$2.5 Million Settlement Involving Wireless Health Services Provider

On April 24, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), announced that CardioNet, a Pennsylvania-based supplier of Mobile Cardiac Outpatient Telemetry, had agreed to settle potential noncompliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. As part of the settlement, CardioNet agreed to pay $2.5 million and to implement a […]

New Telemedicine Bill

The North Carolina House of Representatives is considering a bill that would require health insurance coverage for telemedicine services, House Bill 283. The bill is intended to help improve the quality of care for persons in rural areas. In an interview with the Winston-Salem Journal, Donny Lambeth, the bill’s primary sponsor, suggested that North Carolina […]

Beware: HHS OIG Hotline Scam

Do not answer any phone calls that appear to be from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General Hotline 1-800-447-8477. HHS OIG recently announced that its Hotline telephone number is being used as part of a new telephone scam. According to HHS OIG, the scammers represent themselves as HHS OIG Hotline […]

District Court Judge Enjoins Overtime Final Rule

On November 22, 2016, Judge Amos L. Mazzant III, a federal district court judge for the Eastern District of Texas, issued a preliminary nationwide injunction that temporarily enjoins the U.S. Department of Labor from implementing and enforcing a Final Rule that would have increased the minimum salary level for exempt employees from $455 per week […]

Revised Form I-9

On November 14, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a revised Form I-9. The Form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States. Employers must use the new form by January 22, 2017. The new form is intended to be easier to complete […]

Last Challenge to New FLSA Overtime Rule Before Implementation on December 1, 2016

On December 1, 2016, the Department of Labor’s overtime rule takes effect, increasing the minimum salary requirement for executive, administrative, and professional employees as exempt from overtime from $23,660 per year to $47,476 per year.  On September 20, 2016, 21 states (not including North Carolina) and over 50 business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of […]

Changes to EEO-1 Report

On September 29, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approved a revised Employer Information Report (EEO-1), which requires employers (and government contractors) with at least 100 employees to submit summary pay data and aggregate hours worked data. According to the EEOC, “the new data will improve investigations of possible pay discrimination, which remains a […]

Are Your Business Associate Agreements Up to Date?

The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) recently announced that Care New England Health System (“CNE”), a non-profit health system, has agreed to settle potential violations of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. On November 5, 2012, Woman & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island (“WIH”), a covered entity member of CNE, notified HHS of […]

Back on Track 5K

Our firm is sponsoring Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates’ second annual “Back on Track 5K” on September 24, 2016. Proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. Registration is now open. For more information, please visit http://www.cnsa.com/back-on-track-5k.html. We look forward to seeing you on September 24, 2016!

Medicare and Medicaid Program Integrity Activities Save $42 Billion

According to a recent report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), program integrity activities saved nearly $42 billion from October 1, 2012, through September 30, 2014—an average savings of $12.40 for each dollar spent on Medicare program integrity alone. According to Shantanu Agrawal, M.D., Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for […]