Joan Polacheck

Joan Polacheck

McDermott Will & Emery

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CMS to Postpone Denying Claims When Ordering/Referring Provider Not Enrolled in Medicare

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will implement edits on providers ordering/referring Part B, durable medical equipment and Part A home health agency claims effective January 6, 2014....more

12/3/2013 - CMS Denial of Benefits Medicaid Medicare

HHS Clarifies that ACA Qualified Health Plans are Not Subject to Federal Anti-Kickback Statute; Expresses Concern about Providers...

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced that Qualified Health Plans (sold on and off the Exchanges) are not “Federal health care programs” for purposes of the federal anti-kickback statute. The...more

11/6/2013 - Affordable Care Act Anti-Kickback Statute Health Insurance Exchanges HHS Kickbacks Open Enrollment Qualified Health Plans

CMS Delays Edits to Deny Claims When Ordering/Referring Provider Not Enrolled in Medicare and Issues Proposed Rule on Enrollment...

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services temporarily delayed the implementation of edits relating to ordering/referring practitioners that were scheduled to go into effect May 1, 2013, and issued a proposed rule with...more

5/13/2013 - Billing CMS Medicare

CMS Offers Partial Concession to Hospitals by Issuing Ruling, Proposed Rule on Part B Re-Billing

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released both a “ruling” and a proposed rule intended to address growing concern among hospitals about billing Medicare Part B following a medical necessity...more

3/29/2013 - CMS Hospitals Medicare Medicare Part B

CMS to Deny Claims When Ordering/Referring Provider Not Enrolled in Medicare

Effective May 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin to deny Part B Durable Medical Equipment (DME) and Part A Home Health Agency (HHA) claims for services or supplies when the...more

3/20/2013 - CMS Durable Medical Equipment Home Health Agencies Medicare National Provider identifier

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and Anticipated Medicare and Medicaid Payment Reforms

On January 1, 2013, the U.S. Congress approved the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the Act), concluding a protracted debate on how to prevent the United States from falling over the proverbial “fiscal cliff.” President...more

1/9/2013 - American Taxpayer Relief Act Fiscal Cliff Income Taxes Medicaid Medicare

Reimbursement Issues Facing Molecular Pathology Services in Calendar Year 2013 and Beyond

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently issued final regulations and a final payment guidance that address reimbursement for laboratories furnishing molecular pathology services. While the publications answer...more

11/15/2012

Overview of 2013 Final Rule on DME Written Order and Face-to-Face Encounter Requirements

In the 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services significantly expands the list of durable medical equipment (DME) items that will require a face-to-face encounter and...more

11/14/2012

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