However, supporters say the North Carolina version of Marsy’s Law was tweaked to address some of the problems other states have faced — and that anyway it’s needed to further protect crime victims in North Carolina, on top of the existing state constitutional protections that voters passed in 1996. … [Read more...] about Six times PolitiFact looked into claims about the NC constitutional amendments
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In the bulletin, the OIG provides a comprehensive list of conduct or circumstances that pose a higher risk. This includes whether patients were harmed, was there a sustained pattern of wrongdoing, how much the government lost, and whether the violator organized and led the unlawful conduct. Perhaps most important, OIG pays particular attention to the conduct during the investigation. Did the person obstruct the investigation? Were any steps taken to conceal the conduct? Those who initiate internal investigations before becoming aware of a government investigation, cooperate with the government, implement appropriate disciplinary action against those responsible, initiate additional training, all indicate lower risks. … [Read more...] about Yellow Card or Red Card? OIG Updates Criteria for Exclusion from Federal Health Care Programs
With health care becoming more consumer-driven, many health care providers and health plans are wrestling with how to incentivize patients to participate in, and adhere to, health promotion programs and treatment plans. As payments are increasingly being tied to quality outcomes, a provider’s ability to effectively engage patients and improve patients’ access to care may both improve patient outcomes and increase providers’ payments. In December 2016, the Office of Inspector General of the US Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) issued a final regulation implementing new “safe harbors” for certain patient incentive arrangements and programs, and released its first Advisory Opinion (AO) under the new regulation in March 2017. Together, the new regulation and AO provide guardrails for how patient engagement and access incentives can be structured to avoid penalties under the federal civil monetary penalty statute (CMP) and the anti-kickback statute … [Read more...] about New OIG Rules Change Patient Incentive Program Landscape: Where Are the Limits Now?
The new liberal energy in the era of President Trump has cracked that door open again, especially in districts where Democrats are prohibitively favored to win in November. Both Maloney and Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) are facing challengers, as is Rep. Michael E. Capuano (D-Mass.) and several reliably liberal members of the party’s California delegation. … [Read more...] about New York Democrat raises $1.1 million to challenge Rep. Carolyn Maloney
The wild card may be how voters react to a growing demand among Democrats for a single-payer, government-run health care system. Mr. Sanders has proposed legislation to create that kind of health care system, and scores of Democratic candidates have endorsed the idea. … [Read more...] about Taking Page From 2016, Trump Claims Democrats Will Destroy Safety Net