Movement to HETS as Sole Source for Eligibility Queries on Horizon

CWF: 3rd and later hospice benefit periods not calculating correctly In recent years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken steps to transition providers away from direct queries to the Common Working File (CWF) and toward the HIPAA Eligibility Transaction System (HETS) as the single source for beneficiary eligibility transactions.  Earlier this…

Critical Webinar on Legal Risks for Private Duty Home Care

The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and Littler Mendelson are collaborating to offer a truly unique quarterly series of webinars focused on the challenges, opportunities, and risks for private duty home care operators. We hope you will join us for an informative session and complimentary focused on two separate issues creating headaches…

New HHS Fact Sheet on Direct Liability of Business Associates under HIPAA

The Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a new fact sheet that provides a clear compilation of all provisions through which a business associate can be held directly liable for compliance with certain requirements of the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach Notification, and Enforcement Rules (“HIPAA Rules”), in accordance with…

HHS Secretary Declares Public Health Emergency

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar today declared public health emergencies in North Carolina and South Carolina, as Hurricane Florence continues its track toward the southeastern seaboard of the United States. The declarations give HHS’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) beneficiaries and their healthcare providers and suppliers greater flexibility in meeting…