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West Coast States Bolster Momentum for Pharmacist Provider Status Reforms

In recent years, legislative reforms have been introduced that recognize pharmacists as reimbursement-eligible providers under government-funded health care programs. While these efforts have attracted significant media and...more

District Court Says CMS’s 0.2 Percent IPPS Rate Cut Violated APA

On September 21, 2015, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) failed to provide a meaningful opportunity to comment on...more

Reports Instruct Office of Civil Rights to Increase HIPAA Enforcement Activities

On September 29, 2015, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) released two reports that reviewed the Office of Civil Rights’ (OCR) enforcement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The...more

Also In the News - Data, Privacy, & Security Practice Report - October 2015

HHS Publishes Final Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020 – On September 21, 2015, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (“ONC”) of HHS laid out the federal government’s final version...more

Employers Will Begin Receiving Premium Subsidy Award Notices From The Health Care Exchange in 2016

Beginning in 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin its process of verifying the eligibility of recipients who receive the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) advanced premium tax credit to help purchase...more

Why Industry Drug-Assistance Programs Are a Sham

You probably heard about the recent price hike for a drug critical to AIDS patients when the manufacturer sold it to an evil hedge fund manager who promptly marked it up 5,000%. This prompted Los Angeles Times columnist...more

Tennessee CON Report

I. September 2015—Tennessee Certificate of Need Meeting - At the September meeting of the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency (the HSDA), Jeff Ockerman announced that the 2014 Update to the State Health Plan...more

Happy ICD-10 Day!

Since 13,000 ways to be sick, injured, or mortally wounded were not enough, we now have about 70,000 ways. This includes codes for “parrot bites” and “sucked into a jet engine.” There is also V97.33XD – “sucked into jet...more

OCR announces launch of Phase 2 of HIPAA audits

Although the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has indicated in the past that it would start its next round of HIPAA audits, apparently it means business now. In the wake of an Inspector General report that the OCR was merely...more

Reporting for ACA Mandates: Final Forms and Additional Guidance

The IRS has finalized the 2015 forms and instructions for reporting under the individual and employer mandates and issued additional guidance on these new reporting requirements. The following forms are now available...more

A&B Healthcare Week In Review, September 2015

On September 25, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule entitled “Medicare Program: Medicare Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests Payment System”. This proposed rule would...more

Payment Innovation: 30 Day Window to Provide CMS Comments on Physician Payment Changes Under MACRA Begins

On September 28, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a Request for Information (RFI) seeking stakeholder comments related to innovative physician payment models required by the Medicare Access...more

Highlights from the Tenth CEO/Innovators Roundtable: June 4 – 5, 2015

This past June, leaders from health systems, outpatient services companies, health insurers, IT and equipment suppliers, health retailers, home care providers, pharmaceutical companies, and investors gathered in Chicago for...more

Are LLC Owners Subject to Medicare Tax on Their Distributive Shares?

In a typical employer-employee relationship, the employer and employee each pay half of the Medicare tax due. However, the owners (called “members”) of a limited liability company (“LLC”) are usually considered self-employed...more

Employee Benefits Developments - September 2015

IRS Issues New Draft Form 1095-C and Instructions. On August 6, 2015, the IRS published its most recent updates to Form 1095-C and the instructions for Forms 1094-C and 1095-C. Beginning in early 2016, applicable large...more

Recent Cases Involving 60-Day Overpayment Rule Should Put Healthcare Providers on Alert

Two recent federal court cases show that the federal government intends to vigorously enforce the so-called “60-day Rule” for the return of overpayments enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”) even though the...more

ACA Compliance Requirements and Opportunities for the Small Employer

Small employers should be aware of certain changes and continuing small employer opportunities relating to the Affordable Care Act (aka, ObamaCare). Starting in 2016, the ACA expands the small group market to include...more

UnitedHealthcare Services Denied Injunction Against Out-of-Network Physician Seeking to Bar Balance Billing of the Patient

In UnitedHealthcare Servs., Inc. v Asprinio (2015 NY Slip Op 25298), decided on August 31, 2015, in the Supreme Court of Westchester County, UnitedHealthcare suffered a set-back against attempts to prevent balance billing by...more

Health Care Arbitration Agreements: Five Ways to Improve Enforceability

Common law judicial doctrines in almost every state discourage and restrict arbitration agreements covering personal injury or death claims. This is particularly true regarding admission contracts to nursing homes or...more

70,000 More Obstacles In The Way Of Getting Providers Paid

Providers devote countless hours and resources to obtain the training and understanding necessary to assign the proper diagnostic code to the services provided when submitting claims for reimbursement. On October 1, 2015, the...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - September 2015 #5

New study shows Marketplace premiums parallel the employer market; Montana likely to select a private insurer to administer benefits to its Medicaid expansion population; and Washington’s Exchange customers will begin paying...more

Recap: Health Care Investors Summit – Exploring the Impact and Opportunities from Health Care Convergence

The 2015 Health Care Investors Summit, co-hosted by Foley and Deloitte & Touche, LLP, was held on September 24. This program examined convergence in health care and the effects on investing, mergers and acquisitions, provider...more

Texas Surgical Centers: Aetna Improperly Denies or Underpays Out-of-Network Claims

Aetna is now facing another set of claims calling into question its determination and payment methodology for out-of-network reimbursement. On September 4, 2015, six surgical centers in Texas (Allied Center for Special...more

CMS Proposes Overhaul of Clinical Lab Payment Methodology: What You Need To Know

On Friday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a long-awaited proposed rule that would drastically change the payment rates for clinical laboratory services beginning January 1, 2017 (the “Proposed...more

Florida Non-Competes: Physicians, Attorneys, Quarterbacks, Oh My…

Regular readers of this blog know that Florida law allows “valid restraints of trade,” under certain circumstances. Those restrictions apply to the employer-employee relationship when written and duly executed in accordance...more

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