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New Podcast: HIPAA Refresher, Addressing COVID and other concerns

With us today is Joan Usher, a nationally recognized expert in the field of health information management. Find her at jluhealth.com. Today, we’ll be talking about HIPAA, the public health emergency, how to handle staff COVID testing in a HIPAA-compliant way, and more. Listen and subscribe on iTunes Connect, Spotify, or SoundCloud.

CDC Issues Guidance on Isolation, Precautions for COVID-19

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued new guidance titled “Duration of Isolation and Precautions for Adults with COVID-19.” The guidance is noteworthy for employers. Previously, the CDC had generally indicated that individuals could potentially return to work following a positive test after spending 14 days in isolation and being fever-free […]

Comply with local, state laws for time off to vote

With Election Day just two weeks away, employers need to make sure they’re providing time off to vote, if it is required under state or local laws. Agencies left unprepared Nov. 3 could see staffing levels impacted, along with employee morale. Employers will want to check legal requirements for the number of hours that must […]

Home health owners to pay back $3.1 million to state Medicaid program

A home health care company and its owners must “pay back $3.1 M to resolve allegations that they falsely billed the state’s Medicaid Program (MassHealth),” according to an October 16, 2020, press release from attorney general Maura Healey.   Altranais Home Care, LLC (Altranais) of Lowell, Mass.  is expected to repay the money to resolve […]

Managing Mental Health During Trying Times

The internet and social media are full of memes, statuses, personal stories, and other commentary lamenting and marveling at the craziness of 2020. Many of these point out that we’re not even done with this chaotic year! One of the biggest changes to normal life facing millions of Americans in 2020 is the sudden shift […]

CMS waives some emergency training requirements due to PHE

CMS is waiving requirements for large-scale emergency preparedness testing for agencies that have activated their emergency plans during the public health emergency (PHE). But some agencies may still have to complete another important emergency training task before the end of the year. Agencies that were due for an “exercise of choice” (see below) in 2020 […]

CMS issues new home health cost report forms

CMS released the new home health cost report forms in a transmittal released on October 2. The new cost report forms are effective for cost reporting periods beginning on or after January 1, 2020, and ending on or after December 31, 2020.   The federal Medicare agency did make some changes to the forms that will require […]