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Health Care Update

In This Issue: Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; Other Health Care News; and Upcoming Hearings and Markups. Excerpt from Implementation of the Affordable Care...more

OIG's 2014 Work Plan: A Roadmap to Key OIG Fraud and Abuse Priorities

The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Work Plan on January 31, 2014. While the OIG usually releases its work plan in October of each year, in...more

Health Care Self-Disclosure Protocols – Is It Worth It To Self-Report?

In recent years the federal government has aggressively investigated and prosecuted pharmaceutical companies and health care providers for possible violations of anti-fraud, anti-kickback and other laws. These efforts have...more

OIG and CMS Extend Expiration Date for EHR Donations

As the final days of 2013 passed and the sunset of the Stark Law exception and anti-kickback law safe harbor for electronic health record (EHR) donations loomed nearer, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)...more

CMS and the OIG Extend Protections for Electronic Health Record Donations

On December 27, 2013, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) each published, in the Federal Register, a final rule that amends regulations under the Anti-Kickback...more

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News - January 2014, Issue 1

In This Issue: - Top News ..Congress Approves Budget Deal with Short-Term ‘Doc Fix' ..CMS “Two-Midnight” Rule delayed until March 31, 2014 ..Individuals with Canceled Insurance Policies May Apply for...more

Health Care Providers May Waive Patients' Copayment Obligations, But...

In a difficult economic environment, many health care providers are actively trying to increase cash flow and reduce administrative expenses. One potential way for providers to accomplish these goals is to discount their...more

CMS and OIG Issue Final Regulations to Extend the Stark Exception and Anti-Kickback Statute Safe Harbor for EHR Donations

On December 27, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) finalized amendments to the Physician Self-Referral Law (Stark) and...more

OIG Releases Study on MAC Performance

On January 8, 2014, OIG released a study of Medicare Administrative Contractors’ (MAC) performance between September 2008 and August 2011. The OIG found that while MACs met the majority of quality assurance standards...more

OIG Report Recommends CMS Implement Program Integrity Practices to Address Vulnerabilities Associated with the Use of EHRs

According to a recent report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG), CMS has done little to address potential vulnerabilities associated with the use of electronic health records...more

Privacy and Security Alert: January 9th, 2014

On December 5, 2013, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) reported on the Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) compliance as of May 2011 with oversight and enforcement of the Security Rule and compliance with federal cybersecurity...more

Federal Government Extends Donated EHR Technology Protections under Stark and AKS through 2021

Some of the most important protections under the federal Stark Law (“Stark”) and the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”) have been those that permit hospitals and other organizations to donate electronic health records...more

CMS and OIG Finalize Extension of Federal Stark Exception and Anti-Kickback Safe Harbor for Electronic Health Record Donations

On Friday, December 27, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and the Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) of the Department of Health and Human Services published complementary final rules in the...more

EHR Donation Exception and Safe Harbor Modified and Extended through 2021

On December 27, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the Inspector General, both of the Department of Health and Human Services, issued closely coordinated rules (“Final Rules”) extending the...more

Extension of and Modification to Regulatory Protections for Donated EHR

In the December 27, 2013 edition of the Federal Register, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”), both within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”),...more

CMS and OIG Issue Final Rules Extending EHR Stark Law Exception and AKS Safeharbor to December 31, 2021

On December 27, 2013, CMS published a final rule in the Federal Register revising the previously enacted exception to the Stark law that permits certain arrangements involving the donation of electronic health records (EHR)...more

CMS & OIG Final Rules Extend And Amend Protection For EHR Donations

Ordinarily, the donation of Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology, services or training to a provider would raise fraud and abuse concerns and potentially implicate the Stark law and Anti-kickback Statute. In order to...more

Final EHR Donation Rules Issued in Time for the New Year

On December 27, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued final rules revising the Stark exception (42 CFR...more

CMS And OIG Release Final Rules Extending Stark Law Exception And Anti-Kickback Statute Safe Harbor For Donations Of Electronic...

In 2006, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") and the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (the "OIG") published final rules providing for an exception to the Stark Law...more

Medicare Contractors Receive CMS Direction Regarding Recalcitrant Providers

CMS recently issued a transmittal providing guidance to Medicare program contractors on when and how to refer certain “recalcitrant providers” to CMS for potential sanctions under the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) civil...more

OIG and CMS Permit EHR Donations Through 2021, Except for Labs

At long last, the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have finalized regulations amending the Anti-Kickback Statute safe...more

Health Care Fraud and Abuse Alert: What CMS’s New Billing Requirement For “Incident To” Services Means For Medicare Providers.

In the final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2014 (“2014 PFS”), CMS implemented a new condition of payment for “incident to” services that has significant fraud and abuse implications for any Medicare provider who relies...more

Hospitalizations High for Medicare Nursing Home Residents

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a study on November 17, 2013 studying 2011 hospitalization statistics for Medicare nursing home residents. The report finds that one quarter of Medicare nursing home...more

OIG Report Calls for Increased Scrutiny Over Medicare Hospital Outlier Payments

The OIG recently issued a report concluding that Medicare hospital outlier payments warrant increased scrutiny by CMS. Outlier payments are supplemental payments to hospitals that are designed to protect hospitals from...more

Capital Thinking: Health Care

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - The House will take another turn this week on hearings related to health care reform implementation with a focus on the Healthcare.gov website troubles. The House is also planning a vote on H.R....more

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