Tag Archives: Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Inspector General Issues Policy Reminder on Information Blocking and the Federal Anti-Kickback Staute

The federal anti-kickback statute (42 USC § 1320a-7b(b), the “Statute”) prohibits individuals and entities from receiving or soliciting any remuneration for the referral of services reimbursable under any federal health care program. The Statute defines remuneration broadly to include kickbacks and rebates but also to include the purchasing or leasing of any products reimbursable under … Continue Reading

HHS Proposed Rule Affects HIPAA Privacy Rule and Background Check Reporting

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a proposed rule that would modify the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule by allowing health care providers to make certain disclosures to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).  The NICS aims to keep guns from being sold to those … Continue Reading

HHS Publishes New Data Bank Regulations

The Department of Health and Human Services has published proposed regulations for the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB).  The new regulations are intended to incorporate Section 1921 of the Social Security Act, which was enacted as part of the Medicare and Medicaid Patient and Program Protection Act of 1987 (MMPPA).  These proposed regulations were first … Continue Reading