Thomas W. Coons

Thomas W. Coons


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CMS Prevails in Dual Eligible Bad Debt Challenge

In a decision handed down on August 7, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the denial of the providers' bad debt claims associated with dual eligible beneficiaries. Grossmont...more

9/5/2015 - Appeals Bad Debt CMS Co-Insurance Payments Deductibles Dual Beneficiaries Filing Deadlines Hospitals Medi-Cal Medicaid Medicare Provider Reimbursement Manual

CMS's "At a Collection Agency" Bad Debt Policy - Confusion Continues

As we reported in previous Payment Matters articles, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia has issued inconsistent opinions regarding Medicare's policy not to allow bad debt when that bad debt is still...more

8/26/2015 - Appeals Bad Debt CMS Collection Agencies Healthcare Providers Hospitals Medicare Split of Authority

Key Ingredients of CMS' Proposed Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model

On July 14, 2015, CMS released a proposed rule regarding a new, alternative payment model: the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CCJR) program. Modeled in large part on the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI)...more

8/3/2015 - Alternative Payment Models (APM) BPCI Bundled Payments CCJR CMS Hospitals Medicare

Changes Are Afoot for Quality Measures and Physician Payment Provisions

In the proposed Medicare Physician Fee schedule (PFS) update for 2016, CMS announces a number of new policies, making changes to several of the quality reporting initiatives that are associated with PFS payment, and begins...more

7/21/2015 - Biosimilars CMS EHR Incentive Awards Medicare Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization (MACRA) Medicare Part B Medicare Shared Savings Program Physician Fee Schedule PQRS Prescription Drugs Value-Based Fees

Partial Victory for Hospitals in Medicare Outlier Challenge

In a decision issued May 19, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit handed hospitals a partial victory in their challenge to their Medicare outlier payments for 2004. District Hospital...more

6/1/2015 - HHS Hospitals IPPS Medicare Outlier Payments Secretary of HHS

Challenge to DSH Adjustment Estimates Barred by Statute

In a decision issued on March 31, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a challenge by Florida Health Sciences Center, Inc., also known as Tampa General Hospital, to the calculation of its...more

5/1/2015 - Affordable Care Act CMS DSH DSH Adjustments Hospitals Medicare

HHS Identifies Specific Goals to Move Toward Paying for Quality of Care

On January 26, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new initiative to shift Medicare reimbursements from volume to value using new payment methodologies for physicians and hospitals. Such a...more

2/9/2015 - Fee-for-Service Healthcare HHS Hospitals Medicare Physician Medicare Reimbursements Quality of Care Standards

Recent Changes to Stark Law's Whole Hospital Exception

The federal physician self-referral law, or Stark Law, provides a number of exceptions to the law's prohibition of physician referrals of designated health services to an entity in which the physician has an ownership or...more

12/19/2014 - Affordable Care Act CMS Healthcare Hospitals Patient Referrals Physician Ownership Physicians Stark Law

Highlights of the 2015 OPPS and ASC Final Rule

On October 31, 2014, CMS published its 2015 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System Policy Changes and Payment Rates final rule. This annual rule affects the 4,000...more

11/18/2014 - CMS Final Rules Hospitals OPPS Patient Prospective Payment System

Providers Challenge CMS's Non-Hospital Rotation Rules for GME and IME

Prior to the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), CMS required hospitals to comply with a number of exacting payment and documentation rules in order to include as part of their graduate medical education (GME) and...more

10/20/2014 - Affordable Care Act Healthcare Healthcare Reform Hospitals

District Court Rejects Hospitals' Challenge to CMS's Rebilling Policy

On September 17, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that it lacked jurisdiction over a challenge brought by the American Hospital Association (AHA) and several hospitals and systems (the...more

10/7/2014 - American Hospital Association Billing CMS Healthcare Hospitals Medicare Part B

CMS Waves Partial White Flag in Appeals of Payment Status Denials

For the last several years, hospitals, on the one hand, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and its contractors (collectively, CMS), on the other, have been engaged in a spirited dispute over claims denials for...more

9/8/2014 - Administrative Appeals Claims Procedures CMS Final Rules Hospitals IPPS Medicaid Medicare OMHA

Overview of the FY 2015 IRF Final Rule

On August 6th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) published an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) final rule [PDF] in the Federal Register outlining (1) new Medicare payment policies and rates; and (2) guidance...more

