Health Law Blog
  • February 23, 2017

    At any given time, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) has over 300 active corporate integrity agreements (CIAs) in force, resulting from settlement of a civil false claims case with the Department of Justice (DOJ). A provider or entity consents to certain defined obligations as part of “the civil settlement and in exchange for the OIG’s […]

  • February 23, 2017

    Congress, through the bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) (P.L. 114-10), has recognized the importance of small and rural medical practices and provided funding for their assistance in navigating the new Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP). To this end, CMS has announced the award of approximately $20 million to 11 organizations […]

  • February 22, 2017

    New HHS Secretary Tom Price has already received a request from three senators to use his newfound power to allow drug importation from Canada. Sens. Grassley (R-Iowa), McCain (R-Ariz), and Klobuchar (D-Minn) believe that this strategy is a way to alleviate the pressure from drastic drug price increases. Letter Under the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement […]

  • February 22, 2017

    Postmarket surveillance of medical devices, which includes device manufacturers’ investigations of complaints about their devices, are generally not logged in the FDA’s adverse event report system. In a study sponsored by the University of Minnesota and published in the journal Production and Operations Management, the researchers found that the more adverse event reports there are […]

Health Compliance Information
  • October 29, 2014

    UDPATED OCTOBER, 2016: The mission of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Recovery Audit Program is to identify and correct Medicare improper payments through efficient detection of both overpayments and underpayments.

  • January 9, 2014

    The momentum is back for ICD-10 risk assessments post Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) one (1) year delay in implementation date announcement. Although we are still in the 30 day comment period, the industry is ready to continue and/or begin their assessment efforts.

  • January 9, 2014

    More than ever the burning question remains, “Why ICD-10?”  It feels like “heartburn” for most but the increase in hesitancy to adopt this new system appears to be directly related to the announcement of the impending October 2014 delay in the implementation date.  The reason for ICD-10 is more t

  • January 9, 2014

    “OMG” is about the best way to not only get your attention as a reader of this article, but my first thought as I reflect on the breaking news from the HIMSS ICD-10 Leadership Forum in National Harbor, Maryland this week.  Definitely the biggest “take away” is the announcement from CMS that they

  • January 9, 2014

    Dual coding or is it double coding? That is a very good question to ask yourself as you work toward ICD-10 implementation. The difference can be confusing when you first read the phrase, but know this….dual coding can be your avenue to successful ICD-10 transition in your organization. 

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