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Could Possible Healthcare Repeal Efforts Extend to Physician Payments Under Medicare?

Now that the 2016 presidential election is over, many patients are asking whether Congress will repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or parts of the legislation. Yet, many doctors are asking (or should be asking) whether...more

OPPS Provider-Based Final Rule — A More Practical Approach From CMS

CMS recently finalized sweeping changes to the way Medicare pays hospitals for services furnished in “new” off-campus provider-based departments (referred to as “off-campus PBDs”). CMS revealed the changes on November 1...more

Will Employers’ ACA Obligations Change Under the Trump Administration?

During his campaign, President-elect Trump promised to make the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) a priority. Now that the election is over, what should employers expect? We don’t have a crystal ball,...more

CMS Continues Efforts to Improve Patient Care, Spending, and Population Health

On November 2, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), released the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule, which finalized a number of new policies designed to improve Medicare payment for...more

Now is the Time to Prepare for MACRA: 2017 Will Bring Major Changes to Physician Medicare Reimbursement

MACRA (the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015) is bi-partisan legislation that was enacted to change Medicare reimbursement from being based on the current system of volume of services provided to...more

Promise to Repeal the ACA Poses Threat to MACRA Implementation

Most of the post-election discussion of the ACA has focused on how promises to repeal the law could impact the newly insured. But one priority area of the ACA that has received very little discussion is the federal...more

Will Republicans Embrace CMMI’s Authority?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) provided the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the newly created Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI)...more

Federal Judge Blocks CMS Rule Banning Arbitration In Nursing Home Disputes

In September, CMS announced a final rule that bans pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements related to care received in long-term care facilities. Among other things, the rule preserves the right of patients and their...more

Mississippi District Court Halts Implementation of New CMS Rule Banning Use of Arbitration Agreements in Long-Term Care Facilities

Anyone familiar with long-term care litigation knows that the number of disputes regarding the use and enforcement of arbitration agreements in the context of assisted living/nursing home admissions has risen sharply over the...more

2017 OPPS Final Rule: Payment to Off-Campus Provider-Based Departments

On November 1, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the 2017 Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Final Rule. One aspect of this rule is the implementation of payment decreases for...more

Federal Court Blocks CMS Ban on Pre-Dispute Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements Pending Legal Challenge: What the Ruling Means for...

Earlier this week, a federal court enjoined the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) from enforcing a rule, promulgated on September 28, 2016, which barred pre-dispute arbitration agreements between...more

Federal Court Enjoins U.S. Agency’s Nursing Home Arbitration Agreement Ban

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency within the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, recently issued a final rule prohibiting nursing homes and other long-term care facilities from utilizing...more

Making Sense of the MACRA Final Rule – Part 3 of 3: Merit Based Payment Incentive System (MIPS)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its final rule with comment period implementing the bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Among its numerous changes,...more

Making Sense of the MACRA Final Rule, Part 2 of 3: Alternative payment Models

Many observers view the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) as a game changer for the delivery and payment of health care services. On Oct. 14, 2016 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...more

CMS Releases List of Additional Advanced APM’s and Announces Vermont’s All-Payer ACO

On the heels of the release of its final rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its 2017 list of Advanced Alternative Payment...more

Making Sense of the MACRA Final Rule, Part 1 of 3: Essential Concepts

On Oct. 14, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule with comment period implementing the bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The nearly 2,400 pages of...more

CMS Finalizes MACRA Rule and Continues Transition Toward Value-based Payments

On October 14, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule with comment period (Final Rule) implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The Final Rule...more

Health Care E-Note - October 2016

Last year President Obama signed into law the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (“MACRA”). MACRA implemented significant changes in how Medicare reimburses doctors. In this article for the Birmingham...more

The 2016 Election and Your Healthcare System: What’s at Stake?

Regardless of the 2016 general election outcome, a new administration will have to respond to pressing policy issues that will shape continued transformation of the U.S. healthcare system. What are the issues and where do...more

Catching Up With the Times: CMS Reforms Long-Term Care Facility Requirements Part III

On October 4, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the biggest overhaul to federal long-term care regulations since 1991, and impacted facilities can immediately take steps to ensure they’re prepared...more

Catching Up With the Times: CMS Reforms Long-Term Care Facility Requirements - Part II

Following CMS publishing the biggest overhaul to federal long-term care regulations in 25 years, affected facilities must take steps to ensure they are prepared for the pending changes. On Oct. 4, CMS published the...more

CMS Finalizes Sweeping Changes to Medicare Physician Payments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Oct. 14, 2016, released the highly anticipated Final Rule implementing the Medicare physician payment reforms enacted as part of the Medicare Access and CHIP...more

Ten Things to Know About the CMS Long-Term Care Requirements Final Rule

Deadlines are looming to come into compliance with sweeping changes to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements for long-term care facilities (LTC) participating in Medicare and Medicaid. The CMS final...more

CMS Finalizes New Medicare Quality Payment Program: "Flexibility" and "Pick Your Pace" Key Themes

After receiving roughly 4,000 comments to its proposed rule, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on October 14, 2016 released its final rule for implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act...more

MACRA Advances

Last year President Obama signed into law the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 ("MACRA"). MACRA implemented significant changes in how Medicare reimburses doctors. In particular, MACRA (i) ended the...more

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