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Medicare Two-Midnight Rule and Observation Status Updates

by Baker Ober Health Law on

What's new from Medicare in the areas of the Two-Midnight rule and observation services? CMS recently published updates to a Medicare manual reflecting clarifications to its Two-Midnight policy, a Medicare Quality Improvement...more

Bundled Payments Out in the Cold? Another Delay for Mandatory Bundled Payment Models

by BakerHostetler on

This most recent delay raises questions concerning how the Trump administration intends to implement value-based payment in the Medicare program. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has delayed again the...more

CMS mandates new Stark Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol form

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (SRDP) outlines a process for providers to disclose to CMS potential or actual violations of the Stark law...more

CMS Finalizes New SRDP Disclosure Form and Process

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Parties disclosing actual or potential violations of the Stark law will use a new series of forms under CMS's Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (SRDP) process as of June 1, 2017. According to CMS, the new forms...more

D.C. District Court Dismisses a Hospital’s Challenge of Another Hospital’s Failure to Provide Wage Documentation to CMS

by King & Spalding on

On March 21, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that a hospital lacked standing to challenge a decision of the Provider Reimbursement Review Board (the “PRRB”), since the hospital failed to...more

2017 Brings Big Changes for Off-Campus Provider-Based Facilities

by Williams Mullen on

Historically, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has reimbursed items and services furnished by provider-based departments (PBDs), both on and off campus, under the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective...more

CMS Revises the Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol Requiring the Use of Prescribed Forms for Disclosure of Stark Law Violations

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently posted revisions to the Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (SRDP). In an attempt to streamline the self-disclosure process, CMS requires the use of new...more

CMS Clarifies Medicaid DSH Rules for Treatment of Third Party Payments in Calculating Uncompensated Care Costs

by Reed Smith on

CMS has published a final rule intended to codify its existing interpretation of how third-party payments are considered in the calculation of Medicaid uncompensated care costs for the purpose of making Medicaid...more

CMS Delays Effective Date for Episode Payment Model (EPM) Final Rule

by King & Spalding on

CMS has announced that the effective date for the Final Rule for certain EPMs will be delayed until May 20, 2017. This is the second delay for the Final Rule. CMS previously pushed the effective date from February 18 to March...more

U.S. District Court Rules that Hospital May Face FCA Liability Over Medical Directorship Arrangements that Lacked Written...

by King & Spalding on

On March 15, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania held in United States ex rel. Emanuele v. Medicor Assocs., 2017 BL 80113, W.D. Pa., No. 10-cv-245, 3/15/17, that a hospital that created...more

D.C. District Court Upholds CMS’s Predicate Fact Three-Year Reopening Limitation

by King & Spalding on

On March 10, 2017, Judge John Bates of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia upheld CMS’s three-year cost report reopening limitation, as applied to “predicate fact” determinations. The regulation at issue is...more

When is a Physician Liable for Stark Law Violations?

by Ruder Ware on

I frequently hear attorneys claim the Stark law applies equally to hospitals and physicians. This position is sometimes taken in the process of negotiating a transaction between a hospital and a physician or physician group....more

Healthcare Law Update: March 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Enforcement - OIG Issues Advisory Opinion Allowing Free or Reduced-Cost Lodging and Meals - On March 3, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued...more

Delayed ETA for EPMs – CMS Delays New Bundled Payment Models

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On March 21, 2017, CMS issued the anticipated delay related to the new Episode Payment Model (EPM) bundled payment program regulations that were finalized in January. The rule, Advancing Care Coordination Through Episode...more

Fifth Circuit Upholds CMS’s Critical Access Hospital Guidelines

by King & Spalding on

CMS’s definitions of “primary roads” and “secondary roads,” as used to determine what constitutes a critical access hospital, withstood another court challenge last week....more

Massachusetts Department of Public Health – Final Hospital Licensure Regulations

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has promulgated final Hospital Licensure Regulations. Approved by unanimous vote of the Massachusetts Public Health Council (PHC) on March 8, 2017, DPH anticipates that the...more

CMS Issues Instructions to Hospitals Regarding the Implementation of Ruling 1498-R2

by Baker Ober Health Law on

In April 2015, CMS issued Ruling 1498-R2 addressing the calculation of the Medicare fraction of the disproportionate share hospital (DSH) adjustment for patient discharges prior to October 1, 2004. CMS has now issued...more

White House “Regulatory Freeze” Delays Implementation of Bundled Payment Models

by King & Spalding on

In the February 17, 2017 Federal Register, CMS announced that it will delay implementation of several bundled payment initiatives until March 21, 2017. The Advancing Care Coordination Through Episode Payment Models (EPMs),...more

Can medical residents admit hospital inpatients?

by Dentons on

In federal fiscal year 2014, concurrently with the implementation of the Two Midnight Rule, CMS adopted a new regulation (the "Admissions Regulation") making the inpatient admission order an express condition of Medicare...more

What's "Hidden" in the 21st Century Cures Act for Health Care Entities

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

The 21st Century Cures Act (Cures) was signed into law December 13, 2016. While the primary focus of the 996-page Act centered on biomedical innovation, several components of Cures have significant implications for health...more

New Bundled Payments Are a Go…For Now

by Baker Ober Health Law on

CMS issued a final rule on January 3, 2017, implementing three new episode payment models (EPMs) and a Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) incentive payment model under the authority of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation...more

Big Changes and Uncertainty Looming for Off-Campus Provider-Based Departments

by Alston & Bird on

Originally posted in Bloomberg BNA’s Medicare Report, 28 MCR 96, 2/3/17. On November 1, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) - Final...more

Mid-Build Provider-Based Department (PBD) Attestation Filing Deadline Fast Approaching (Checklist Included)

by Williams Mullen on

Providers seeking to classify certain off-campus departments as “mid-build” for purposes of eligibility for Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) reimbursement must file a provider-based attestation with their...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - January 2017

by King & Spalding on

Hospitals Have Until January 31, 2017 to Participate in CMS’s 2016 Hospital Appeals Settlement Program – As previously reported here, CMS is offering a new Hospital Appeals Settlement program to allow eligible providers to...more

Feb. 13 Deadline Looms for Provider-Based Departments Seeking Mid-Build Exception

by Polsinelli on

A new section of the 21st Century Cures Act provides much-needed relief for hospitals with an off-campus provider-based department (off-campus PBD) that was mid-build or under development as of November 2, 2015 (the Mid-Build...more

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