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President Obama Signs SGR Repeal Legislation; New Physician Payment Methodology Begins in 2019

On April 16, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). MACRA repeals the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) that was set to cut Medicare Physician Fee...more

CMS Announces Recompete of Round 1 of the Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program for 2017

On April 21, 2015, CMS announced its plans to recompete the supplier contracts awarded under the Round 1 Recompete of the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding...more

CMS Proposes Expansion of Medicaid Mental Health Parity Requirements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a proposed rule, on April 10, 2015, addressing the application of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (“MHPAEA”) to the Medicaid and CHIP...more

Following FDA’s First Biosimilar License, CMS Issues Guidance on Reimbursement for Biosimilars

On March 6, 2015, FDA released a statement announcing its issuance of the first biosimilar license to Zarxio. In the same month, CMS issued a number of guidance documents addressing reimbursement for biosimilars under the...more

Beyond SGR – MACRA Provides Additional Payment Provisions and Offsets

This is the second post in our continuing series on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Pub.L. No: 114-10. In addition to repealing the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), which was covered in our April 20th...more

CMS Issues FY 2016 IPPS and LTCH Proposed Rule

On April 17, 2015, CMS released a proposed rule (Proposed Rule) to update the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Medicare payment policies and rates under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital...more

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

This week, CMS proposes continued 90% funding for Medicaid eligibility and enrollment system development. Montana is on the verge of becoming the 29th state (plus D.C.) to expand Medicaid eligibility, and Florida Governor...more

CMS Announces Key 2015 Compliance Priorities for Federally Facilitated Exchange Plans

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently announced its 2015 key priorities for compliance reviews of qualified health plans (“QHPs”) offered in the federally facilitated marketplaces (“FFMs”). Through a...more

Health Care E-Note - April 2015

In This Issue: - New Smartphone Software Provides Groundbreaking Opportunity for Medical Research - The Many Levels of Supervision - Health Care Business Today: A Historical Perspective on Health Care...more

CMS Reschedules Call on Home Health Clinical Templates (April 28)

On April 28, 2015, CMS is hosting its final call to discuss paper and clinical templates intended to assist physicians and practitioners in documenting patient eligibility for Medicare home health benefits. ...more

Congress Repeals Sustainable Growth Rate Formula and Advances Medicare Payment for Quality

On April 14, 2015, Congress ended over a decade of repeated “doc fixes” which temporarily suspended scheduled Medicare provider reimbursement cuts, by passing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (the “Act”). If...more

CMS Fines Insurer for Misleading Medicare Part D Beneficiaries

The federal agency that oversees Medicare’s prescription drug program has alleged that a major U.S. insurance company misled beneficiaries about the pharmacies included in the company’s drug plan, and imposed a $1 million...more

New Medicare Law Advances Gainsharing

On April 16, 2015, President Obama signed into law H.R.2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (the "Act"), which provides for sweeping changes to how Medicare pays doctors. Specifically, the Act seeks to...more

With SGR Repealed, Replacement Policy Creates New Priorities

On April 16, 2015, President Obama signed into law, the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015” (MACRA), ending annual temporary patches and massive lobbying efforts since the late 1990s to prevent significant...more

CMS Issues 2016 Medicare Advantage Capitation Rates and Medicare Advantage and Part D Payment Policies and Final Call Letter

On April 6, 2015, CMS released final updates to the Medicare Advantage and Part D programs through its 2016 Rate Announcement and Call Letter. CMS estimates an expected average change in revenue of 1.25 percent with respect...more

President Signs MACRA: Permanently Reforms Medicare Physician Reimbursement Framework, Includes Other Medicare Payment, Program...

On April 16, 2015” (MACRA), which reforms Medicare payment policy for physician services and adopts a series of policy changes affecting a wide range of providers and suppliers. Most notably, MACRA permanently repeals...more

CMS’s Proposes Rule On Mental Health Parity to Strengthen Access to Medicaid and CHIP Plans

On April 6, 2015, CMS announced a proposed rule intended to align mental health and substance use disorder benefits for low-income Americans with benefits required of private health plans and insurance. The proposed rule...more

FDA, CMS Form Interagency Task Force on LDT Quality Requirements

FDA and CMS have announced that they are establishing an interagency task force to reinforce their collaboration regarding the oversight of laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) -- tests intended for clinical use and designed,...more

Look Out for Meaningful Use Audits by the Office of Inspector General

The Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Care Record (“EHR”) Incentive Program (commonly referred to as “Meaningful Use”) provides incentive payments to eligible physicians and hospitals for adopting, implementing,...more

CMS Provides Guidance to States on Managed Care Contract Review

As states attempt to control increasing healthcare costs, many Medicaid programs are seeking approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to implement Medicaid managed care programs. In 2013, nearly 68...more

CMS Issues Guidance on Reimbursement for Biosimilars under Medicare and Medicaid

Biosimilars Are Generally Treated as Single Source Drugs - On March 30, 2015, in the wake of the first biosimilar product licensed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...more

CMS Issues Proposed Rule That Would Extend Provisions of Mental Health Parity

On April 6, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a proposed rule that would extend provisions of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (the “Mental Health Parity Act”) to...more

CMS Clarifies Survey Requirements for Off-Premises Activities of Outpatient Physical Therapy Providers

On April 3, 2015, CMS issued letter guidance and an update to the State Operations Manual (SOM), which will be of interest to outpatient therapy (OPT) providers. Medicare issued new clarifications on the survey requirements...more

CMS Issues Proposed Modifications to Meaningful Use Rule

On Friday, April 10, 2015, CMS issued a proposed rule containing several important modifications to the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Among the most notable proposals is to move eligible hospitals from a...more

Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice Hold Joint Workshop on Payment Models and Competition Within the Health Care...

On February 24-25, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) co-hosted a second public workshop as part of the “Examining Health Care Competition” series to study...more

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