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Insurer Wrongfully Passed Sequestration Cuts Through to Providers

A Pennsylvania judge found, on May 6, 2015, that a Medicare Advantage Plan had no right under its participation agreements to pass CMS sequestration reductions through to participating providers. Judge R. Stanton Wettick Jr....more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Health Subcommittee Advances 21st Century Cures, Full Committee Action Scheduled…Senate Finance Committee Hearing: Chair Hatch to Launch New Initiative on Improving Chronic Care for Medicare Patients…Hawaii’s...more

IRS Provides Penalty Relief for Incorrect or Delayed Forms 1095-A

The IRS issued Notice 2015-30, which provides penalty relief for taxpayers who received an incorrect or delayed Form 1095-A. Form 1095-A is provided to all individuals who enrolled in health insurance coverage through the...more

IREG Update

Commercial Accountable Care Organizations - Models of health care delivery are evolving on many fronts, driven by the overriding goals of lowering the cost of health care and increasing its quality. Traditional private...more

House Bill Says 23 Years Isn’t Long Enough for Transition to ICD-10

All across the country hospitals have been bracing for the scheduled Oct. 1, 2015, transition from ICD-9 coding to ICD-10. It had been scheduled for Oct. 1, 2014, but the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 delayed it...more

Medigap Insurer's Contract with Preferred Hospital Network Approved (Yet Again)

On April 22, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion 15-05 [PDF], approving a Medigap insurer’s proposed contract with a preferred hospital network. The...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: House E&C Releases Discussion Draft of 21st Century Cures Legislation Ahead of Legislative Hearing... FDA Finalizes Biosimilar Guidance Documents... CMS Updates Wage Index and Payment Rates for the Medicare Hospice...more

Challenges Facing “Narrow” Provider Networks on the ACA Health Care Insurance Exchanges

In This Issue: - The Driving Forces Behind the Trend Toward Narrower Networks - The Trade-Off - Regulatory, Legislative and Litigatious Responses to Narrower Networks Across the Nation - Judicial and CMS...more

CMS Fines Insurer for Misleading Medicare Part D Beneficiaries

The federal agency that oversees Medicare’s prescription drug program has alleged that a major U.S. insurance company misled beneficiaries about the pharmacies included in the company’s drug plan, and imposed a $1 million...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Doc Fix Statute Contains a Lot More than SGR Repeal

On April 16, 2015, the President signed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, commonly known as the “Doc Fix.” As has been extensively reported, the Act repeals the Sustainable Growth Rate or (SGR)...more

SGR Law Brings Changes to CMP Prohibition on Gainsharing

On April 16, President Barack Obama signed into law the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015,” ending a perennial struggle over the Medicare reimbursement formula for physicians. Although the law is most...more

Can Retirees Use HSAs?

Yes – and no. A Health Savings Account (HSA) is like an IRA but for the payment of medical expenses instead of retirement income. HSA contributions are not taxed, and like IRA accounts, they belong to the employee. ...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Bipartisan, Bicameral Permanent SGR Fix Introduced... House Budget Committee Advances FY2016 Budget Proposal... National Coverage Determinations Proposed for Removal... HHS Releases Proposed Rules on EHR Incentive...more

Health Care Update - March 2015 #3

In This Issue: - Permanent Medicare Doc-Fix Could be a Reality, CHIP Reauthorization May Be Lynchpin - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives -...more

Health Alert (Australia) - March 9, 2015

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgments: Australia. Federal Court - 5 March 2015 - Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation v Kaizen Hospitals (Essendon) Pty Ltd...more

Health Care Update - March 2015

In This Issue: - King v. Burwell before the Supreme Court and the Potential Congressional Response - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional...more

Attention Seniors! Check Into a Hospital and Get $100!

OIG Advisory Opinion 15-03 approves a Medigap insurer’s program that, among other things, calls for (a) network hospitals to waive the deductible for Medicare enrollees, (b) the insurer to pay the hospital network a fee each...more

Partial Relief for Employer Payment of Individual Insurance Premiums

In a recent notice, the Internal Revenue Service has tempered prior guidance that closed the door on employer arrangements for paying the cost of individual health insurance for employees. The IRS still views these premium...more

IRS Clarifies Prior Guidance on Premium Reimbursement Arrangements; Provides Limited Relief

Continuing its focus on so-called “premium reimbursement” or “employer payment plans”, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released IRS Notice 2015-17 on February 18, 2015. In this Notice, which was previewed and approved by...more

Medical Insurance Premium Reimbursement — A Brief Reprieve for Small Employers

Some employers – particularly smaller ones – have assisted their employees to obtain health insurance by reimbursing them for the cost of insurance they purchase in the individual market. Does this practice satisfy the...more

Supplemental Excepted Benefits? “It depends.”

Last week, HHS, along with the Department of Labor and the Treasury, provided long overdue guidance regarding the third category of supplemental “excepted benefits” as defined by Section 2791 of the Public Health Services...more

Medicare Will Cover Lung Cancer Screening

On February 5, 2015, CMS announced that it will cover lung cancer screening with low dose computed tomography (LDCT). “This is the first time that Medicare has covered lung cancer screening. ...more

Obama Administration Releases FY 2016 Budget Proposal with Medicare/Medicaid Provisions

On February 2, 2015, the Obama Administration released its proposed federal budget for fiscal year (FY) 2016. The budget would impact all types of health care providers, health plans, and drug manufacturers if adopted as...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights #4

This week, the IRS announces relief for some taxpayers who received excess advanced premium tax credits; Indiana and Arkansas make major announcements on Medicaid expansion and Iowa’s Governor announces a shift towards...more

Effects of the New Federal Spending Package on the Health Sector

In mid-December, President Obama signed into law a $1.1 trillion spending bill known as the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015” or “Cromnibus.”[1] This post explores provisions that relate to the...more

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