Health care providers, public health, school, and other community organizations, employers and other business leaders and others concerned about continuing Ebola and other pandemic prevention and containment should check out the new table of State Ebola Protocols Table compiled by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to help law and policy makers prepare for and respond to Ebola-related situations As part of continuing Federal efforts to make up for lost time on helping U.S. health care providers and communities prepare to prevent and respond to Ebola outbreak risks since the death of Liberian Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan at a in Dallas hospital last year alerted Americans to the risks and need for tighter preparations.
While the Dallas hospital that treated Mr. Duncan paid a settlement to his family and faced other widespread criticism and negative publicity, it then has become clear that misinformation provided by the patient, the original presentation of the patient with flu-like symptoms, the Obama Administration’s reluctance to adopt policies or communications that might interfere with its pro-immigration political agenda, the CDC’s failure to maintain and communicate the most current health care information to health care providers and communities, the CDC’s academic rather than operational emphasis, EMTALA mandates that forced the hospital to triage the patient, Medicaid and other insurance payment protocols that would have as medically unnecessary screening tests in the absence of more clear risk factors, federal licensing restrictions on the use of testing and a host of other limits and deficiencies in the Federal government’s preparations and response to Ebola and other communication risks, left Texas Health Resources and other U.S. health care providers, as well as U.S schools, public service agencies, employers and others at a great disadvantage in their efforts to deal with the outbreak. After denying the seriousness of Ebola risk concerns for several weeks, the diagnosis with Ebola of health care providers that treated Mr. Duncan and subsequent death and diagnosis resulted in the CDC and other federal and state agencies stepping up their Ebola preparation and guidelines. In keeping with this ongoing commitment, CDC says the CDC now will continue to update the State guidelines table as states continue to modify their Ebola response protocols.
For More Information Or Assistance
If you need assistance reviewing or responding to these or other health care related developments or other risk management, compliance, enforcement or management concerns, the author of this update, attorney Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, may be able to help. Vice President of the North Texas Health Care Compliance Professionals Association, Past Chair of the ABA Health Law Section Managed Care & Insurance Section and the former Board Compliance Chair of the National Kidney Foundation of North Texas, Ms. Stamer has more than 26 years experience advising health industry clients about these and other matters. Her experience includes advising hospitals, nursing home, home health, rehabilitation and other health care providers and health industry clients to establish and administer compliance and risk management policies; prevent, conduct and investigate, and respond to peer review and other quality concerns; and to respond to Board of Medicine, Department of Aging & Disability, Drug Enforcement Agency, OCR Privacy and Civil Rights, HHS, DOD and other health care industry investigation, enforcement and other compliance, public policy, regulatory, staffing, and other operations and risk management concerns. The scribe for the American Bar Association (ABA) Joint Committee on Employee Benefits annual agency meeting with the Department of Health & Human Services Office of Civil Rights, Ms. Stamer has worked extensively with health care providers, health plans, health care clearinghouses, their business associates, employers, banks and other financial institutions, and others on risk management and compliance with HIPAA and other information privacy and data security rules, investigating and responding to known or suspected breaches, defending investigations or other actions by plaintiffs, OCR and other federal or state agencies, reporting known or suspected violations, business associate and other contracting, commenting or obtaining other clarification of guidance, training and enforcement, and a host of other related concerns. Her clients include public and private health care providers, health insurers, health plans, technology and other vendors, and others. In addition to representing and advising these organizations, she also has conducted training on Privacy & The Pandemic for the Association of State & Territorial Health Plans, as well as HIPAA, FACTA, PCI, medical confidentiality, insurance confidentiality and other privacy and data security compliance and risk management for Los Angeles County Health Department, ISSA, HIMMS, the ABA, SHRM, schools, medical societies, government and private health care and health plan organizations, their business associates, trade associations and others.
A popular lecturer and widely published author on health industry concerns, Ms. Stamer continuously advises health industry clients about compliance and internal controls, workforce and medical staff performance, quality, governance, reimbursement, and other risk management and operational matters. Ms. Stamer also publishes and speaks extensively on health and managed care industry regulatory, staffing and human resources, compensation and benefits, technology, public policy, reimbursement and other operations and risk management concerns. Her insights on these and other related matters appear in the Health Care Compliance Association, Atlantic Information Service, Bureau of National Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, Business Insurance, the Dallas Morning News, Modern Health Care, Managed Healthcare, Health Leaders, and a many other national and local publications. You can get more information about her health industry experience here. If you need assistance responding to concerns about the matters discussed in this publication or other health care concerns, wish to obtain information about arranging for training or presentations by Ms. Stamer, wish to suggest a topic for a future program or update, or wish to request other information or materials, please contact Ms. Stamer via telephone at (214) 452-8297 or via e-mail here.
