2018: LTC Newsletter

Posted on September 18, 2018

Is your facility prepared for a disaster? September is National Preparedness Month and according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it is a time to encourage and remind everyone to be prepared for disasters and emergencies.

September 2018: Compliance Newsletter

Posted on September 19, 2018

On August 27, 2018, the Office of Inspector General published a request for information seeking input on current provisions that may be acting as barriers to coordinated care or value-based care.

August 2018: Compliance Newsletter

Posted on September 18, 2018

The 340b program allows certain providers to receive manufacture discounts on covered out-patient drugs. These drugs can then be provided to eligible patients.

August 2018: LTC Newsletter

Posted on September 18, 2018

The Final Rule published on May 18, 2016, Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities, implements Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).1

July 2018: LTC Newsletter

Posted on July 28, 2018

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) Work Plan has long been a source used by hospital compliance officers to help identify risks and develop audit plans. Following the issuance of the revised CMS guidelines, long-term care facilities are fine-tuning their programs to prepare for the November 2019 Compliance Program deadlines.