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CMS Finalizes Bundled Payment Program for Hip and Knee Replacements

On November 16, 2015, CMS finalized the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model. Starting April 1, 2016, certain hospitals will receive retrospective bundled payments for lower extremity joint replacement (LEJR)...more

Health Care Update - November 2015 #3

Drug Pricing Issues Heat Up Following HHS Forum - Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hosted a forum on prescription drug costs which featured players from every corner of the industry, including...more

CMS Finalizes Stark Law Amendments

On November 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule with comment period in the Federal Register at 80 Fed. Reg. 70,886, which includes a...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review, November 2015

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On November 21, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule entitled “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and...more

CMS and OIG Issue Final Fraud and Abuse Waivers for ACOs

On October 29, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health & Human Services (jointly, the “Agencies”) issued a final rule (Final Rule) regarding waivers...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Congress tries to put together a tax extender package, which may provide an opportunity for some Affordable Care Act changes... HHS releases final rule on bundled payment for Joint Replacement Comprehensive Care...more

CMS Proposes Restrictions on Arbitration Provisions in Nursing Home Resident Agreements

The use of a binding arbitration provision in the pre-admission agreement between a senior living facility and its resident has become quite common. If properly drafted and presented to the resident or his or her...more

CMS Releases 2016 Medicare DMEPOS Fee Schedule – Reflecting Steep Cuts Based on DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Rates

On November 24, 2015, CMS released the Medicare durable medical equipment (DME), prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) fee schedule for the first half of 2016 – reflecting the agency’s first adjustments to nationwide...more

CMS Finalizes Mandatory Bundled Payment Model for Lower Extremity Joint Replacements

On November 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released final regulations implementing the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model, its five-year mandatory bundled payment program for hip and...more

CMS Sets 2016 Medicare Deductible and Coinsurance Amounts

On November 16, 2016, CMS published Medicare Part A and B beneficiary cost sharing amounts for 2016. With regard to Part A, the 2016 deductible for hospital inpatient admissions for the first 60 days of care will be $1,288,...more

CMS Call: 2016 Medicare Physician Quality Reporting Programs (Dec. 8)

On December 8, 2015, CMS is hosting a call to discuss how the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule impacts Medicare quality reporting programs. Specifically, the call will address changes to the Physician Quality...more

Medicare to Implement CJR: Mandatory Bundled Payment Program for Joint Replacement Surgeries

On Nov. 24, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will publish in the Federal Register the final rule for the Comprehensive Care Joint Replacement (CJR) Program. The CJR Program is a new payment model that requires...more

Payers Embracing Telemedicine Cost Savings, Ramping Up Reimbursement in 2016

Often considered the primary obstacle to telemedicine implementation, reimbursement changes are now better viewed as one of the most prominent drivers of telemedicine expansion. Payers are finally beginning to realize what...more

Final Stark Law Regulations Published by CMS

As previously discussed here and on our Health Industry Washington Watch blog here the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released final regulations under the physician self-referral law known as the Stark...more

New Stark Law Exception Allows Hospitals, FQHCs and RHCs to Assist Physicians with Engaging Non-Physician Practitioners

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a new exception to the Physician Self-Referral Law (the “Stark Law”) intended to expand access to primary care and mental health services (the “NPP...more

CMS Finalizes Revisions to Stark to Ease Burden on Providers, Refines “Incident to” Requirements

In its calendar year 2016 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule published in the Federal Register on November 16, 2015 (Final Rule), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized amendments to the federal...more

Health Care E-Note - November 2015

With medical device related acquisitions at all-time highs, and regulatory interest intense from the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Office of...more

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Finalizes New Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model

Effective April 1, 2016, acute care hospitals located in 67 geographic areas will be subject to the new mandatory payment model for lower extremity joint replacement (“LEJR”) services. Under the new Comprehensive Care for...more

CMS Finalizes Major Changes and Clarification to the Stark Law Regulations

Introduction - Since the passage of the Physician Self-Referral Act, also known as the “Stark Law,” health care providers have had to learn to work within and adjust to certain statutory and regulatory exceptions in...more

CMS Seeking Comments on Medicare IRF/LTCH Patient Experience Surveys

On November 20, 2015, CMS is publishing two notices requesting public comments on the development of surveys regarding patient and family member experiences with the care received in (1) inpatient rehabilitation facilities...more

CMS Releases Final Medicare Clinical Lab Fee Schedule Determinations for 2016

CMS has announced its final 2016 Medicare clinical laboratory fee schedule (CLFS) payment determinations for new and reconsidered test codes, including...more

District Court Rejects FCA Claim Against Healthcare Provider That Submitted False Claims But Did So Without Necessary Mental State

Healthcare provider Fresenius Medical Care North America claimed victory in a False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit recently when a federal district court ruled that there was no evidence that its practice of billing for...more

Final Rule Issued: Stark Law Modifications Designed to Ease the Burden of Compliance

On October 30, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (“CMS”) issued a final regulation that includes modifications to the Stark Law (the “Final Rule”). Among other things, the Final Rule adds two new exceptions to the...more

CMS Gives Providers Some Leverage in RAC Record Collection Requirements: Five Things to Know about ADRs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced that it has reduced the maximum percentage of records that providers must submit to Recovery Audit Contractors (“RAC”) through the payment auditing process...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - November 2015 #4

CMS Posts Recovery Audit Contractor Program Update, Including Reduced Documentation Request Limits – On November 6, 2015, CMS posted updates regarding the Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program, including a new additional...more

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