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Beneficiary Assignment in the Proposed Revised Medicare Shared Savings Program Regulations

This post addresses the changes that the rule would make to how CMS assigns beneficiaries to an ACO participating in the MSSP. The Proposed Rule places a renewed emphasis on primary care for beneficiary assignment. Section...more

CMS Proposes Posting Overall Star Rating for HHAs on Home Health Compare Website in 2015

On December 11, 2014, CMS issued a fact sheet detailing its proposal for assigning an overall star rating for each home health agency (HHA) on the Home Health Compare website starting in 2015. An HHA’s star rating would be...more

Recent Changes to Stark Law's Whole Hospital Exception

The federal physician self-referral law, or Stark Law, provides a number of exceptions to the law's prohibition of physician referrals of designated health services to an entity in which the physician has an ownership or...more

CMS Proposes Sharing More Data With ACOs Participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program

CMS may be ready to ramp up the data it is willing to share with Accountable Care Organizations (“ACOs”) that participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (“MSSP”). CMS explained in the November 2011 final rule...more

Blog: OIG Report Encourages States to Explore Alternate Methods for Calculating Medicaid Supplemental Rebates

On December 12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a report titled: “States’ Collection of Offset and Supplemental Medicaid Rebates” (OEI-03-12-00520). ...more

Changing Basic Rules of the Game: CMS Proposed Rule Relating to ACO Governance and Contracting

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a new proposed rule for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). This advisory expands upon our initial...more

How to Prepare Your Hospital or Medical Practice for a Meaningful Use Audit

For the past several years, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has incentivized hospitals and eligible professionals to adopt and make “meaningful use” of certified electronic health records (“EHR”)...more

CMS Announces Next Phase in Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program

On December 11, 2014, CMS announced the bidding timeline for the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program Round 2 Recompete and National Mail-Order...more

CMS Proposes Recognition of Same-Sex Spouses

On December 12, 2014, CMS issued proposed regulations that would add recognition of same-sex spouses to the Conditions of Participation (CoPs) and Conditions for Coverage (CfCs) relevant to patients in hospitals, ambulatory...more

CMS Releases Final Rule That Increases Difficulty of Medicare Enrollment

In early December, CMS released a final rule that implements certain provider (i.e., Hospitals, SNFs, physicians, etc.) and supplier (i.e., DME companies, etc.) enrollment requirements (“Rule”). The goal of CMS’...more

CMS Final Rule Adds More Arrows but also Demonstrates Restraint

CMS reconsiders $10 million bounties for reporting of regulatory violations. On December 5, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a rule (the Final Rule) that expands its program integrity and...more

CMS Defines “Uninsured” for Medicaid DSH Payments But Leaves Impact on Hospital-Specific Payments Undefined

CMS’ Final Rule, “Medicaid; Disproportionate Share Hospital Payments – Uninsured Definition”, published on December 3, 2014, may offer relief to some hospitals receiving Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments...more

Sunshine Act Update: CMS Streamlines Reporting for CME-Related Payments in 2016

CMS issues a Final Rule that removes the exclusion for reporting of continuing education payments to certain accredited organizations, while also clarifying previously existing parameters that may preclude reporting of these...more

MSSP Proposed Rule Seeks to Enhance ACO Transparency and Patient Engagement

Under the Medicare Shared Savings Program (“MSSP”) ACO proposed rule, CMS has proposed additional program requirements, beneficiary protections and participation agreement procedures to enhance ACO transparency and improve...more

Highlights of the 2015 Home Health Prospective Payment Rule

On November 6, 2014, CMS published its final Medicare home health prospective payment system (HH PPS) rule for calendar year (CY) 2015. As highlighted below, notable changes in the HH PPS final rule [PDF] include: (1) a...more

Hospitals and Health Insurers Prodded on Same-Sex and Transgender Issues

In separate actions yesterday, CMS and the New York State insurance regulatory authority took steps to (a) assure equal treatment of same-sex spouses by hospitals and (b) insurance coverage of medically necessary transgender...more

CMS Releases New Proposal to Improve Accountable Care Organizations

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a proposed rule aimed at revitalizing accountable care organizations (ACOs) under the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). Given the low level of ACOs...more

Health Headlines: Also in the News - December 2014 #2

CMS Publishes Correction to CY 2015 Home Health Prospective Payment System Final Rule – On December 2, 2014, CMS published in the Federal Register a correction to its previously published final rule for Medicare Home Health...more

CMS Issues Final Rule Designed to Enhance Agency Oversight of Medicare Providers and Strengthen Protections for Medicare...

On December 3, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a final rule (CMS-6045-F) that updates various requirements for providers and suppliers wishing to enroll in the Medicare program. CMS issued...more

Government Applauds Gainsharing, But It's Still Illegal

It's frustrating enough when the government opposes a good idea and makes it illegal. But "gainsharing" presents an even more frustrating situation for hospitals. Why? Because the government continually signals its agreement...more

Keeping Track of the Tracks: Proposed ACO Regulations Alter MSSP Financial Models

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a new proposed rule for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). This advisory focuses on...more

CMS Proposes Changes to 2016 Star Rating Calculations - Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans May Be...

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS or the Agency) released a memorandum requesting comments regarding proposed changes to the 2016 star ratings systems for Medicare Advantage Plans (MA Plans) and Medicare...more

CMS Invites Comment on Availability of Waivers for ACOs That Particularly Affect Post-Acute Care

Solutions and opportunities may be on the horizon for post-acute providers (“PAPs”) and hospitals participating (or thinking of participating) in ACOs that have reservations about taking on additional downside cost risk...more

CMS Seeks Comments on Proposed Enhancements and Modifications to the Star Ratings for Medicare Advantage and Part D Prescription...

On November 21, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a Request for Comments on proposed enhancements and modifications to the 2016 Star Ratings for Medicare Advantage (“MA”) and Part D...more

CMS Releases Proposed Rule for Medicare Shared Savings Program

On December 1, 2014, CMS issued a proposed rule for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) operating under the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). The proposed rule updates the MSSP final rule released in November 2011,...more

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