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Highmark and UPMC Consent Decree

Highmark and UPMC took a major step toward resolving network participation issues June 27, 2014, by executing a Consent Decree with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Departments of Insurance and Health. The Consent Decree...more

Favorable Ruling: Taxability of HMOs Under New York City General Corporation Tax

A New York City Tax Appeals Tribunal Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) recently ruled in favor of Aetna, Inc. (Aetna) on whether a health maintenance organization (HMO) was “doing an insurance business” in New York State,...more

New Washington Rule Clarifies Authority to Issue Penalties Against TPAs

The Washington State Department of Health has promulgated a new rule clarifying the Department's authority to issue civil penalties against health carriers and third-party administrators. This rule, which is outside the...more

The Future of Premium Subsidies under the Affordable Care Act: 'Halbig v. Burwell' and 'King v. Burwell'

Both decisions addressed whether tax credits are available for residents in states that have federally-facilitated health exchanges. The District of Columbia Court of Appeals said “no”; the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals...more

How Big Is Halbig? The Viability of the ACA’s Employer Mandate Hangs in the Balance

For employers with employees in the 36 states with a federally facilitated exchange, the question arises how the Halbig decision impacts their decision and strategy to provide health coverage to their employees when the...more

A Tale of Two Circuits: D.C. Circuit, Fourth Circuit Split on ACA Subsidies

It was the best of times for ACA subsidies, it was the worst of times for ACA subsidies. On Tuesday, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (“D.C. Circuit”) and the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (“Fourth...more

Proposed Expansion of OIG’s Exclusion Authority

In May, the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) proposed a new rule (Rule) that would implement changes included in the ACA. The Rule would expand OIG’s authority to exclude...more

CMS Releases Proposed IPPS and LTCH Rule

On April 30, 2014, CMS released the much anticipated proposed Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System rule (“Proposed IPPS Rule”), which would apply to FY 2015 Medicare payments. For inpatient acute care hospitals, CMS...more

NC Medicaid Providers, Are You Required to Seek an Informal Appeal Prior to Filing a Contested Case at OAH?

Recently, numerous clients have come to me asking whether they have the right to appeal straight to the Office of Administrative Appeals or whether they have to attend informal appeals first, whether the informal appeal is...more

OIG Reports on The First Level of the Medicare Appeals Process

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently published the results of a study regarding the first level of the Medicare Parts A and B appeals process, or redeterminations, for years 2008 through 2012. The report...more

Attention: All Medicaid Providers Whose Services Require Prior Authorization

A Way to Increase Revenue and Help Medicaid Recipients - Have you heard the cliché: “Killing two birds with one stone….?” The phrase is thought to have originated in the early 1600s when slingshots were primarily...more

Protests Of The Medicaid Managed Assistance ITN Recommended Awards

Pursuant to Section 409.966, Florida Statutes, traditional Medicaid services are to be provided to Florida recipients through a limited number of Managed Care Organizations ("MCOs") in the 11 Regions of the state. The Agency...more

The Government Shut Down and Its Impact on Public Health

In the early morning of October 1, 2013, the U.S. federal government officially went dark. The shutdown came in the aftermath of the Senate’s decisive vote to reject a House plan that would have kept the government funded for...more

Health Alert (Australia) - September 23 2013

In This Issue: - Judgments - Legislation - Reports - Excerpt from Reports: ..Australia. Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the boards 16 September 2013 - The national Boards have...more

The Affordable Care Act & the Impact on the C-Suite – Interview with Alden Bianchi, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney Alden Bianchi, Practice Group Leader of Mintz Levin's Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice, discusses why the Affordable Care Act makes health care benefits something that should be top-of-mind to...more

The Affordable Care Act: The Structure of Health Plans – Interview with Alden Bianchi, Member, Mintz Levin  [Video]

Attorney Alden Bianchi, Practice Group Leader of Mintz Levin's Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice, discusses how health plans will be purchased under PPACA....more

What Amount of Deference, If Any, Is Accorded to CMS' Interpretation of the State Operations Manual?

On May 17, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Court) ruled on a Petition for Review of a Decision of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in the case styled, Elgin...more

CMS's Use of Contractors to Determine "Sustained or High Level of Payment Errors" Upheld

In a decision handed down on July 23, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld the use by CMS of outside contractors to determine whether a home health agency’s reimbursement claims had exhibited a...more

Court Sides With CMS Stark Regulations on Physician-Owned Under Arrangement Service Providers

On May 24, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Council for Urological Interests v. Sebelius1 (‘‘CUI’’) sided with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in a lawsuit brought by a group of urologists...more

Court Grants Unexpected Victory to Providers on Medicare DSH Adjustment

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s opinion in Nazareth Hosp. v. Sebelius, slip op. no. 10-3513 furnished a surprising victory to two providers that challenged the calculation of the...more

Recent Changes Impact Appeal of Medicare Denials and Reimbursement Strategies

Recovery Audit Contractors (“RACs”) and other Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) contractors are charged with identifying overpayments made by Medicare to healthcare providers. However, with the increase in RAC...more

CMS Revises Part B Billing Policy for Unnecessary Inpatient Admissions

For many years, CMS policy has been that, if an inpatient admission was denied for medical necessity reasons, the hospital could bill under Part B for only a limited set of services that, significantly, did not include...more

Resubmission of Hospital Claims

On February 13, CGS Administrators, the Parts A and B Medicare Administrative Contractor for Kentucky and Ohio, relayed instructions to Medicare hospitals paid under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System from the Centers...more

Federal Healthcare Fraud Enforcement Efforts Yield a 790% Return

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the DOJ jointly released a report concluding that, for every dollar spent on healthcare fraud investigations in the last three years, the government...more

No Judicial Review of Contractor’s Finding of a High Payment Error Rate, a Condition for Extrapolation

Before a Medicare contractor can use extrapolation to determine an overpayment amount, the Medicare statute requires that it must make a finding that there is a sustained or high level of payment error or that documented...more

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