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Health Care E-Note - March 26, 2014

In This Issue: - Hospital CEO Turnover Rate Reached Record 20 Percent in 2013 - States Take on Authority of Doctors vs. Advanced Practice Nurses - HHS Urges Hospitals to be More Prepared for Emergencies -...more

Polsinelli Podcast - Health Care Payment Changes: From Service to Value [Video]

Healthcare is changing for consumers and providers under the Affordable Care Act. Less publicized is the way providers are now being paid and the way they will work together. In this week's Polsinelli "Inside Law," podcast,...more

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News - January 2014, Issue 1

In This Issue: - Top News ..Congress Approves Budget Deal with Short-Term ‘Doc Fix' ..CMS “Two-Midnight” Rule delayed until March 31, 2014 ..Individuals with Canceled Insurance Policies May Apply for...more

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President Obama Signs Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013 – On December 26, 2013, President Obama signed the Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013 (the “Act”), preventing the scheduled payment reduction for...more

CMS Reports Hospital Readmission Rates Declining Under Affordable Care Act

A recent CMS news release reported that Affordable Care Act reforms are leading to lower hospital readmission rates for Medicare beneficiaries. Hospital readmission can be an indicator of poor care coordination or low-quality...more

2013 – The Health Law Year in Review

As 2013 draws to a close, we are pleased to look back on the year that was and highlight some of the key developments in the ever-changing field of health law. While a great deal of attention was focused on the implementation...more

CMS Releases CY 2014 Hospital OPPS and ASC Final Rule

CMS has published its Calendar Year (CY) 2014 Final Rule for Medicare policy and payment rates for hospital outpatient prospective payment systems (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) services. This final rule with...more

Health Care E-Note - September 19, 2013

In This Issue: - Many States Want More Oversight of Health Insurance Navigators - Insurers, Hospitals Argue Over Who Pays When Enrollees Default - ACA Increases Scrutiny of Doctors' Gifts, Payments - States...more

2014 Physician Fee Schedule: Cuts and Quality and Data! Oh My!

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the calendar year 2014 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule (Proposed Rule)....more

CMS Releases FY 2014 Hospital IPPS Final Rule

On August 2, 2013, CMS released the annual Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System Final Rule for FY 2014 (the “Final Rule”), effective for discharges occurring on or after October 1, 2013....more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - June 27, 2013

The countdown is on now. Less than 100 days until the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) main provisions go into effect, and Organizing for Action and Enroll America kicked outreach efforts to the uninsured into high gear last week....more

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

CMS Releases Proposed Inpatient Payment Regulation

On April 26, 2013, CMS released the proposed 2014 payment schedule for inpatient stays at general acute care and long-term care hospitals. In addition to the annual adjustment to payment rates, the proposed rule also reduces...more

The New DSH - Are You Supplying The Correct Data That Will Drive Your Payments?

Effective October 1, 2013, CMS will begin paying disproportionate share hospitals differently. Congress ordered the change to the disproportionate share hospital (DSH) adjustment payment methodology as part of the Patient...more

Payment Adjustments for Low-Volume Hospitals and Medicare-Dependent Hospital Program Extended

CMS has issued a notice that (1) payment adjustments for certain low-volume hospitals and (2) the Medicare-dependent hospital (MDH) program will be extended through federal fiscal year 2013 (FY 2013). The extension of the...more

Long Term Care Hospital Moratorium Expires

As of December 29, 2012, the moratorium preventing the designation of new long term care hospitals (LTCHs) or LTCH satellites or the addition of new LTCH beds has expired....more

National Provider Call on FY 2014 Medicare DSH Changes

On January 8, 2013, CMS hosted a National Provider Call to discuss the changes to Medicare disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments under section 3133 of the Affordable Care Act. Beginning in FY 2014, Medicare DSH...more

Birmingham Medical News: 2012 Health Care Year In Preview

The health care events of 2012 can be properly divided into "Before" and "After": Before the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act and President Obama's re-election and After. Before these two events, the viability...more

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