Hospitals

On the heels of New York’s Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) releasing updated compliance requirements, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced today that it will also be updating and modifying its voluntary compliance guidance documents.

The OIG’s stated purpose for the modifications is to improve

In the next installment of Rivkin Radler’s Healthcare Compliance Lunch & Learn series, Rivkin Radler’s Bob Hussar will discuss the third and fourth required elements of an Effective Compliance Program:

  • Training
  • Effective lines of communication

Bob is a partner in Rivkin Radler’s Compliance, Investigations & White Collar and Health Services practice groups. The program will

Rivkin Radler’s Michael Sirignano authored an article for the March 2 issue of the New York Law Journal entitled “Healthcare Fraud Tops DOJ’s Annual False Claims Act Report – Again!” The article discussed a report issued by the U.S. Department of Justice detailing the settlements and judgments it obtained under the federal False

In the next installment of Rivkin Radler’s Healthcare Compliance Lunch & Learn series, Rivkin Radler’s Bob Hussar will discuss the first two required elements of an Effective Compliance Program:

1. Policies and Procedures; and

2. Compliance Officer/Compliance Committee

Bob is a partner in Rivkin Radler’s Compliance, Investigations & White Collar and Health Services practice groups.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced on February 27 that the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), James Luketich, its Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and University of Pittsburgh Physicians have agreed to pay $8.5 million to settle a qui tam suit brought by a former UPMC cardiothoracic surgeon. The suit, brought under the False Claims

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced on February 2 that Banner Health, a not-for-profit hospital system based in Arizona, has paid $1.25 million in order to settle alleged HIPAA violations in connection with a cyber attack.

The incident occurred in 2016 when a hacker gained access to

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued a favorable Advisory Opinion on a hospital arrangement in which the hospital was using its employed nurse practitioners to perform services that were traditionally performed by patients’ attending physicians. Specifically, if the attending physician elected to participate in the hospital’s

New York Governor Kathy Hochul recently signed legislation designed to prevent New York hospitals and medical providers from employing certain collection practices against patients with medical debt. This protection became effective immediately upon the Governor’s signing.

The legislation prohibits providers and hospitals from previous collection practices of garnishing up to 10% of a patient’s paycheck