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President Signs MACRA: Permanently Reforms Medicare Physician Reimbursement Framework, Includes Other Medicare Payment, Program...

On April 16, 2015” (MACRA), which reforms Medicare payment policy for physician services and adopts a series of policy changes affecting a wide range of providers and suppliers. Most notably, MACRA permanently repeals...more

CMS’s Proposes Rule On Mental Health Parity to Strengthen Access to Medicaid and CHIP Plans

On April 6, 2015, CMS announced a proposed rule intended to align mental health and substance use disorder benefits for low-income Americans with benefits required of private health plans and insurance. The proposed rule...more

FDA, CMS Form Interagency Task Force on LDT Quality Requirements

FDA and CMS have announced that they are establishing an interagency task force to reinforce their collaboration regarding the oversight of laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) -- tests intended for clinical use and designed,...more

Look Out for Meaningful Use Audits by the Office of Inspector General

The Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Care Record (“EHR”) Incentive Program (commonly referred to as “Meaningful Use”) provides incentive payments to eligible physicians and hospitals for adopting, implementing,...more

CMS Provides Guidance to States on Managed Care Contract Review

As states attempt to control increasing healthcare costs, many Medicaid programs are seeking approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to implement Medicaid managed care programs. In 2013, nearly 68...more

CMS Issues Guidance on Reimbursement for Biosimilars under Medicare and Medicaid

Biosimilars Are Generally Treated as Single Source Drugs - On March 30, 2015, in the wake of the first biosimilar product licensed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...more

CMS Issues Proposed Rule That Would Extend Provisions of Mental Health Parity

On April 6, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a proposed rule that would extend provisions of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (the “Mental Health Parity Act”) to...more

CMS Clarifies Survey Requirements for Off-Premises Activities of Outpatient Physical Therapy Providers

On April 3, 2015, CMS issued letter guidance and an update to the State Operations Manual (SOM), which will be of interest to outpatient therapy (OPT) providers. Medicare issued new clarifications on the survey requirements...more

CMS Issues Proposed Modifications to Meaningful Use Rule

On Friday, April 10, 2015, CMS issued a proposed rule containing several important modifications to the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Among the most notable proposals is to move eligible hospitals from a...more

Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice Hold Joint Workshop on Payment Models and Competition Within the Health Care...

On February 24-25, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) co-hosted a second public workshop as part of the “Examining Health Care Competition” series to study...more

Five Key Elements of Transitional Care Management

Similar to rules providing billing opportunities for chronic care management, relatively new Medicare funds for Transitional Care Management (“TCM”) provide a new path for providers to supplement their Medicare practice with...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Montana Legislature Reverses Course, Endorses Medicaid Expansion... Final 2016 Medicare Advantage and Part D Rate Announcement and Call Letter... Upcoming: Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Hearing on Post-Acute...more

Health Care Update - April 2015

In This Issue: - SGR Bill Facing Final Hurdles This Week - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional Initiatives - Other Health Care...more

CMS establishes Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, we have been discussing the move from volume payment to value payment in healthcare. Now, you have an opportunity to have an impact on CMS’ alternative payment models....more

CMS Announces the Next Generation of Accountable Care Organizations Aimed at Increased Risk Sharing and Program Sustainability

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced on March 10th a new model for Accountable Care Organizations (“ACOs”) that will evaluate the capacity of ACOs to assume “near-complete financial risk” while...more

2016 Payment Notice and Final Call Letter: CMS Gives with One Hand and Takes Away with the Other

On April 6, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued the Announcement of Calendar Year (“CY”) 2016 Medicare Advantage (“MA”) Capitation Rates, and Medicare Advantage and Part D Payment Policies...more

Healthcare Legal News Volume 5 Number 2

According to a recent study by Accenture, by 2017 approximately 18 percent of the American public will purchase insurance through exchanges versus relying on traditional employer healthcare coverage or foregoing insurance...more

CMS Takes Initial Steps to Address Medicare & Medicaid Coverage for Biosimilars

On March 30, 2015, CMS released guidance addressing Medicare and Medicaid coverage for biosimilar drug products. The Medicare/Medicaid coverage guidance comes on the heels of the FDA’s landmark approval of a biosimilar...more

Proposed HHS Rule Sets the Stage for Changes to the Meaningful Use Program

On March 30, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published its proposed rulemaking for Stage 3 of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR)...more

"Next Generation" ACO Model Announced by CMS

In a March 10, 2015 press release, CMS announced a new addition to its existing Accountable Care Model (ACO) portfolio: Next Generation ACOs. As stated by CMS in its press release, this new ACO model will allow for already...more

ABN Flunks Medicare Test

In Int’l Rehab. Sci. v. Burwell, No. 08-cv-05442 (W.D. Wash. Feb. 13, 2015), the court found inadequate an advance beneficiary notice (ABN) which stated that “Medicare has not established coverage criteria... or does not...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: CMS Releases Three Documents on Biosimilar Reimbursement... SCOTUS: Agencies, Not State Courts, in Charge of Medicaid Rate Setting... HHS OIG and Treasury IG Release Report on ACA’s Advanced Premium Tax Credits....more

Selected CMS Guidance for Billing for Skilled Nursing Facility Services

Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) should take note of the updates and clarifications set forth in Medlearn Matters article 8997, issued by the CMS on March 13, 2015. Medlearn Matters article 8997 updates the chapters in the...more

CMS Issues Proposed Rule on Stage 3 of Meaningful Use

On March 20, 2015, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS“) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (“ONC“) each released their much-anticipated proposed rules for Stage 3 of...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - March 2015 #5

CMS Announces Billing Changes for Certain Inpatient-Only Procedures – Effective April 1, 2015, CMS will allow payment for Inpatient-Only procedures provided in an outpatient setting on the date of the inpatient admission, or...more

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