Section Chair's Column: Are You a Health Lawyer?
By Kathleen Scully-Hayes, Social Security Administration,
As I pondered (for weeks!) what I would write about in my first column as this year’s Chair of the Health Law Section, I did a couple of things. First, I searched for old copies of the Health Lawyer. I managed to find 10 in various locations throughout the house – several filed away in the bookshelves of my home office, a few in the reading table next to the chair I usually inhabit in the family room and still more (waiting to be read!) in the basket next to the bed.
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By David Summer, Jr., Parker Poe, Columbia, SC
On May 8, 2013, for the second time in three years, a federal jury found that Tuomey Healthcare System (“Tuomey”), located in Sumter, South Carolina, violated the Stark Law by entering into 19 part-time physician employment agreements. The second jury also found that, as consequence of these illegal arrangements, Tuomey submitted over $39 million in false claims to Medicare.
Tuomey – Another Verdict - FMV Boxing Match Continues
By Albert “Chip” Hutzler, HealthCare Appraisers, Inc.,
Delray Beach, FL
Those familiar with the ongoing qui tam case of U.S. ex rel. Drakeford vs. Tuomey Healthcare System, Inc. know why it has been compared by some to a multi-round boxing match. The case has had truckloads of twists and turns, and after a recent retrial verdict against the hospital, the second jury verdict rendered in the case, Tuomey now faces mammoth liability for Stark Law and False Claims Act violations.
Recent HIPAA Settlements Result from Breaches Involving Web Portals and Copy Machines
By Clay J. Countryman, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP, Baton Rouge, LA
The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) recently entered into two HIPAA settlement agreements involving the disclosure of electronic protected health information (“ePHI”) by health plans that provide important HIPAA compliance lessons for all covered entities.
CMS’s Final Rule Regarding the Payment of Part B Inpatient Services and the Revised Standard for Hospital Inpatient Admissions
By Andrew B. Wachler and Jesse A. Markos, Wachler & Associates, P.C., Royal Oak, MI
On August 2, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released the annual Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System Final Rule for FY 2014 (the “Final Rule”), effective for discharges occurring on or after October 1, 2013. The Final Rule revises CMS’s Part A to Part B rebilling policy and clarifies the inpatient admission guidelines. CMS adopted these policy changes to address longstanding concerns from hospitals that they need more guidance on when a Medicare beneficiary is appropriately admitted to a hospital as an inpatient and what is required for Medicare Part A payment of hospital inpatient services.
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