Guest Post: If my employer pays my student loans directly, is that tax free to me?

Guest Post by Cory Lee, CPA, CVA, of Silverman, Kaplan & Sakwa, CPA’s PC: Client Question: If my employer pays my student loans directly, is that tax free to me? If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.  In general, whether your employer pays you directly or makes a payment on your behalf, that payment will be considered taxable income to you, and will need to be included on your annual income tax return in some form… Read More >

3 Helpful Lists in ONC HIPAA Guide to Privacy and Security

In April 2015, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released a Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information (“the Guide”) available on  The Guide is particularly aimed at helping health care providers who are HIPAA Covered Entities and are participating in the EHR Meaningful Use program. While much of the information in the Guide is available in other locations, such as regulatory text or FAQs on the OCR’s HIPAA website, the Guide appears… Read More >

Recent HIPAA Settlement Involves Disposal of Unsecured Paper Records Containing Protected Health Information

On April 27, 2015, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced an agreement with Cornell Prescription Pharmacy (Cornell) to settle potential violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rule. In its Resolution Agreement, Cornell has agreed to pay $125,000, implement comprehensive policies and procedures in compliance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule, and provide staff training. Cornell, a small, single-location pharmacy in Denver, Colorado, was the subject of an OCR compliance review and investigation after a… Read More >

Recent CMS Guidance Clarifies Physician Face-to-Face Home Health Certification Responsibilities

In MLN Matters Number MM9119 issued on April 10, 2015, CMS published manual updates to the physician certification and recertification requirements for home health care.  CMS stated that it is putting the following three changes to the face-to-face requirements in place: Elimination of the narrative requirement. The date and attestation of the physician’s face-to-face encounter will still be required and there must be supporting documentation in the physician’s or post-acute provider’s medical records. If an HHA claim is denied the… Read More >