Category: Regulations

Proposed rule aims to make CMP waiver process standard

In its proposed rule released this week, CMS aims to eliminate the requirement for facilities to actively waive their right to a hearing in writing. Instead, there would be a waiver process that would operate by default when CMS has not received a timely request for a hearing. The 35% penalty reduction would remain. According […]

Key takeaways of the new proposed rule

On July 17 CMS announced a proposed rule that would delay Phase 3 requirements, including QAPI and ethics and compliance standards. These changes, fueled by the Trump administration, will modify previous rules set forth between October 2016 and June 2017. CMS-3347-P The first proposed rule, Medicare & Medicaid Programs; Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities: Regulatory […]

Employers likely to notice change after Acosta’s departure from DOL

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Alexander Acosta’s announcement that he is leaving his post amid controversy over his role in a lenient plea deal for multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein is likely to bring a change in tone to the agency. Acosta’s resignation will be effective a week after his July 12 announcement. He had faced […]

CMS seeking feedback on potential future quality measures and assessment data

A significant portion of the 2020 PPS proposed rule deals with potential measures and associated assessment elements that could come to the home health industry in the future. While CMS is not planning to finalize any of these measures or standardized patient assessment data elements (SPADES) as part of the rulemaking process this year, CMS […]

CMS to hold two-day Quality Reporting training

Registration is open for CMS’ SNF QRP Provider In-Person Training Event, August 13 and 14, 2019. The training is a two-day in-person ‘Train the Trainer’ event for providers at the Four Seasons Hotel, 200 International Drive, Baltimore, MD 21202. This event will be open to all SNF providers, associations, and organizations. Like the May 2019 […]

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 […]