Compliance Update

The Top 5 Legal Concerns When Developing a Healthcare App

Today no one can live without a smart phone, and we interact with the rest of the world through a series of apps that reside on our handheld devices. From the healthcare perspective many large healthcare institutions and private companies have developed a myriad of healthcare related apps that currently reside in Apple’s App Store and  Google's Play Store. You can measure your heart rate, get...

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Failure to Abide by Corporate Integrity Agreement Can Trigger Additional Woes

On June 1, the Departmental Appeals Board (DAB) voted to uphold an order issued by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG) against a group of Tennessee-based home health companies to pay $1,322,500 in stipulated penalties for breaches of their Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA). OIG negotiates Corporate Integrity Agreements as part of settlements...

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A Real Alternative to Laying Off Employees, Try Independent Contracting? First Understand the IRS’s 20 Factor Test

The pendulum from employee to independent contractor has started to swing. As Covid-19 plays out in the economy, department heads of healthcare organizations are being asked to cut their budgets.  Employers are unsure of demand and how to pay for employee salaries, payroll taxes and benefits. If there is not enough work to keep an employee working, employers are looking at independent...

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Can Healthcare Workers Be Forced to Work, During the Pandemic?

Healthcare workers are today’s soldiers against Covid-19. They are self-sacrificing, hardworking, usually over extended, and have much to be concerned about including their families. When dealing with Covid-19, many healthcare workers are wondering if they have the right to not work, much like most of society. Long gone are the days of indentured servitude. However, generally, employees do not...

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