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Health Care Reform Implementation Update - April 2014

Last Thursday Kathleen Sebelius resigned from her post as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). On Friday President Obama nominated Sylvia Matthews Burwell, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director. As...more

What Immigrants Need to Know about Health Insurance

America is home to more than 21 million non-citizen immigrants, according to Kaiser Health News, and for many of these immigrants, health coverage is a top concern. Given that the health care landscape has undergone...more

Marketing to Medicaid Beneficiaries: Texas Proposed Rule Highlights Pitfalls for Providers

Earlier this month, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (Commission) released a proposed rule, 1 TAC § 354.1452 that prohibits certain marketing activity by Medicaid and CHIP providers. The proposed rule has been...more

CMS Releases Long-Awaited Details for Sunshine Act Compliance

The Physician Payment Sunshine Act (the "Act") was enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for the purpose of promoting transparency between the medical industry and health care providers. It...more

CMS Final Rule on Moratoria for the Enrollment of New Home Health Agencies and Ambulance Suppliers and Providers

On February 4, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued in the Federal Register a notice of temporary moratoria on enrollment of new home health agencies (HHA) and ambulance suppliers and providers in...more

CMS Expands Moratorium On New Home Health Agencies To Broward County; Extends Moratorium In Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties

On January 30, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced the expansion of its moratorium on the enrollment of new home health agencies in Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - December 19, 2013

The deadline to enroll in coverage for January 1 was officially extended by a week, but the new December 23 deadline is fast approaching, and premium payments are required to be paid by the last day of 2013 for January 2014...more

Capital Thinking: Health Care

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - The House will take another turn this week on hearings related to health care reform implementation with a focus on the Healthcare.gov website troubles. The House is also planning a vote on H.R....more

White House Releases Mental Health Parity Final Rule

On November 8, 2013, the Departments of HHS, Labor, and Treasury jointly issued a final rule implementing the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). ...more

Immigrants and the Affordable Care Act

There are many questions surrounding the Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or the “Act”), and one common question is how it affects immigrants. Naturalized citizens are treated exactly like U.S. born citizens under the Act, and...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - August 12, 2013

The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted unanimously on legislation that would repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula that has historically led to annual decreases in physician payments that are fixed at the...more

CMS Imposes Six-Month Moratoria on New Enrollments of Home Health Agencies and Ambulance Suppliers in Three Fraud “Hot Spots”

Last week, CMS announced temporary moratoria on the enrollment of new home health providers and ambulance suppliers in Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in three fraud “hot spots.”...more

Client News Alert: Regarding Physician Payments Sunshine Act

On August 1, 2013 a new reporting obligation under the federal Physician Payments Sunshine Act (“Sunshine Act”) takes effect. The Sunshine Act was originally signed into law on March 23, 2010, as part of the Patient...more

CMS Issues Final Rule on Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Eligibility Provisions, Appeals, and Related...

On July 5, 2013, CMS issued a final rule supplementing the Exchange final rule, reflecting new statutory eligibility provisions and implementing changes related to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - July 16, 2013

Capitol Hill and the agencies went back and forth last week on the impact and consideration involved in delaying the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer mandate; votes in the House are expected this week on it, as well as a...more

Sunshine Act Requires Reporting All Payments to Physicians

Beginning August 1, 2013, manufacturers of Medicare or Medicaid covered drugs, medical devices, biologicals and medical supplies must collect and make publicly available data on physicians and teaching hospitals with whom the...more

Coverage Alternatives for Low and Modest Income Consumers

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) describes a continuum of subsidized coverage for individuals with incomes below 400 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL): Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance...more

Texas Makes Changes to Medicaid Laws and Programs

Texas Governor Rick Perry signed a series of bills into law last week modifying some of the state’s Medicaid statutes and programs. The laws will take effect on September 1, 2013....more

Simplified, Real-Time Verification Issue Brief

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires a coordinated and streamlined eligibility and enrollment process for all Insurance Affordability Programs (IAPs), including Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), and...more

CMS Announces $1 Billion in Funding for Innovation Grants

On May 15, 2013, CMS released a funding opportunity announcement for round two of the Health Care Innovation Awards. The grants are administered by the CMS Innovation Center, which is authorized by the Affordable Care Act to...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - May 6, 2013

Last week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new proposed regulations on FY 2014 payment updates and regulatory policy changes for inpatient and long term care hospitals, skilled nursing facilitates,...more

"Executive Compensation and Benefits Report: Proposed Regulations Highlight the Complexity of the $500,000 Deduction Limit for...

On April 1, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service issued proposed regulations providing guidance on the $500,000 deduction limit for compensation paid by certain health insurance companies to their employees. Because of the...more

Here Comes the Sun: Final Rules Implementing the Federal Sunshine Law

On February 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the long-awaited final rule implementing the Federal Sunshine Law (42 U.S.C. 1320a-7h). (The rule was subsequently published in the Federal...more

CMS Issues Final Rule for Implementing Sunshine Act

On February 8, 2013, 16 months after the statutory deadline, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published in the Federal Register the final regulation implementing the physician payment transparency...more

CMS Issues Final Physician Payment Sunshine Act Regulations

On February 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the long-awaited final regulations implementing the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (Act or Sunshine Act). The Sunshine Act requires drug,...more

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