WHY MAKE A FEDERAL CASE OUT OF A $1,300 DEBT?

Why make a federal case out of a $1,300 debt?  And why should hospitals care—especially those in the Seventh Circuit, which covers a large part of the Midwest? Indiana is divided into counties; the counties, into townships.  Mark Suesz lived one county over from Marion County.  He was treated at a hospital …

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AHA SUES HHS OVER TWO-MIDNIGHT RULE

Somebody had to do it—sue HHS to overturn the much-maligned two-midnight rule.  So, yesterday the American Hospital Association, joined by several other high-profile hospital organizations, filed a lawsuit against HHS Secretary Katherine Sebelius (no wonder she’s resigning) to prevent enforcement of the …

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Rip Van Winkle Health Care Reform Update

Have you been asleep for a while, like Rip Van Winkle, and just waking up to learn about health care reform? Or just not been interested in watching the minutiae of health care reform?  Or have you just become responsible for health care reform compliance?  We have plenty of posts about what you need to know, …

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A Brief Overview of the Federal Health Policy Landscape

With Congress heading out of town for a two weeks spring break – or, as they prefer to call it, a district work period – and HHS Secretary Sebelius riding off into the sunset, now is a good time to take stock of the health policy landscape and what lies ahead. Congress’s kicking the can once again on the …

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Let the Sun Shine

Continuing its movement toward greater transparency, CMS has released the mother of data dumps – information on the more than 880,000 distinct healthcare providers who raked in $77 million in Medicare Part B payments in 2012. While a number of stakeholders are panning the release as being so unwieldy as to be …

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MOST IMAGINATIVE WHISTLEBLOWER THEORY OF THE MONTH

The votes are in, and the award for most imaginative whistleblower theory of March goes to Lisa Stratienko of Chattanooga, Tenn.  Sadly for Lisa, the False Claims Act doesn’t give points for being imaginative, and the court dismissed her claim under the FCA’s public disclosure bar—the provision that bars …

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