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In June 2004, the ABA Health Law Section had the foresight to realize that it could serve members better by “more effectively using our electronic capabilities” and launched The Health eSource.
On May 9, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Service’s (“HHS”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a proposed rule which, if finalized, would implement several provisions contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) that expand the OIG’s authority to exclude individuals and entities from participating in federal healthcare programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has delegated its responsibilities to administer the Medicare and Medicaid programs, in large part, to private contractors.
Over the last several years, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) has significantly increased its Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) enforcement activity, resulting in 14 resolution agreements from March 13, 2012 through May 7, 2014 totaling over $15 million.
The Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) of the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) has announced that it will resume this fall a program of audits to assess compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”).
Given the relatively high rate of union-organized facilities in the healthcare industry, buying, selling, or affiliating with healthcare facilities can involve a host of thorny labor law issues.