Feds Launch New HIPAA Audits for Home Health, Other Entities

Home health agencies and other entities subject to federal privacy laws now are under more scrutiny, as the Health and Human Services Department Office for Civil Rights (OCR) now has launched Phase 2 audits. In this phase of audits, OCR will review policies and procedures that covered entities and their business associates have in place […]

Business Briefs: Addus Closes on Home Health Agency

Addus Closes Acquisition of South Shore Home Health Services Addus HomeCare (NASDAQ: ADUS), one of the nation’s largest home health care providers, has closed its previously announced acquisition of South Shore Home Health Services, a New York state-licensed home care services agency that primarily provides personal care services. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. […]

Editor’s Picks: Medicaid Face-to-Face Rule

It’s been a long time coming, but this week our readers were treated to the latest news on the final face-to-face rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). While the rule was the hot topic of the week, we also gave our dear readers the 4-1-1 on a penalty brought against an […]

Home Health Provider Hit with $240,000 HIPAA Penalty

Lincare, a major provider of in-home respiratory care and other services, will pay $238,900 in civil monetary penalties for violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), federal authorities announced Wednesday. This marks only the second time that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has imposed civil monetary penalties for a HIPAA violation. The […]