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Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights: November 2014 #4

In this week’s highlights, new proposed guidance from the feds would allow default renewals to lower cost plans and bring enhanced transparency to Qualified Health Plan rate increases; open Enrollment hits its stride –...more

National Association of Insurance Commissioners Releases Draft Model Law Updating Managed Care Adequacy Model Act

On November 12, 2014, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (“NAIC”) released a draft model law updating the NAIC’s Managed Care Network Adequacy Model Act. The NAIC regularly creates model laws to serve as...more

Representative Brady Introduces Discussion Draft of the Hospital Improvements for Payment Act of 2014

On November 19, 2014, House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady introduced a 146-page discussion draft of the Hospital Improvements for Payment Act of 2014 (HIP). HIP seeks to, among other things, make...more

Proposed Federal Legislation Will Provide Relief to Hospitals and Medicare Patients in Need of Post-Acute Care

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) announced that the new RAC contracts in North Carolina should be ready by the end of the year. This means that, next year, RAC audits on hospitals and other providers will...more

Hospice and Home Health Update: Recent Legislative and Regulatory Efforts Continue to Change the Regulatory Landscape for Hospice...

October and November 2014 have been marked by several legislative and regulatory efforts impacting the hospice and home health industries: - President Obama signed the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation...more

2015 Medicare OPPS and ASC Final Rule

On November 10, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) final rule for 2015. The rule updates CMS’s payment rates and policies, value-based...more

Hospital Executive Pleads Guilty to False Meaningful Use Attestation for EHR Incentive Payments

The former CFO of Shelby Regional Medical Center, Joe White, pleaded guilty to knowingly making a false statement related to the hospital’s meaningful use of electronic health records (“EHR”). Shelby Regional had received...more

Health Law Pulse - November 2014

In This Issue: - Connecticut Supreme Court: HIPAA Does Not Preempt Negligence Claims - CMS Removes Continuing Education Exemption to Physician Payments Sunshine Act - Federal Government and New York...more

CMS Changes Sunshine Rules for CME, Revises List of Data Elements to be Reported

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule with comment period addressing, among other issues, changes to the reporting and data collection requirements imposed upon “applicable manufacturers”...more

OIG's 2015 Work Plan Highlights Departmental Priorities

Each year the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issues its Work Plan to identify for the provider community the key fraud and abuse issues on which it will focus on in the coming...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights: November 2014 #2

With the conclusion of the midterm elections last week and open enrollment just around the corner, this week’s news highlights both renewed pledges from the opposition and a flurry of implementation activity in the states....more

ACO Fraud and Abuse Waivers Extended Through November 2, 2015

On October 17, 2014 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and Office of Inspector General (OIG) within the Department of Health and Human Services published a continuation notice in the Federal Register extending the...more

Hospitals Should Be Aware of ACA Requirement to “Make Public” Their “Standard Charges”

A provision of the Affordable Care Act includes a requirement that hospitals disclose their standard charges to the public. 42 U.S.C. § 300gg-18(e) states that “[e]ach hospital operating within the United States shall for...more

CMS Updates Manual Instructions to Implement CY 2014 MPFS Changes for Reimbursement of Investigational Devices and Related...

On November 6, 2014, CMS announced changes to its Medicare Benefit Policy Manual and Medicare Claims Processing Manual related to coverage of items and services in Category A and B Investigational Device Exemption (IDE)...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update

Over the past several days, the second open enrollment period through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) health insurance exchanges began; Republican lawmakers, now with majorities in both the House and the Senate, explored...more

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

Dialysis Facility Compare Star Ratings and Data Release – CMS has finalized its methodology for its Dialysis Facility Compare Star Ratings program and expects to post ratings to Dialysis Facility Compare in January...more

Do You Have A Health Plan Identifier?

Do You Even Know What It Is? With great focus on healthcare reform, you may have missed a current requirement for health plans to apply for and obtain a Health Plan Identifier (HPID). This requirement does not come...more

CMS Will Refresh Sunshine Act Data by December 31, 2014

During the 15th Annual Pharmaceutical Compliance Congress and Best Practices Forum on November 4, 2014, Douglas Brown, Deputy Director of the Data Sharing & Partnership Group within CMS’s Center for Program Integrity,...more

Highlights of the 2015 OPPS and ASC Final Rule

On October 31, 2014, CMS published its 2015 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System Policy Changes and Payment Rates final rule. This annual rule affects the 4,000...more

Attention All You Procrastinators!

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has postponed to 11:59 pm on December 5, 2014, the deadline for health insurance issuers and self funded plans to submit their annual enrollment count for the transitional...more

CMS Finalizes Several Changes for Skin Substitutes in CY 2015 Outpatient Prospective Payment System Final Rule

On October 31, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its annual final rule (Final Rule) setting the payment rates and coverage policies for items and services reimbursed under the Outpatient...more

CMS Releases Final Physician Fee Schedule Rule: Key Payment and Policy Highlights

On October 31, 2014, CMS released the final Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) rule. The new payment policies and rates set forth in the PFS final rule will go into effect on or after January 1, 2015....more

CMS Finalizes 2015 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the annual final rule on the Medicare home health prospective payment system (HH PPS) rates for calendar year (CY) 2015 in the November 6, 2014, Federal Register...more

Health Headlines: Also in the News - November 2014

CMS announced a revision to the effective date of cost reporting requirements for certain providers. Under Transmittal 8, the new requirements affect cost reporting periods ending on or after September 30, 2014, rather than...more

CMS Instructs MACs to Participate in ALJ Hearings

CMS officially added a new Section 3.9 to the Medicare Program Integrity Manual, effective October 27, 2014. These provisions instruct Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to assign a physician to participate at...more

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