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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 -

Shorts On Long Term Care March 2017 - News for the NC LTC Community

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Thursdays with Mama - Life has a rhythm, a symmetry, a meter, a metric. It’s rarely smooth or perfect. It’s knots and knuckles, bumps and bruises. It’s rough and tumble. It sings its own song in its own...more

Trump Administration Takes First Steps to Support Exchanges, but Key Questions Remain

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In an effort to stabilize the Exchanges and encourage issuer participation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently extended the federal Exchange application and rate filing deadlines and published a...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

Meeting privately with Senate Republicans to discuss next steps on the ACA was among the first actions taken last week by the new Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Tom Price. But GOP senators left...more

Medicare & Medicaid Remain Vulnerable to Fraud and Abuse, GAO Warns

by Reed Smith on

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is out with the latest installment of its “High-Risk Series,” which identifies federal programs “that are especially vulnerable to waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement, or that...more

HHS Finalizes Appeals Backlog Rule in Wake of Judicial Order

by Polsinelli on

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a Final Rule aimed at reducing and eventually eliminating the backlog of more than 650,000 claims currently awaiting adjudication by an administrative law judge...more

HHS Announces Final Rule on Medicare Benefit Claim Appeals Process

by King & Spalding on

On January 17, 2017, HHS published its final rule addressing modifications to the Medicare benefit claim appeals process. The final rule seeks to reduce the significant backlog of pending Medicare appeals and streamline the...more

CMS Finalizes Regulations with Hope of Reducing Medicare Appeals Backlog

by Reed Smith on

On January 17, 2017, CMS published the final rule titled “Medicare Program: Changes to the Medicare Claims and Entitlement, Medicare Advantage Organization Determination, and Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Determination...more

OIG Report Indicates Areas of Hospice Fraud Vulnerability and Issues a Warning to Hospice Providers

by Ruder Ware on

The HHS Office of Inspector General recently released a report indicating deficiencies in hospice election statements and physician certification of patient eligibility for hospice care. Medicare hospice care provides help...more

OIG Report Cites Continuing Vulnerabilities Under Medicare’s 2-Midnight Policy

by Reed Smith on

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a report, “Vulnerabilities Remain Under Medicare’s 2-Midnight Hospital Policy,” which assessed changes in hospital...more

CMS Revokes Billing Privileges for Competitive Bid Supplier

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has demonstrated that it will not hesitate to use one of its most crippling administrative enforcement tools—the revocation of Medicare billing privileges—against one of...more

Medicare Appeal Proposal Falls Far Short of Court Mandate

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

For years the hospital industry has been in an uproar over the mountainous backlog of Medicare claim appeals. Current estimates are that a whopping 650,000 claims are at the Administrative Law Judge level awaiting...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

A growing number of moderate and conservative Republicans in Congress are voicing concerns about the party’s strategy to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Act) in February but then wait months – and possibly even into 2018 –...more

The New “Price” of U.S. Health Care: The Future of Value-based Reimbursement Under President-elect Trump and Tom Price

by Carlton Fields on

The total U.S. health care expenditure was $3.2 trillion in 2015, and is projected to grow to nearly $5.6 trillion by 2025. As our nation’s cost of care rises, both Democrats and Republicans recognize the overwhelming need to...more

“Bundles of Bundles”: CMS Announces New Mandatory Bundled Payment Programs for Heart Attack, Heart Surgery, and Hip and Femur...

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) is forging ahead with the implementation of innovative and value-based payment programs, despite Donald Trump’s win in the presidential election and Republican...more

HHS OIG Issues Report on Medicare’s 2-Midnight Rule

by King & Spalding on

On December 19, 2016, the HHS OIG issued a report on Medicare’s 2-midnight rule titled “Vulnerabilities Remain Under Medicare 2-Midnight Hospital Policy.” The report reviews data from 2013 and 2014 and reaches several...more

New Initiatives for the New Year: Highlights of the OIG’s 2017 Work Plan

by Alston & Bird on

On November 10, 2016, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its 2017 Work Plan. The 2017 Work Plan outlines the areas of special concern to the OIG and...more

Health Care Institutions

by K&L Gates LLP on

Originally published in Haig, Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, Fourth Edition §§ 87:1 et seq. © 2016 American Bar Association. This chapter discusses federal court litigation relating to health care...more

OIG Issues Report on Medicare’s ‘2-Midnight Hospital Rule’

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On December 19, 2016, the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) posted a report examining the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) “2-Midnight Rule.” The OIG concluded that...more

CMS Issues Final Rule for New Cardiac, Orthopedic Bundled Payment Models

by King & Spalding on

On December 20, 2016, CMS issued its final rule implementing three new Medicare Parts A and B episode payment models for patients admitted for treatment for heart attack, bypass surgery, or hip/femur fracture under its...more

HHS Announces New Medicare-Medicaid Accountable Care Organization Model

by King & Spalding on

On December 15, 2016, HHS announced an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) initiative for beneficiaries who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. The Medicare-Medicaid ACO Model (Model) builds on the Medicare Shared...more

Futures in Doubt of CMS’ New Mandatory Bundled Payment Models and Medicare Shared Savings Program Track 1+

by Cozen O'Connor on

Word spread quickly Monday (December 20, 2016) about CMS’ issuance of final regulations (to be published in the Federal Register on January 3, 2017) rolling out new mandatory bundled payments models for Acute Miocardial...more

CMS Issues Final Mandatory Episode Payment Models for Cardiac and Orthopedic Cases, Plus New Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive...

by Reed Smith on

In the waning days of the Obama Administration, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has unveiled a lengthy and complex final rule to establish mandatory Medicare bundled payment programs for acute myocardial...more

HHS-OIG reports on impact and vulnerabilities of Medicare's Two-Midnight Rule

by Dentons on

On December 19, 2016, the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) issued a report, "Vulnerabilities Remain Under Medicare 2-Midnight Hospital Policy" (OEI-02-15-00020). The report is...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - December 2016

by King & Spalding on

CMS Releases the Finalized Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice Form – On December 9, 2016, CMS released the final Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) form. The MOON form is a standardized form developed by CMS...more

Medicare, Medicaid Payment Policies, Fraud Authorities Enacted as Part of 21st Century Cures Act

by Reed Smith on

On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act). While much of the focus has been on policies intended to accelerate drug and device development and approval, the Cures Act also...more

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