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Proposed Rule Aims to Refine Stark Regulations and Clarify “Incident To”

On July 15, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the calendar year (CY) 2016 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule. In addition to updating several traditional Part B payment policies, the...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

The Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers (Part 2 of 24): Yikes! The Costs of Failing to Comply...

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes information reporting rules on providers of minimum essential coverage, e.g., insurance carriers and self-funded plans, and on applicable large employers, i.e., those employers that are...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

Regulators Likely To Heavily Scrutinize Proposed Humana-Aetna Merger

At the beginning of the month, insurance companies Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. announced they would be pursuing a merger, with the former company acquiring the latter. Aetna, sources say, will be purchasing Humana for roughly...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

Changes and Challenges for Mental and Behavioral Health Providers

As Kentucky’s Senate Bill 192 highlights, coverage and treatment of substance abuse problems is dramatically changing as the current penal model is slowly being replaced with a treatment model. Even terminology for what has...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

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

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

In quick succession, governors in Alaska and Utah announce Medicaid expansions this week; Iowa is transitioning its expansion away from the Marketplace to Medicaid managed care, for now; and, HHS extends its exception to...more

Health Care Update - July 2015 #2

Congress Slowly Works on Budget Reconciliation; ACA Reform Proposals Still Up in the Air - The FY 2016 budget resolution, which was agreed to by Congress this past April, included broad reconciliation instructions...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Senate Reauthorizes Older Americans Act; Bill Heads to the House... White House Holds 2015 Conference on Aging and Launches Several New Administration Healthy Aging Initiatives Enveloping Alzheimer’s, Dementia,...more

CMS Proposes Value-Based Purchasing Model, Other Updates to the 2016 Home Health Prospective Payment System

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published its proposed update to the home health prospective payment system (HHPPS) for calendar year (CY) 2016 in the July...more

Home and Community-Based Services: Seven Things You Need to Know

Few people have a strong understanding of home and community-based services (HCBS), how they work, how they came about and why they are important. There are a number of reasons why HCBS experts are few and far between. Put...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

Feds Define Which “Closely Held Corporations” Are Eligible to Opt Out of Contraception Mandate Under ACA

One year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. et al, that for-profit closely held corporations must be permitted to opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate on...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

King v. Burwell Aftermath: Where Does the Health Care Industry Go From Here?

What was at stake in King v. Burwell? DH: Perhaps more than initially meets the eye. If the U.S. Supreme Court had sided with the King v. Burwell plaintiffs, federal tax subsidies to reduce the cost of insurance premiums...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

Employer Health Plans: Taking Responsibility for Your Business Associates

The Anthem and Premera Blue Cross data breaches caused widespread panic throughout the employer health plan community earlier this year. For many, these data breach announcements served as a wakeup call for employer health...more

IRS Says Hospitals Must List Physicians in Financial Assistance Policies

On June 26, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued guidance to clarify how charitable hospitals may comply with regulations issued by the Department of Treasury under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act...more

IRS Clarifies Requirements for Listing Providers in Financial Assistance Policies

On June 26, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2015-46, which clarifies the requirement in the Treasury Regulations under Section 501(r)(4) that a hospital's financial assistance policy (FAP) must...more

Proposed Rule Creates Challenges for Managed Long-Term Services and Supports

On June 1, 2015, the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published its proposed rule on Medicaid managed care (CMS-2390-P). As noted in our three earlier advisories, which provided an overview of the proposed...more

Health Alert (Australia) - July 6, 2015

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgments: Victoria. 26 June 2015 - Northern Health v Kuipers [2015] VSCA 172 - The Victorian Supreme Court has allowed an appeal...more

A Review of the Supreme Court’s 2014 - 2015 Term

During the United States Supreme Court’s 2014-2015 term, the Court departed from the pro-business reputation it had developed in labor and employment cases. This term, employees prevailed more often than not, including in...more

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