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Fiscal Cliff is a non-technical economic term used popularly to describe a series of tax increases and mandatory budget cuts set to occur at the beginning of 2013.  The term "cliff" refers to the... more +
Fiscal Cliff is a non-technical economic term used popularly to describe a series of tax increases and mandatory budget cuts set to occur at the beginning of 2013.  The term "cliff" refers to the idea that such increases and cuts would be catastrophic to the fragile economy and consequently, force the economy off of a metaphorical cliff. less -

Health Care Issues Poised to Take Front and Center in the 113th Congress

by K&L Gates LLP on

Health care issues dominated much of President Obama’s first term. Even after Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA” or “health reform law”) (Pub. L. 111-148, 111-152), the Supreme Court...more

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News Update - January 16, 2013

by Polsinelli on

In This Issue: - Fiscal Cliff Deal Lengthens Medicare Overpayment Recovery Period - Cutting Medicaid Provider Tax May Shift Costs to States, CRS Finds - MedPAC Finalizes Payment Recommendations, GAO Solicits...more

Extension of Time for Overpayment Recoveries in Fiscal Cliff Law Not as Broad as it Sounds

by Baker Donelson on

The recently passed fiscal cliff legislation, i.e., the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Act) [PDF], includes a number of provisions addressing Medicare and Medicaid. One of these provisions extends the recovery period...more

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012: Physician Cuts Averted, Hospitals to Carry Portion of Price Tag

by Baker Donelson on

Avoiding sending American taxpayers over the so-called “fiscal cliff,” Congress enacted the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”) [PDF] that was signed into law on January 2, 2013. Of biggest note, the Act included...more

Healthcare Provisions In The American Taxpayer Relief Act - The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

by BakerHostetler on

In late night action on December 31, 2012, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) was passed by the Senate and finalized days later by Congress and the President with a set of tax and spending policy provisions...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - January 14, 2013

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Obama administration gave eight more states conditional approval to operate health insurance exchanges, bringing the total number of fully or partially approved exchanges to 20; HHS approved 106 new accountable care...more

Important Medicare Provisions Contained in Fiscal Cliff Compromise

by King & Spalding on

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA), to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. While most popular coverage has focused on ATRA’s changes to the tax code, the new law...more

Fiscal Cliff Deal and Healthcare: 3-Point Bulletin

by Cozen O'Connor on

On January 1, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 into law to prevent the country from going over the proverbial “fiscal cliff.” The fiscal cliff deal prevents the scheduled 26.5% cut in...more

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 – Health Care Highlights

by Saul Ewing LLP on

"Fiscal cliff" deal fails to provide permanent solution to flaw in Medicare physician reimbursement formula; merely postpones inevitable battles over health care spending between Congress and the White House....more

Washington Insight - Special Edition: Congress Steps Away From Fiscal Cliff

by King & Spalding on

For months in Washington, and beyond, attention has been focused on the "fiscal cliff" -- the combination of the expiration of the Bush tax cuts and the looming budget cuts referred to as "sequestration." Negotiations led by...more

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and Anticipated Medicare and Medicaid Payment Reforms

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On January 1, 2013, the U.S. Congress approved the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the Act), concluding a protracted debate on how to prevent the United States from falling over the proverbial “fiscal cliff.” President...more

GAO Recommends Strengthening Medicare Prepayment Edits

by King & Spalding on

On December 10, 2012, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on the use of prepayment edits in the Medicare program and CMS’ oversight of Medicare Administrative Contractors' (MACs) use of these edits....more

Time's Up: Why You Can No Longer Afford to Ignore ACOs

by Nossaman LLP on

Of the healthcare recommendations announced by the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council last month, ACOs address all four. First of all, the ACO is clearly a new delivery model that uses the “full continuum of care givers.” ...more

Medicare and Medicaid Reforms Coming in a Second Obama Administration

by McDermott Will & Emery on

While Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan campaigned on the promise to repeal the U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and to reform Medicare and Medicaid, their defeat does not mean the health industry should expect no...more

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