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Critical Access Hospitals

UPDATE: Boost to Georgia Rural Hospital Tax Credit Signed into Law by Governor

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

The Georgia Rural Hospital Tax Credit, created in 2016 to throw a lifeline to Georgia's struggling rural hospitals, received an update after Governor Nathan Deal signed S.B. 180 into law on May 8, 2017. The new law is...more

2017 Omnibus Agreement: Key Health Provisions

by Polsinelli on

Congress has completed action on H.R. 244, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY 2017” [P. L. 115-31]. This bipartisan legislation, which funds the Federal government for the balance of the fiscal year, passed the House...more

Fifth Circuit Upholds CMS’s Critical Access Hospital Guidelines

by King & Spalding on

CMS’s definitions of “primary roads” and “secondary roads,” as used to determine what constitutes a critical access hospital, withstood another court challenge last week....more

Resistance Is Futile: CMS Gets Serious About Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

by BakerHostetler on

Antibiotics and similar drugs, known more broadly as antimicrobial agents, are an instrumental weapon in the healthcare armory, rendering once-lethal infections treatable, and dramatically reducing instances of sepsis and...more

CMS Finalizes FY 2017 Update to Medicare IPPS, LTCH PPS Rates and Policies

by Reed Smith on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its final rule to update Medicare acute hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) and long-term care hospital (LTCH) prospective payment system (PPS)...more

Committees Approve Rural Hospital Relief, ESRD Benefits, Medical Countermeasures Bills

by Reed Smith on

On July 13, 2016, the Ways and Means Committee approved HR 5659, which would enable Medicare beneficiaries with end stage renal disease (ESRD) to enroll in Medicare Advantage plans. Earlier this month, the Committee approved...more

CMS Proposes Changes to Hospital CoPs to Promote Quality, Strengthen Discrimination Protections

by Reed Smith on

CMS has published a proposed rule on June 16, 2016 that would update the standards hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must meet to participate in Medicare and Medicaid. Specifically, CMS proposes to revise the...more

CMS Finalizes Updated Fire Safety Standards for Health Care Facilities

by Reed Smith on

On May 4, 2016, CMS is publishing a final rule amending fire safety standards applicable to the following types of Medicare- and Medicaid-participating health care facilities: hospitals, critical access hospitals, long-term...more

CMS Extends EHR Incentive Program Hardship Application Deadline to July 1, 2016

by Reed Smith on

CMS is allowing eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals to apply for Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program hardship exceptions until July 1, 2016 to avoid adjustments to...more

Recent EHR Meaningful Use Program Updates

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As we enter the sixth year of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs (commonly referred to as the “Meaningful Use Programs”), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to...more

CMS Grants Extension to Apply for 2015 Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) continues to work to ensure it is responsive to providers who tried to meet meaningful use standards in 2015 but faced hardships in their efforts. Eligible professionals,...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - January 2016 #2

by King & Spalding on

OMB to Review Proposed Rule on Conditions of Participation for Hospitals – The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) received for review on January 4, 2016, a proposed rule (RIN 0938-AS21) that would revise...more

Congress Clears CAH Direct Supervision Legislation

by Reed Smith on

On December 8, 2015, the House of Representatives approved S. 1461, which would provide a one-year extension (through 2015) of the enforcement moratorium on supervision requirements for outpatient therapeutic services in...more

Passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act: What You Should Not Do Now

by Morgan Lewis on

Tips on preserving the provider-based status for existing clinics. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (H.R. 1314) was signed into law on Monday, November 2. Notwithstanding significant concerns raised by the hospital...more

CMS Publishes Proposed Rule on Hospital/HHA Discharge Planning Requirements

by Reed Smith on

On November 3, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule that would modify the discharge planning conditions of participation (COPs) for hospitals, including long-term care hospitals...more

Congressional Health Policy Hearings and Markups Scheduled this Week

by Reed Smith on

Today, November 3, 2015, the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee has scheduled hearings and votes on a variety of health policy bills. First, the Subcommittee will discuss the following five bills intended to...more

Annual RAC Report Shows Significant Drop in Recoveries by CMS in 2014

by King & Spalding on

On October 15, 2015, CMS released its annual recovery auditing report to Congress. CMS’s Recovery Auditor (RAC) program identifies and corrects improper payments through a combination of prepayment and post-payment reviews,...more

CMS Adopts Changes to Medicare & Medicaid EHR Policies

by Reed Smith on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a sweeping final rule with comment period that specifies the requirements that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals...more

CMS and ONC Release Stage 3 Meaningful Use and EHR Certification Final Rules

by King & Spalding on

On October 6, 2015, CMS released the final Stage 3 Meaningful Use Rule that, among other provisions, sets forth the requirements that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must...more

Health Care Update - June 2014 #2

In This Issue: - Confusion Persists in Anticipation of 340B “Mega-Rule” - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Other Congressional and State Initiatives - Other...more

CMS Releases Final Rule for 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

by Baker Donelson on

CMS has released its much-anticipated final rule with comment for the Calendar Year (CY) 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). The final rule prescribes physician payment rates that will go into effect on January 1,...more

Health Law Blog: OCR Launches Nationwide Review of CAH Language Access Policies

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

The Office of Civil Rights for Health and Human Services is launching a nationwide review of the language access policies of critical access hospitals following a 10 state review in 2012. These reviews will include an...more

CMS Issues Second Set of Proposed Rule in Response to Executive Order 13563

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The proposed rule, issued on February 7, 2013, would make reforms to existing Medicare regulations applicable to hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, intermediate care facilities for individuals who are intellectually...more

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