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CMS Proposes Financial Revisions to MSSP to Encourage Continued and Expanded Participation

Many critics have suggested that the November 11, 2011 final rule establishing the MSSP created a financial model that over time would not be sustainable. ACOs viewed the requirement to take risk after the initial three years...more

CMS Issues Additional Sunshine Act Guidance With Respect to Payments to Speakers at Continuing Medical Education Events

In a final rule published in the Federal Register on November 13, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) eliminated the federal Sunshine Act reporting exclusion for payments to physicians at continuing...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

New Rule Permits CMS to Revoke Medicare Billing Privileges for Providers/Suppliers with “Pattern or Practice” of Denied Claims

On December 5, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule titled “Requirements for Medicare Incentive Reward Program and Provider Enrollment” (“the Rule”). The Rule implemented several...more

New CMS Enrollment Rules Strengthen Oversight of Medicare Providers

On December 5, 2014, CMS published a final rule to strengthen its oversight of Medicare providers. The rule includes safeguards designed to prevent providers with unpaid debt from re-entering Medicare and to remove providers...more

CMS Clarifies Definition of Uninsured Under the Hospital-Specific Limitation on Medicaid DSH Payments

On Friday, November 28, 2014, CMS issued a Final Rule providing that, for purposes of the hospital-specific limitation on Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments, the definition of “uninsured” will now be...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

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

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

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

CMS Finalizes Proposal to Remove Continuing Medical Education Exclusion from Sunshine Act Regulations

On October 31, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its final Medicare physician fee schedule rule for CY 2015 (the Final Rule), which also includes certain changes to the Sunshine Regulations. ...more

CMS Issues 2015 ESRD and DMEPOS Final Rule

On October 31, 2014, CMS issued a final CY 2015 End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) PPS and Durable Medical Equipment Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) final rule. CMS finalized its proposal to increase overall ESRD...more

CMS Announces CY 2015 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rates

On October 30, 2014, CMS issued a final rule for Medicare Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS) rates for CY 2015. The final rule estimates that Medicare payments to home health agencies (HHAs) in CY 2015 will be...more

CME Payments Largely Remain Excluded From Sunshine Act Reporting

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has finalized changes to a number of reporting requirements under the regulations implementing the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (“Final Rule”). When CMS proposed...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began sending reminders last week that open enrollment begins on November 15; CMS’s Marketplace CEO, Kevin Counihan, said that end-to-end testing of HealthCare.gov was...more

CMS and OIG Extend Interim Final Rule Regarding Waivers of Fraud and Abuse Laws For ACOs

On October 17, 2014, CMS and OIG jointly published a notice extending the effectiveness of a November 2011 interim final rule establishing waivers that protect qualifying accountable care organizations (ACOs) from liability...more

CMS Issues Final Rule Providing Flexibility for Providers Unable to Fully Implement 2014 Technology to Demonstrate Meaningful Use...

In response to providers being unable to fully implement 2014 Edition certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) due to limited availability, CMS adopted changes proposed earlier this year through a final rule...more

Health Law Alert: CMS Modifications to Meaningful Use Rule Gives Providers a Welcome Reprieve

On September 4, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a Final Rule that made several helpful changes to the meaningful use requirements for the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. Among...more

Final Meaningful Use Rule: CMS Loosens its Grip

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) finalized a rule on August 29th which should give providers some breathing room in complying with meaningful use requirements for the Electronic Health Record (“EHR”)...more

CMS Waves Partial White Flag in Appeals of Payment Status Denials

For the last several years, hospitals, on the one hand, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and its contractors (collectively, CMS), on the other, have been engaged in a spirited dispute over claims denials for...more

CMS Issues Final Rule on Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update for FY 2015

On August 4, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule updating the hospice wage index and payment rate for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 and adopting a number of payment reforms addressing concerns...more

CMS, ONC Adopt EHR Standards Flexibility for Eligible Providers; Delay Start of Stage 3

On August 29, 2014, CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) issued a final rule adopting the agencies’ proposal to grant flexibility for eligible providers regarding which edition of certified EHR...more

CMS Publishes FY 2015 Final IPPS Rule

On August 4, 2014, CMS posted its final changes and updates to the Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) that apply for fiscal year (FY) 2015, effective October 1, 2014. Below are some of the highlights of the...more

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