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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

New FDA Commissioner Hits the Ground Running

Fresh off his noticeably smooth confirmation, the new Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, appeared before Congress last Thursday and unveiled his strategic initiatives and priorities for the Trump Food and...more

CMS Revokes Billing Privileges for Competitive Bid Supplier

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has demonstrated that it will not hesitate to use one of its most crippling administrative enforcement tools—the revocation of Medicare billing privileges—against one of...more

21st Century Cures Act Provides Some Welcome Relief

The 21st Century Cures Act (the “Cures Act”) (Pub. L. No. 114-255), which was signed into law by President Obama on December 13, 2016, includes a number of important health care provisions, and several address the...more

10 Things You Need to Know About Health Care Bankruptcies in 2017

The coming year will likely continue to be a tumultuous year for health care providers, suppliers, and payers, as they adapt to meet new challenges and market forces, particularly in light of the open questions as to the...more

OPPS Final Rule Finalizes Limits for Off Campus Departments

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the long-awaited implementation of the “site-neutrality” provisions of the H.R. 1314 Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BiBA Section 603) on November 1, 2016. The Final Rule...more

California Targets Surprise Medical Bills, Follows on the Heels of New York and Florida

Governor Brown approved a new law last Friday that limits patient exposure to so-called surprise medical bills. AB 72 caps the cost-sharing obligations of patients who unexpectedly receive care from non-contracted providers...more

Additional Opioid Policy Changes Announced: What You Need to Know

Despite the July 4 holiday, the past week featured significant regulatory and legislative action addressing the use of opioids and pain management. The changes are in keeping with the Government-wide push to better understand...more

“Site Neutrality” for Off-Campus Outpatient Departments: Proposed Rule is Worse than You Expected!

CMS issued its Outpatient Prospective Payment System (“OPPS”) Proposed Rule for 2017 (the “Proposed Rule”) on July 6, 2016. The Proposed Rule will be published in the Federal Register on July 14, 2016. One highly-anticipated...more

Differences in Medical Opinion Are Not False Claims Act Violations

In an important win for hospice and other health care providers facing claims under the False Claims Act (FCA), a federal court in Alabama gave a summary judgment victory last week to hospice provider Aseracare Inc. Key...more

Clinical Laboratories: Proposed Rule Implements Requirements for Reporting and Payment Based on Private Payer Rates

As required by a 2014 statute, CMS has issued proposed regulations (Proposed Rule) implementing new requirements for laboratory reporting of, and eventually basing Medicare payment on, rates for clinical laboratory services...more

Precision Medicine - Even Medicare Will Pay for It!

President Barack Obama announced in his 2015 State of the Union address that he was introducing a new Precision Medicine Initiative, supported with over $200 million in the proposed 2016 federal budget. "Precision Medicine"...more

Fasten Your Seat Belts: District Court Says “Failure to Act Quickly Enough” May Violate 60-Day Refund Rule

A New York Federal District Court issued an Opinion and Order, on August 3, 2015, in a closely-watched False Claims Act (FCA) case, Kane v. Healthfirst, Inc. The Court refused to dismiss the whistleblower complaint in which...more

The Medicaid Fraud Control Units: Fiscal Year 2014 Report

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) has released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Annual Report (Report) on the performance of the Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs)...more

CMS Issues Final Rule for Inpatient Stays in Acute Care and Long Term Care Hospitals

On August 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its annual final rule for policy and payment changes applicable to inpatient stays in acute care and long term care hospitals (Final Rule). This...more

Medicare's Fraud Prevention System: CMS Issues Second-Year Report to Congress

The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (pertinent sections of which are codified at 42 U.S.C. Section 1320a-7m) directed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to use predictive modeling and other analytics...more

8/13/2014  /  CMS , Fraud , Healthcare , Healthcare Fraud

OIG's Proposed Rule to Expand Civil Monetary Penalties

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on May 12, 2014 published a proposed rule (Proposed Rule) that would implement the OIG’s expanded authority under the Affordable Care...more

OIG Releases Report on Medicaid Fraud Control Units

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) has released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Annual Report (Report) on the performance of the Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCU)...more

340B Drug Pricing Program Developments in the New Year

On January 9, 2014, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) posted an update on its current and anticipated 340B drug pricing program (340B) program integrity efforts.1 The update includes a discussion of...more

Provider Reimbursement Review Board Issues Alert 9 and Revised Rules

On March 1, 2013, the Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB or the Board) issued Alert 9, which notified interested parties that the PRRB has made revisions to its Rules and updated its Model Forms. Medicare providers...more

3/27/2013  /  CMS , Medicare , PRRB , Reimbursements

Supreme Court Rules Equitable Tolling Cannot Be Used To Extend Deadline For Filing Medicare Part A Reimbursement Appeals

On January 21, 2103, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held in Sebelius v. Auburn Regional Medical Center that the Medicare statute does not permit the time period for filing an appeal with the Provider Reimbursement Review...more

Medicare Issues Final Rules for Hospital Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgery Center Payment Systems

On November 15, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published in the Federal Register final rules that would, among other things, update payment policies and rates under the Outpatient Prospective...more

12/7/2012  /  CMS , Medicaid , Medicare

California’s Medi-Cal Program Implements Affordable Care Act Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Provisions

On September 29, 2012, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that gives the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), the state agency which implements the California Medi-Cal (Medicaid) program,...more

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