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The Next Generation ACO Model

On March 10, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced its latest accountable care initiative, the Next Generation ACO Model. Building upon experience from the Pioneer ACO Model and the Medicare...more

Stage 3–The Final Frontier of Meaningful Use: CMS Issues Its Stage 3 Proposed Rule

On March 20, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed rule (Proposed Rule) for implementing Stage 3 of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs (Programs)....more

CMS Publishes Update to DME Items Subject to Face-to-Face Encounter, Written Order Prior to Delivery Requirements

Today CMS published a notice updating the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes on the Durable Medical Equipment (DME) List of “Specified Covered Items” that require a face-to-face encounter and a written...more

CMS Publishes Corrections to 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

CMS has published corrections to its final 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule rule. Among other things, the rule reflects a previously-announced correction to the conversion factor for the first quarter of 2015 ($35.7547),...more

New NC Senate Bill Proposes 4-6 MCOs!! And the Creation of ARPLOs!!

Senate Bill 568 was filed today!!! It is a bill that you should follow! SB 568 reads: “It is the intent of the General Assembly to transform the State’s health care purchasing methods from a traditional fee-for-service...more

CMS Proposes Removing Two NCDs under Expedited Process

In 2013, CMS adopted an expedited administrative process to remove certain national coverage determinations (NCDs) older than 10 years since their most recent review. In December 2014, CMS removed seven NCDs under this...more

CMS Proposed Rules in the Pipeline

CMS recently sent several major proposed rules to the White House Office of Management and Budget for regulatory clearance – the last step before publication in the Federal Register. OMB is reviewing proposed rules to update...more

Placing Medicare Beneficiaries Into "Observation Status" - Recent Second Circuit Decision Casts Doubt on Lawfulness of CMS...

The trend toward placing more Medicare beneficiaries into observation status in the hospital has come under increasing attack by patient advocates. Such patients are considered outpatients reimbursed by Medicare Part B rather...more

HHS Releases Two Healthcare Information Technology Proposed Rules

On March 20, 2015, CMS and the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released proposed rules regarding Stage 3 of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Incentive...more

Full Speed Ahead for Meaningful Use

On Friday, March 20, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a proposed rule which would make significant changes to the federal Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (“EHR”) Incentive...more

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

This week, Alaska’s Governor introduced Medicaid expansion bills in both the House and Senate after failing to get approval in his budget. Colorado determined that non-ACA-compliant plans cannot be sold in 2016, a year ahead...more

Health Care E-Note - March 2015

In This E-Note: - Health Care Reform in America: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - The Federal False Claims Act - Violations of Conditions of Payment or Conditions of Participation? - State Regulatory...more

Ways & Means Committee Schedules March 24 Hearing on Use of Data Analysis to Stop Medicare Fraud

On March 24, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight is holding a hearing on CMS’s use of the Fraud Prevention System (FPS) to identify and stop Medicare fraud. ...more

CMS Report Assesses Effectiveness/Impact of Medicare Quality Measures

CMS has released the “2015 National Impact Assessment of Quality Measures Report,” which examines the effectiveness of quality measures used in CMS hospital, ambulatory, and post-acute quality programs. ...more

Federal Appeals Court Finds that New RAC Contracts Violate Federal Regulations

On March 10, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found that the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) applies to CMS’s revised payment terms for new Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) contract solicitations,...more

Reed Smith's Government Contracts Weekly Rundown

1. COMMERCIAL CONTRACTING RULES APPLY TO FEDERAL SUPPLY SCHEDULES - On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed and remanded a decision by the Court of Federal Claims, which...more

“Next Generation” Accountable Care Organization: A New Model from CMS

On March 10, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced the newest iteration of accountable care organization (“ACO”) models. The “Next Generation” model continues CMS’s efforts to incentivize...more

CMS Invites Stakeholders to Join "Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network" to Promote Alternative Payment Models

As previously reported, CMS has established a public-private partnership, the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, to support HHS’s goal of moving Medicare and the broader health industry from a FFS model towards...more

CMS Finalizes SMART Act MSP Appeals Provisions

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a final rule that implements Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) appeals provisions under the Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers Act of 2012 (SMART Act). ...more

CMS Announces Next Generation ACO Model

CMS announced a new ACO payment initiative on March 10, 2015, the Next Generation ACO Model, designed for entities experienced in coordinating care for populations of patients. The announcement reflects CMS’ commitment to...more

CMS Unveils New ACO Model

On March 10, 2015, CMS announced a new accountable care organization (ACO) model designed to increase both risk-sharing by participating providers and potential shared savings. Parties interested in participating in this...more

CMS Publishes Final Rule Establishing Appeal Process for Applicable Plans in Medicare Secondary Payer Cases

On February 27, 2015, CMS published a final rule, effective April 28, 2015, to establish a formal, multilevel administrative appeals process for applicable plans against which Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) recovery demands...more

CMS Publishes Corrections to OPPS and ASC Payment System for CY 2015

On February 24, 2015, CMS published corrections to the hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and the ambulatory surgical center (ASC) payment system Final Rule that was published in the November 10, 2014...more

CMS Announces New "Next Generation" ACO Model; Schedules 3/17 Call

On March 10, 2015, CMS announced the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model, its latest Affordable Care Act (ACA) innovation initiative intended to promote Medicare quality improvement and care...more

New Postings on the Reed Smith Health Industry Washington Watch Blog

The Reed Smith Health Industry Washington Watch blog has been updated to report on recent health policy developments, including the following...more

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