HHS Puts Industry on Notice: OCR is Serious About HIPAA Enforcement

Posted by Jason Greis on March 2, 2011 under Articles | Be the First to Comment

On Feb. 22, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that it had issued a civil money penalty (CMP) of $4.3 million against Cignet Health of Prince George’s County, MD., the first imposition of a CMP by OCR for a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule. Two days later, HHS announced that General Hospital Corporation and Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, Inc., collectively referred to as Mass General, agreed to pay $1 million to settle potential violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Read More...

CMS Rule Expands Long-Term Care Facility Administrators’ Responsibility to Report Facility Closures

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On February 18, 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an interim final rule (Interim Rule) implementing Section 6113 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).  The Interim Rule, which becomes effective March 23, 2011, requires administrators of long-term care facilities (LTCF), including skilled nursing facilities (SNF) eligible for reimbursement under Medicare and nursing facilities (NF) eligible for reimbursement under Medicaid, to submit prior written notification of an impending LTCF closure to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Secretary), the state’s long-term care ombudsman and residents of the facility and their legal representatives or other responsible parties.  LTCF administrators that do not comply with the new notice requirements may face sanctions, including civil monetary penalties of up to $100,000 and exclusion from participation in Federal health care programs.  In addition, LTCFs must have related policies in place to avoid being cited for survey deficiencies. Read More...

Kindred Healthcare Announces RehabCare Group Merger

Posted by Jason Greis on February 13, 2011 under Articles, Industry News | Be the First to Comment

On February 8, 2011, Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (“Kindred”) and RehabCare Group, Inc. (“RehabCare”) jointly announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement under which Kindred will acquire RehabCare for an estimated $35 per share, which includes $26 per share in cash and 0.471 shares of Kindred common stock.  The transaction was unanimously approved by the Boards of both Kindred and RehabCare and is expected to close at the end of the second quarter, pending approval from the shareholders of both companies and receipt of antitrust approval.  Read More...

AHA Annual Membership Meeting

Posted by Jason Greis on January 9, 2011 under Events | Be the First to Comment

Join your colleagues April 10-13 in Washington, D.C., at the 2011 American Hospital Association Annual Membership Meeting to hear the latest on reforming health care, and to take hospitals’ message to Capitol Hill.  The meeting agenda includes prominent keynote speakers … executive briefings on important health reform topics to help prepare your organization for coming changes, an opportunity to earn ACHE credits … and more!  In times like these, speaking with one voice, to Congress and the Administration, to policymakers and opinion leaders, is more important than ever before.  Please visit the AHA 2011 Annual Meeting Website for more information. Read More...

Save the Date: NALTH 2011 Education Conference

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LTACH PHYSICIAN FOCUS
October 6-7, 2011
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
New Orleans, Louisiana Read More...

ALTHA 2011 Capital Market Meeting

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Capital Markets Meeting
April 6-7, 2011
Union League Club, New York, NY
38 E 37th Street
New York, NY 10016 Read More...