CMS has adopted the updated provisions of the National Fire Protection Association’s 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code (LSC) and the 2012 edition of the Health Care Facilities Code. The new guidelines will apply to hospitals, critical access hospitals, inpatient hospice, and long-term care facilities. The rule was published in the Federal Register on May 4 and will go into effect July 5.
The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a fact sheet clarifying the fees patients may be charged for copies of their medical records. It also states that patients have the right to send medical records to a third party if they so choose.
Imaging and medical equipment manufacturer Olympus agreed to pay a $646 million settlement for charges that it violated the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute – the largest Anti-Kickback settlement in history.
A federal jury awarded five Texas patients $502 million dollars for injuries caused by defective hip replacement devices from Johnson & Johnson, including $142 million in compensatory damages and $360 million in punitive damages.
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, NY, entered into a $3.9 million dollar settlement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) after a laptop computer was stolen from an employee’s car.
There are more than a dozen major healthcare organizations that have filed amicus briefs in the case of Universal Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar, including the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association, which could greatly affect future fraud claims brought against healthcare organizations.
CMS finally published the long-awaited final rule for reporting and returning overpayments, four years after CMS published the proposed rule, which requires hospitals and other providers to report and return any overpayments within 60 days of the date that the overpayment is identified or on the due date of any corresponding cost report, whichever is later.