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Showing 4 posts from September 2014.

The Finalized Meaningful Use Rule – What Providers Need To Know

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) finalized a rule (“Final Rule”) on August 29, 2014, giving health care providers a bit more breathing room to comply with the Electronic Health Record (“EHR”) Incentive Program’s (“the Program’s”) meaningful use requirements. The Program began as a way to motivate health care providers to implement EHR systems. Hospitals and health care professionals can qualify through the Program for incentive payments from CMS for the “meaningful use” of certified EHR technology (“CEHRT”). What qualifies as “meaningful use” has been the source of much confusion. The Program is intended to be implemented in three stages, with each stage to be completed within one calendar or fiscal year. More >

The Walmart List: Milk, Eggs, and a Doctor Visit?

By January 2015, Walmart will be operating dozen primary care clinics across the U.S. Six of these have already opened in South Carolina and Texas. Currently, some Walmart stores include acute care clinics that are operated through leases with local hospital operators. The new primary care clinics are distinct from the existing ones in several ways. The new clinics will be fully-owned by Walmart, offer a broader range of services, and be open seven days a week with longer operating hours. Walmart is partnering with QuadMed nationally to operate the clinics, rather than with local partners. The primary care clinics will be staffed primarily by nurse practitioners and medical assistants and will be supervised by a physician. More >

Nursing Homes Agree To Pay $3.8 Million Settlement

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Life Care Services, a Des Moines-based company that manages nursing homes across the United States, and ParkVista, a California nursing home company, have agreed to pay a $3.8 million settlement for the alleged overbilling of Medicare. The two companies were, according to Department of Justice officials, involved in an arrangement under which a therapy company provided “unreasonable and unnecessary” rehabilitation services to nursing home residents. More >

Reminder: Update Your “Grandfathered” HIPAA Business Associate Agreements Now!

In January 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) published its Final Rule, which significantly increased the privacy and security responsibilities for the “business associates” of “covered entities,” as those terms are defined by HIPAA. A provision within the Final Rule mandated that all covered entities and their business associates revise their business associate agreements to reflect the new responsibilities. Specifically, a business associate must now, among other things: More >

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