If you or someone else you know would like to receive future updates about developments on these and other concerns from Ms. Stamer, see here.
About Solutions Law Press
Solutions Law Press™ provides business risk management, legal compliance, management effectiveness and other resources, training and education on human resources, employee benefits, compensation, data security and privacy, health care, insurance, and other key compliance, risk management, internal controls and other key operational concerns. If you find this of interest, you also be interested reviewing some of our other Solutions Law Press resources including:
- IRS Issues Ebola-Related Tax Relief
- Columbia to Pay $9 Million Plus To Settle DOJ/HHS False Claims Charges For Submitting Inaccurate Cost Reports and Mischarging Federal Grants
- OIG Warns Pharma Manufacturers to Prevent Copayment Coupon Use for Part D Drug Purchases
- Parkview Hospital To Pay $800K To Settle HIPAA Charges After Retiring Physician Blows The Whistle
- Whistleblower To Get $17M+ of Omnicare $124M False Claims Settlement
- Health Care & Other HIPAA Covered Entities Should Review New Reports As Part of HIPAA Risk Management Efforts
- CMS Proposes Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Pre-Authorization Rule
- Medicare Fraud Strike Force Nails 90 Individuals For Almost $260 Million In False Billing Including 16 Doctors
- 6/30 Comment Deadline For Proposed Inpatient Rehab Payment and Quality Reporting Rules
- Encrypt Mobile Devices & Clean Up Management Documentation Key HIPAA Compliance Messages In New HIPAA Settlements
- Small Smiles Dental Centers Excluded As Federal Health Program Provider For 5 Years
- Latest OCR Resolution Agreement Hits Public Health Department, Shows Needs To Stay Up-To-Date
- NLRB Helps Union Force Another Health Care Employer To Recognize & Bargain With Union
- Federal Health Care Fraud Enforcement Recouped Record $4.3 Billion in FY 2013
- Former Houston Texas Physician Gets 70 Month Prison Sentence For Fraud Conviction
- Euless Healthcare Corporation Owner, Associates Face Conspiracy And Health Care Fraud Charges For Alleged Submission Of $700,000+ In Fraudulent Health Care Claims
- Former Manager 9th Employee Sentenced For Involvement In Maxim Medicare False Claims Action
- Medical Identity Theft/Fraud Convictions Highlight Need For Health Care Providers To Safeguard Health Information, Guard Against Fraud Schemes
- Detroit-Area Foot Doctor Pleads Guilty to Medicare Fraud Scheme
- Merck To Pay $950 Million To Settle Vioxx® Off-Label Marketing Charges
- Texas Physicians Get New Option For Resolving Some Medical Board Complaint
- Broad-Reaching Prosecution Of Individuals Participating In Operations Of Companies Convicted Of Fraud Shows Risks Of Participation
- Hospitals Can Expect CMS To Add Hospital Incident Reporting To Surveys In Response To OIG Report
- Quality, Recordkeeping & Unprofessional Conduct Lead Reasons For Medical Board Discipline of Physicians
- DEA Cautions Practitioners Must Restrict Delegation of Controlled Substance Prescribing Functions, Urges Adoption of Written Policies & Agreements
If you or someone else you know would like to receive future updates about developments on these and other concerns, please be sure that we have your current contact information – including your preferred e-mail – by creating or updating your profile here. For important information concerning this communication click here.
THE FOLLOWING DISCLAIMER IS INCLUDED TO COMPLY WITH AND IN RESPONSE TO U.S. TREASURY DEPARTMENT CIRCULAR 230 REGULATIONS. ANY STATEMENTS CONTAINED HEREIN ARE NOT INTENDED OR WRITTEN BY THE WRITER TO BE USED, AND NOTHING CONTAINED HEREIN CAN BE USED BY YOU OR ANY OTHER PERSON, FOR THE PURPOSE OF (1) AVOIDING PENALTIES THAT MAY BE IMPOSED UNDER FEDERAL TAX LAW, OR (2) PROMOTING, MARKETING OR RECOMMENDING TO ANOTHER PARTY ANY TAX-RELATED TRANSACTION OR MATTER ADDRESSED HEREIN.
©2014 Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, P.C. Non-exclusive license to republish granted to Solutions Law Press. All other rights reserved.