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CMS Releases Physician Medicare Billing Data

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on April 9th a “historic” release of Medicare payment data to provide consumers with “unprecedented transparency on the medical services physicians provide and...more

Chance to Comment on Future of DMEPOS Payments

CMS recently took the unusual step of issuing an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) regarding changes to Medicare payment methodologies for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS)...more

DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program: CMS Begins to Move Toward Nationwide Implementation and Seeks Public Comments Regarding...

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") recently announced that the agency is seeking public comments as it moves toward nationwide implementation of the Medicare Durable Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and...more

More Open Questions About Open Payments Under the Sunshine Act

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) clouded the process for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, and group purchasing organizations (“GPOs”), to register and submit reports under the...more

Capital Thinking: Health Care

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - This Week’s Hearings: - Wednesday, January 15: The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs will hold a hearing titled “Vendors in the OR- VA’s Failed Oversight of Surgical Implants.” The House...more

Joint Commission Standards Updates for 2014

For 2014, the Joint Commission approved standards changes for hospitals, critical access hospitals, and others concerning medication management and provision of diagnostic imaging services. The Joint Commission also revised...more

Physician Groups Seek Sunshine Act Changes

Seventy-four state and federal physician organizations, including the American Medical Association, recently asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) to exclude textbooks and peer-reviewed medical journal...more

10 Tips for Medical Technology Companies

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has initiated a new review process of existing national coverage determinations (NCDs). This new process is designed to retire old policies and may present increased risks to...more

Data Collection Under The Sunshine Act

Data collection requirements under the Physician Payment Sunshine Act commenced August 1, 2013. This provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the corresponding regulations require an entity that is...more

CMS Issues Proposed Rule That Will Update Payment Policies/Rates Under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that will update payment policies and rates under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for calendar year (CY) 2014 on July 6, 2013....more

Bill Introduced to Curtail the Stark Law's In-Office Ancillary Services Exception

On August 1, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) introduced H.R. 2914, the Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act. The legislation would provide that the Stark Law's in-office ancillary services (IOAS) exception is not available for...more

CMS Posts ICD Technology Assessment

CMS has posted a new technology assessment for implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) addressing the evidence for use of ICDs for “primary prevention” of sudden cardiac death (SCD)—prevention of SCD in patients who...more

Ready or Not – Sunshine Act Data Collection Starts Today

Today pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (“GPOs”) start to collect data on their financial arrangements with physicians and teaching hospitals to comply with the Physician...more

CMS Proposes New Standards and Processes for Medicare Coverage of Investigational Devices and Related Clinical Studies and Trials

In its proposed update to the Physician Fee Schedule for calendar year 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) suggested major revisions to its regulations governing Medicare coverage of investigational...more

Let The Sunshine In – The Risks To Pharmaceutical And Medical Device Companies From Open Payment Transparency

Pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers (as well as group purchasing organizations “GPOs”) have a major compliance challenge ahead — the Physician Payment Sunshine Act regulations. ...more

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News - July 2013

In This Issue: - Top News ..Obama Administration Delays Employer Mandate One Year ..House Energy and Commerce Committee Releases Draft Legislation for SGR Fix ..CMS Proposes Payment Changes for Medicare...more

Sunshine Act Requires Reporting All Payments to Physicians

Beginning August 1, 2013, manufacturers of Medicare or Medicaid covered drugs, medical devices, biologicals and medical supplies must collect and make publicly available data on physicians and teaching hospitals with whom the...more

The Physician Payment Sunshine Act Final Rule: Key Change From Proposed Rule Affecting Foreign Entities

We now have only 36 days to go until August 1, 2013, when the new data collection obligations imposed on “applicable manufacturers” and group purchasing organizations under the physician payment “sunshine” rules of the...more

CMS Issues Proposed Decision Memorandum for Reconsideration of Coverage of Cardiac Pacemakers

On May 29, 2013, CMS issued a Proposed Decision Memorandum (the Memorandum) for reconsideration of its coverage of single-chamber and dual-chamber implanted permanent cardiac pacemakers under a National Coverage Determination...more

OIG and CMS Issue Proposals to Extend Safe Harbor and Exception for EHR Donations

In the April 10 Federal Register, two agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published proposed rules that many healthcare providers have been anxiously awaiting affecting donations of electronic...more

Health Care Reform Update -- April 2, 2013

In This Issue: Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA); Other HHS and Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; Other Health Care News; and Hearings and Mark-Ups...more

Getting Ready For The Physician Payment ‘Sunshine’ Rule

Originally Published in BNA Bloomberg, Medical Devices Law & Industry Report on March 20, 2013. On February 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the long-awaited final regulations for...more

Here Comes the Sun: What You Need to Know about the Sunshine Act and Its Implementing Rules

After years of deliberation, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published its long-awaited regulations to implement the specific requirements of the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (Sunshine) on February 1,...more

ProPublica's "Dollars for Docs": Will The Physician Payments Sunshine Provisions Clear The Haze?

On February 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the long-delayed final rule that is intended to implement the Physician Payments Sunshine provisions that were included in the Patient...more

CMS Issues Rules On Physician Payments Sunshine Act

People like to think they have it the hardest in life. I call it the competition among victims. If you are in the healthcare industry and fall under the Physician Payments regulations, then I think you are on your way to...more

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