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MACRA Brings Modifications to the Recovery Audit Program

This is the second K&L Gates Health Care Client Alert discussing the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015” (MACRA), signed into law by President Barack Obama on April 16, 2015. This alert focuses on...more

CMS Issues Proposed Rule Raising Hospice Provider Payments in FY 2016

On April 30, 2015, CMS issued a proposed rule that would give hospices serving Medicare beneficiaries an estimated 1.3 percent ($200 million) increase in their FY 2016 payments. Comments on the proposed rule are due by June...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: House E&C Releases Discussion Draft of 21st Century Cures Legislation Ahead of Legislative Hearing... FDA Finalizes Biosimilar Guidance Documents... CMS Updates Wage Index and Payment Rates for the Medicare Hospice...more

CMS Issues Meaningful Use Stage 3 Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published a proposed rule (Proposed Rule) implementing Stage 3 of the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) Incentive Programs (Meaningful Use...more

Meaningful Use Stage 3 Proposed Rule: Security Risk Analysis and Patient Access

Where HIPAA and Meaningful Use intersect, does the newly released Meaningful Use Stage 3 proposed rule provide greater clarity or create more confusion? As discussed in our earlier advisory, the Meaningful Use Stage 3...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - April 2015 #4

CMS Announces Round 1 2017 DMEPOS Competitive Bidding System – On April 21, 2015, CMS announced plans for a new bidding process for the supplier contracts awarded in the Round 1 Recompete of the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding...more

FDA Finalizes Key Guidance Documents on Biosimilars

On the heels of its approval of the first biosimilar product in March, FDA has just released final versions of three key biosimilar guidance documents under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA). The...more

Manatt on Medicaid: Montana Governor Signs Act to Expand Medicaid

On April 29, 2015, Montana Governor Steve Bullock signed Senate Bill 405, referred to as the Montana Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership Act (HELP Act), which expands Medicaid to cover an estimated 70,000 new adults....more

CMS Amends Ruling 1498-R Regarding Remedy for Recalculation of Medicare DSH Payment Adjustments

On April 22, 2015, CMS issued Ruling 1498-R2 (the Revised Ruling), a modification of the prior ruling governing Medicare Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payment adjustments. The Revised Ruling addresses the...more

The Soon-to-be Reality of Medicare Part B Reimbursements for Biosimilars

As the country’s largest health insurer, Medicare has immense influence on the health care market. In the wake of the recent approval of Sandoz’s Zarxio (filgrastim-sndz), the first FDA-approved biosimilar, last month the...more

New CMS Ruling on DSH Appeals for FY 2004 and Earlier

It’s a measure of the backlog in DSH (for Disproportionate Share Hospital) payment appeals that CMS is still issuing rulings for appeals applicable to treatment of patients before October 1, 2004. On April 24 CMS issued...more

“Doc Fix” Bill Mandates Anti-Fraud Enforcement Tools

On April 16, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, better known as the “doc fix” bill, as an attempt to fix the flawed Medicare reimbursement system implemented by the...more

Health Care Enforcement: The Impact on Private Equity Investments [Video]

Brian Platton provides an overview of enforcement trends that private equity investors should be aware of before entering into the health care space....more

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

CMS releases new redetermination regulations and links uncompensated care funds to expanding Medicaid, and New York becomes the second state to launch the Basic Health Program. ...more

New Postings on the Reed Smith Health Industry Washington Watch Blog - April 2015

The Reed Smith Health Industry Washington Watch blog has been updated to report on recent health policy developments, including the following...more

CMS Releases IPF PPS Proposed Rule for FY 2016

On Friday, April 24, 2015, CMS released Medicare’s Inpatient Psychiatric Facility (IPF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) proposed rule for FY 2016. CMS estimates that payments to IPFs under the proposed rule would increase...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Explores Post-Acute Bundling…CMS Releases First-ever Hospital Compare Star Ratings…Fiscal Year 2016 Proposed Inpatient and Long-term Care Hospital Policy and Payment Changes....more

MACRA’s Advancement of EHR Interoperability and Telehealth

This is the fourth and final post in our series on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Pub.L. No. 114-10. We’ve previously covered the repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) in our April 20th post,...more

CMS Issues Proposed - Skilled Nursing Facility Rule

On April 15, 2015, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule to address Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Medicare rate increases for fiscal year (FY) 2016, as well as to propose a variety of measures...more

CMS Issues Proposed FY 2016 SNF PPS Rule

On April 15, 2015, CMS issued its proposed FY 2016 rule outlining Medicare payment rates for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). CMS projects that the overall economic impact of the proposed rule would result in an estimated...more

President Obama Signs SGR Repeal Legislation; New Physician Payment Methodology Begins in 2019

On April 16, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). MACRA repeals the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) that was set to cut Medicare Physician Fee...more

CMS Proposes Expansion of Medicaid Mental Health Parity Requirements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a proposed rule, on April 10, 2015, addressing the application of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (“MHPAEA”) to the Medicaid and CHIP...more

Following FDA’s First Biosimilar License, CMS Issues Guidance on Reimbursement for Biosimilars

On March 6, 2015, FDA released a statement announcing its issuance of the first biosimilar license to Zarxio. In the same month, CMS issued a number of guidance documents addressing reimbursement for biosimilars under the...more

Beyond SGR – MACRA Provides Additional Payment Provisions and Offsets

This is the second post in our continuing series on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Pub.L. No: 114-10. In addition to repealing the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), which was covered in our April 20th...more

CMS Issues FY 2016 IPPS and LTCH Proposed Rule

On April 17, 2015, CMS released a proposed rule (Proposed Rule) to update the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Medicare payment policies and rates under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital...more

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