Nursing homes are at high risk for regulatory violations under new OSHA reporting rules. Steve Wilder's article in Long Term Living Magazine outlines the new reporting rules while emphasizing the risks to long term care facilities. Senior living facilities with regulatory and compliance needs should seek out qualified legal representation for assistance.
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Fraud and Abuse Update: Inflation Adjusted Rate Hikes Coming Aug. 1 for False Claim Act and Anti-Kickback Civil Money Penalties
PROVIDERS TAKE NOTE: CIVIL MONEY PENALTIES FOR FALSE CLAIM ACT AND ANTI-KICKBACK STATUTE VIOLATIONS WILL NEARLY DOUBLE AUGUST 1ST
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released its report of Provider Self-Disclosure Settlements for the first quarter of 2016. During the first three months of 2016, the OIG reports that 8 health care providers self-reported employing individuals that the employer knew or should have known were excluded from participation in Federal health care programs. As a result of these 8 self-reports, the employers agreed to pay Civil Monetary Penalties (CMPs) exceeding a total of $600,000.00 following their self-disclosures.
Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Director Jocelyn Samuels has made it clear that the “OCR remains committed to strong enforcement of the HIPAA Rules.” The latest settlement announced on 11/30/15 concerning Triple-S, an insurance holding company offering a wide range of insurance products and services, demonstrates just how committed the OCR is when it comes to HIPAA compliance. This settlement included payment of $3.5 Million and adopting a corrective action plan to implement a robust and comprehensive HIPAA compliance program pursuant to the Resolution Agreement entered by Triple-S.