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Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement: CMS adopts mandatory approach to payment reform

On July 9, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a proposed rule that seeks to implement a mandatory episode-based payment model for lower extremity joint replacement (and reattachment) care in...more

OIG Reviews Overlap Between Physician-Owned Hospitals and Physician-Owned Distributors (PODs) of Spinal Devices

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services has issued a report on “Overlap Between Physician-Owned Hospitals and Physician-Owned Distributors.” The OIG reviewed 12 hospitals that...more

CMS Publishes Corrections to Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model Proposed Rule

On August 25, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published technical and typographical corrections to its July 14, 2015 proposed rule to establish a Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model. As...more

CMS Seeks Feedback on Home Health Face-to-Face Encounter Clinical Templates

CMS is inviting comments on voluntary home health electronic and paper “progress note” templates intended to assist physicians with documenting a face-to-face examination for purposes of the Medicare home health benefit....more

Proposed 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Includes Changes to Stark Regulations

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") recently released the proposed 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (the "Proposed Rule"), which includes a number of proposed revisions to the regulations under the...more

The 60 Day Rule — Identification and Knowing Avoidance

On August 3, 2015, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued an opinion and order in Kane v. Healthfirst, Inc., et al.[1] that provides the first judicial interpretation of the requirement...more

Another Delay for the Two-Midnight Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced, on August 12, 2015, that it has extended the enforcement delay of the controversial two-midnight rule governing short hospital stays until the end of the year....more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - August 2015 #2

Reductions in uninsured rates are greatest in states with Medicaid expansions and State-based or State Partnership Marketplaces; Kentucky finds increased use of preventive healthcare following Medicaid expansion; and,...more

OIG Recommends Improvements to SNF Billing for Changes in Therapy

In FYs 2011 and 2012, CMS adopted new patient assessments for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) that were intended to capture when beneficiaries start therapy, end therapy, and decrease or increase therapy. The HHS Office of...more

President Signs Hospital Outpatient Observation Status “Notice” Act

On August 6, 2015, President Obama signed into law H.R. 876, the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act. The new law requires hospitals to provide written and oral notification to Medicare...more

Terminated Medicaid Providers Continue to Participate in Other State Medicaid Programs

According to the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG), 12% of providers terminated for cause by a state Medicaid program in 2011 continued participating in other states’ Medicaid programs as of January 2014, despite an...more

GAO Examines Medicare Provider Eligibility Verification Safeguards

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report examining the extent to which CMS’s enrollment screening procedures are designed and implemented to prevent enrollment of ineligible or potentially fraudulent...more

First Meeting of Advisory Panel on Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests on August 26, 2015

CMS has announced that the first meeting of the Advisory Panel on Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests will be held on August 26, 2015. The Panel will recommend crosswalks for new laboratory codes, recommend an appropriate...more

CMS Issues Final FY 2016 Medicare IPPS/LTCH Rule

On July 31, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a major final rule to update the Medicare acute hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) and the long-term care hospital prospective...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - August 2015

CMS Issues SNF Final Payment Rule for FY 2016 – On July 30, 2015, CMS released the final Medicare FY 2016 payment rule for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). The final rule will result in an estimated increase of $430 million...more

CMS Publishes Final FY 2016 Update to SNF PPS Rates, Policies

On August 4, 2015, CMS published its final rule updating Medicare skilled nursing facility (SNF) PPS rates and policies for FY 2016. CMS projects that the final rule will increase overall payments to SNFs by $430 million, or...more

Senate Approves Hospital Outpatient Observation Status “Notice” Act

On July 27, 2015, the Senate approved H.R. 876, the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act, clearing the measure for the President. H.R. 876 would require hospitals to provide written and...more

Outpatient Observation Status Bill Sent to President Obama

On July 27, 2015, the Senate approved by unanimous consent the Notice of Observation, Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility (NOTICE) Act, H.R. 876. The NOTICE Act, if signed by President Obama, would amend title...more

CMS Again Extends Moratoria on Enrollment of HHAs, Ambulance Suppliers in Designated Areas

CMS has announced another 6-month extension of its current temporary enrollment moratoria for new ground ambulance suppliers and home health agencies (HHAs), subunits, and branch locations in designated metropolitan areas....more

Health Care Update - August 2015

CMS Releases Final Payment Rules (IPPS, IRF, LTCHs, Hospice, and Psych): At the end of last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a set of final 2016 payment rules affecting acute care hospitals...more

OIG Issues Favorable Advisory Opinion of Hospital Leasing Arrangement

Last week, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Health and Human Services published Advisory Opinion 15-10 (Opinion). The Opinion addressed a hospital system’s proposal to lease non-clinician employees...more

Health Care Update - July 2015 #3

ACA Repeal Votes Continue: As part of a rare Senate Sunday session to consider a bill to replenish the highway trust fund for six years, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) brought up an amendment to repeal the ACA—in...more

CMS Call: Countdown to ICD-10 (Aug. 27)

On August 27, 2015, CMS is hosting a call to help health care providers prepare for ICD-10 implementation on October 1, 2015. CMS staff will be joined by representatives of the American Health Information Management...more

CMS Call on Proposed Reform of LTC Facility Requirements (Aug.11)

On August 11, 2015, CMS is hosting a provider call to discuss its proposed rule to reform the Medicare and Medicaid participation requirements for long-term care (LTC) facilities. A question and answer session will follow the...more

OIG Recommends Improvements to Skilled Nursing Facility Billing Policies Regarding Changes in Therapy

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued a report that calls for CMS to accelerate its efforts to implement a new method for paying for changes in skilled nursing facility...more

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