Barbara L. Miltenberger

Husch Blackwell LLP


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Government announces record-breaking recoveries of healthcare fraud money

USA - February 19 2013 The Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services released a report last week showing that the government has achieved the highest return on…

Brian D. Bewley.

HHS announces settlement of HIPAA breach affecting fewer than 500 patients

USA - January 15 2013 Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a settlement with the Hospice of North Idaho (HONI) for potential…

Psychotropic drugs in nursings homes – more issues to consider

USA - November 16 2012 Hopefully all of our nursing home clients know by now that CMS and the OIG have psychotropic drug use by nursing home residents on their radar. 

OIG “okay’s” hospice volunteer assistance to non-qualifying terminally ill patients

USA - November 15 2012 In a recent advisory opinion, the OIG stated that it would not seek sanctions against a hospital-based hospice agency for providing certain volunteer services to terminally ill patients who did not qualify for the hospice benefit.

Brian D. Bewley.

New technology may help an old problem: remote monitoring to reduce readmission rates

USA - September 21 2012 In less than two weeks, CMS will begin reducing a hospital’s Medicare reimbursements by as much as 1% if the hospital’s readmission rates are too high.