Dept. of Health and Human Services Medicare

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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Progress on Medicare Payment Reform

HHS is gearing up to design and implement a revised Medicare payment system. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) has designated a merit based incentive payment system (MIPS) as a goal. CMS is...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: The House is not in session this week... The Senate returns today... Committees in the Senate will hold hearings on co-ops and mental health... Vice President Biden will attend the World Economic Forum in...more

GAO Report Says Hospital-Physician Consolidation Requires Payment Reform

Yesterday the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requested that Congress order Health & Human Services to equalize Medicare payments for the same services, whether provided in a physician office or in a hospital...more

Health Update - December 2015

Lessons from Hawaii's Trailblazing ACA 1332 Waiver Proposal - Editor's Note: On September 9, Hawaii became the first state to post a draft 1332 waiver proposal for public comment. While Hawaii's proposal focuses on the...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Congress unable to come to agreement on funding the government past Dec. 11 so a short-term funding bill was passed to give more time for negotiations... Tax extenders still being discussed as a vehicle for a...more

Highlights From The 2016 OIG Work Plan

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released its Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2016. The annual work plan can provide valuable insights into the OIG’s planned areas of...more

HHS Posts Fall 2015 Regulatory Agenda Listing Rules in Pipeline

The Obama Administration has released its latest regulatory agenda, which lists major pending or planned regulatory actions and the anticipated timing of rulemaking activity. The agenda includes numerous pending HHS proposed...more

OIG Workplan Series Installment One - What Does the OIG’s 2016 Work Plan Mean for Hospitals?

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) recently released its 2016 Work Plan. The Work Plan may offer evidence of a growing shift in the agency’s priorities, particularly with regard...more

Limited Modifications in Final ACO Fraud and Abuse Waivers Most Notably Include Cut of Gainsharing CMP Waiver

Nearly four years after publishing their joint interim final rule with comment period, effective November 2, 2011 (IFC), the OIG and CMS (Agencies) have finalized the waivers of various fraud and abuse laws in the context of...more

Blog: OIG Releases FY2016 Work Plan: Areas to be Reviewed Include SNFs, Drug Pricing, HIPAA

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released this week its FY2016 Work Plan (Work Plan). The OIG Work Plan summarizes new and ongoing OIG reviews of various HHS programs and...more

Millennium Health to Pay $256 million in False Claims Act Settlement

Millennium Health, one of the nation’s largest urine drug testing laboratories, has agreed to pay the government $256 million to resolve claims that it violated the Federal False Claims Act (“FCA”). The Settlement...more

Health Care Update - October 2015

Senate Working Group Pressing Forward on Telehealth - As Congress focuses on bigger picture policy decisions, including broad budget negotiations and raising the debt ceiling, there are some exciting developments on the...more

CMS Adopts Changes to Medicare & Medicaid EHR Policies

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a sweeping final rule with comment period that specifies the requirements that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals...more

The Bad Debt Moratorium Requires a Flexible Approach to Evaluating "Reasonable Collection Efforts"

On September 10, 2015, District Judge Randolph D. Moss of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an opinion in Mountain States Health Alliance v. Burwell (Mountain States) involving Section 310 of the...more

The Deeper Dive: Medicare’s Fundamental Shift Toward P4P - What priorities should providers focus on in navigating the changing...

While Medicare’s path toward pay for performance (P4P) has evolved over time, 2015 is proving to be a landmark year. July marked the 50th anniversary of the Medicare program. And in self-described “historic announcements”...more

Washington Healthcare Update

Elections for Speaker of the House and Potential Changes at Ways and Means Committee - Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced Tuesday (Oct. 20) that he will run for the House Speaker position if the major House Republican...more

Millennium Health and DOJ Settle False Claims Act Allegations for $256 Million

On October 19, 2015, the Department of Justice (DOJ), through the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, announced that Millennium Health (formerly Millennium Laboratories) had agreed to resolve...more

OIG Hospital Compliance Audits: Is Your Number Up? Are You Ready?

In its Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2012, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it would begin reviews of Medicare payments to hospitals to determine compliance...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - October 2015

"Wherefore Art Thou Due Process?" Part III - Why it matters: It is time for another installment in our continuing "Wherefore Art Thou Due Process?" coverage into the ongoing constitutional challenges to the SEC's...more

What’s Lurking in Your Lab? Legal Risks for Hospital Laboratories

Most health-care lawyers are accustomed to monitoring the high profile areas of regulatory enforcement in health care. However, many hospital lawyers, whether in-house or outside counsel, are unaware of the potential...more

Washington Healthcare Update

Bicameral Bill Introduced to Provide HHS Authority to Reject Proposed Insurance Rates - Before Congress left for its Columbus Day recess, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the Health...more

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

CMS Announces Part D Enhanced Medication Therapy Management Model Demonstration – On September 28, 2015, CMS announced a Part D Enhanced Medication Therapy Management Model (Enhanced MTM Model) that is designed to assess...more

Uncertainty Continues for Two-Midnight Rule's Payment Reduction

In Shands Jacksonville v. Burwell [PDF], No. CV 14-1477, 2015 WL 5579653, (D.D.C. Sept. 21, 2015), the United States District Court for the District of Columbia gave the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human...more

OIG Continues to Recommend Reduced Medicaid DME Reimbursement Rates

The HHS Office of Inspector General is once again calling for states to clamp down on Medicaid reimbursement for durable medical equipment (DME) and supplies. The OIG cites a series of earlier reports estimating that four...more

OMHA Expands Settlement Conference Facilitation Pilot

The HHS Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) has announced that it is expanding its Settlement Conference Facilitation pilot’s eligibility criteria to include more pending appeals. As previously reported, this pilot...more

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