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New CMS Ruling on DSH Appeals for FY 2004 and Earlier

It’s a measure of the backlog in DSH (for Disproportionate Share Hospital) payment appeals that CMS is still issuing rulings for appeals applicable to treatment of patients before October 1, 2004. On April 24 CMS issued...more

Medicare and Medicaid Appeal Deadlines and Procedures: Laws that EVERY Health Care Provider Should Know

If you are a physician, most likely, you are not a lawyer. And vice versa. While there are exceptions, generally, the professions of physicians and attorneys are mutually exclusive. Personally, one reason I went to law...more

Health Law Pulse - February 2015

On January 23, 2015, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) filed a notice of appeal with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (District Court) challenging two rulings in the case of Home Care...more

7th Circuit Court of Appeals Creates Expansive Definition of “Referral” Under the Anti-Kickback Statute

On February 10, 2015, in United States v. Patel (Case No. 14-2607), the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a physician makes a “referral” within the meaning of the federal health care programs Anti-Kickback Statute...more

Second Circuit Revives Medicare Beneficiaries’ Observation Status Suit

On January 22, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut dismissing a lawsuit by Medicare beneficiaries alleging deprivation of due...more

First Circuit Reaffirms FCA’s “First-to-File” Bar as a Broad Jurisdictional Limit

In early December 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit reaffirmed that circuit’s broad interpretation of the False Claims Act’s “first-to-file” bar, 31 U.S.C. § 3730(b)(5), in United States ex rel....more

AHA Responds to House Bill Concerning RACs and Two-Midnight Rule

In a December 18, 2014 letter to U.S. Representative Kevin Brady, the American Hospital Association (AHA) voiced its opinion on a discussion draft of the Hospital Improvements for Payment Act of 2014 (HIP). The House Ways and...more

Eleventh Circuit Limits Scope of FCA Whistleblower Suit

Late last month, a three-judge panel of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated portions of a former executive’s False Claims Act (“FCA”) whistleblower action against Health Management Associates Inc. (“HMA”),...more

HHS Seeks Public Input To Address Growing Backlog of Medicare Appeals

The Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA), a division of HHS that administers the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearing program for Medicare claims appeals, recently issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking...more

Fifth Circuit Holds Multiple Disclosures Establish Loss Causation in Securities Action

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that multiple partial “corrective” disclosures collectively may satisfy the requirements of pleading loss causation in a securities fraud class action, even if no...more

Attention Hospitals! Act Now To Get 68 Cents For Your Medicare Dollar!

It’s no secret that CMS is drowning in appeals from denials of Medicare claims for inpatient care. The number of pending appeals was estimated at half a million back in February, and it’s only grown since then. One reason...more

7th Circuit Defines "Worthless Services" Under the False Claims Act

That’s the upshot from U.S. ex rel. Absher v. Momence Meadows Nursing Center, Nos. 13-1886 & 13-1936 (Aug. 20, 2014), a recent decision from the Seventh Circuit (authored by Judge Manion) that addressed the worthless-services...more

Medicare Beneficiaries Sue HHS Over 489-Day Backlog in ALJ Appeals

The Center for Medicare Advocacy (CMA) filed a complaint last week on behalf of five Medicare beneficiaries in federal district Court in Connecticut requesting a court order requiring the Secretary of HHS to clear a massive...more

The Seventh Circuit Significantly Heightens the Bar for Proof in False Claims Act "Worthless Services" Cases

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently dealt a stinging blow to the False Claims Act (FCA) plaintiff's bar in United States ex. rel. Absher v. Momence Meadows Nursing Center, Inc. et al., Case...more

Court Slams Medicare Agency, Notes Reputation As “Unfeeling Bureaucracy”

The Department of Health & Human Services’ Provider Reimbursement Review Board (Board) came in for some withering criticism last Friday from the federal court hearing the appeal of University of Chicago Hospital from the...more

Hospitals File Lawsuit Over Medicare ALJ Hearings Delays

Over 460,000 appeals requesting hearings before an administrative law judge (ALJ) were pending in the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) at the end of 2013, with 15,000 new appeals being submitted each week. At...more

OMHA Announces Two New Programs to Address Appeals Backlog

The Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA), which oversees the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) level of appeal, recently posted two important announcements regarding a new Statistical Sampling Initiative (SSI) and...more

Medicaid Information System Glitch Surprises Provider with $367k Retraction

Yesterday the Court of Appeals of Virginia released its opinion in LifeCare Medical Transports, Inc. v. DMAS, a case involving a retraction of over $367,000. LifeCare Medical Transports, Inc. (“LifeCare”) provides advanced...more

Provider Reimbursement Review Board Issues 60 Day Deadline to Supplement Record in All DSH Medicaid Eligible Days Appeals

On May 23, 2014, the CMS Office of Hearings released Alert 10, notifying providers of an important new 60 day deadline concerning certain appeals before the Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB or Board). By the end of...more

Second Circuit Dismisses $50 Million FCA Suit

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a False Claims Act (“FCA”) whistleblower suit seeking $50 million in damages from Huron Consulting Group Inc. (“Huron”) for...more

Medicare’s Recovery Audit Program (RAC Audits), An Update For Physicians

As many physicians now realize, Recovery Audit Contractors ("RAC") hired by Medicare have turned their attention from hospitals and are now actively pursuing claims submitted by physicians. An audit by a RAC can put a...more

OMHA Holds Medicare Appellant Forum

On February 12, 2014, the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) held a “Medicare Appellant Forum” in Washington, DC. The event was well-attended, with 300 people signed up to be present in-person, and 500 who signed...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

Supreme Court: Providers' Appeal Period Not Extended by Doctrine of Equitable Tolling

Under the Medicare statute and implementing regulation, providers have 180 days from the issuance of a Notice of Program Reimbursement (NPR) in which to file an appeal to the Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB). This...more

Supreme Court Rules Equitable Tolling Cannot Be Used To Extend Deadline For Filing Medicare Part A Reimbursement Appeals

On January 21, 2103, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held in Sebelius v. Auburn Regional Medical Center that the Medicare statute does not permit the time period for filing an appeal with the Provider Reimbursement Review...more

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