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Insurance carrier ending coverage of physicians under Medicare Advantage contracts

Physicians, healthcare providers, insurers and other interested parties should be aware that a large insurance carrier operating Medicare Advantage plans in Missouri and Illinois recently has begun terminating its...more

Quantifying and addressing improper payments for Medicare evaluation and management services

A review of Medicare Part B claims for evaluation and management (E/M) services conducted by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has found that the program paid $6.7 billion in improper payments in 2010. This figure...more

New CMS Rules Reduce Role of Medical Staff

The American Health Lawyers Association Regulatory Accreditation and Payment Practice Group (RAPPG) has issued an email alert regarding the issuance of a final rule by CMS intending to streamline Medicare regulatory...more

Rule Overhaul to Save Health Industry Up To $640 Million, Medicare Says

On May 7, 2014, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a long-awaited final rule in response to President Obama’s Executive Order (EO) 13563, “Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,” which set as...more

OIG Reports Limited Compliance with Face-to-Face Certification Requirement for Home Health

The OIG recently released a report summarizing the details of its study regarding compliance with the requirement that physicians (or certain practitioners working with them) who certify beneficiaries as eligible for Medicare...more

CMS Proposes Adoption of Updated Life Safety Code

Wednesday morning, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule regarding adopting the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code (LSC). CMS states the updated code contains new provisions that are...more

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President Obama Signs Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013 – On December 26, 2013, President Obama signed the Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013 (the “Act”), preventing the scheduled payment reduction for...more

SGR-Driven Payment Reduction Postponed Again

As part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA), Congress enacted a number of payment reforms designed to curb the growth of expenditures under Medicare Part B. One of the more notable of those provisions was the Sustainable...more

CMS Proposes Changes to Modernize and Update the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule

On July 8, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a pre-publication version of the 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and the 2014 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System Notices...more

CMS Releases Proposed Calendar Year 2014 Updates to Home Health Prospective Payment System

On June 27, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed Calendar Year 2014 rate update to the Home Health Prospective Payment System. In addition to reducing reimbursement rates, CMS is...more

CMS Issues Proposed Rule to Reform "Unnecessary, Obsolete, or Excessively Burdensome" Medicare Participation Standards

On February 4, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule to reform Medicare regulations that CMS views as unnecessary, obsolete, and/or excessively burdensome on hospitals and health care...more

Medicare Audit Challenges to Paying Nursing and Allied Health Program Pass-Through Costs

The Medicare program shares in the costs for approved nursing and allied health education programs operated by hospitals, a matter which has become a recent focus in Medicare audits of hospitals operating such programs....more

Telemedicine Amidst Healthcare Reform: Practicalities and Pitfalls

The Supreme Court’s recent decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act underscores the need to deliver and make accessible quality healthcare to patients throughout the United States in an efficient and...more

Shorts on Long Term Care - May 2012

In this issue: - A Sign of the Times: Nonpayment of Resident Accounts, Transfer/Discharge and Related Issues - Responding to an Audit? Be Prepared! - Ken’s Quote of the Month An excerpt from...more

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