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The Davis Brown Health Law Blog is dedicated to the legal and business issues facing health care providers. Topics include regulatory developments, employment law updates, and compliance trends of importance to a wide variety of providers, including hospitals, physician practices, surgery centers, long-term care facilities and rural providers.

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Health Law Blog: Office of Inspector General Proposes New Safe Harbors to the Anti-Kickback Statute and Civil Monetary Penalty Rule - October 8, 2014

On October 3, 2014, the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General ("OIG") issued a Proposed Rule that, among other things, would protect additional payment practices and business arrangements from criminal prosecution or civil sanction under the Anti-Kickback Statute ("AKS") and Civil Monetary Penalties ("CMP") Law. Read More »


Health Law Blog: CMS Offers Settlement to Hospitals for Resolving Patient Status Denials - September 9, 2014

On September 9, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a conference call with providers and other interested parties regarding CMS's recent offer to resolve any acute care or critical access hospitals' pending appeals of patient status claim denials. Read More »


Health Law Blog: Court Strikes Down Tax Credit Provision for Low Income Americans Participating Through Federal and Federal/State Partnership Exchanges - July 22, 2014

This morning the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled the IRS' interpretation of a key ACA provision is invalid. Read More »


Health Law Blog: HHS releases Security Risk Assessment Tool to Help Providers with HIPAA Compliance - April 2, 2014

In collaboration with the HHS Office for Civil Rights, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released a new tool designed to help practices conduct and document a comprehensive assessment to identify risks in their organizations Read More »


Health Law Blog: OCR to Resume HIPAA Audits. Get Ready Now! - March 31, 2014

In a Feb. 24 notice in the Federal Register, the HHS's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced its intention to resume its HIPAA Audit Program. By and large, the audit program has been inactive since December 2012, when OCR concluded its pilot audit program. Read More »


Health Law Blog: County Government Settles Alleged HIPAA Violations - March 17, 2014

A small county in Washington has agreed to pay $215,000 to settle allegations that it violated HIPAA by failing to secure electronic protected health information. Skagit County maintained protected health information ("PHI") of individuals served by its Public Health Department. Read More »


Health Law Blog: President Obama Raises Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors - February 25, 2014

On February 12, 2014 President Obama signed Executive Order 13658 requiring federal contractors to pay a minimum rate of pay of $10.10 per hour. Read More »


Health Law Blog: HHS Issues Model of Notices of Privacy Practices in Spanish - February 19, 2014

A Spanish version of the Model Notices of Privacy Practices (NPP) has been issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Office for the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Read More »


Employment Law Blog: Failure to Provide COBRA Notice May Not Result in Penalties - February 17, 2014

Occasionally employers who act as the plan sponsor of a group health plan discover that they have neglected to send a "COBRA notice" to an employee who has been terminated. Recent Federal Court decisions within the Eighth Circuit provide guidance on what to do when this oversight is discovered. Read More »


Health Law Blog: OSHA Launches New Website to Protect Hospital Workers - January 16, 2014

On Jan. 15, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched a new educational resource, Worker Safety in Hospitals. Read More »


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