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CMS to Scrutinize Hospice Election Statements, Physician Certifications

As a result of an Office of Inspector General (OIG) report released in September 2016, hospice providers can expect increased survey focus on the content of their hospice election forms and on physician certifications of...more

Florida Federal District Court Dismisses Plaintiff’s Qui Tam Action Against Hospice Providers

On September 22, 2016, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida granted defendant hospice providers’ motions to dismiss plaintiff-relator’s claims under the False Claims Act, Florida’s False Claims...more

[Event] Long-Term Care Conference - October 18th, Richmond, VA

Williams Mullen's Long-Term Care Conference will provide health care executives with the latest information on how to mitigate professional liability and regulatory risks; manage employment law matters, including overtime,...more

EndNotes - September 2016 - News for North Carolina's Hospice and Palliative Care Community

Nondiscrimination Final Rule under the ACA Imposes New Requirements on Hospice Agencies - On May 26, 2016, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Civil Rights (OCR), issued the...more

Nondiscrimination Final Rule under the ACA Imposes New Requirements on Hospice Agencies

On May 26, 2016, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Civil Rights (OCR), issued the “Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities” final rule, implementing Section 1557 of the...more

Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - August 2016

Spotlight on the False Claims Act - Why it matters: This month, we review a recent Ninth Circuit case that allowed a qui tam relator’s action against various Medicare Advantage organizations to proceed, holding that the...more

CMS Releases Final Rule Addressing Hospice FY 2017 Wage Index, Payment Rates, and Quality Reporting

On August 5, 2016, CMS released a final rule addressing fiscal year (FY) 2017 updates to the hospice wage index, payment rates, and quality reporting requirements. Of note, the final rule increases hospice payments by 2.1...more

Alabama CON Report

I. Certificate of Need Program - A. AL2016-023, RehabCare Group East, Inc., Birmingham, AL: Proposes to relocate the existing multi-service outpatient rehab center from 100 Shadow Wood Park, Ste. B, Birmingham, Shelby...more

OIG Approves Hospice Payments to Nursing Facility for Dual Eligible Patients Under Medicaid Demonstration Project

On July 20, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a favorable Advisory Opinion (16-08) [PDF] regarding payments from a hospice to a nursing facility in which a dual...more

CMS Issues Final Update to Medicare Hospice Payment Rules for FY 2017

CMS has released a final rule that updates the Medicare hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year (FY) 2017. CMS estimates that the final rule will increase overall Medicare payments to hospices by...more

Payments to SNFs, Hospices and IRFs to Increase Under CMS Final Rules

On July 29, 2016, CMS released three separate final rules updating the fiscal year 2017 payment rates for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), hospices and inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs). Payments will increase...more

Health Care Market Intelligence: Post-Acute Care Summary Report - Q2 2016

Key Findings - - CMS proposed an $800-million Medicare payment increase for SNFs in FY 2017, a 2.1% increase from this year, while hospice payments would rise by $330 million, or 2%. Home healthcare agencies may see a...more

OIG Gives Green Light to Hospice Provider’s Payment to Nursing Facilities

Last week, the OIG issued a favorable opinion to a hospice provider seeking to make supplemental payments to skilled nursing facilities. Under the proposed arrangement, the hospice provider would make a supplemental payment...more

DOJ Announces Will Appeal Loss in AseraCare, Triggering Issues on Battle of the Experts, Statistical Sampling, and Bifurcation

$200 million and pivotal legal precedent are at stake in the False Claims Act (“FCA”) case against AseraCare, Inc. (“AseraCare”), a for-profit hospice chain that was alleged to have fraudulently submitted claims that falsely...more

Another Court Rejects Statistical Sampling and Rules That Difference of Opinion About Hospice Eligibility Is Insufficient for...

Back in March of this year, in U.S. ex rel. Paradies v. AseraCare, Inc., a district court in Alabama granted summary judgment to a defendant hospice finding that an expert physician’s disagreement with a certifying...more

Physical security still an issue: Pruitt Health suffers breach in break-in

The importance of physical security and the risk associated with the unauthorized access to or loss of paper records is clear from recent experiences of Pruitt Health in South Carolina. On March 2, 2016, an intruder...more

Hospice Requests Supreme Court Review of Medicare Hospice Annual Cap

On June 8, 2016, Southeast Arkansas Hospice, Inc. (SEARK) filed a petition for a writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court to review an Eighth Circuit decision that upheld the annual Medicare payment cap for hospice services. ...more

MedPAC Releases Comment Letters on Fiscal Year 2017 Inpatient Hospital, Hospice, Skilled Nursing, and Inpatient Rehabilitation...

In late May, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) issued comment letters in response to multiple CMS payment proposals in which MedPAC encouraged refinements to the hospital star rating system to emphasize...more

Differences in Medical Opinions: Not Enough to Prove FCA Liability

In a $200 million False Claims Act (FCA) litigation with certain twists and turns, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama recently found that the federal government failed to show that claims submitted...more

Health Alert (Australia) - May 16, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Victoria 10 May 2016 - Allie v Allied Medical Group Pty Ltd (Human Rights) [2016] VCAT 728 Mr Allie...more

CMS Proposes Increased Transparency of Hospice Quality Data in Annual Payment Update

In Depth - On April 21, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule regarding updates to fiscal year (FY) 2017 Medicare payment rates and the wage index for hospices serving Medicare...more

CMS Finalizes Updated Fire Safety Standards for Health Care Facilities

On May 4, 2016, CMS is publishing a final rule amending fire safety standards applicable to the following types of Medicare- and Medicaid-participating health care facilities: hospitals, critical access hospitals, long-term...more

CMS Proposes Update to Medicare Hospice Payment Rules for FY 2017

CMS has published a proposed rule that would update the Medicare hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year (FY) 2017. CMS estimates that the proposed rule would increase overall Medicare payments to...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - April 2016

CMS Extends Participation in Bundled Payments for Care Improvement by Two Years – CMS has offered awardees the opportunity to extend participation in Models 2, 3, and 4 of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement program...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On April 21, 2016, CMS issued a proposed rule entitled, “Medicare Program: FY 2017 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements.” This...more

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