Staffing Legislation Impacts New York Hospitals

May 7, 2021

  On May 5, 2021, the New York State legislature approved two bills with differing requirements related to clinical staffing for hospitals and nursing homes.  With a goal of improving both patient and staff safety, as well as patient outcomes, the Governor is expected to sign each bill (A07119 and A00108B) into law soon. This …

New OIG Opinion Regarding Surgery Centers

April 30, 2021

  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) posted Advisory Opinion 21-02 (AO21-02) on April 29, 2021.  AO21-02 is noteworthy for the OIG’s analysis of the proposed investors in an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) under the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS).  The proposed investors include a health system, a management …

New Law Imposes Broad Notice And Contract Disclosure Requirements On New York Nursing Homes

April 28, 2021

  Last week, Governor Cuomo signed S04893A/A5684A into law. The law, which took effect immediately, greatly impacts the ownership and operation of nursing homes in New York by imposing broad notice and contract disclosure requirements on nursing homes.  Among the new requirements are the following: Requires disclosure to prospective and current residents of any contracts …

Beware: HIPAA Compliance Scam

April 26, 2021

  Earlier today, the United States Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued an alert concerning fraudulent postcards sent to health care organizations claiming to be official communications from OCR.  The post cards inform recipients that they are required to participate in a “Required Security Risk Assessment” and directs providers to submit …

New COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements For New York Nursing Homes And Adult Care Facilities

April 21, 2021

  In Emergency Regulations posted on the New York State Department of Health’s website, DOH is requiring that nursing homes offer all consenting, unvaccinated personnel and residents an opportunity to receive the first or any required next dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by April 29th.  Similarly, adult care facilities (ACFs) must make diligent efforts to …