Office for Civil Rights Issues Resource Document on HIPAA and IT Asset Inventories

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has published, as  part of its Summer 2020 Cybersecurity Newsletter, a resource document to assist covered entities in conduction of an effective risk analysis to ensure compliance with the Security Rule.  The OCR is tasked with enforcing the Health Insurance Portability and…

Feds Announce $20 Billion in New Phase 3 Provider Relief Funding

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will release $20 billion in new funding for providers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, HHS announced on Thursday, October 1. Under this Phase 3 General Distribution allocation, providers that have already received Provider Relief Fund payments will…

Feds Issue Health Care Malware Warning

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services has issued a warning to health care providers about the Taidoor Malware being used by the Chinese government. The warning from the OCR and the Assistant Secretar for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) includes a warning about malware, as well as response…

CMS Seeks Input on Quality Measures for HCBS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a request for Information(IRFI) seeking public input on a draft set of recommended quality measures for Medicaid-funded home and community-based services (HCBS). CMS and states have worked for decades to support the increased availability and provision of high quality HCBS for Medicaid beneficiaries. HCBS provide…

Provider Relief Fund Reporting Requirements Released

The following was written by William T. Cuppett, CPA, of The Health Group. The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has finally issued general reporting requirements for the use of Provider Relief Funding.  This document provides information on provider reporting guidelines, including intent, use of funds, and data elements requested. The purpose of the…

Medicare Contractors Were Not Consistent In How They Reviewed Extrapolated Overpayments

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services conducted an audit to determine whether the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ensured that MACs and QICs reviewed appealed extrapolated overpayments consistently and in a manner that conforms with existing CMS requirements. The OIG concluded that the MACs and…

CMS Proposes Definition of Reasonable and Necessary

A definition of “reasonable and necessary” was part of the recently proposed rule, Medicare Program; Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT) and Definition of ‘‘Reasonable and Necessary’’.  This proposed rule would also establish a Medicare coverage pathway to provide Medicare beneficiaries nationwide with faster access to new, innovative medical devices designated as breakthrough by the Food…

Feds to Ship 150 Million Fast COVID Tests to Care Facilities

NAHC working to ensure home care gets tests The federal government has contracted with Abbott Laboratories to send 150 million rapid coronavirus tests to assisted living facilities and other care providers in the very near future. Assisted living facilities will be followed by senior day care centers and home health agencies in getting the tests,…

HHS Plans Revision to Administration of Guidance Documents

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) issued a proposed rule that governs the agency’s release and maintenance of guidance documents.  The proposed rule is designed to increase accountability, improve the fairness of guidance issued by HHS, and guard against unlawful regulation through guidance. In the proposed rule, HHS defines “guidance documents” as  any…

Provider Relief Fund: Phase 2 General Distribution Funding Deadline Extended to September 13

As has been reported, qualified health care service and support providers have access to relief funds for appropriate expenses, lost revenue due to COVID-19, or to help uninsured Americans get testing and treatment for COVID-19. Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act…