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Urban hospitals that established GME caps after 1996: Be careful with this compliance issue

If a teaching hospital meets certain regulatory requirements, the hospital is generally permitted to loan its cap slots to other hospitals through a Medicare GME affiliated group agreement. (See Sharing FTE Caps: Threshold...more

CMS to Host Call on Transitioning Physician Quality Reporting to MIPS (Jan. 24)

On January 24, 2017, CMS is hosting a call to discuss how to complete the final reporting period for the “legacy” Medicare physician quality reporting programs (Physician Quality Reporting System, Medicare Electronic Health...more

CMS Corrects Final 2017 OPPS/ASC Rule, Results in Slight Payment Increase

CMS has published a notice correcting technical errors in its November 14, 2016 final rule with comment period updating the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and ambulatory surgical center payment...more

New billing modifier required for services furnished at certain off-campus provider-based departments on or after January 1, 2017

Changes to Medicare billing and payment rules for services furnished at certain off-campus provider-based departments (PBDs) went into effect on January 1, 2017. Pursuant to the statutory “site-neutral” payment policy enacted...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

A growing number of moderate and conservative Republicans in Congress are voicing concerns about the party’s strategy to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Act) in February but then wait months – and possibly even into 2018 –...more

The New “Price” of U.S. Health Care: The Future of Value-based Reimbursement Under President-elect Trump and Tom Price

The total U.S. health care expenditure was $3.2 trillion in 2015, and is projected to grow to nearly $5.6 trillion by 2025. As our nation’s cost of care rises, both Democrats and Republicans recognize the overwhelming need to...more

“Bundles of Bundles”: CMS Announces New Mandatory Bundled Payment Programs for Heart Attack, Heart Surgery, and Hip and Femur...

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) is forging ahead with the implementation of innovative and value-based payment programs, despite Donald Trump’s win in the presidential election and Republican...more

A Condition of Participation for Medicare Providers in 2017

This year, Medicare providers and suppliers — including hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) facilities — will need to develop emergency preparedness plans for both natural and...more

HHS OIG Issues Report on Medicare’s 2-Midnight Rule

On December 19, 2016, the HHS OIG issued a report on Medicare’s 2-midnight rule titled “Vulnerabilities Remain Under Medicare 2-Midnight Hospital Policy.” The report reviews data from 2013 and 2014 and reaches several...more

“Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot” - Performant to Initiate Home Health, Hospice, and DME Audits in 2017

The final quarter of 2016 ended with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing Performant Recovery, Inc. (Performant) as the new national Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) to focus solely on Home Health,...more

New Initiatives for the New Year: Highlights of the OIG’s 2017 Work Plan

On November 10, 2016, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its 2017 Work Plan. The 2017 Work Plan outlines the areas of special concern to the OIG and...more

CMS Finalizes Mandatory Cardiac Care Bundled Payment Model and More

On December 20, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule (the Final Rule) which includes three new mandatory episode-based payment programs for cardiac care, as well as the expansion of the...more

21st Century Cures Act Brings Medicare Reimbursement and Policy Changes in 2017

Changes include increased transparency, delayed DMEPOS payment reductions, changed reimbursement for infusion drugs, changed hospital policies and more. On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed into law the 21st...more

Final Rule Implements Quality Payment Program under MACRA

If you are a physician, mid-level provider, or work with those providers, then you have been bombarded with new acronyms for new programs and promises to remove older acronyms from your Medicare vocabulary. Medicare...more

Health Care Institutions

Originally published in Haig, Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, Fourth Edition §§ 87:1 et seq. © 2016 American Bar Association. This chapter discusses federal court litigation relating to health care...more

OIG Issues Report on Medicare’s ‘2-Midnight Hospital Rule’

On December 19, 2016, the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) posted a report examining the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) “2-Midnight Rule.” The OIG concluded that...more

CMS Issues Final Rule for New Cardiac, Orthopedic Bundled Payment Models

On December 20, 2016, CMS issued its final rule implementing three new Medicare Parts A and B episode payment models for patients admitted for treatment for heart attack, bypass surgery, or hip/femur fracture under its...more

Healthcare Law Update: December 2016

Prompt Payment Discounts Not an Anti-Kickback Statute Violation - In United States of Am. et al. ex rel. Ruscher v. Omnicare, No. 15-20629, 2016 WL 6407128 (5th Cir. Oct. 28, 2016), the court of appeals affirmed summary...more

CMS Publishes the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice Form and Instructions

On December 8, 2016, CMS published the final version of the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) that hospitals and critical access hospitals (referred collectively as "hospitals" herein) must use to provide notice...more

HHS Announces New Medicare-Medicaid Accountable Care Organization Model

On December 15, 2016, HHS announced an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) initiative for beneficiaries who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. The Medicare-Medicaid ACO Model (Model) builds on the Medicare Shared...more

Futures in Doubt of CMS’ New Mandatory Bundled Payment Models and Medicare Shared Savings Program Track 1+

Word spread quickly Monday (December 20, 2016) about CMS’ issuance of final regulations (to be published in the Federal Register on January 3, 2017) rolling out new mandatory bundled payments models for Acute Miocardial...more

GAO Highlights Barriers to Small & Rural Provider Participation in Medicare Value-Based Payment Models

CMS has developed a variety of Medicare value-based payment models that tie payments to quality and efficiency metrics, and the importance of such models to physicians will increase under the new Quality Payment Program. The...more

CMS Issues Final Mandatory Episode Payment Models for Cardiac and Orthopedic Cases, Plus New Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive...

In the waning days of the Obama Administration, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has unveiled a lengthy and complex final rule to establish mandatory Medicare bundled payment programs for acute myocardial...more

CMS Releases Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice Form

On December 8, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON), which educates Medicare beneficiaries on the effect of outpatient status, particularly as...more

HHS-OIG reports on impact and vulnerabilities of Medicare's Two-Midnight Rule

On December 19, 2016, the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) issued a report, "Vulnerabilities Remain Under Medicare 2-Midnight Hospital Policy" (OEI-02-15-00020). The report is...more

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