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Kinman Tong, CPA, Moss Adams, LLP

For Health Care Organizations, Federal Awards Come with New Compliance Requirements


Kinman Tong, CPA
Moss Adams LLP

Many health care organizations depend on the support of federal grants and funding. One of the most profound changes affecting health care organizations receiving federal awards today—as well as any other not-for-profit organizations that accept them—is the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, generally referred to as the uniform guidance. Read article
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How to Successfully Integrate Talent into Merged and/or Acquired Businesses


By Russell Podgorski, System Manager of Executive Recruitment, Providence Health & Services
By Deirdre Sherwood, Program Manager, Providence Health & Services

As health systems across the country strive to reduce costs, improve quality outcomes, enhance the consumer experience, and achieve synergies, it is not surprising that Mergers and Acquisitions (M&As) have increased by 14% from the prior year, representing approximately 1,500 health care mergers in 2015 (Gross, 2016). Many organizations are moving in this direction because they realize that partnerships, collaboration, and integration are essential elements to effective population health management across fragmented delivery systems.  Read article
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Supreme Court Decision Adds More Confusion to False Claims Act


By Craig B. Garner
Founder, Garner Health Law Corporation

As modern medicine continues its attempts to bridge the gap between body and mind to provide more comprehensive care for patients, so too must the Federal Government address this gray area while endeavoring to regulate care for those less tangible medical issues of the mind. The already elaborate labyrinth known as the Medicare Act has recently grown even more chaotic under the recent Supreme Court decision Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States (ex rel. Escobar), which further blurs the line between false and fraudulent claims.  Read article
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Business Associate Hit with $650,000 HIPAA Settlement


By Richard S. Cooper, Esq.
Member, McDonald Hopkins LLC

On June 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced its settlement with a business associate, Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (CHCS), for failure to perform risk analysis and risk management as required under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule. Read article
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A Forty-Year Perspective on Community Behavioral Health Care


By David R. Stone, Ph.D.
Retiring CEO, Sound Mental Health

Upon hearing of my upcoming retirement from a 42-year career in community behavioral health, 27 of which took place at Sound Mental Health in Washington State, friends began asking me to compare the two ends of that time continuum. As I began to write down my thoughts on the subject, I realized just how much the field has changed during that time. I will only focus on key highlights which I believe demonstrate the greatest influence on behavioral health and today’s health care environment.  Read article
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New Horizons for Kidney Health: Northwest Kidney Centers Makes Significant Commitments at White House Summit on Organ Transplants


By Joyce F. Jackson, President and CEO, Northwest Kidney Centers

Northwest Kidney Centers recently was invited to join dozens of companies, foundations, universities, hospitals and advocacy groups from across the country in Washington, D.C. for a White House-sponsored summit on organ transplants. From the public to the private sector, from microscopic work with stem cells to big picture projects transforming technology systems, the summit galvanized thought and energy around increased organ availability and decreased waiting time for patients.  Read article
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New Department of Labor Overtime Rules Will Take Effect on December 1, 2016


By Matt Lynch
Shareholder, Sebris Busto James

Effective December 1, 2016, employers must comply with the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) updated regulations regarding the executive, administrative, and professional exemptions to the overtime requirements in the Fair Labor Standards Act. (“FLSA”). The FLSA requires that most employees receive overtime pay at 1.5 times the regular rate of pay for all time worked in excess of 40 hours in a workweek. The law exempts employees who are employed in an executive, administrative or professional capacity (i.e., “white-collar” exemptions).  Read article
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