8/22/2014 - CMS Healthcare Inpatient Quality Reporting IRF Claim Processing

CMS Publishes FY 2015 Final IPPS Rule

On August 4, 2014, CMS posted its final changes and updates to the Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) that apply for fiscal year (FY) 2015, effective October 1, 2014. Below are some of the highlights of the...more

8/12/2014 - CMS Final Rules Hospitals IPPS Long Term Care Facilities Medicaid Medicare Physician Medicare Reimbursements

OIG Determines $4.3 Million Improperly Paid to LTCHs for Interrupted Stays in 2010 and 2011

The OIG issued a report on June 3, 2014 summarizing its findings concerning the vulnerabilities and enforcement of Medicare’s interrupted-stay policy for long-term care hospitals (LTCHs). Beneficiaries in LTCHs tend to have...more

7/28/2014 - Healthcare Hospitals Long Term Care Facilities Long-Term Care OIG

Medicare's LTCH Moratorium - CMS Issues Instructions and Proposed Regulation

From the early 1980s until the end of the first decade of the 21st century, the number of long-term acute care hospitals (LTCHs) expanded many fold. Addressing this growth, Congress, in enacting the Medicare, Medicaid and...more

6/6/2014 - CHIP CMS Healthcare Healthcare Reform Hospitals Long Term Care Facilities Medicaid Medicare

Changes Proposed to PRRB Dissatisfaction Requirement

On May 15, 2014, CMS published in the Federal Register its FY 2015 IPPS Proposed Rule [PDF], which included changes and updates to its Medicare IPPS policies. 79 Fed. Reg. 27978-28384. One change that CMS proposes is to amend...more

6/5/2014 - Affordable Care Act CMS Hospitals IPPS Jurisdiction Long Term Care Facilities Medicare Proposed Regulation

Proposed 2015 IPPS Rule Contains Many Changes to GME and IME Rules

Each year when CMS publishes its proposed changes to the IPPS Rule, it suggests a number of graduate medical education (GME) and indirect medical education (IME) reforms. This year has been no different. As part of the IPPS...more

5/22/2014 - Affordable Care Act Census CMS GME Healthcare Hospitals IPPS Long Term Care Facilities Medicare Proposed Regulation

CMS Publishes Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) FY 2015 Proposed Rule

On April 30, 2014, CMS posted its proposed changes and updates to the Medicare IPPS [PDF] that would apply beginning in fiscal year (FY) 2015. Comments are due by June 30, 2014. Below is a summary of the major changes to the...more

5/19/2014 - CMS Healthcare Hospitals IPPS Long Term Care Facilities Medicare Proposed Regulation Provider Payments Public Comment

Highlights of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014

On the first of this month, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014. The measure extends a multitude of provisions that were set to expire and also incorporates many provisions that may...more

4/28/2014 - Healthcare Healthcare Reform Medicare Protecting Access to Medicare Act

Providers Win Significant Victory in DSH Part C Days Appeal

As we discussed in a Payment Matters article dated December 13, 2012, providers have enjoyed repeated success in challenging the Secretary’s position regarding Medicare Part C days and where those days belong in the Medicare...more

4/25/2014 - DSH Healthcare Medicare Medicare Part C

Providers Lose DSH GA Day Challenge

As we reported in a Payment Matters article dated April 18, 2013, in Nazareth Hosp. et al. v. Sebelius (“Nazareth”), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania overturned CMS’s rejection of...more

4/24/2014 - DSH Healthcare Hospitals Medicare

"Incident To" Personnel and Credentials: CMS's New Teeth to Address an Old Problem

Medicare’s “incident to” provision found at 42 U.S.C. § 1395x(s)(2)(A) addresses coverage of services and supplies furnished “incident to a physician’s professional service,” principally in a physician’s office or clinic....more

1/24/2014 - CMS Compliance Healthcare Hospitals IPPS Medicare

SGR-Driven Payment Reduction Postponed Again

As part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA), Congress enacted a number of payment reforms designed to curb the growth of expenditures under Medicare Part B. One of the more notable of those provisions was the Sustainable...more

1/8/2014 - CMS Healthcare Healthcare Professionals Medicare Medicare Part B Physician SGR Formula Physicians

CMS Announces New Cost Reporting Procedures to Address DSH Uncompensated Care Payments

In the fiscal year 2014 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) rule (the “final rule”), CMS explained the new disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payment methodology that took effect this October 1. As we reported in...more

10/18/2013 - CMS DSH Hospitals Patient Prospective Payment System

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