Robert Wolin

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Federally Qualified Health Centers: Welcome to PPS

CMS recently finalized a new PPS for Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) services. The implementation of the PPS was mandated by the ACA. Medicare currently pays FQHCs an all-inclusive rate for the professional...more

5/19/2014 - CMS FQHC Healthcare Medicare Advantage Patient Prospective Payment System

IPPS Proposed Rule: Read Once, Then Take an Aspirin

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has set its sights on the quality of care during hospital inpatient stays and much, much more. On May 15, 2014, CMS published a proposed rule that would update Medicare...more

5/16/2014 - CMS Healthcare Healthcare Reform Hospitals Inpatient Billing IPPS Long-Term Care Medicare

So Much for Stop, Drop and Roll: CMS Proposes New Fire Safety Update

CMS has announced a proposed rule updating Medicare/Medicaid fire safety standards. In particular, CMS proposes to adopt the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code (LSC) and the...more

5/8/2014 - CMS Medicaid Medicare Safety Precautions

CMS’s Civil Defense Won’t Let You Hide Under Your Desk

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have proposed new emergency preparedness requirements for healthcare providers and suppliers. These new requirements are designed to address the effect of a broad range of...more

3/21/2014 - CMS Disaster Preparedness Healthcare Natural Disasters

CMS – Doc, if You Want a Free Book Go to the Library

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently denied a request from a bipartisan group of 23 members of congress to exempt the distribution of textbooks and scientific peer-reviewed medical journal materials...more

1/24/2014 - CMS Medicare Physician Medicare Reimbursements Reporting Requirements Textbooks

CMS Outpatient and Physician Payment Rules: Don't Miss the Efficient Quality of Care Reform Forest for the Dollar Trees

The final physician fee schedule (PFS) and hospital outpatient department payment rules for FY 2014 clearly signal the continued intent by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to transform the healthcare...more

12/13/2013 - ACOs Ambulatory Surgery Centers CMS Healthcare Hospitals ICD Codes Medicare Outpatient Quality Reporting Patient Prospective Payment System Physician Payments PQRS Value-Based Purchasing

CMS's Two-Dog Night - Doctor Told Me Not to Stay as an Inpatient for Less Than Two Nights

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued controversial new criteria for hospitals to use to determine whether a patient's stay in a hospital should be treated as an outpatient observation stay or...more

10/10/2013 - CMS Healthcare Hospitals Patient Prospective Payment System

Pay to Play Quickly — CMS's New Slow Motion Surveys for Acquirers Rejecting Assumption of Medicare Agreements

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a policy memorandum to state survey agency (SSA) directors regarding the effect of rejecting a Medicare agreement in connection with the acquisition of a...more

9/23/2013 - Affordable Care Act CMS Healthcare Reform Medicare Pay or Play

Physician Medicare Data: Has the Drought Ended?

After 34 years, a federal district court in Florida has overturned a 1979 injunction which prevented the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from releasing to the public Medicare data related to physician billing...more

6/18/2013 - CMS Disclosure FOIA Medicare Physician Payments Physicians Privacy Laws

Bringing Sunlight to Healthcare Pricing: The CMS Release of Hospital Charge Data

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis once said that "Sunlight is the best disinfectant." The release of charges billed by some 3,337 Medicare hospitals for 100 of the most common inpatient diagnosis related...more

5/17/2013 - Affordable Care Act CMS Healthcare Hospitals Medicare Payment Plans

Too Big to Exclude; Too Much Wrongdoing to Ignore

A 2007 audit initiated by a Medicare Program Safeguard Contractor (PSC) discovered that a North Carolina provider had a high incidence of inpatient billings for patients who did not stay in the hospital overnight. The PSC's...more

2/26/2013 - CMS Deferred Prosecution Agreements False Statements Medicare WakeMed

CMS Provides Guidance For Amending Patient Medical Records

CMS recently released a transmittal providing instructions to contractors on acceptable methods for providers to amend, correct and incorporate delayed entries into a patient medical record. ...more

1/23/2013 - CMS Corrections Medical Records

Health Law Update — January 10, 2013

In This Issue: - Healthcare Provisions in the American Taxpayer Relief Act - the Good, the Bad and the Ugly - American Taxpayer Relief Act Amends Overpayment Recovery Time Limits - OIG Advisory Opinion Sheds...more

1/14/2013 - American Taxpayer Relief Act CMS Data Breach Electronic Medical Records Fraud Healthcare OCR OIG Overpayment Recovery Time Limits Pay-for-Performance Reporting Requirements Settlement

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