Although CMS has not yet issued a final rule on the ACA’s 60-day repayment provisions, hospitals and other providers can still create policies and train staff in a manner that gives them some measure of protection. Even with...more
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a state professional board controlled by active market participants must be supervised by a state to enjoy protection from federal antitrust laws....more
The OIG’s recently released study examining Medicare hospice claims from 2007 to 2012 calls for targeted reviews of hospices that receive a high proportion of their payments for care in assisted living facilities....more
CMS reconsiders $10 million bounties for reporting of regulatory violations.
On December 5, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a rule (the Final Rule) that expands its program integrity and...more
The proposed rule to give providers more protections to promote beneficiary access to care solicits significant industry input.
On October 2, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector...more
Hospices will be expected to be more vigilant in their decisions to cover and pay for prescription medications covered under their Medicare hospice per diem payment.
On December 6, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...more
Final rule aims to improve the quality and consistency of care between long-term care facilities and hospice providers but may increase conflict between facility and provider staff.
OIG continues its aggressive interpretation of scope and effect of exclusion from participation in Federal health care programs and clarifies several open questions....more
Report makes no formal recommendations, but OIG notes that lengths of stay and frequency of general inpatient care are issues requiring further scrutiny....more
Proposed rule would substantially increase rewards for fraud tips and enhance billing revocation authority.
On April 29, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule (Proposed Rule) that...more
OIG touts substantial benefits of disclosing, provides greater detail for different types of disclosures, and captures 15 years of OIG Self-Disclosure Protocol experience....more
CMS and OIG issue similar proposed rules to modify the electronic health record exception and safe harbor.
On April 10, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of...more
Enforcement action sends a strong message to the healthcare industry and reaffirms the need for security risk analysis and mobile-device security policies and procedures....more