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Court Upholds HHA Face-to-Face Narrative Requirement

The Medicare statute requires that home health agency (HHA) patients must be homebound and in need of skilled nursing or therapy services in order to receive Medicare HHA services. 42 U.S.C. § 1395f(a)(2)(C). Historically,...more

AGG Helps Hospice Weather the Perfect Storm of Aggressive Medicare Payment Denials and Administrative Appeal Backlog

Medicare’s implementation of post-payment review through private contractors who are overly aggressive in denying payments, combined with a severe backlog of cases in queue for hearing before an Administrative Law Judge...more

Challenges to Medicare's Outlier Payment Rules - the Secretary Largely Prevails

As we reported in an earlier Payment Matters article, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit handed hospitals a partial victory on May 19, 2015, in their challenge to Medicare outlier payments...more

The Bad Debt Moratorium Requires a Flexible Approach to Evaluating "Reasonable Collection Efforts"

On September 10, 2015, District Judge Randolph D. Moss of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an opinion in Mountain States Health Alliance v. Burwell (Mountain States) involving Section 310 of the...more

Standard of Review in Discipline Matter

Professional Conduct Committee of the Saskatchewan College of Paramedics v. Bodnarchuk, 2015 SKCA 81, reinstating a decision of the College Discipline Committee. A paramedic was disciplined by a Discipline Committee of...more

Uncertainty Continues for Two-Midnight Rule's Payment Reduction

In Shands Jacksonville v. Burwell [PDF], No. CV 14-1477, 2015 WL 5579653, (D.D.C. Sept. 21, 2015), the United States District Court for the District of Columbia gave the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human...more

Seventh Circuit Rejects In-Network Providers’ Bid For ERISA Claims Procedures

Claims by providers seeking to assert the rights of ERISA plan participants have been percolating in courts throughout the country. The Seventh Circuit has now weighed in, rejecting the notion that providers who have payment...more

District Court Says CMS’s 0.2 Percent IPPS Rate Cut Violated APA

On September 21, 2015, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) failed to provide a meaningful opportunity to comment on...more

Only One Short Bite of the Apple: Change in the Medicare Enrollment Appeals Process

In keeping with the trend to strengthen its authority to deny an enrollment or revoke Medicare billing privileges, CMS has modified the appeals process in a manner that will significantly shorten the time allotted to mount an...more

CMS Limits the Scope of Review for Certain Redeterminations and Reconsiderations

For providers who have received inconsistent or varying reasons for denial while navigating through the Medicare appeals process, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided much-needed relief in the form...more

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds USDOL’s Revised Regulations on the “Companionship Exemption” Under the FLSA

On August 21, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the U.S. Department of Labor’s revisions to the “companionship exemption” under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and reversed two...more

Responding to Subpoenas and Other Requests for Personal Health Information: Take Them at Face Value

Healthcare providers and other HIPAA covered entities receive requests for protected health information (“PHI”) from a variety of sources on a daily basis. Such requests can range from informal requests made during the course...more

Change to FLSA Companionship Exemption Extends Minimum Wage and Overtime Protections to Home Health Care Aides

After almost fourteen months of legal challenges, the U.S. Department of Labor has emerged victorious in its attempt to modify the FLSA’s companionship exemption. On August 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit...more

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

Life Sciences Companies and Free %$&*@# Speech

Irish and NI life sciences companies operating in the US likely are familiar with the concept of “off-label” promotion–providing information about drug/device uses that have not been cleared by the FDA (even where the FDA has...more

Be Careful What You Say: Allegations Of Worker Misconduct Might Be Defamation

Healthcare institutions have a moral and legal obligation to promote patient safety as an essential component of patient care. Supervisors and managers must be supportive of their staffs while remaining vigilant about the...more

When Is An Overpayment “Identified?” The Answer Is In

In a highly anticipated ruling in Kane ex rel United States, et al. v. Health First, Inc., et al., a New York federal judge has issued the first judicial interpretation of the sixty-day overpayment return provision in the...more

Third Circuit Invalidates HHS’ Medicare Wage Index Reclassification Rule

On July 23, 2015, the Third Circuit invalidated, as being contrary to the Medicare statute, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Medicare wage index “reclassification rule,” 42 C.F.R. § 412.230(a)(5)(iii)....more

Stark Litigation: The Tuomey Saga Draws to a Close

In what may be the penultimate chapter of the long–running saga of the Tuomey case, the Fourth Circuit affirmed the final judgment and award in favor of the government in its case against Tuomey Healthcare System, Inc....more

Health Law Wire: Court Invalidates DOH Retroactive Clinic Rate Changes (6/15)

The Appellate Division Fourth Department recently invalidated DOH’s attempts to retroactively revise Diagnostic & Treatment Center (D&TC) rates and upheld statutory requirements for 30 day advance notice of capital rate...more

Written Reasons in Administrative Decisions

Fashoranti v. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, 2015 NSCA 25, dismissing an appeal from the disciplinary committee’s finding that a physician committed unprofessional conduct. A physician was charged...more

New Judicial Interpretations on Scope of Hatch-Waxman Safe Harbor

The Federal Circuit recently provided additional clarity about the scope of the Hatch-Waxman safe harbor. In Classen Immunotherapies, Inc. v. Elan Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the appellate court sharpened the line between...more

D.C. District Court Formalizes Remand of Allina Case Regarding the Appropriate Treatment of Medicare Part C Patient Days for...

On May 18, 2015, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ordered HHS to adjudicate the appropriate treatment of Medicare Part C patient days in determining disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments....more

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

D.C. Circuit Rules that Secretary Must More Adequately Explain Outlier Rulemaking

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a partially favorable ruling for hospitals seeking additional outlier payments under the Medicare program. In District Hospital Partners v. Burwell, a three-judge panel held...more

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