Health Care Counsel

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Health Care Counsel

Rachel E. Yount

Rachel E. Yount
Washington, DC

Rachel Yount is an associate in the Health Care group where she focuses on compliance with the Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute, the False Claims Act, and other health care regulations for her clients. She is experienced in addressing compliance concerns regarding existing physician contracts, analyzing proposed terms and operational impacts within physician agreements, and conducting compliance training on the physician contracting process.

* Rachel is not admitted in the District of Columbia. She is admitted in Virginia only. She practices under supervision of firm principals.



Blog Posts by Rachel E. Yount

Compliance Program Development & Counseling, HIPAA / Health Privacy & Security, Hospitals and Acute Care
Substance Abuse Medical Record Privacy Rules Updated For The First Time in Nearly 30 Years

For the first time in nearly three decades, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has updated the regulations on the confidentiality of substance abuse treatment records found in 42 C.F.R. Part 2 (the Part 2 Regulations).

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Anti-Kickback Statute, Office of Inspector General Developments
New Final Regulations Provide Overdue Guidance on Permissible Arrangements Between Providers, Financial Relief for Patients

Over two years after proposing rules for comment, the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) just published a final rule which revises and adds new safe harbors to the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) and amends the definition of “remuneration” under the Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP) rules. The change to the definition provides for exceptions to the prohibition of the offer or transfer of certain Medicare beneficiary inducements tied to their choice of provider for covered health care items or services. 

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False Claims Act, Fraud & Abuse Compliance, Office of Inspector General Developments
OIG 2017 Work Plan Lists New Enforcement Priorities
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently published its Work Plan for fiscal year 2017 (2017 Work Plan), which furnishes key guidance to providers and suppliers (collectively referred to here as “providers”) and others doing business in the health care industry on the agency’s enforcement priorities for the upcoming year. Any issue that appears on the 2017 Work Plan likely will be subject to additional government scrutiny and thus creates the potential for increased exposure. As a result, providers should ensure that their compliance work plans and scheduled audit activities take into account the pertinent risk areas that have been identified by the OIG.
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