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New POS Code for Telehealth Distant Site Providers

A new Place of Services or POS code for Telehealth services (POS 02) will go into effect on January 1, 2017. The descriptor for the code, which is for use by the physician or other clinician furnishing telehealth services...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

After months of debate and partisan wrangling, the House on Wednesday voted 392-26 to pass the “21st Century Cures” bill designed to accelerate the development of new drugs and medical devices as well as increase federal...more

Health Law Insights: November Newsletter

ALERT: "No Contract" Disclaimer in Employee Handbook Upheld by Illinois CourtAuthor: Employee handbooks have long been a trap for the unwary employer that desires merely to establish a set of rules and policies without...more

10 Things You Need to Know About Health Care Bankruptcies in 2017

The coming year will likely continue to be a tumultuous year for health care providers, suppliers, and payers, as they adapt to meet new challenges and market forces, particularly in light of the open questions as to the...more

Could Possible Healthcare Repeal Efforts Extend to Physician Payments Under Medicare?

Now that the 2016 presidential election is over, many patients are asking whether Congress will repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or parts of the legislation. Yet, many doctors are asking (or should be asking) whether...more

The Federal Government Holds Individuals Responsible for Involvement in Corporate Healthcare Fraud and Abuse

In September 2016, three corporate officers in two healthcare fraud and abuse cases settled allegations that they were personally liable for violations of federal fraud and abuse laws. These settlements come one year after...more

Long-Term Care Facilities: Recent Developments on Use of Arbitration Agreements

Three cases making their way through the courts demonstrate that the question of arbitration clauses in long-term care (LTC) facility admission agreements is an active and developing area of the law....more

OPPS Provider-Based Final Rule — A More Practical Approach From CMS

CMS recently finalized sweeping changes to the way Medicare pays hospitals for services furnished in “new” off-campus provider-based departments (referred to as “off-campus PBDs”). CMS revealed the changes on November 1...more

MACRA – Understanding Medicare Payment Reform

One of the latest additions to the ever-changing healthcare landscape is MACRA, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. MACRA was signed into law in April 2016, to repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR), a method...more

CMS Continues Efforts to Improve Patient Care, Spending, and Population Health

On November 2, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), released the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule, which finalized a number of new policies designed to improve Medicare payment for...more

CMS Releases 2017 Medicare Deductible and Coinsurance Amounts

CMS has announced Medicare Part A and B beneficiary cost sharing amounts for 2017. With regard to Part A, the 2017 deductible for hospital inpatient admissions for the first 60 days of care will be $1,316, followed by $329...more

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

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

CMS Finalizes Medicare OPPS, ASC Rates and Policies for 2017

CMS has published its final rule with comment period updating the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System rates and policies for CY 2017. CMS...more

New OIG Investigations to Look at Wide Range of Medicare, Medicaid Services in FY 2017

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued its FY 2017 Work Plan, which lays out the OIG’s current audit, evaluation, and other legal and investigative priorities. The largest number of new initiatives by far target...more

$20 Increase in Medicare Outpatient Therapy Cap Limits Announced for 2017

Medicare outpatient therapy limits are set to increase slightly in 2017. Specifically, the 2017 cap will be $1,980 for physical therapy and speech-language pathology combined and $1,980 for occupational therapy, compared to...more

Federal Judge Blocks CMS Rule Banning Arbitration In Nursing Home Disputes

In September, CMS announced a final rule that bans pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements related to care received in long-term care facilities. Among other things, the rule preserves the right of patients and their...more

Mississippi District Court Halts Implementation of New CMS Rule Banning Use of Arbitration Agreements in Long-Term Care Facilities

Anyone familiar with long-term care litigation knows that the number of disputes regarding the use and enforcement of arbitration agreements in the context of assisted living/nursing home admissions has risen sharply over the...more

2017 OPPS Final Rule: Payment to Off-Campus Provider-Based Departments

On November 1, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the 2017 Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Final Rule. One aspect of this rule is the implementation of payment decreases for...more

Federal Court Blocks CMS Ban on Pre-Dispute Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements Pending Legal Challenge: What the Ruling Means for...

Earlier this week, a federal court enjoined the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) from enforcing a rule, promulgated on September 28, 2016, which barred pre-dispute arbitration agreements between...more

Blog: OIG Issues 2017 Work Plan – PAMA, Open Payments, Drug Manufacturer Rebates Among Areas of New Focus

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued today its 2017 Work Plan. This annual publication summarizes new and ongoing reviews and activities by the OIG related to various...more

Health-Related Facilities That Receive Federal Financial Assistance Now Required to Post Non-Discrimination Notices

Health-related facilities that receive Federal financial assistance (e.g., Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement) have been required to comply with Federal, as well as State, non-discrimination laws in the provision of services....more

Health Care Group News: Section 1557's Nondiscrimination Mandates

Physicians and other health care providers receiving federal funding, including Medicaid but excluding Medicare Part B, are subject to new regulatory requirements implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act...more

Federal Court Enjoins U.S. Agency’s Nursing Home Arbitration Agreement Ban

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency within the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, recently issued a final rule prohibiting nursing homes and other long-term care facilities from utilizing...more

Making Sense of the MACRA Final Rule – Part 3 of 3: Merit Based Payment Incentive System (MIPS)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its final rule with comment period implementing the bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Among its numerous changes,...more

INJUNCTION GRANTED: AHCA Jumps the First Hurdle in Overturning CMS's Ban on Pre-Dispute Arbitration

Judge Michael P. Mills granted a preliminary injunction in favor of the American Healthcare Association (AHCA) earlier today in the case of AHCA v. Burwell. A copy of the court's injunction order can be accessed here. The...more

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