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CMS Finalizes Sweeping Changes to Medicare Physician Payments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Oct. 14, 2016, released the highly anticipated Final Rule implementing the Medicare physician payment reforms enacted as part of the Medicare Access and CHIP...more

CMS Final Rule Prohibits Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements with Nursing Home Residents

On September 28, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released its first major rule affecting long-term care facilities since 1991. The rule lays out certain improvements in training and quality of care...more

Ten Things to Know About the CMS Long-Term Care Requirements Final Rule

Deadlines are looming to come into compliance with sweeping changes to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements for long-term care facilities (LTC) participating in Medicare and Medicaid. The CMS final...more

CMS Finalizes New Medicare Quality Payment Program: "Flexibility" and "Pick Your Pace" Key Themes

After receiving roughly 4,000 comments to its proposed rule, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on October 14, 2016 released its final rule for implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act...more

Hospital Short-Stay Review Ban Lifted by CMS

Effective September 12, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) lifted the temporary ban on patient status reviews of hospital short stays for Medicare beneficiaries. Those reviews are currently conducted by...more

The MACRA Final Rule: The Art of the Transition

On Friday, October 14, 2016, CMS released the much-anticipated final rule (the “Final Rule”) implementing the Quality Payment Program (QPP), mandated by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). ...more

MACRA Advances

Last year President Obama signed into law the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 ("MACRA"). MACRA implemented significant changes in how Medicare reimburses doctors. In particular, MACRA (i) ended the...more

CMS Releases MACRA Final Rule, Easing 2017 Reporting Requirements

On October 14, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The final rule marks the most significant reform to our...more

Washington Healthcare Update

1. Congress - Senate - FDA Supports Expanded Authority Over Cosmetics - In an Oct. 5 letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says its current legal authority over...more

MACRA Final Rule released: CMS gives an abundance of flexibility in transition to keep providers in the game

In a rare example of bipartisanship in health care policy, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) (Pub. L. 114-10) was passed by Congress and signed into law on April 16, 2015. Members of Congress...more

Blog: CMS Issues Final MACRA Physician Payment Rule

On Friday, October 14th, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the long-anticipated final rule with 60-day comment period (Rule) for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA)...more

Administration Joins Courts In Prohibiting Arbitration In Nursing Home Admissions

Within the U.S. Government, the CFPB has gotten most of the attention for trying to regulate consumer arbitration. But this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are bumping the CFPB out of the...more

New OIG Studies Reveal Clinical Lab Test Payment Trends and CMS’ Progress in Implementing PAMA

Last week, the OIG released two new studies analyzing what and how Medicare pays for clinical laboratory tests (“lab tests”). The first study, Medicare Payments for Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests in 2015: Year 2 of...more

Health Law Insights Newsletter - Issue 13

McCarter & English, LLP’s Health Care Group presents Issue 13 of the Health Law Insights, which discusses the latest legal issues in the health care industry. - Failure to Update Business Associate Agreement Results in...more

New LTC Regulations – Summary of Implementation Mandates

Our Health & LTC group is integrating the new LTC final regulations for clients and will begin advising of changes required in the coming weeks before Phase I requirements become effective on November 28, 2017. Given the...more

Five Things to Know About the Mylan EpiPen “Settlement” – What It Is and What It Isn’t

Our eyebrows were raised by Mylan’s October 7, 2016 announcement that it had reached a $465 million “settlement” with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and “other government agencies” over its Medicaid Drug Rebate...more

CMS Final Rule Prohibits Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements at Long Term Care Facilities

In final regulations issued on September 28, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency within the Health and Human Services Department, banned the use of binding pre-dispute arbitration agreements by...more

CMS Issues Final Rule, Making it Easier to Sue Nursing Facilities

Beginning November 28, 2016, pre-dispute arbitration agreements will no longer be permissible for skilled nursing facilities and nursing facilities participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. 42 C.F.R. § 483.70(n). ...more

OIG Raises Concerns Regarding Accuracy of New Clinical Laboratory Payment System

On October 3, 2016, OIG released a report monitoring CMS’s progress on preparing for the implementation of the new payment system for clinical laboratory tests. The new payment system was mandated by the Protecting Access to...more

Senate Bill Targets Part D DIR Fees

Just last month the “Improving Transparency and Accuracy in Medicare Part D Spending Act” was introduced in the Senate to amend the Social Security Act. The bill seeks to prohibit Part D plans (and their contracted pharmacy...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

Congress completed work last week on a stopgap budget that keeps the government open until a post-election lame-duck voting session in December, when lawmakers are expected to move on legislation dealing with medical...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - October 2016 #2

Kentucky receives final approval from CMS to transition its Marketplace to the platform; Ohio puts a prescription drug price ceiling on its November 2017 ballot; and a new study links Medicaid expansion to...more

CMS Issues Final Rule Overhauling SNF/NF Requirements of Participation

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a wholesale revision to the rules governing long term care (LTC) facilities on September 28, 2016. Prompted by the changing population of nursing homes which have...more

CMS Clarifies Its 855R Policies

Recently CMS issued Change Request (CR) # 9552 clarifying certain Medicare provider enrollment policies in Chapter 15 of the CMS Program Integrity Manual (Pub. 100-08). The clarifications relate to the function of the 855R...more

House Bill Would Block CMS Proposed New Payment Model for Part B Drugs

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report on October 4, 2016, estimating that a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to block the implementation of CMS’s proposed payment model for Part B drugs would cost...more

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