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CMS Posts October 2015 Medicare Part B Drug Payment Update

CMS has posted the October 2015 update to the Medicare Part B drug average sales price (ASP) files, containing the payment rates that will apply for the fourth quarter of 2015. On average, prices for the top Part B drugs...more

OMB Reviewing CMS Proposed Rule on PAMA Clinical Lab Test Payment Policy

CMS is finally taking steps to implement the Medicare clinical laboratory payment reforms mandated by the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA). Under PAMA, CMS must base Medicare payment rates for clinical...more

CMS Proposes Exceptions, Revisions and Requests Comments to Ease Stark Law Compliance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently proposed regulatory changes to the Stark Law that may ease certain compliance challenges. The Physician Self-Referral Law, located at 42 U.S.C. § 1395nn, and its...more

Telehealth Commercial Coverage and Parity Laws: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

There will always be differences among state laws on telehealth coverage, but what is remarkable is the rapidly increasing pace at which states have been adopting coverage statutes in the last few years, with currently 29...more

Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement: CMS adopts mandatory approach to payment reform

On July 9, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a proposed rule that seeks to implement a mandatory episode-based payment model for lower extremity joint replacement (and reattachment) care in...more

Proposed Changes to Stark Rule Would Create New Hospital Exceptions and Lessen Burden of Self-Disclosures

In a development that is limited in scope but still welcomed by hospitals, the proposed 2016 Physician Fee Schedule proposes a number of new exceptions to the physician self-referral or Stark law and other refinements that...more

OIG Reviews Overlap Between Physician-Owned Hospitals and Physician-Owned Distributors (PODs) of Spinal Devices

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services has issued a report on “Overlap Between Physician-Owned Hospitals and Physician-Owned Distributors.” The OIG reviewed 12 hospitals that...more

CMS Publishes Corrections to Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model Proposed Rule

On August 25, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published technical and typographical corrections to its July 14, 2015 proposed rule to establish a Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model. As...more

CMS Updates Inpatient Hospital “Two Midnight” Review Education/Enforcement Strategy

CMS recently provided an update on its education and enforcement strategies related to its “Two Midnight” policy, which addresses when surgical procedures, diagnostic tests and other treatments are generally considered...more

CMS Seeks Feedback on Home Health Face-to-Face Encounter Clinical Templates

CMS is inviting comments on voluntary home health electronic and paper “progress note” templates intended to assist physicians with documenting a face-to-face examination for purposes of the Medicare home health benefit....more

Hospital Compliance Program Overview

?In the constantly evolving climate of health care enforcement, maintaining a comprehensive and effective internal compliance program has taken on added significance, especially in the past few years. While detailed coverage...more

Proposed 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Includes Changes to Stark Regulations

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") recently released the proposed 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (the "Proposed Rule"), which includes a number of proposed revisions to the regulations under the...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - August 2015 #4

Arkansas's “Private Option” is projected to have a net impact of $438 million on state funds 2017-2021; Iowa selects MCOs for proposed Medicaid managed care transition; and, the DC Marketplace launches a robust dual-language...more

The 60 Day Rule — Identification and Knowing Avoidance

On August 3, 2015, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued an opinion and order in Kane v. Healthfirst, Inc., et al.[1] that provides the first judicial interpretation of the requirement...more

Corridors September 2015 - News for North Carolina Hospitals

This article will provide an outline of some of the most significant points for hospitals to use when confronted with a formal government investigation under the Criminal or Civil False Claims Act. As noted below, you should...more

CMS's "At a Collection Agency" Bad Debt Policy - Confusion Continues

As we reported in previous Payment Matters articles, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia has issued inconsistent opinions regarding Medicare's policy not to allow bad debt when that bad debt is still...more

Home Health, CY 2016 Proposed Rule: Emphasis on Value-Based Purchasing

On July 10, 2015, CMS published the calendar year (CY) 2016 home health prospective payment system (PPS) proposed rule [PDF]. While the proposed rule updates and revises certain payment rates and quality measures, it also...more

CMS Releases Data Regarding Hospital and Physician Utilization

CMS recently announced that it would be releasing Medicare hospital utilization and payment data, as well as physician and supplier utilization and payment data. This is the third year that the hospital data has been released...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: FDA Begins Device User Fee Talks with Patients and Consumers Sept. 15... CMS Extends Partial Enforcement Delay of Two-Midnight Policy Through 2015... Alaska Legislature Sues Governor Over Medicaid Expansion....more

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

President Obama Signs Outpatient Status Notification Bill On August 6, 2015, President Obama signed the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility (NOTICE) Act. This legislation requires hospitals...more

GAO Issues Report on Medicaid Prescription Drug Fraud Controls

In July 2015, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report concerning Medicaid pharmacy-related program integrity efforts. GAO explained that this review was pursued due to the substantial amount of funds...more

CMS Issues FY 2016 Final Inpatient and Long-Term Care Hospital Rule

On July 21, 2015, CMS issued a final rule updating the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Medicare payment polices and rates under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment...more

Two-Midnight Rule Update

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a further delay, through December 31, 2015, of the Recovery Auditors’ (RA) audits of the “Two-Midnight” Rule. Congress previously passed a law delaying...more

Federal Court Rejects Health System's Efforts to Dismiss 60-Day Rule Suit

On August 3, 2015, the United States District Court in the Southern District of New York issued a long-awaited opinion and order rejecting a motion to dismiss filed by the defendants in U.S. ex rel. Kane v. Continuum Health...more

CMS Stark Proposals Allow “Holdover” Arrangements and Signature Window

In July 2015, CMS released proposals to provide several new Stark Law exceptions and to clarify issues regarding existing exceptions. The full text of these proposal and CMS comments and explanations is available below....more

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