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CMS Announces Revisions to State Operations Manual for Hospitals “Primarily Engaged” in Providing Care to Inpatients

by King & Spalding on

On September 6, 2017, CMS’s Center for Clinical Standards and Quality/Survey & Certification Group announced revisions to Appendix A of the State Operations Manual (SOM), which governs hospital surveys. The revisions are...more

What Hospitals Need to Know About the Natural Disaster Exception to Stark Law

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Hospitals operating in regions affected by the recent hurricanes and other natural disasters may be able to obtain temporary regulatory relief. During times of disasters and emergencies, CMS can provide some flexibility...more

What Exactly Is a Hospital, Anyway? CMS Issues Guidance on “Primarily Engaged” Medicare Certification Requirement

The rules that govern participation in the Medicare program are notoriously voluminous and complex. Indeed, courts have described them as akin to a “[body of] law written by James Joyce and edited by E.E. Cummings” and “among...more

When Is a Hospital Not a Hospital? New Guidance Sheds (Some) Light on the Definition

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released guidance on September 6, 2017, intended to clarify the definition of “hospital.” The guidance provides factors that may be considered to determine whether a hospital is...more

New CMS Guidance on Inpatient Engagement Necessary for Hospital Certification

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On Sept. 6, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an advanced copy of guidance to state survey agency directors that is intended to clarify how to determine whether a hospital seeking Medicare...more

Hurricane Recovery Client Alert: Regulatory Relief for Healthcare Providers in Disaster Areas

by Morgan Lewis on

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have led to the declaration of a public health emergency in various affected areas across the country. As healthcare providers continue to provide essential disaster response operations, CMS and HHS...more

CMS Proposes to Cancel EPM and CR Bundled Payment Programs and to Reduce Mandatory Participation in CJR Model

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published a proposed rule (Proposed Rule) to scale back its mandatory bundled payment programs. Under the Proposed Rule, CMS would cancel the episode payment...more

Healthcare Law Update: September 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

OIG Advisory Opinions - Manufacturer's Free Replacement of Spoiled Pharmaceutical Products Authorized - On Aug. 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG)...more

Final Medicare Payment Regulations Expected for Physician Providers, Hospitals and Home Health Agencies in Fall 2017

by Baker Donelson on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released several annual Medicare proposed payment rules over the summer that are expected to be finalized this fall for 2018. On July 13, CMS released the proposed 2018...more

CMS Proposes Reimbursement Cuts for Certain Hospital Provider-Based Departments

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Non-excepted hospital off-campus provider-based departments (PBDs) may once again face cuts to reimbursement during calendar year 2018 (CY 2018) if the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalizes proposed changes...more

Hospitals and Others Respond to “Red Tape Relief Project” Requests

Last week, a number of health care industry associations sent letters to Congress detailing ways in which the government could relieve them of the burdens associated with “red tape.” The letters are in response to the first...more

CMS Aims to Nix Obama-Era Payment Models

In a proposed rule published Tuesday, August 15, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its intention to roll back a handful of payment models introduced under the Obama Administration. If...more

CMS Digging In on Medicaid DSH Payments

by BakerHostetler on

During the summer months, several developments have occurred concerning the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) policy that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has implemented, to the detriment of a...more

CMS Finalizes IPPS/LTCH Payment and Policy Changes for FY 2018

by Reed Smith on

CMS has published its final rule to update the Medicare acute hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) and long-term care hospital (LTCH) prospective payment system (PPS) for fiscal year (FY) 2018. CMS projects...more

CMS Proposes to Cancel Medicare Episode Payment and Cardiac Rehab Incentive Payment Models, and to Cut Back Joint Replacement...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On August 17, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under the Trump administration published a proposed rule to cancel Medicare’s hospital Episode Payment Models (EPMs) and Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR)...more

CMS Limits Required Participation in Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model; Cancels Episode Payment Models

On August 15, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule that would significantly roll back two of CMS’s mandatory alternative payment models. The Proposed Rule would make continued...more

CMS Merely Soliciting Comments on Including Total Joints as ASC Procedures

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

CMS released the proposed update for the Hospital Outpatient Perspective Payment System and the Ambulatory Surgery Center System on July 13, 2017, and the release has generated some unexpected controversy regarding the...more

Hospitals Plagued by HHS's 2012 Medicare DSH Calculation Obtain Relief from the D.C. Circuit

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Hospitals affected by HHS's 2014 decision to include Medicare Part C enrollees as part of the Medicare fraction of the disproportionate share calculation obtained relief late last month when that position was voided by the...more

Back to School Rules Recap: Hospital and Physician Cheat Sheet on What CMS Did This Summer

by BakerHostetler on

Summer was no vacation for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The agency released a series of significant rules that signal the nature and pace of CMS Medicare payment and policy changes for hospitals and...more

CMS revises CJR program, cancels cardiac bundles

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On Aug. 15, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule seeking to reduce mandatory participation requirements in the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) program for hospitals...more

CMS Cancels EPM and Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Program While Revising CJR in New Proposed Rule

by Baker Ober Health Law on

After initially delaying the implementation of Episode Payment Models (EPMs) earlier this year, CMS issued a Proposed Rule on August 17 that proposes to cancel all EPMs and the Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Program (CR)...more

K&L Gates Triage: 340B Regulatory Update: CMS Proposal and Draft Executive Order Could Have Big Impact on 340B Program

by K&L Gates LLP on

cmsThis episode outlines the basics of the 340B Drug Pricing Program and discusses potential changes affecting the program, including CMS’s recent proposal to cut reimbursement for Part B drugs purchased under the 340B...more

CMS Proposes to Cancel Bundled Payment and Incentive Models

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule last week regarding the cancellation of three bundled payment models and an incentive payment model while also reducing the scope of a third...more

Value Based Reimbursement: CMS Dials Back; Large Employers Forge Ahead

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Last week, CMS announced in proposed rulemaking its proposal to cancel the Episode Payment Models (EPMs) and Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) incentive payment model. It also announced plans to revise certain aspects of the...more

Uncertainty Surrounds Low Income Pool (LIP) Funding

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), in an August 3, 2017 letter to Florida’s Medicaid Director, approved a five-year extension of the State’s 1115 demonstration project, the Managed Medical Assistance...more

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