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OIG Workplan Series Installment One - What Does the OIG’s 2016 Work Plan Mean for Hospitals?

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) recently released its 2016 Work Plan. The Work Plan may offer evidence of a growing shift in the agency’s priorities, particularly with regard...more

CMS and OIG Finalize Waivers of Fraud and Abuse Laws Applicable to Medicare ACOs

On October 29, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a final rule regarding the waiver of several federal health care fraud and abuse laws with respect...more

Limited Modifications in Final ACO Fraud and Abuse Waivers Most Notably Include Cut of Gainsharing CMP Waiver

Nearly four years after publishing their joint interim final rule with comment period, effective November 2, 2011 (IFC), the OIG and CMS (Agencies) have finalized the waivers of various fraud and abuse laws in the context of...more

CMS and OIG Issue Final ACO Waivers

On Thursday, October 29, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) jointly issued a rule (the “Final Rule”) to finalize five (5) waivers of certain fraud and abuse...more

OIG Guidance Addresses Compliance Risks of Emerging Trends in the Healthcare Industry

The Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) recently released new compliance guidance to help healthcare governing boards, attorneys, compliance officers and internal auditors...more

Top Three Reasons ACOs Should Use Telehealth and Telemedicine

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) can share costs of telehealth and remote patient monitoring services among their hospitals, providers/suppliers, and other ACO participants, according to federal regulations under the...more

CMS/OIG Finalize Fraud Authority Waivers for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) under the Medicare Shared Savings Program...

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) have finalized a rule designed to “remove legal and regulatory barriers that can impede care coordination in furtherance of the...more

Provider-Based Status: A Quiet Casualty of the Bipartisan Budget Act

Without fanfare or any significant discussion, the Bipartisan Budget Act (Act) contains the first legislative action related to provider-based status—and it is a sweeping action with negative financial consequences to many...more

OIG and CMS Issue Rule: Finalizing Fraud and Abuse Waivers for MSSP ACOs

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services just issued a final rule setting forth waivers of specified fraud and abuse laws...more

Legal Risks Facing Nursing Home Providers and Reducing Risk with Clinical Documentation

Documentation in Electronic Health Records: - Nursing homes lag behind other providers in electronic health record system adoption - Of 472 nursing homes in New York, there was a 7.7 percent increase in EHR adoption...more

Millennium Health and DOJ Settle False Claims Act Allegations for $256 Million

On October 19, 2015, the Department of Justice (DOJ), through the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, announced that Millennium Health (formerly Millennium Laboratories) had agreed to resolve...more

More Data Vulnerabilities, Cyber Breaches Detected in Healthcare Exchanges

Government audits continue to reveal that millions of people’s personally identifiable information is at risk. Continuous audit reports by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of The Department of Health and Human...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - October 2015 #4

Quality Improvement Organization Releases Guidance on Short-Stay Reviews – As previously reported, in July 2015, CMS announced that Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) would begin conducting reviews of certain inpatient ...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - October 2015 #3

Arizona seeks Medicaid Waiver to implement new coverage restrictions for Medicaid expansion enrollees and delivery system reform; Tennessee’s uninsured rate continues to drop; and Louisiana gubernatorial candidates line up...more

Washington Healthcare Update

Bicameral Bill Introduced to Provide HHS Authority to Reject Proposed Insurance Rates - Before Congress left for its Columbus Day recess, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the Health...more

OIG Identifies Potentially Improper Medicare Ambulance Payments

In response to rising Medicare Part B payments for ambulance transports and continuing concerns about program vulnerabilities, the OIG has once again reviewed Medicare claims for ambulance services. The OIG estimates that...more

HHS OIG Steps Up The Pressure On SNFs And Therapy Services; Intensifies Calls For Changes To Medicare Payment System

On September 30, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued its fifth report in five years on billings for therapy services in SNFs. The Medicare Payment System For...more

Clinical Laboratories: Proposed Rule Implements Requirements for Reporting and Payment Based on Private Payer Rates

As required by a 2014 statute, CMS has issued proposed regulations (Proposed Rule) implementing new requirements for laboratory reporting of, and eventually basing Medicare payment on, rates for clinical laboratory services...more

Coming Soon to a Hospital near You: Mandatory Bundled Payments for Common Surgeries

Recent action by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announces significant change in reimbursement methodology for high volume orthopedic surgical procedures in many markets nationwide. Affected stakeholders...more

OIG Flags $171 Million in Potentially Questionable Billing for Medicare Ophthalmology Services

The OIG has issued a report entitled “Questionable Billing for Medicare Ophthalmology Services.” The OIG concludes that most Medicare providers billing for ophthalmology services in 2012 did not demonstrate what the OIG...more

OIG Report Finds CMS’s MIDAS System Needs Improvement in Information Security Controls

On September 14, 2015, the OIG released a Public Summary Report finding that although CMS had implemented controls to secure the Multidimensional Insurance Data Analytics System (MIDAS) and consumer personally identifiable...more

OIG Again Calls for Reforms to Medicare SNF Reimbursement Policy

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) continues to question the appropriateness of payments to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) under the Medicare SNF prospective payment system (PPS). Based on Medicare Part A SNF claims...more

Fast Alert: OIG Calls For Reevaluation Of Medicare Therapy Billing

On September 30, 2015, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a report titled, "The Medicare System For Skilled Nursing Facilities Needs To Be Evaluated" in response to growing concerns over Medicare's payment system...more

OMB Reviewing New Final Rule on ACO Waivers

Joint waivers issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) relating the application of the physician self-referral law, the Federal anti-kickback statute, and...more

OIG Calls for CMS to Reform Payment for Skilled Nursing Facility Services

The Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) issued a report on September 30, 2015, that calls for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reform payment for...more

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