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DOJ and OIG Focus on Opioid Abuse: Medical Professionals Who Overprescribe May Be Targets

Two recent announcements reflect that the U.S. Government is taking aggressive steps to address opioid abuse by identifying and targeting the involvement of medical professionals in facilitating opioid abuse involving Federal...more

Payor/Provider Convergence: Joint Venture Health Plans

Health Plans and health care providers are getting into each other’s business. This payor/provider convergence has taken different forms. Health systems have ventured into the health insurance business by acquiring or...more

Rand Corporation Issues Report on U.S. Blood System

“A robust, sustainable blood system is a crucial component of every health care system.” That is how Rand Corporation’s recently issued comprehensive report entitled “Toward a Sustainable Blood Supply in the United States”...more

2/8/2017  /  Medical Reports , Public Health

CMS Finalizes Mandatory Cardiac Care Bundled Payment Model and More

On December 20, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule (the Final Rule) which includes three new mandatory episode-based payment programs for cardiac care, as well as the expansion of the...more

IRS Denies Exempt Status for Non-MSSP Accountable Care Organizations

In April, the IRS released a private letter ruling denying section 501(c)(3) status to an accountable care organization (“ACO”) that contracted with third-party payers outside of the Medicare Shared Savings Program (“MSSP”)....more

DOJ and North Carolina Challenge Anti-Steering and Tiering Provisions in Managed Care Contracts

The Department of Justice’s antitrust division (the “DOJ”)and the State of North Carolina (“NC”) jointly sued, on June 9, 2016, Carolinas HealthCare System (“CHS”), the largest healthcare system in North Carolina, over...more

CMS Announces Latest Alternative Payment Model - Comprehensive Primary Care Plus

Continuing in its efforts to promote alternative payment models, on April 11, 2016, CMS announced the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model. CMS hopes to implement CPC+ in up to 20 regions, accommodating up to 5,000...more

Comprehensive Joint Replacement Bundled Payment Program Begins April 1st

Approximately 800 hospitals in 67 Metropolitan Statistical Areas will begin mandatory participation in the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Model on April 1, 2016. The CJR bundled payment program applies to...more

CMS Proposes Additional Changes to MSSP Regulations

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a proposed rule modifying the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) regulations (the “Rule”). Among other changes, the Rule proposes (a) to modify the...more

Top Three Reasons ACOs Should Use Telehealth and Telemedicine

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) can share costs of telehealth and remote patient monitoring services among their hospitals, providers/suppliers, and other ACO participants, according to federal regulations under the...more

OIG and CMS Issue Rule: Finalizing Fraud and Abuse Waivers for MSSP ACOs

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services just issued a final rule setting forth waivers of specified fraud and abuse laws...more

2014 Medicare ACO Results Released: CMS Asserts Success but Few ACOs Receive Payments

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released, on August 25, 2015, the quality and financial performance results for Medicare Accountable Care Organizations for 2014. CMS touted that Medicare ACOs continued to...more

Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model

CMS, through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, announced on September 1, 2015, the introduction of the Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model as part of the Health Plan Innovations...more

MSSP Final Rule Provides Modification to Shared Savings Financial Arrangement

This is the fifth post in Health Care Law Today’s series on the final rule. The final Medicare Shared Savings Program (“MSSP”) rule released on June 4, 2015, contains a number of modifications to the financial...more

Final Rule Will Give ACOs Participating in MSSP Access to More Data for More Beneficiaries

This is the third post in Health Care Law Today’s series on the final rule. This post addresses changes to sharing of beneficiary identifiable data. In its December 8, 2014 proposed rule revising the Medicare Shared...more

MSSP Final Rule ACO Eligibility Requirements, Application and Renewal Process

This is the second post in Health Care Law Today’s series on the final rule. This post addresses Eligibility Requirements, and the Application and the Renewal Process. ACO Eligibility Requirements - Under the...more

CMS Releases Final Rule on Medicare Shared Savings Program

This is the first post in Health Care Law Today’s Series on the final rule. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a final rule, on June 4, 2015, addressing changes to its Medicare Shared Savings...more

CMS Announces Next Generation ACO Model

CMS announced a new ACO payment initiative on March 10, 2015, the Next Generation ACO Model, designed for entities experienced in coordinating care for populations of patients. The announcement reflects CMS’ commitment to...more

Tapping Into the Big Value of Health Care Big Data

In This Issue: - Executive Summary - Improving Care by Tapping Into the Data Goldmine - Big Opportunities Available in Big Data - Government Programs Supporting the Use of Big Data -...more

Cooperative Hospital Service Organizations: A Hospital Joint Venture Option

Cooperative Hospital Service Organizations (CHSOs) are organizations that are available for hospitals considering certain types of joint ventures with other hospitals. If the terms for their use strictly meet the regulatory...more

Iowa Insurance Commissioner Petitions for Liquidation of Iowa/Nebraska CO-OP; How Financially Sound Are Others?

The Iowa Commissioner of Insurance (the “Commissioner”) filed a petition, on January 29, 2015, seeking to liquidate CoOpportunity Health, Inc. (“CoOpportunity”), a Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (“CO-OP”) established...more

Affordable Care Act Co-Op Health Insurer Placed Into Rehabilitation by Iowa Insurance Commissioner

The Iowa Insurance Commissioner obtained an Order for Rehabilitation with respect to CoOportunity Health, Inc. (“CoOportunity”) on December 24, 2014. With the Rehabilitation Order, the Iowa Insurance Commission took...more

CMS Proposes Financial Revisions to MSSP to Encourage Continued and Expanded Participation

Many critics have suggested that the November 11, 2011 final rule establishing the MSSP created a financial model that over time would not be sustainable. ACOs viewed the requirement to take risk after the initial three years...more

CMS Releases Proposed Revised Medicare Shared Savings Program Regulations

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released, on December 1, 2014, a proposed rule to revise the Medicare Shared Savings Program (“MSSP”) Accountable Care Organization (“ACO”) Regulations. The proposed rule is...more

Monetizing Real Estate: A Method to Access Capital

The financial situation for hospitals and health care organizations remains challenging. The accrediting agencies, Moody’s, Fitch, and S&P all have negative outlooks for the hospital industry. Hospitals are facing numerous...more

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