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Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - August 2015 #4

Arkansas's “Private Option” is projected to have a net impact of $438 million on state funds 2017-2021; Iowa selects MCOs for proposed Medicaid managed care transition; and, the DC Marketplace launches a robust dual-language...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - August 2015 #3

Ohio’s Medicaid expenditures came in $2 billion below estimates despite enrollment growth after Medicaid expansion; California extends full Medicaid benefits to more pregnant women; and nearly one million have enrolled in...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

Is PPACA on the Road to Recovery?

Part I: Is PPACA on the Road to Recovery? The recent decision in King v. Burwell by the Supreme Court of the United States sent a strong message to critics of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010...more

IRS Issues Second Guidance on Cadillac Tax

The Internal Revenue Service has issued a new notice addressing issues relating to future rules governing the calculation and payment of the so-called “Cadillac tax” under the Affordable Care Act. Beginning in 2018, the ACA...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - July 2015 #4

CMS offers a special enrollment period for HealthCare.gov enrollees whose incomes were miscalculated due to system error; California Marketplace announces two new insurers; and Connecticut’s budget reduces eligibility levels...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

The Implications of CMS' Proposed Stark Law Regulations

On July 8, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released proposed regulations “to reduce burden and to facilitate compliance” under the physician self-referral law known as the Stark Law. See 80 Fed....more

CMS Proposes Stark Law Amendments, Requests Comments on Whether Stark Law Is Barrier to Health Care Reform

On July 8, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend its regulations implementing and interpreting the Stark Law (the Proposed Rule). 80 Fed. Reg. 41,686,...more

Medicaid Managed Care Update: Accelerating State-Led Payment and Delivery System Reform

In the wake of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the recent Medicare Managed Care Proposed Rule (the Proposed Rule) exemplifies the accelerated push by the Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for...more

CMS Proposes Initiative to Tie Home Health Payments to Quality Performance

On July 10, 2015, CMS published in the Federal Register the CY 2016 Home Health Prospective Payment System proposed rule effective for episodes ending on or after January 1, 2016. CMS estimates that the net impact of the...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - July 2015

CMS Reopens Attestation Period For First-Time Hospitals Until August – CMS recently announced that eligible hospitals participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program for the first time in 2015 may...more

CMS Proposes to Revise Payment System for Joint Replacements

On July 9, 2015, CMS released a proposed rule to revise how it pays for joint replacement procedures like hip and knee replacements, also known as lower extremity joint replacements (LEJR). This payment structure, called the...more

Health Update - July 2015

Lessons From the Frontlines: Strategies for Supporting Informed Consumer Decision-Making in the Health Insurance Marketplace - Editor's Note: As marketplaces prepare for the third open enrollment period, consumers are...more

Arnall Golden Gregory Series Explains Provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act

On July 10, 2015, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act by a vote of 344-77. The bill is intended to promote drug and device development, support research and expedite patients’ access to new...more

CMS Publishes Notice of Proposed Rule Making Regarding Stark Law Amendments and Seeks Comment on the Issue of Stark Acting as a...

In early July, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a notice of proposed rulemaking, amending the Physician Self-Referral Prohibitions, or Stark law. 80 Fed. Reg. 41,909-930 (July 15, 2015). The...more

House Easily Passes 21st Century Cures Legislation, Includes Significant FDA Reforms

On July 10, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed with an overwhelming majority (344-77), the 21st Century Cures bill (H.R. 6), a high-profile bipartisan bill intended to speed up and improve the process for...more

Proposed CY 2016 MPFS Rule Takes First Steps in Implementing MACRA Reforms

On July 15, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published its proposed rule to update the Medicare physician fee schedule (MPFS) for CY 2016 – the first rulemaking since the Medicare Access and CHIP...more

CMS Proposes to Establish Separate Payment for End of Life Planning Services

On July 8, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that updates payment rates and related reimbursement and quality policies for physician services furnished under the Medicare...more

New CMS Proposed Rule Revises Long-Term Care Facility Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Program Participation

On July 13, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) issued a long-awaited proposed rule (Proposed Rule) that would revise the requirements that long-term care (LTC) facilities must meet to participate in the Medicare...more

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

Montana’s Medicaid expansion waiver seeks monthly premiums and a “third party administrator”; Rhode Island’s Medicaid working group recommends pursuing a DSRIP waiver; and Utah’s Medicaid expansion discussions are put on hold...more

Delivery System Reform 2.0: Scaling Alternative Payment Models is the New Normal

For some health care providers, a pair of recent announcements made by the Obama Administration to implement mandatory alternative payment models (APMs) for home health value-based purchasing and bundled payments for hip and...more

GAO Recommends Congress Reduce Incentives for Prescribing 340B Drugs

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report entitled “Medicare Part B Drugs: Action Needed to Reduce Financial Incentives to Prescribe 340B Drugs at Participating Hospitals” (“the...more

Health Care Update - July 2015 #1

In This Issue: - Recent Mandatory APMs Signal Evolution in Delivery Reform Efforts - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional Initiatives - Upcoming...more

Telehealth Roundup: Federal Bill Seeks to Expand Medicare Use of Telehealth; Delaware and Connecticut Update Telemedicine Laws

On July 7th, the House introduced much anticipated bipartisan telehealth legislation. The Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2015, introduced by Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA) and co-sponsored by Representatives Gregg...more

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