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Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) Medicare Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPAC), also known as Obamacare, is a United States federal statute passed in March of 2010. The Act creates a nationwide insurance system and provides federal... more +
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPAC), also known as Obamacare, is a United States federal statute passed in March of 2010. The Act creates a nationwide insurance system and provides federal subsidies to reduce the number of uninsured citizens. less -

CMS Seeks Comments on Overhauling Hospital IPPS

by Baker Ober Health Law on

CMS is asking for feedback on how Medicare can make the health care delivery system simpler for patients and health care providers. This spring's Fiscal Year 2018 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the...more

GAO Report: Medicare Reimbursement Policies Impede Telehealth Adoption

Although telehealth has the potential to improve or maintain quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries, payment and coverage restrictions create barriers that prevent providers from fully utilizing telehealth technologies....more

Health Update - April 2017

CMS Issues Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol for Stark Law Violations - On March 28, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new voluntary self-referral disclosure protocol (SRDP) for disclosing...more

D.C. District Court Allows Part C Plan to Continue with Challenge of Overpayment Rule

by King & Spalding on

On March 31, 2017, Judge Rosemary Collyer of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia held that plaintiffs UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company et al. (“United”) had standing to challenge CMS’s overpayment...more

CMS Announces New Standardized Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol Forms

by King & Spalding on

On March 27, 2017, CMS posted a new set of standardized forms for disclosure of potential violations of the Stark Law under the Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (“SRDP”). The forms instruct disclosing entities to follow...more

House Republicans Release Obamacare Repeal and Replace Policy Brief; Senate Finance Committee Holds Hearing on Verma CMS...

by King & Spalding on

On February 16, 2017, House Republicans released a policy brief on how to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The brief builds upon the ideas outlined in the 2016 “A Better Way” proposal and promises action on...more

Trump Administration Takes First Steps to Support Exchanges, but Key Questions Remain

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In an effort to stabilize the Exchanges and encourage issuer participation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently extended the federal Exchange application and rate filing deadlines and published a...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

Meeting privately with Senate Republicans to discuss next steps on the ACA was among the first actions taken last week by the new Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Tom Price. But GOP senators left...more

Trump Administration Issues Proposed Health Insurance Market Stabilization Rule: Will It Be Enough to Stabilize Exchange...

by Hogan Lovells on

On 15 February 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took a step toward addressing concerns about the stability of the individual and small group health insurance markets by proposing a modicum of...more

"Republicans Chart New Course for US Health Care System"

While President Donald Trump made repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) a centerpiece of his 2016 presidential campaign, he offered few details about how he would replace it or address other health care issues. More...more

The Affordable Care Act: On the Fast Track to Repeal

by Carlton Fields on

On January 20, hours after his inauguration, President Donald Trump issued an executive order directing the heads of all executive departments and agencies to “waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation...more

Revised Draft 2018 Medicare Marketing Guidelines Open For Comment

Last week, CMS published the Revised Draft 2018 Medicare Marketing Guidelines and requested feedback from all interested parties. The draft includes many small changes to the Marketing Guidelines, including but not...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

A growing number of moderate and conservative Republicans in Congress are voicing concerns about the party’s strategy to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Act) in February but then wait months – and possibly even into 2018 –...more

The New “Price” of U.S. Health Care: The Future of Value-based Reimbursement Under President-elect Trump and Tom Price

by Carlton Fields on

The total U.S. health care expenditure was $3.2 trillion in 2015, and is projected to grow to nearly $5.6 trillion by 2025. As our nation’s cost of care rises, both Democrats and Republicans recognize the overwhelming need to...more

New Initiatives for the New Year: Highlights of the OIG’s 2017 Work Plan

by Alston & Bird on

On November 10, 2016, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its 2017 Work Plan. The 2017 Work Plan outlines the areas of special concern to the OIG and...more

CMS Finalizes Mandatory Cardiac Care Bundled Payment Model and More

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On December 20, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule (the Final Rule) which includes three new mandatory episode-based payment programs for cardiac care, as well as the expansion of the...more

Final Rule Implements Quality Payment Program under MACRA

by Baker Ober Health Law on

If you are a physician, mid-level provider, or work with those providers, then you have been bombarded with new acronyms for new programs and promises to remove older acronyms from your Medicare vocabulary. Medicare...more

OIG Revises Safe Harbors under the Anti-Kickback Statute and Civil Monetary Penalty Rules Regarding Beneficiary Inducements

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On December 7, 2016, the Office of Inspector General of the US Department of Health and Human Services published a final rule containing revisions to both the federal Anti-Kickback Statute safe harbors and the beneficiary...more

2016 Health Care Year in Review

by Burr & Forman on

Since I began writing this year-end review in 2013, there have been some common themes – a shift to pay for quality and away from fee-for service, much of which has been brought about by the Affordable Care Act (ACA): efforts...more

Recent Developments in Patient Engagement and Healthcare Cost Initiatives

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In the wake of the recent flurry of commentary on the answer to the question of “What will happen to the Affordable Care Act?” the Commonwealth Fund released a new survey addressing how high-needs patients experience health...more

What Trump’s HHS Secretary Appointment Could Mean for Healthcare Providers

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

President-elect Donald Trump announced on November 28, 2016, that current House Budget Chair Representative Tom Price is his choice for Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary. Many providers are wondering what health care...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

After months of debate and partisan wrangling, the House on Wednesday voted 392-26 to pass the “21st Century Cures” bill designed to accelerate the development of new drugs and medical devices as well as increase federal...more

Health Law Insights: November Newsletter

by Roetzel & Andress on

ALERT: "No Contract" Disclaimer in Employee Handbook Upheld by Illinois CourtAuthor: Employee handbooks have long been a trap for the unwary employer that desires merely to establish a set of rules and policies without...more

Could Possible Healthcare Repeal Efforts Extend to Physician Payments Under Medicare?

by Barley Snyder on

Now that the 2016 presidential election is over, many patients are asking whether Congress will repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or parts of the legislation. Yet, many doctors are asking (or should be asking) whether...more

CMS Continues Efforts to Improve Patient Care, Spending, and Population Health

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On November 2, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), released the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule, which finalized a number of new policies designed to improve Medicare payment for...more

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