Success in False Claims Act Lawsuits

In this third episode of the Husch Blackwell Hospice Team’s “Hospice and the False Claims Act” series, Meg Pekarske, Bryan Nowicki, Jody Rudman and Brian Flood discuss the process and path of a False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit. FCA cases are a test of endurance as much as they require expert marshalling of facts and law. The Hospice Team gives the insider’s view of an FCA lawsuit, including how hospices and their attorneys work together to identify strengths and weaknesses, manage expectations and develop a winning strategy. Tune in: https://bit.ly/3B78exg

Husch Blackwell’s Education team recently conducted a webinar that tackles complex Clery Act issues that directly affect academic medical centers, hospitals and healthcare systems, and student health facilities. Listen in while Husch Blackwell attorneys, Hayley Hansen and Ellen Armentrout discuss specific Clery Act compliance topics, such as:

  • confidentiality concerns;
  • guidance offered in the new Clery Appendix; and
  • Campus Security Authority (CSA).

To view the on-demand recording of this timely webinar, use our registration form.

 

On July 1, 2021, the Office of Personnel Management (“OPM”), the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), the Department of Treasury (“Treasury”), the Employee Benefits Security Administration (“EBSA”), the Department of Labor (“DOL”), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”), and the Department of Health and Human Services (“CMS”) (collectively the “Departments”) jointly issued the Interim Rule – Requirements Related to Surprise Billing; Part 1 (hereinafter, the “Interim Rule” or the “Rule”). This Interim Rule is the first implementing regulation of the federal No Surprises Act (alternatively the “Act”) which was enacted on December 27, 2020 as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act. Both this Interim Rule, and the Act, are effective applicable for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2022. Continue Reading Federal Guidance on Balance Billing: The No Surprises Act and its Interim Final Rule: Part I

Join Meg Pekarske and our newest member of our Hospice & Palliative care team, Noreen Vergara, where they discuss different ways hospices can come together to succeed in the value-based care landscape. They explore a continuum of options from messenger-model networks to networks that are clinically and financially integrated all the way to common ownership through merger or acquisition. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach, collaboration can be a fresh way to create operational efficiencies, streamline costs, expand geographic reach and benchmark quality, all of which are critical to enhancing payor relationships. Tune in here: https://lnkd.in/dVEJxMw.

After nearly half a year of silence, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services finally provided direction on when providers need to submit Provider Relief Fund (“PRF”) compliance reports. In this episode, Husch Blackwell’s Meg Pekarske and Andrew Brenton discuss this and other PRF developments, including new deadlines by which providers must use their PRF payments and guidance on how to return those portions of PRF payments that remain unused. Tune into our podcast to learn more: https://bit.ly/35NsMMQ

On June 11, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued new guidance on Provider Relief Fund (PRF) reporting and the deadline for providers to use their funds. Provider recipients can now begin submitting information in the PRF Reporting Portal on July 1, 2021. Summary of use and reporting timeline can be found here: https://bit.ly/3iRKB4Q

In today’s episode of our Hospice Privacy Series, Husch Blackwell’s Meg Pekarske is joined by colleagues Wakaba Tessier and Erin Burns, who share insights on the ins and outs of HIPAA breaches. They break down what a HIPAA breach really is, the types of breaches most often experienced by hospices and what to do when you think you have discovered a breach. Continue Reading Privacy Series: HIPAA Breaches – When It Is, and When It Is Not a Breach

On June 9, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its long anticipated interim final rule and request for comments for the Occupational Exposure to COVID-19; Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). OSHA released the ETS one day after the approval of the standard was received from the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. The ETS is limited to covered healthcare employers and excludes from coverage of the standard certain healthcare workplaces that have a fully vaccinated workforce and that exclude individuals with possible COVID-19 infections. The rule becomes effective on the date of publication in the Federal Register with deadlines for compliance that vary by section of the ETS. Written comments regarding whether the ETS should become a final rule must be submitted within 30 days of the publication date in the Federal Register. A brief overview of the ETS’s requirements are provided here: https://bit.ly/3xlBGwN

In today’s episode of Hospice Insights, Husch Blackwell’s Meg Pekarske shares her recent wide-ranging conversation with Dr. Kathleen Benton of Hospice Savannah, where they explore how good business planning starts and ends with good questions and strong ethics. Continue Reading Hospice Innovators: A Conversation with Dr. Kathleen Benton, CEO of Hospice Savannah