Category: Regulations

Make sanction policy, hit other marks to avoid big fines for small HIPAA breaches

A recent HIPAA breach that involved transmission of protected health information (PHI) to only one party — a reporter — nonetheless cost a Connecticut practice $125,000, in part because the practice didn’t take simple precautions. In February 2015, a patient of Allergy Associates of Hartford, P.C., a four-doctor, three-office practice, had talked to a local […]

HHS, in partnership with industry, releases voluntary cybersecurity practices for the health industry

On Friday, December 28, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the “Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices (HICP): Managing Threats and Protecting Patients” publication. The four-volume publication aims to provide voluntary cybersecurity practices to healthcare organizations of all types and sizes, ranging from local clinics to large hospital systems. The industry-led effort was in […]

Updates to Appendix Z includes clarification on emergency preparedness and home health citations

In a memo from CMS dated February 1, 2019, the agency announced updates to Appendix Z of the State Operations Manual to reflect changes to the definition of an all-hazards approach to emergency preparedness, new home health agency citations, and clarifications under alternative source power and emergency standby systems. Updates include the following: CMS is […]

Feds increase fines for bloodborne pathogens, other workplace hazards

Source: Home Health Line Fines for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations have been adjusted for inflation. A pre-publication version of the U.S. Department of Labor’s final rule increasing the civil monetary penalties was posted Jan. 15. Fines that fall in the categories of serious and other-than-serious and posting requirements will go up from […]

CMS extends its staffing exemption for hospices through 2020

Source: Home Health Line Hospices battling the ongoing nursing shortage have two additional years to use contract nurses due to “extraordinary circumstances,” CMS has announced. “This designation enables those hospice agencies, which are unable to provide a sufficient number of nursing staff directly to meet the needs of its patients due to the national shortage, […]

HHS considers modifying HIPAA

Source: Home Health Line HHS’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a request for information (RFI) to help it identify provisions of HIPAA privacy and security regulations that should be modified. It wants to “remove regulatory obstacles and decrease regulatory burdens in order to facilitate efficient care coordination and/or case management and to promote […]

Review choice demo won’t start on time in Illinois

Source: Home Health Line CMS has announced that it its review choice demonstration won’t launch as planned in Illinois on Dec. 10. That’s because the demonstration has not yet received Office of Management and Budget approval, CMS said in a Dec. 10 post. CMS notes that when approval is received, it will post “final, approved […]

Home health industry asks CMS to wash away challenging bathing requirement

Source: Home Health Line Given an opportunity to provide insights about Medicare regulatory requirements that are burdensome, many in the home health industry pointed to tub baths currently being an aide competency requirement under the revised Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs). The vast majority of home health patients don’t take tub baths, making it […]

CMS schedules Q&A session related to guidance from OASIS-D events

Source: Home Health Line CMS has announced that from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST Nov. 29, it will hold a question-and-answer session related to guidance on the OASIS-D presented during webinars in August and September and a Train-the-Trainer event in Baltimore in November. OASIS-D takes effect Jan. 1, 2019. Learn more about the event […]