PREMIUM CONTENT In Advisory Opinion No. 18-05; issued on June 18, 2018; the OIG addressed the circumstances under which providers can establish “caregiver centers” that provide or arrange for free or reduced-cost support services to caregivers in local communities.
About Elizabeth HogueElizabeth Hogue is an attorney in private practice with extensive experience in health care. She represents clients across the U.S., including professional associations, managed care providers, hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, durable medical equipment companies, and hospices.
PREMIUM CONTENT How do anti-kickback statutes apply if providers or Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) are involved in referral arrangements and receive any type of federal or state funds? Attorney Elizabeth Hogue breaks it all down.
Wound care is a risky business these days. Providers who render wound care services are at risk for many things, including liability for negligent wound care, violation of fraud and abuse prohibitions based on substandard wound care, and liability for abandonment when wound care services are discontinued.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a number of waivers of various requirements for healthcare providers related to discharge planning for hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs).
PREMIUM CONTENT It’s an important time to review legal questions and issues related to COVID-19. There is a lot of mis-information flying around and it’s easy for providers to get tripped up. But providers must ensure that they are doing it right in order to avoid a day of legal reckoning that could threaten their businesses in the future.
Concern for healthcare workers in every setting knows no bounds! Providers' imperative is clear: everything possible must be done to keep them safe.
How can providers offer support for caregivers? A key way for providers to assist may be to collaborate with charitable organizations in the community.
Post-acute providers, patients, and their families have very successfully raised issues with hospital administrations related to patients' right to choose.
Recent federal cases make it quite clear that marketers for home health companies and discharge planners/case managers must just say, "NO!" The "jig is up."
Now is the time for all home care providers to review agreements and their practices with regard to payments to referring physicians.
The proposed rules recognize that incentives are different in a healthcare system that pays for value rather than the volume of services provided.
Why Do Providers Continue to Enter Into Business/Referral Relationships Without Meeting Applicable Requirements?
Why do providers continue to enter into business/referral relationships without meeting applicable requirements, thereby violating the law?
The OIG posted Advisory Opinion No. 10-03 on March 6, 2019, which permits hospitals to provide free, in-home follow up care to discharged patients.