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May 15, 2013
On May 8, 2013, the OIG released an updated 20-page Special Advisory Bulletin describing the scope and effect of the legal prohibition on payment by Federal health care programs for items or services furnished (1) by an excluded person or (2) at the medical direction or on the prescription of an excluded person. The updated Bulletin provides guidance to the health care industry on the scope and frequency of screening employees and contractors to determine whether they are excluded persons.
Read more: Office of Inspector General (OIG): Updated Special Advisory Bulletin on the Effect of Exclusion...
May 8, 2013
On April 26, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its display copy of the proposed 2014 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) for acute care hospitals (Proposed Rule). The Proposed Rule will be published in the Federal Register on May 10. The following include some notable provisions of the Proposed Rule:
Read more: Eight Things Hospitals Must Know About the CMS 2014 Proposed IPPS
May 1, 2013
In a memorandum dated January 14, 2013, the Office of Chief Counsel (Office) of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) took the position that recipients of incentive payments for meaningfully using electronic health records (EHRs) under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR Incentive Programs (Programs) must claim such incentive payments as income for tax purposes. In its memorandum, the Office considered the following three issues:
Read more: IRS: Meaningful Use Incentive Payments are Taxable Income
April 24, 2013
In an enforcement environment such as the one in which we experience today, wherein the government gains roughly $7 for every $1 it puts into enforcement, healthcare providers and suppliers regularly find themselves faced with new and increasing compliance enforcement threats. A provider or supplier’s failure to comply with the healthcare laws and regulations could be brought to the OIG’s attention in a number of ways, including:
Read more: OIG Self-Disclosure Protocol – To Disclose or Not to Disclose
April 17, 2013
On April 10, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) both issued proposed rules regarding arrangements involving electronic health records (EHRs) under the physician self-referral statute (Stark Law) and the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS). Both the Stark Law and AKS currently have exceptions for certain arrangements involving the provision of EHR software to physicians in a position to refer patients back to the facility and are facing proposed changes.
Read more: CMS and OIG Revisit EHR Software Exception and Safe Harbor
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