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Is a Medical Practice Required to Provide an Interpreter to a Hearing-Impaired Patient?

Portrait of Orly R. Rumberg

  A medical practice is required to provide an interpreter to a hearing-impaired patent only if effective communication is not possible without the interpreter.  Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulates the relationship between a health care …

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Ohio Default Litigation Case Law Update

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Common litigation issues which a creditor may face are allegations of violations of RESPA, FDCPA as well as the Statute of Limitations.  Each of these imposes separate responsibilities and liabilities on the part of lenders, investors, services, and debt collectors.  …

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Officer of Inspector General’s (OIG) Top Ten Tips to Avoid Enforcement Actions

Portrait of Orly R. Rumberg

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to listen to D. McCarty Thornton, former OIG Chief Counsel, speak on trends in fraud and abuse enforcement to members of the National Health Lawyers Association. Thornton identified anti-kickback violations as the hottest area of risk for …

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504 Rates for June and July 2018

Portrait of Thomas M. Woebkenberg

Rates in June increased over May by about .10% to 5.32%.  However, rates in July fell to 5.259%, showing the first decline in 3 months.  Also, SBA issued its first 25-year debentures in July with a rate of 5.32%.  Locking …

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IRS Announces End of Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program

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A couple of months ago, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that it would end the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) on Sept. 28, 2018. The current OVDP began in 2014. It is a modified version of the OVDP launched …

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Are Your Printers and Copiers a Source of HIPAA Liability?

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Digital copiers and printers can store information, including protected health information (PHI), on their hard drives. Neglecting to wipe equipment hard drives clean at lease end or at time of sale or recycling can expose a health care provider to …

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504 Rates for April and May 2018

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Rates for April and May of 2018 continued their slight upward trend with the April rate coming in at 5.02% and May at 5.22%. As the chart below demonstrates, even with the slight increases over the last two months, rates …

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Small Business HRAs: An Employee Health Care Solution

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In December 2016 President Obama signed the “Cures Act” to give small businesses and nonprofits a “new” option for providing health care to employees. Previously, the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) penalized the use of traditional Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs) and …

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Medicaid and the Treatments of Gifts by Medicaid

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Medicaid will pay for long-term care in an “approved” skilled care facility.  In fact, Medicaid pays for most of the long-term care in this country.  To obtain Medicaid benefits in a nursing home, the nursing home placement must be medically …

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