Hospice & Palliative Care

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

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

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

In today’s episode of Hospice Insights: The Law and Beyond, Husch Blackwell’s Meg Pekarske is joined by colleagues Bryan Nowicki and Erin Burns to discuss the recent denial of physician visits. Over the last several months, a number of auditors have begun questioning the medical necessity of billed physician visits, claiming the physician services were

The “rules of the road” for Provider Relief Funds continue to evolve. Recent actions by Congress and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provide further clarification in key areas that are helpful to hospices. In this episode we analyze the latest developments and share insights on calculating lost revenue and preparing for compliance reporting when it arrives. Tune in here: https://lnkd.in/eyr7q6c
Continue Reading COVID-19 Hospice How-To Series: The Latest on Using and Reporting Your Provider Relief Funds

On Thursday, January 14, 2021, President Biden’s administration announced its proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus relief plan: “The American Rescue Plan” (“Plan”). The Plan contains wide-ranging support for those affected by the pandemic. Notably, the Plan proposes to require all employers of any size to provide paid leave and to significantly extend the required paid

The pandemic of 2020 tested the mettle of our nation’s healthcare system in many unexpected and profound ways. As healthcare delivery was being rapidly restructured to accommodate COVID-19 diagnosis and treatment and socially-distanced care, bad actors simultaneously began to exploit the increased number of vulnerabilities in health information systems created by telehealth platforms, patient portals and the inattention of stressed, overworked staff. The result was an unprecedented number of cyberattacks culminating in an alert from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) on October 28, 2020 addressing the plague of ransomware activity targeting the healthcare and public health sector.
Continue Reading Healthcare Perspectives on Data Privacy Day 2021

Widespread COVID-19 vaccination is considered critical for many employers to return employees to work safely and resume normal business operations in the future. As such, many employers have been asking whether they can require, incentivize or encourage employees to get vaccinated, and what liabilities they may face if they choose any of these options.
Continue Reading EEOC Issues COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance, Allowing Employer Mandates