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Forty-Five Days and Counting for Current HHS Leadership: Implications for Rulemaking

Before we all turn our full attention to the nominations of Representative Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services, and policy consultant Seema Verma to lead CMS, we need to remember that there are still...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - November 2016 #5

The incoming Trump Administration selects HHS and CMS leadership; Alaska moves forward with its proposed 1332 waiver for its ACA reinsurance program; and a new Manatt Health report considers the role of Medicaid supplemental...more

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Publishes Two Free Resources to Help Practices Navigate Healthcare IT

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), Office of the National Coordinator (“ONC”) has published two free online playbooks to assist healthcare providers navigate healthcare information technology (“IT”)....more

FY 2018 Federal Financial Participation Matching Amounts Published

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has published the FY 2018 Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP), Enhanced FMAP, and disaster-recovery FMAP adjustments. These amounts will be used to determine...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Congress remains in recess, but members write letters on Mylan’s EpiPen…CBO says repealing Part B Demo would cost $395 million…CMS releases data on hospice utilization and finds spending and utilization vary in...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - October 2016

Vermont moves closer to launching the country’s first all-payer ACO; CMS approves Arizona’s 1115 waiver extension but rejects the State’s proposed work requirement and premiums for those earning below the FPL; and CMS issues...more

Lawmakers Join MedPAC in Speaking Out Against CMS Surgeon Data Collection Proposal

On September 16, 2016, approximately 112 congressional representatives submitted a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell and CMS acting Administrator Andy Slavitt requesting that CMS not implement its proposal...more

OIG Work Plan: A Roadmap to Identify Health Care Compliance Risk

Each year, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issues a Work Plan that summarizes new and ongoing OIG reviews and areas of focused attention for the coming year and beyond....more

CMS Announces Changes to HHA/Ambulance Supplier Enrollment Moratoria, New Exception Process Demo

CMS has announced a number of changes to its temporary Medicare enrollment moratoria for certain provider types in select geographic areas as a mechanism to address fraud, waste, and abuse. First, CMS is extending for six...more

HHS Final Rule Extends Anti-Discrimination Protection to Transgender Patients

This past May, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin,...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - August 2016

Oregon’s hospitals see improved financial performance following the ACA; CMS denies Indiana’s request for an additional lockout period in the Medicaid expansion program; and a new Manatt Health report details Medicaid funding...more

Health Update - July 2016

The Vulnerability of Healthcare Information - According to a report the Brookings Institute issued in May 2016, 23% of all data breaches occur in the healthcare industry. Nearly 90% of healthcare organizations had some...more

Legal Issues Associated with Multi-Provider Alternative Payment Model

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), both federal and state policies have promoted the adoption of alternative payment models (APMs), providing financial incentives for groups of providers to improve care...more

CMS Proposes “Advancing Care Information” Program to Replace Meaningful Use

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) proposes a new approach, with new branding labels, to paying clinicians for the value and the quality of care that they provide by replacing a patchwork of existing...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: The House of Representatives and the Senate were on recess…but it was not quiet on the health care front! 1. Congress - House of Representatives - House, Senate Democrats Want NIH to Bring Down...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Medicaid program takes financial hits as the House looks for “savers” and acts on a budget... while the Senate sees no reason to do a budget... The Senate focuses on ACA oversight and mental health and opioid abuse...more

OIG rules hospital's offer of free transportation, lodging doesn't violate anti-kickback statute

The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services recently posted an Advisory Opinion describing a proposed arrangement by an academic medical center that offers free transportation and lodging to...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: The President took a victory lap in Wisconsin, announcing that 20 million people have gained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act... That figure includes people newly covered through insurance...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - March 2016

STATE STAFFING UPDATES: Nevada: New Insurance Commissioner Appointed - The Director of Nevada's Department and Industry announced Barbara Richardson as the Commissioner of the Division of Insurance. Richardson...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: The House and Senate were out for Presidents’ Day recess... The Senate to vote on FDA Commissioner nominee Califf after 5:30 today... Medicare Advantage rates announced....more

Committees to Examine Administration’s HHS Budget Proposal, Other Health Policy Issues Next Week

On February 9, 2016, President Obama is scheduled to submit his proposed fiscal year 2017 budget to Congress. Two Congressional committees have planned hearings to examine provisions of the proposed budget involving the...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - December 2015 #3

Guidance from HHS and Treasury sets a high bar for 1332 waiver approvals; Kentuckians support Medicaid expansion and their State Marketplace despite plans to change course; and South Dakota's executive budget includes funds...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - November 2015

Montana receives approval to expand Medicaid beginning 2016; California’s $6.2 billion Medicaid waiver receives pre-approval; and HHS proposes broadening circumstances under which states receive enhanced federal matching...more

The Deeper Dive: Medicare’s Fundamental Shift Toward P4P - What priorities should providers focus on in navigating the changing...

While Medicare’s path toward pay for performance (P4P) has evolved over time, 2015 is proving to be a landmark year. July marked the 50th anniversary of the Medicare program. And in self-described “historic announcements”...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - October 2015 #3

Arizona seeks Medicaid Waiver to implement new coverage restrictions for Medicaid expansion enrollees and delivery system reform; Tennessee’s uninsured rate continues to drop; and Louisiana gubernatorial candidates line up...more

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