CMS Adopts Important Changes To The Stark Regulations

December 11, 2020

  On December 2, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Final Rule that includes important changes to the federal physician self-referral law, commonly referred to as the “Stark Law.”  In general, the Stark Law prohibits a physician from making a referral for certain “designated health services” (DHS) to an entity …

OIG Issues Special Fraud Alert Reiterating Concerns Regarding Speaker Programs

November 30, 2020

  On November 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General (the “OIG”) issued a Special Fraud Alert (“SFA”) emphasizing the fraud and abuse risks inherent in speaker programs run by pharmaceutical and medical device companies. The SFA specifically focuses on pharmaceutical and medical device company-sponsored events at …

New York Issues Holiday Guidance For Nursing Homes And Adult Care Facilities

November 24, 2020

On November 24, 2020, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) issued a health advisory imposing new requirements for maintaining the health and safety of residents during the holiday season, including discouraging residents from leaving the facility for family visitation or social outings, and implementing infection prevention and control measures for those who do …

Changes To New York State Compliance Program Certification Requirements

November 11, 2020

  Separate Annual SSL and DRA Certifications On OMIG’s Website No Longer Required; Replaced By Annual Certification Statements Effective immediately, providers that are subject to New York State’s mandatory compliance program requirements found in New York State Social Services Law (“SSL”) § 363-d are no longer required to complete the annual December certification form previously …

New COVID-19 Travel Guidelines Allow For An Alternative To The New York Mandatory 14-Day Quarantine

November 6, 2020

  On October 31, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced new guidelines allowing out-of-state travelers to New York to “test out” of the mandatory 14-day quarantine. Prior to these new guidelines, any person traveling into New York from certain identified states was required to quarantine for no less than 14 days before the traveler is allowed …