Category Archives: Health Care

11 Feb

Home Health Agencies no longer under CMS moratorium

As of January 30, 2019, there are no active Medicare Provider Enrollment Moratoria in any State, including Florida, or U.S. territories. On July 31, 2013, the the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) first issued a temporary moratorium which affected providers who desired to or where in the process of enrolling as a home

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11 Feb

How to respond to a Final Audit Report (FAR)

Florida health care providers that provide services to Medicaid recipients are likely, at some point, to receive an audit of their claims submitted to the Medicaid program for reimbursement. Some providers will, for any number of reasons, receive a preliminary audit report detailing the Agency for Health Care Administration’s (Agency) findings as well as setting

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07 Feb

Florida Behavior Analysis Services – Overpayments

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (Agency), Medicaid Program Integrity (MPI) has and is undergoing review of several Behavior Analysis Services providers regarding their Medicaid reimbursement claims for services rendered. MPI is reviewing said claims in order to insure compliance with the program’s Florida Medicaid Behavior Analysis Services Coverage Policy dated October 2017, including

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22 Jun

FDA Targets Online Sales of Illegal Prescription Drugs

On June 9, 2016, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it took action against 4,402 websites illegally selling unapproved prescription drugs to U.S. consumers. With the assistance of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the FDA conducted inspections at International Mail Facilities (IMFs) and served formal complaints on domain registrars “requesting the suspension

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07 May

Success of CMS ACO Pilot could bring big changes to Medicare payment structure

The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services’ (CMS) Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program successfully saved Medicare nearly $400 million in spending over two years, clearing the way for CMS begin expanding the program nationwide. A CMS study released May 4, 2015 on the JAMA website, revealed that expenditures for Medicare beneficiaries receiving care through

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17 Sep

AHCA Increases Efforts to Collect Medicaid Overpayments

On September 16, 2014, Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) issued a notice to Medicaid providers informing that “in the upcoming weeks the Agency will increase its efforts to ensure that providers are repaying overpayments”, while also reminding Medicaid providers of “their obligation to promptly refund moneys due to [AHCA], including any moneys received

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04 Mar

Hospital enters $85 million settlement for alleged Stark Law violations

Halifax Hospital agreed Monday, March 3, 2014, to settle a whistleblower case for alleged Stark Law violations with the U.S. Justice Department in the amount of $85 million — an amount so large it is more than twice the previous recors for hospital systems accused of Medicare fraud.  The Daytona Beach, Florida  hospital is accused of

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23 Aug

Gaitan Law Group Successfully Reduces a $736,305.93 Overpayment to $6,826.00

  CMS sought recovery of an alleged overpayment in excess of $730,000 from a diagnostic laboratory, upon the conclusion and recommendation of Safeguard Services (SGS) to deny all claims submitted for 3,006 Medicare beneficiaries.  Mr. Gaitan and Mr. Suarez, of our health care practice group, appealed the overpayment claim through the reconsideration (second level appeal),

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17 Apr

HHS reaches $100,000 settlement with Phoenix Cardiac Surgery for Lack of HIPAA Safeguards

Phoenix Cardiac Surgery, P.C., of Phoenix and Prescott, Arizona, has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) a $100,000 settlement and take corrective action to implement policies and procedures to safeguard the protected health information of its patients. The settlement with the physician practice follows an extensive investigation by the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules. For assistance developing a HIPAA compliance program or responding to a HIPAA breach, contact Rafael A. Gaitan, Esq. Mr. Gaitan has over 15 years experience in the health care industry and regularly counsels physician practices on regulatory matters including HIPAA and the HITECH rules.

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