OCR SETTLES WITH FQHC FOR $400,000

April 27, 2017

In a significant development for FQHCs, on April 12, 2017, the Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”), which enforces compliance with the HIPAA rules, announced a HIPAA settlement with a Federally Qualified Health Care Center (“FQHC”). This is the first public announcement of an OCR settlement with an FQHC, with previous OCR settlements principally involving health …

Attestation Deadlines are Extended for the New York Medicaid EHR Incentive Program

The New York State Medicaid Program has announced that the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program has been extended and attestations are being accepted for 2015 and 2016 meaningful use (MU) and 2016 Adopt, Implement, Upgrade (AIU).  In particular, the final deadlines have been extended and are listed below: 2016 AIU deadline: 5/31/17 2015 MU deadline: 6/30/17 …

NY Residential Health Care Facilities Must Revise and Re-Issue Notices of Bed Hold Policies

April 14, 2017

Amendments in the recently enacted NYS Budget legislation reduce the number of reserved bed days for residents on therapeutic leave and end Medicaid payment for bed holds for temporarily hospitalized residents and for residents on non-therapeutic leave. The recently enacted New York State budget legislation has amended the Public Health Law to significantly change the …

New York State Department of Labor Adopts New Regulations on Discussion of Wages Between Employees

March 20, 2017

The New York State Department of Labor (“Labor Department”) recently adopted new regulations governing the discussion of wages between employees.  The regulations were published in the New York Register on February 1, 2017 and became effective immediately. Summary of the Law The Labor Department expanded New York Labor Law Section 194 on pay equality to …

Proposed New York State Department of Labor Regulations Deemed Invalid and Revoked

March 13, 2017

On February 16, 2017, the New York State Industrial Board of Appeals (“IBA”) (an independent review agency that assesses the reasonableness and validity of certain rules, regulations or ordered issued by the Department of Labor) revoked proposed regulations that had been adopted by the Commissioner of Labor.  The regulations, scheduled to take effect on March …