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Health Care: Charting the Path Forward to DSRIP for Long-Term Care Providers (8/14)

Designed by New York State to seek a federal waiver for the expenditure of Medicaid funds, the Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP) will allocate 6.42 billion dollars to health care providers in New York State to...more

New Federal Guidance on Reducing Medicaid Hospital Readmissions

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently issued a guide to assist hospitals in reducing Medicaid patient readmissions. The AHRQ Hospital Guide to Reducing Medicaid Readmissions is the product of a...more

CMS Reopens Open Payments System, Extends Review/Dispute Period and 15-Day Correction Period

On Friday, August 15, 2014, CMS officially announced the reopening of its Open Payments system and an extension of the covered recipient review/dispute period and subsequent data correction period. Our understanding is that...more

FDA Approves Cancer Screening Test as First Device Under Parallel Review Pilot

On August 11, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a premarket approval (PMA) for Exact Sciences’ Cologuard, a colorectal cancer screening test, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a...more

Court Enjoins CMS From Enforcing Dissatisfaction Requirement When a Provider’s Appeal Stems from the MAC’s Failure to Issue a...

On August 6, 2014, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia enjoined CMS, its Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs), and the Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB) from applying the...more

Overview of the FY 2015 IRF Final Rule

On August 6th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) published an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) final rule [PDF] in the Federal Register outlining (1) new Medicare payment policies and rates; and (2) guidance...more

FDA to Strengthen Oversight of Certain In Vitro Diagnostic Devices

In the wake of a new Medicare reimbursement framework, FDA plans stricter regulation of some in vitro diagnostic devices. On July 31, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA; Agency) announced its intent to...more

GAO Concludes CMS Should Increase Oversight of Post-Payment Claims Review Process

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released the findings of its study of the steps taken by CMS to prevent Medicare contractors from conducting certain duplicative post-payment claims reviews. Based on its audit,...more

CMS Care Coordination Payments – A Boon to Doctors and Patients but Patient Participation Will be Essential

As the Affordable Care Act continues to mature, we are seeing new efforts by the Obama administration to incentivize care coordination across a spectrum of services provided to Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) patients. A New...more

CMS Temporarily Suspends Open Payments System

On August 7, 2014, CMS announced via email that it has temporarily suspended the Open Payments system “to investigate a reported issue.” Although CMS did not offer further explanation, our understanding is that the system has...more

CMS Re-Opens Open Payments System

As my colleague Brian Dunphy previously reported, CMS temporarily closed the Open Payments system earlier this month. Open Payments is the online system through which pharmaceutical and device manufacturers covered by the...more

Limited Restart of RAC Program

On August 4, 2014, CMS announced that, due to the continued delay in awarding new Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) contracts, CMS will modify its current RAC contracts to allow for a limited number of reviews of Medicare...more

Maine Workers' Compensation Alert: CMS Guidelines Amended to Accept WCB Settlement Determination of MSA Amount After Hearing on...

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) update to its Workers' Compensation Medicare Set-Aside (WCMSA) Arrangement Reference Guide provides authority by which CMS will now recognize and defer to a Workers'...more

CMS Releases FY 2015 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Final Rule

On August 4, 2014, CMS released the annual Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System Final Rule for FY 2015 (the “Final Rule”) affecting discharges occurring on or after October 1, 2014. For inpatient acute care...more

Federal Health Insurance Marketplace Sends Notices Regarding Citizenship and Immigration Data Inconsistencies

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced that the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace (“Marketplace”) began sending follow-up notices to consumers with citizenship or immigration data inconsistencies...more

CMS Shuts Down Sunshine Act Online Verification Process

On August 7, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the Open Payments system is “temporarily” off-line. The CMS announcement did not state when the Open Payments system would be back on-line....more

New Federal Health Care Facility Regulations Could Mean More Construction Work

On April 16, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, published proposed rules that would amend the fire safety standards for hospitals,...more

HHS Enjoined from Enforcing Self-Disallowance Regulation

On August 6th, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia enjoined HHS (along with the PRRB and CMS’s Medicare contractors) from applying HHS’s “self-disallowance” regulation to any appeals filed on the basis of an...more

Health Care: CMS Issue Inpatient Rehabilitation Final Payment Rule For 2015 (8/14)

On July 31, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule, published in the Federal Register on August 6, 2014, updating fiscal year (FY) 2015 Medicare payment policies and rates for the...more

Mailing of FMLA Notices Not Sufficient to Overcome Denial of Receipt by Employee

On August 5, 2014, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an employer’s claim that it mailed to its employee a notice of rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA or Act) is not enough to rebut the employee’s...more

Health Care Update - August 2014 #2

In This Issue: - Brady Unveils Medicare/Medicaid Fraud Bill - Possible Litigation Threat Adds to Considerations in Containing Drug Costs - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal...more

Academic Medical Centers: Clinical Care, Research and Teaching (or Maybe Not?)—Graduate Medical Education and the Future

In the world of healthcare policy and law, we usually discuss issues impacting providers, but don’t often report about the training and infrastructure behind what allows our healthcare system to treat patients in our...more

CMS Temporarily Closes the Open Payments System

Open Payments is the website through which pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers (“Manufacturers”) report payments and transfers of value to physicians and teaching hospitals, as required by the Sunshine Act. ...more

Medicare's Fraud Prevention System: CMS Issues Second-Year Report to Congress

The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (pertinent sections of which are codified at 42 U.S.C. Section 1320a-7m) directed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to use predictive modeling and other analytics...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update August 2014

August recess has begun on Capitol Hill. Congressmen and women and senators are home in their districts and states, and Capitol Hill staffers are catching up on piled up work. Nonetheless, last week Congressman Kevin Brady...more

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