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Insiders Say New MACRA Rule Likely as Providers Look to Sec. Price to Ease Burden

The Trump administration is considering releasing a rule to ease the burden that small practices are facing in trying to comply with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), according to a recent...more

Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Healthcare Leaders cite Fraud and Abuse Laws as Obstacle to Value-Based Arrangements

As the healthcare industry moves towards value-based purchasing, pay-for-performance, and other payment reform models, industry leaders have identified federal fraud and abuse laws as a barrier to full implementation of such...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - February 2017 #3

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Act 188 Plans On Hold as New Chemical Bill is Introduced - Nearly three years after the legislature passed a law to regulate children’s products containing chemicals of high concern, a web site intended to inform the...more

CMS Finalizes Testing of New Episode Payment Models and MSSP Track 1+ ACO

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On January 3, 2017, CMS published a final rule addressing three care coordination models: - Cardiac care: CMS added two new cardiac care episode payment models (“EPMs”) for items and services furnished to patients...more

The AHA’s Letter to Santa Claus

The American Hospital Association, after having been “nice” all year, penned its letter to Santa Claus with its wish list for Christmas. Its four page letter (actually addressed to President-Elect Donald Trump at 1717...more

“May You Live in Interesting Times” – Some Healthcare Predictions for the Trump Administration’s First Year

The ancient Chinese curse – “May you live in interesting times” – certainly springs to mind these days. What does the election of Donald Trump mean for the healthcare industry, the Affordable Care Act and current healthcare...more

Preparing for an ACA Rollback: How to Get Paid for Treating the Uninsured - Hospital Industry Viewpoint

by Morgan Lewis on

Given that Republicans will soon control both Congress and the White House, hospitals may be concerned that expenditures that have helped reduce the ranks of the uninsured will be ratcheted down. However, forward-thinking...more

House Republicans Push Back on Medicare’s New Mandatory Bundled Payment Models

On July 25, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposed rule that promises to deliver coordinated, high-quality care for Medicare beneficiaries. The proposed rule (effective July 1, 2017)...more

Health Law Insights Newsletter - Issue 13

by McCarter & English, LLP on

McCarter & English, LLP’s Health Care Group presents Issue 13 of the Health Law Insights, which discusses the latest legal issues in the health care industry. - Failure to Update Business Associate Agreement Results in...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - October 2016

Vermont moves closer to launching the country’s first all-payer ACO; CMS approves Arizona’s 1115 waiver extension but rejects the State’s proposed work requirement and premiums for those earning below the FPL; and CMS issues...more

Proposed Cardiac, Hip, and Femur Episode Payment Models Are Next Generation from BPCI and CJR

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule on July 25, 2016, entitled, Advancing Care Coordination Through Episode Payment Models (EPMs); Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model; and...more

CMS Unveils New Mandatory Medicare Bundled Payment Models for Cardiac & Hip Fracture Cases, Plus Proposed Refinements to CJR...

by Reed Smith on

On July 25, 2016, CMS announced ambitious, multi-pronged plans to expand mandatory Medicare coordinated care/bundled payment programs, promote the use of cardiac rehabilitation services, refine current Comprehensive Care for...more

IRS Denies Exempt Status for Non-MSSP Accountable Care Organizations

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In April, the IRS released a private letter ruling denying section 501(c)(3) status to an accountable care organization (“ACO”) that contracted with third-party payers outside of the Medicare Shared Savings Program (“MSSP”)....more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - June 2016#2

Arkansas’ Governor requests to transition to a “State-based Marketplace on the Federal Platform;” Louisiana launches Medicaid expansion with SNAP fast-track enrollment; and study shows 2016 premium increases are lower for...more

Legal Issues Associated with Multi-Provider Alternative Payment Model

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), both federal and state policies have promoted the adoption of alternative payment models (APMs), providing financial incentives for groups of providers to improve care...more

Washington Healthcare Update

by McGuireWoods LLP on

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

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

by King & Spalding on

CMS Releases HAC Data for FY 2016, Showing More Payment Reductions – On December 10, 2015, CMS published quality measure scores related to hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) for hospitals participating in the HAC Reduction...more

OIG Releases FY 2016 Work Plan

by King & Spalding on

On November 2, HHS OIG released its FY 2016 Work Plan. The Work Plan summarizes new and ongoing OIG reviews with respect to HHS programs and operations, providing an advance notice to the industry, policymakers, and the...more

Top Three Reasons ACOs Should Use Telehealth and Telemedicine

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) can share costs of telehealth and remote patient monitoring services among their hospitals, providers/suppliers, and other ACO participants, according to federal regulations under the...more

CMS/OIG Finalize Fraud Authority Waivers for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) under the Medicare Shared Savings Program...

by Reed Smith on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) have finalized a rule designed to “remove legal and regulatory barriers that can impede care coordination in furtherance of the...more

[Webinar] Provider Networks: Avoiding Antitrust Trouble - Oct. 15th, 10:00am PDT

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Affordable Care Act encourages providers to collaborate to improve health care. But the antitrust enforcement agencies have warned providers that “too much” collaboration can run afoul of the antitrust laws. How do...more

Health care consolidations: Complex maneuvers in a high-stakes environment

In today’s shifting health care landscape, providers are consolidating and forming strategic partnerships that position them to offer comprehensive, high-quality services at reasonable costs....more

[Event] PSST! - Physician Strategies & Success Tools - Oct. 2nd, Troy, MI

by Dickinson Wright on

Topics will include: • Healthcare Contracting – Legal Issues and Practical Considerations • Clinical Integration – ACOs, Super Groups and Other Integration Structures • Pros and Cons of Hospital Employment • Direct...more

[Event] PSST! - Physician Strategies & Success Tools - Grand Rapids - Sept. 11th, Grand Rapids, Michigan

by Dickinson Wright on

Registration & Continental Breakfast - 8:00AM Seminar - 8:30 - 11:00AM Topics will include: • Healthcare Contracting – Legal Issues and Practical Considerations • Clinical Integration – ACOs, Super Groups...more

Private Equity Investment in Healthcare: 15 Healthcare Investment Niches – A Review of Key Sectors for 2015

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Private equity investment in healthcare continues to grow considerably. This article provides thoughts, observations and insights on 15 investment niches. It also provides some initial thoughts on the market as a whole....more

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