Dept. of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The United States Department of Health and Human Services is a federal executive department established in 1953, as part of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The Agency became independent in 1980... more +
The United States Department of Health and Human Services is a federal executive department established in 1953, as part of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The Agency became independent in 1980 and was renamed The Department of Health and Human Services at that time. HHS is charged with protecting and improving the health of the American population, as well as providing essential services.    less -
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Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Leading Up to the SCOTUS King v. Burwell Decision... House Votes to Repeal the Medical Device Tax... CMS Announces It Will Bolster Transitional Reinsurance Payments... MedPAC Releases June Report to Congress....more

Increased OIG Scrutiny on Medical Directorships

On June 9, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a Fraud Alert entitled, "Physician Compensation Arrangements May Result in Significant Liability." The Alert is an...more

DC Circuit calls into question legality of Stark Law ban on per-click equipment leases

On June 12, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a lengthy decision calling into question the regulatory prohibition on per-click equipment leases under the federal physician self-referral...more

Senate Committee Passes Bill Addressing Medicare Appeals Inefficiencies

On June 3, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee passed an original bill that aims to streamline and improve the Medicare Audit and Appeals Process. The Medicare appeals process has recently faced scrutiny from industry leaders...more

Medicare Shared Savings Program - 2015: What's Changed, What's New, and What's to Come?

The most recent Shared Savings Program final rule, published in the Federal Register on June 9, 2015, finalizes a number of the revisions to the original November 2011 final rule that CMS proposed on December 8, 2014. In...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: GOP Post-King Contingency Bills Released in Both the House and the Senate... House E&C Committee Draft LDT Bill – Creates FDA In Vitro Center, Sets Agency Review Timeline and Defines Risk Categories... CMS...more

Senate Finance Committee Advances Medicare Audit and Appeals Bill

On June 3, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee approved by voice vote the Audit & Appeal Fairness, Integrity, and Reforms in Medicare (AFIRM) Act of 2015. Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) were...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: House Ways & Means Committee Holds Markup; Makes Significant Legislative Changes to Health Care Bills... Senate Finance Committee Holds Markup on Medicare Appeals Process Bill... CMS Issues Final Rule on...more

Health Care Update - June 2015 #2

In This Issue: - CMS Finalizes ACO Program Rules; Scales Alternative Payment Model - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional Initiatives - Other...more

Senate Aging Committee Hearing on Hospital Observation Stay Policies

On May 20, 2015, the Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing entitled “Challenging the Status Quo: Solutions to the Hospital Observation Stay Crisis.” Chairman Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ranking Member Claire...more

ACO Model Expansion Hinges on Increasing Medicare Program Flexibility

Earlier this month, HHS Secretary Silvia Burwell made a game-changing announcement about the Obama Administration’s most significant alternative payment model (APM). The Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (Pioneer ACO)...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: House E&C 21st Century Cures Bill Passes Unanimously Out of Committee... House Votes to Codify Permanent R&D Tax Credit... CMS Released Proposed Rule Concerning Medicaid and CHIP Plans....more

CMS Schedules August 24-25, 2015 OPPS Advisory Panel Meeting

CMS has announced that it is holding a meeting of the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment on August 24-25, 2015. The purpose of the Panel is to advise HHS and CMS on the clinical integrity of the Ambulatory Payment...more

HHS Revises, Delays Medicare Enrollment Requirements for Part D Prescriptions

The Affordable Care Act authorized the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to require a physician, dentist or other healthcare provider to be enrolled in the Medicare program before they can issue a prescription...more

GAO Report on Oversight of Medicaid Payments to Hospitals

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report entitled “Medicaid: CMS Oversight of Provider Payments Is Hampered by Limited Data and Unclear Policy.” The report examines how state Medicaid payments to...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - May 2015 #2

CMS Publishes Corrected Comment Deadline for FY 2016 IPPS and LTCH Proposed Rule; Comments Due by June 16, 2015 – On May 5, 2015, CMS published in the Federal Register a corrected comment period for the FY 2016 Medicare IPPS...more

GAO Report Analyzes Options for Medicare Card Technology

Historically, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS“) issues all Medicare beneficiaries a paper card that includes the beneficiary’s name, Medicare number and eligibility status. Beneficiaries present the cards...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

Also In The News - Health Headlines - April 2015 #3

OIG Releases Joint Compliance Guidance for Hospital – In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released a new guidance document, “Practical Guidance for Health Care Governing Boards...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

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Montana Legislature Reverses Course, Endorses Medicaid Expansion... Final 2016 Medicare Advantage and Part D Rate Announcement and Call Letter... Upcoming: Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Hearing on Post-Acute...more

CMS establishes Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, we have been discussing the move from volume payment to value payment in healthcare. Now, you have an opportunity to have an impact on CMS’ alternative payment models....more

Healthcare Legal News Volume 5 Number 2

According to a recent study by Accenture, by 2017 approximately 18 percent of the American public will purchase insurance through exchanges versus relying on traditional employer healthcare coverage or foregoing insurance...more

Proposed HHS Rule Sets the Stage for Changes to the Meaningful Use Program

On March 30, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published its proposed rulemaking for Stage 3 of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR)...more

"Next Generation" ACO Model Announced by CMS

In a March 10, 2015 press release, CMS announced a new addition to its existing Accountable Care Model (ACO) portfolio: Next Generation ACOs. As stated by CMS in its press release, this new ACO model will allow for already...more

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