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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... 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 -

Hospital Claim Dismissed for Want of Redressability

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The recent decision in Dignity v. Burwell is interesting for three reasons. For one thing, it provides a reminder of the unfortunate fact that the acts (or inaction) of one party can adversely affect the fate of others—as...more

HHS Final Rule on Medicare Coverage Determination Appeals Process Takes Effect

by King & Spalding on

HHS’s final rule revising procedures for ALJ and Medicare Appeals Council level appeals, announced on January 17, 2017, took effect on March 20, 2017....more

Update: HHS Decides Appeals Backlog Rule

by Polsinelli on

On January 17, 2017, HHS published a rule addressing public comments and finalizing changes to the Medicare benefit claim appeals processes that were proposed on July 5, 2016. Although there was initially some speculation...more

HHS and Medicare Asked to Expand Coverage for Genetic Tests

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Fifteen members of Congress have asked the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (Medicare) to examine how the federal government can help improve patient access to genetic...more

OIG Issues Favorable Advisory Opinion Relating to Free Hotel Lodging and Cafeteria Meals for Qualifying Patients

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On March 3, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion 17-01. The Opinion relates to a request by an academic medical center (the “Requestor”) consisting...more

Excluded Party Cases Dominate OIG Published Self Disclosure Settlements

by Ruder Ware on

In 2013, the HHS Office of Inspector General issued revised protocols outlining the process through which health care providers are able to self-disclose and resolve potential liability under the OIG’s civil monetary penalty...more

HHS States that Agency Will Not Be Able to Meet Deadline to Clear Medicare Appeals Backlog

by King & Spalding on

In a status report filed on March 6, 2017, HHS revised projections regarding the Medicare appeals backlog, which make it unable to meet a court-imposed deadline to eliminate the backlog by 2020. The status report was filed in...more

HHS Secretary Backs Medicare Balance Billing

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Generally speaking, patients really dislike balance billing. Sometimes called “surprise billing,” “balance billing” refers to billing a patient for the difference between the health care provider’s charge and the amount a...more

Regulatory “Freeze” Thaws for HHS: Medicare FY 2018 IPPS/LTCH Rulemaking Process Gets Underway

by Reed Smith on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is moving ahead on its annual Medicare hospital payment update rule – and it actually is ahead of last year’s pace. Specifically, on March 8, 2017 CMS sent to Office of...more

2017 Washington, D.C. Preview

by Baker Donelson on

With President Donald Trump in the White House and Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, 2017 will see Republicans looking to undo much of President Obama's legacy and advance longstanding policy priorities....more

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

What’s in Your Local Transportation Policy?

by Nossaman LLP on

Those in the business of providing healthcare services to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries are all too familiar with the federal Anti-kickback Statute (AKS). Among other dreadful sanctions, it imposes criminal penalties on...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

District Court Allows Medicare Beneficiary Class Action to Proceed

by King & Spalding on

On February 8, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut declined to fully dismiss allegations filed by a class of Medicare patients against HHS in Alexander et al. v. Cochran (formerly Bagnall et...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

OIG Publishes Online Portfolio Highlighting its Body of Work on Drug Pricing and Reimbursement

For several years now, the public outcry over the issue of drug pricing and reimbursement has increased in frequency and fervor. At least one government agency wants you to know that it has been listening and wants to help...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

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - February 2017 #2

Tom Price is confirmed as the new head of Health and Human Services; Georgia and Missouri legislatures call for new Medicaid waivers to implement capped funding; and the uninsurance rate hits a new low in 2016....more

Fraud and Abuse Investigations Should be Taken Very Seriously

by Burr & Forman on

According to the United States Government, fraud and abuse recovery has an excellent return for each investment dollar spent. According to the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (HCFAC) Program Report,released by the...more

District Court Dismisses FCA Allegations Based Upon Difference of Medical Opinion

by King & Spalding on

This month, the United States District Court for the District of Utah dismissed a relator’s allegations that a cardiac surgeon and two hospitals based in Utah violated the federal False Claims Act (FCA) by billing Medicare...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

HHS Publishes Final Rule Overhauling the Medicare Appeals Process

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published its final rule revamping the Medicare appeals process at the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) level on January 17, 2017. The final rule extensively revises federal...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

HHS Announces Final Rule to Remedy Medicare Appeals Backlog

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On January 17, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a Final Rule announcing a three-prong appellate process change in an effort to decrease the growing Medicare appeals backlog at the...more

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