On the heels of HHS’s recent announcement that qualified health plans (QHPs) purchased through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance exchanges are not “federal health care programs” for purposes of the federal anti-kickback...more
On October 11, 2013, CMS posted the 2014 Medicare Health Plan Quality and Performance Ratings, which are commonly referred to as “Star Ratings.” CMS released the 2014 Star Ratings several days later than originally...more
The Stark Law regulations are not without controversy, as an unsuccessful appeal by a group of urologists brought against the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) illustrates. The Council for Urological Interests, a...more
After receiving many comments on its Draft Call Letter, CMS published its Contract Year 2014 Final Call Letter on April 1, 2013. The Final Call Letter addresses a wide variety of issues that will affect all parties involved...more
In a newly issued Report, the OIG has expressed concern regarding CMS’s lack of oversight of P&T Committee conflicts of interest. As the entities responsible for making Medicare Part D formulary decisions, P&T Committees...more
Originally published in BNA’s Medicare Report, 11/30/2012.
On Oct. 12, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published its 2013 Medicare Health Plan Quality and Performance Ratings, also called ‘‘Star Ratings’’...more