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Williams Mullen: Recent HHS Settlement with Phoenix Cardiac Surgery Highlights HIPAA Risks Of Electronic PHI

By Brian C. Vick On April 17, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service ("HHS") announced that it had entered a Resolution Agreement with Phoenix Cardiac Surgery ("Phoenix") - a four-physician practice based in Arizona - following an investigation of alleged breaches...

Williams Mullen: Recent HHS Settlement with Phoenix Cardiac Surgery Highlights HIPAA Risks Of Electronic PHI

By Brian C. Vick On April 17, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service ("HHS") announced that it had entered a Resolution Agreement with Phoenix Cardiac Surgery ("Phoenix") - a four-physician practice based in Arizona - following an investigation of alleged breaches...

$1.7 Million HIPAA Settlement Reinforces Importance of Effective Information Governance of Electronic PHI

By Brian C. Vick In the first HIPAA enforcement action brought against a state agency, the United States Department of Health and Human Service ("HHS") announced on June 26, 2012 that it had entered a Resolution Agreement with Alaska's Medicaid program ("Alaska"). Under the...

HHS on DACA, Medicaid, CHIP

Expect a lot of pushback on this Aug. 28, 2012 letter from HHS : "Because the reasons that DHS offered for adopting the DACA process do not pertain to eligibility for Medicaid or CHIP, HHS has determined that these benefits should not be extended as a result of DHS deferring action under DACA. For...

State Net Capitol Journal: Can California Rescue the Affordable Care Act?

While national candidates wage a war of words and half-truths on health issues, a handful of states, led by California, are charging ahead to implement the key feature of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), widely viewed as the signal achievement of Barack Obama's presidency. The feature is an on-line...

ACLJ Files Second Lawsuit Asking Federal Court to Block HHS Mandate for Illinois Company

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a pro-life legal organization that focuses on constitutional law, has filed a second federal lawsuit challenging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate that violates the religious beliefs of Illinois business owners...

State Net Capitol Journal: States Look to Answer 'Essential' Health Question

Although 35 of the 50 states have yet to create the marketplaces known as health benefits exchanges required by the Affordable Care Act, they aren't completely ignoring the law's impending requirements. A majority, in fact, are moving forward on another key component of federal health reform...

Advance Copy of HHS Grant Awards: Shelter Care for Unaccompanied Alien Children

"The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) announces the award of three urgent single-source grants from the Unaccompanied Alien Children’s Program to KidsPeace in Bethlehem, PA, St. Peter and Joseph Children’s Home in San Antonio, TX, and Seton Home in San Antonio, TX." - FR Doc...

Landmark Jimmo v. Sebelius Settlement Helps Medicare Patients Receive Skilled Care

By Morris Klein CELA CAP | Settlement of a class-action suit filed against HHS makes it easier for patients to continue to receive skilled care services; the settlement removes clandestine policies requiring Medicare patients to exhibit improvement to continue receiving such services. Medicare will...

Williams Mullen: OIG Scrutiny of Hospital Outpatient Evaluation/Management Claims Billed to Medicare

By Marcus C. Hewitt H.H.S’s Office of Inspector General’s yearly work plan was issued on January 31, 2014, which included numerous new and ongoing reviews and activities by OIG for the coming year. Among the new projects, OIG will review Medicare payments to hospitals for outpatient evaluation...

Barnes & Thornburg LLP: OIG Work Plan 2014: Takeaways for Hospitals

By Gayland Hethcoat With the release of its work plan for fiscal year 2014 on Jan. 31, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has provided insight on the agency’s current enforcement priorities in Medicare, Medicaid, and other HHS programs...

U.S. Setting Up Emergency Shelter in Texas as Youths Cross Border Alone

"With border authorities in South Texas overwhelmed by a surge of young [unauthorized*] migrants traveling by themselves, the Department of Homeland Security declared a crisis this week and moved to set up an emergency shelter for the youths at an Air Force base in San Antonio, officials said Friday...

This Is Where the Government Houses the Tens of Thousands of Kids Who Get Caught Crossing the Border

"As the number of unaccompanied children entering the United States has more than doubled since 2011, the Office of Refugee Resettlement—the part of the Department of Health and Human Services charged with caring for unaccompanied minors in US custody—has brought more and more shelters...

Child Migrants: 5 Key Facts on Rights and Costs

"Every year, an increasing number of children and teens are making a harrowing journey across borders into the U.S; and every year, an increasing number do so alone. These children present major problems for enforcement authorities, politicians, social workers, and the nation as a whole." ...

News Excerpts From the July 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Administration Seeks More Special Immigrant Visas for Afghan Nationals | The Obama administration is urging Congress to expand the number of special immigrant visas available to Afghan nationals who assisted the U.S. government and to do so before the end of the summer. Under the Afghan Allies Protection...

HHS Urges Top Court Not To Grant Emergency Injunction During ACA Appeal

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The Supreme Court should deny a nonprofit Christian liberal arts college’s request for an emergency injunction of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive mandate while it appeals an adverse ruling, the government said July 2 in...

Ballard Spahr LLP: Government Agencies Release Further Accommodations to Organizations Opposing Mandated Contraceptive Coverage

By Jean Hemphill and Brian Pinheiro In response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Inc., [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ], the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Labor (DOL) published proposed rules on August 22, 2014, expanding...

HHS Issues Alteration To ACA Contraceptive Mandate Accommodation Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) Eligible employers opposed to Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions mandating insurance coverage for contraceptives may notify the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which will in turn notify the employer’s insurer...

Advance Copy of ORR Announcement: Money for Direct Legal Representation for UACs

"The Unaccompanied Alien Children’s program ensures the appropriate placement of all Department of Homeland Security (DHS) UAC referrals within specified timeframes and requires that a range of custodial/residential shelter care and services are provided to the minor detainees and, in certain...

ORR Grant Announcement: Legal Services to Refugees Under the Unaccompanied Alien Children’s Program

"HHS is proposing a $9 million direct legal representation project that will provide representation to 2,600 unaccompanied children throughout their immigration proceedings. In order to implement this Departmental priority, ORR is awarding supplemental funds totaling $4,261,268 in FY 2014 to provide...

Advance Copy of HHS Interim Final Rule: Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment Involving Unaccompanied Children

"This IFR proposes standards and procedures to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse and sexual harassment involving unaccompanied children (UCs) in ORR’s care provider facilities." - FR Doc. 2014-29984 Filed 12/19/2014 at 11:15 am; Publication Date: 12/24/2014 .

HHS Poverty Guidelines Updated for 2015

"This notice provides an update of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) poverty guidelines to account for last calendar year’s increase in prices as measured by the Consumer Price Index." - Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 14 / Thursday, January 22, 2015 .

HHS Final Rule: Medical Examination of Aliens - Revisions to Medical Screening Process

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 16 / Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is issuing this final rule (FR) to amend its regulations governing medical examinations that aliens must undergo before...

2016 HHS Poverty Guidelines Update

Here's a link to the Federal Register Notice . And here's a link to the USCIS Form I-912P .

USCIS Policy Alert - Definition of Certain Classes of Medical Conditions and Other Updates Relating to Health-Related Grounds of Inadmissibility

USCIS, Nov. 2, 2016 - "​U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating guidance regarding health-related grounds of inadmissibility in accordance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rulemaking updating Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 34 (42...