HHS Offers New HIPAA Guidance in Light of Opioid Crisis

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Shortly after President Donald Trump declared a nationwide public health emergency to combat the opioid crisis, the HHS Office for Civil Rights released new guidance on when and how healthcare providers can share a patient’s health information when that patient may be in crisis and incapacitated, such as during an opioid overdose. HIPAA regulations already…

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Feds Continue to Root Out Hospice Fraud

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Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Chemed Corp., the parent company of VITAS Healthcare Corp., agreed to pay $75 million to resolve a government lawsuit alleging that the hospice provider violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by submitting false claims for services to Medicare. The settlement resolves allegations that between 2002 and…

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