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MACRA for Health IT Vendors – New Rule Presents New Opportunities

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and the corresponding proposed rule, published on May 9 and going into effect on January 1, 2017, will directly impact health IT vendors. Most significantly,...more

The Future of Medicare Physician Reimbursement: 10 Major Takeaways from the MACRA Proposed Rule

On April 27, 2016, just over a year after the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) unveiled the long-awaited proposed rule to begin its...more

OIG Issues Report on Enhanced Medicare Screening

After reviewing Medicare and Medicaid enrollment and revalidation applications, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report titled Enhanced Enrollment Screening of...more

Medicare Proposes Sweeping Changes to Physician Payments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released on April 27, 2016, the highly anticipated proposed rule to implement major Medicare physician payment reform provisions included in the Medicare Access and CHIP...more

CMS Finalizes Major Reforms of Medicaid/CHIP Managed Care Rules

On May 6, 2016, CMS is publishing a final rule to update Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) managed care regulations to more closely align with Medicare Advantage (MA) and private health plan standards,...more

CMS Update to Medicaid Managed Care Regulations Should Prompt Significant Change

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has released the final version of its much anticipated revisions to the regulations governing Medicaid managed care (the “Final Rule”). First proposed in May 2015, the...more

2016 Stark Law Updates

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the 2016 Medicare Fee Schedule (the "Schedule") in an effort to facilitate compliance with the Physician Self-Referral Law (the "Stark Law"). Generally, absent an...more

CMS Call on IMPACT ACT Standardized Patient Assessment – Patient/Family Perspective (May 12)

On May 12, 2016, CMS will host a conference call on “Understanding the IMPACT Act-Patient and Family Focused for Informed Decision Making.” The call is intended to allow patients, families, caregivers, advocacy groups, and...more

CMS Finalizes Rule on Reporting and Returning Medicare Overpayments

The Affordable Care Act (sometimes referred to as Obamacare) included a requirement for providers to report and return all Medicare and Medicaid overpayments within 60 days of identification. Although this requirement has...more

Trove of SNF Claims Data Released By CMS – Ready for Mining By Auditors and Whistleblowers

Over recent years, the Federal government has trained its sights on potential billing abuses in the Medicare Part A program for Skilled Nursing Facilities (“SNFs”) in the provision of rehabilitation therapy services. The...more

CMS Publishes Proposed Rule Implementing MACRA Physician Payment Model

On April 27, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted a pre-publication version of a proposed rule implementing changes to Medicare payment for physician services authorized under the bipartisan...more

OIG Issues New Exclusion and CIA Guidance

On April 18, 2016, Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson announced the publication of updated guidance on how the Office of Inspector General (OIG) makes decisions about using its permissive exclusion authority and requiring...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On April 21, 2016, CMS issued a proposed rule entitled, “Medicare Program: FY 2017 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements.” This...more

CMS Announces Latest Alternative Payment Model - Comprehensive Primary Care Plus

Continuing in its efforts to promote alternative payment models, on April 11, 2016, CMS announced the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model. CMS hopes to implement CPC+ in up to 20 regions, accommodating up to 5,000...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On April 15, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed rule entitled, “Applications for Approval and Combinations of Active Ingredients Under Consideration for...more

CMS issues IPPS proposed rule, proposes to permanently remove -0.2 percent offset for Two Midnight Rule

On April 18, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the fiscal year (FY) 2017 proposed rule updating the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long Term Acute Care Hospital Prospective...more

Next Steps: Helping Your Organization Implement the New Medicare Overpayment Rule - Part II

On February 12, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a final rule that explains the requirements for providers and suppliers reporting and returning overpayments under Medicare Parts A & B (the...more

OIG Continues its Focus on GIP Abuse: What Hospice Providers Need to Know

On March 31, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report on hospice billing for general inpatient care (GIP). According to the OIG, hospices billed Medicare for...more

Appeals Court Confirms that HITECH Violations Do Not Violate FCA

In an important recent decision, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed that a qui tam relator's claim that her former husband improperly accessed electronic protected health information (e-PHI) of her and her relatives...more

Next Steps: Helping Your Organization Implement the New Medicare Overpayment Rule - Part I

On February 12, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a final rule that explains the requirements for providers and suppliers reporting and returning overpayments under Medicare Parts A & B (the...more

OIG laments failure to comprehensively address EHR fraud

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released a compendium (Compendium) of its top unimplemented recommendations. The Compendium comprises 25 unimplemented past OIG...more

CMS’ New Initiative Intended to Transform Primary Health Care

CMS’ efforts to improve the delivery of primary health care moved into new territory this week when the agency announced a new five-year delivery model, Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), which CMS’ chief medical officer...more

CMS Announces Major Multi-Payer Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) Model

CMS has launched a new “Comprehensive Primary Care Plus” (CPC+) model to improve how primary care is delivered and reimbursed. According to CMS, the CPC+ initiative (which builds on the ongoing Comprehensive Primary Care...more

CMS Finalizes 60-Day Overpayment Rule

The federal government has clearly established that failure to report and refund an identified overpayment within 60 days of identification could trigger False Claims Act (FCA) liability. When an overpayment has been...more

CMS Call on 2016 PQRS Reporting & Avoiding 2018 Negative Payment Adjustments

On April 21, 2016, CMS is hosting a provider call on the 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), including how eligible professionals and group practices can satisfactorily participate and report in order to avoid the...more

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