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Quality Payment Program EHR Hardship Application Now Open

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The Quality Payment Program (QPP) hardship exception application is now open for those providers seeking a score adjustment related to their use of electronic health records (EHR). Providers who meet certain criteria can...more

Federal Government to Target False EHR Incentive Payments

by Barley Snyder on

While health care reform remains bogged down, the federal government’s efforts to curtail fraud, waste and abuse in its health care programs fervently continues. Most recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human...more

Telehealth & EHR Meaningful Use Payments—Expect Greater Scrutiny in Upcoming Medicare Audits

by Jones Day on

In July 2017, the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General ("OIG") revealed two new Work Plan items related to digital health: first, a review of Medicare incentive payments for...more

Meaningful Use and the Costs of Noncompliance

by Burr & Forman on

It is something of an understatement to note that the U.S. healthcare legal landscape is currently experiencing a degree of transition and uncertainty. There is no shortage of changes to discuss, debate, and, perhaps, grow...more

"Meaningfully Useful" Risk Mitigation Strategies for Providers Following the eClinicalWorks Settlement

by Jones Day on

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act ("HITECH Act") established financial incentives under Medicare and Medicaid for eligible health care providers that adopt, implement, and demonstrate use...more

Patient Safety Issues Highlighted in DOJ Settlement and Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force Report

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

As we know, the move away from fee for service reimbursement models is not only intended to reduce costs by no longer paying providers based on the volume of services performed, but is also intended to improve the overall...more

OCR Issues Reminder on Security Incidents

Following the frequent and varied ransomware attacks on health care entities over the past few years, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published guidance last summer to the health care industry reminding it that a ransomware...more

A Striking EHR Settlement: The DOJ pursues an EHR Vendor for "Causing the Submission" of False EHR Incentive Payment Claims

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On May 31, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a $155 million settlement with eClinical Works (ECW), a nationally-known electronic health records (EHR) software vendor. The settlement arises out of a lawsuit,...more

Value-based health care: data & technology

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Ira Parghi, Ropes & Gray health care counsel, discusses the increasing role that data and technology will play in a value-based health care world. __ There’s a lot going on when it comes to technology and health care. We...more

FBI Warns Healthcare Industry about Vulnerability of FTP Servers

The FBI issued a Private Industry Alert on March 22, 2017, to health and dental providers entitled “Cyber Criminals Targeting FTP Servers to Compromise Protected Health Information” specifically warning health and dental...more

What's "Hidden" in the 21st Century Cures Act for Health Care Entities

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

The 21st Century Cures Act (Cures) was signed into law December 13, 2016. While the primary focus of the 996-page Act centered on biomedical innovation, several components of Cures have significant implications for health...more

Joint Commission Confirms Ban on Texting of Patient Care Orders

After briefly considering a reversal of its prohibition on texting orders, The Joint Commission (TJC), in consultation with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced last month that its ban would continue...more

CMS to Host Call on Transitioning Physician Quality Reporting to MIPS (Jan. 24)

by Reed Smith on

On January 24, 2017, CMS is hosting a call to discuss how to complete the final reporting period for the “legacy” Medicare physician quality reporting programs (Physician Quality Reporting System, Medicare Electronic Health...more

Final Rule Implements Quality Payment Program under MACRA

by Baker Ober Health Law on

If you are a physician, mid-level provider, or work with those providers, then you have been bombarded with new acronyms for new programs and promises to remove older acronyms from your Medicare vocabulary. Medicare...more

Now is the Time to Prepare for MACRA: 2017 Will Bring Major Changes to Physician Medicare Reimbursement

by Akerman LLP - Health Law Rx on

MACRA (the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015) is bi-partisan legislation that was enacted to change Medicare reimbursement from being based on the current system of volume of services provided to...more

Making Sense of the MACRA Final Rule, Part 2 of 3: Alternative payment Models

by Polsinelli on

Many observers view the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) as a game changer for the delivery and payment of health care services. On Oct. 14, 2016 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...more

CMS Releases List of Additional Advanced APM’s and Announces Vermont’s All-Payer ACO

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On the heels of the release of its final rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its 2017 list of Advanced Alternative Payment...more

Making Sense of the MACRA Final Rule, Part 1 of 3: Essential Concepts

by Polsinelli on

On Oct. 14, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule with comment period implementing the bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The nearly 2,400 pages of...more

CMS Finalizes Sweeping Changes to Medicare Physician Payments

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

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

MACRA Advances

by Burr & Forman on

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

New Tools Help Providers Become Smarter Users of Electronic Health Records Systems

by Akerman LLP - Health Law Rx on

Healthcare providers excel at providing care to their patients, not designing IT strategies. Even so, with the trend toward value-based payments increasing, more healthcare providers have turned to electronic health records...more

MACRA: Top 10 FAQs

by Carlton Fields on

Significant changes to the Medicare payment system are underway. The Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) is set to take effect January 1, 2017. MACRA represents a deliberate departure by the...more

CMS Releases 2017 Medicare Hospital Payment Rates, Penalties for Poor Performers

Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule (Final Rule) modifying the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective...more

OIG Work Plan: A Roadmap to Identify Health Care Compliance Risk

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Each year, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issues a Work Plan that summarizes new and ongoing OIG reviews and areas of focused attention for the coming year and beyond....more

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