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CMS Issues Final Rule for CY 2016 OPPS and Changes to the Two-Midnight Rule

On October 30, 2015, CMS issued its final rule with comment period (Final Rule) for the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and the Medicare ambulatory surgical center (ASC) payment system for...more

Health Care Update - November 2015

Ways & Means Leadership Changes – Health Policy Implications Looming: As Congress pushes forward with a two-year budget deal, and new Speaker Paul Ryan begins his tenure as the top Republican in the House of...more

Budget Deal to Limit Provider-Based Status, Extend Sequestration

On October 28 and 30, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate approved the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the Act)—a measure designed to raise the limit on Federal borrowing that would also have significant...more

Reimbursement Change for Off-Campus Provider-Based Clinics, Physician Offices, and Ambulatory Surgical Centers

On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, a two-year budget deal with a key provision affecting hospitals and other health care providers. Effective January 1, 2017, the Act decreases the...more

CMS Makes Significant Changes to Stage 2 Meaningful Use and Finalizes Stage 3

On October 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule (Final Rule) that streamlines Stage 2 and finalizes Stage 3 of the Medicare and Medicaid electronichealth record (EHR) Incentive...more

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

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

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

Top Three Reasons ACOs Should Use Telehealth and Telemedicine

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) can share costs of telehealth and remote patient monitoring services among their hospitals, providers/suppliers, and other ACO participants, according to federal regulations under the...more

CMS/OIG Finalize Fraud Authority Waivers for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) under the Medicare Shared Savings Program...

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) have finalized a rule designed to “remove legal and regulatory barriers that can impede care coordination in furtherance of the...more

Provider-Based Status: A Quiet Casualty of the Bipartisan Budget Act

Without fanfare or any significant discussion, the Bipartisan Budget Act (Act) contains the first legislative action related to provider-based status—and it is a sweeping action with negative financial consequences to many...more

Congress Take Step Toward Site-Neutral Medicare Payments in Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

On October 28, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation that, if enacted, would, among other things, substantially alter how and how much Medicare pays for outpatient services furnished by hospitals. The...more

CMS Adopts Changes to Medicare & Medicaid EHR Policies

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

Budget Proposal Would Limit Provider-Based Status - New Off-Campus Departments Limited to Physician Fee Schedule or ASC Payment...

On October 26, 2015, Congressional and White House budget negotiators released the legislative text of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. The Act is aimed primarily at lifting the Federal debt limit and avoiding a looming...more

The Deeper Dive: Medicare’s Fundamental Shift Toward P4P - What priorities should providers focus on in navigating the changing...

While Medicare’s path toward pay for performance (P4P) has evolved over time, 2015 is proving to be a landmark year. July marked the 50th anniversary of the Medicare program. And in self-described “historic announcements”...more

Washington Healthcare Update

Elections for Speaker of the House and Potential Changes at Ways and Means Committee - Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced Tuesday (Oct. 20) that he will run for the House Speaker position if the major House Republican...more

CMS Expands Medicare Prior Authorization Model for Repetitive Scheduled Non-Emergent Ambulance Transport

As previously reported, CMS announced in November 2014 that it would test a Medicare prior authorization process for repetitive scheduled nonemergent ambulance transport services in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and South...more

CMS Sends Long-Awaited Medicare 60-Day Overpayment Rule to OMB for Final Clearance

CMS is moving ahead on its much-anticipated final rule implementing Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements on reporting and returning of Medicare overpayments. Under the ACA, enrolled providers and suppliers (and certain...more

Nov. 10 CMS Call Will Review Clinical Lab Test Payment Proposed Rule

On November 10, 2015, CMS is hosting a public call to discuss its October 1, 2015 proposed rule that would make significant changes to the Medicare clinical diagnostic laboratory test payment system. Registration is required...more

Washington Healthcare Update

Bicameral Bill Introduced to Provide HHS Authority to Reject Proposed Insurance Rates - Before Congress left for its Columbus Day recess, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the Health...more

GAO Finds Limited Hospital Impact from Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program

According to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, bonuses and penalties triggered by the Medicare Hospital Value-based Purchasing (HVBP) program have had no apparent impact on quality measure performance...more

CMS Sends Final 2016 Medicare Payment Rules to OMB for Review

This week CMS referred major final calendar year 2016 Medicare payment rules to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for regulatory clearance. Specifically, OMB is reviewing the final CMS rules to update the...more

Meaningful Use Audits: Proactive Tips for Success

For health care professionals who began accepting Meaningful Use incentive money at the outset of availability under the Medicare option in 2011, the year 2015 is an important year. If the provider has met all core...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - October 2015 #3

CMS Announces Part D Enhanced Medication Therapy Management Model Demonstration – On September 28, 2015, CMS announced a Part D Enhanced Medication Therapy Management Model (Enhanced MTM Model) that is designed to assess...more

Washington Healthcare Update

On Oct. 8, the House Republican caucus did not select a candidate for Speaker of the House and selection has been delayed. The current Speaker, John Boehner (R-OH), had announced that he would step down and retire from...more

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

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

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