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What's "Hidden" in the 21st Century Cures Act for Health Care Entities

The 21st Century Cures Act (Cures) was signed into law December 13, 2016. While the primary focus of the 996-page Act centered on biomedical innovation, several components of Cures have significant implications for health...more

Another Court Agrees That A Difference Of Opinion On Medical Necessity Is Insufficient to Show Falsity Under the False Claims Act

Last month, the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah joined the AseraCare court and others in finding that a relator cannot successfully allege violations of the False Claims Act (“FCA”) based on a purported lack of...more

The Patient Is Not Always Right: Discriminatory Staffing Requests Can Create Legal Exposure

Employer reports of bigoted or inappropriate comments made by customers to employees or other patrons have become increasingly common for employers in all industries. In the healthcare industry, this often takes the form of a...more

2016 Round-Up: Key Decisions Affecting Connecticut Health Care Providers

Connecticut state and federal courts faced a number of significant health care issues last year. We have summarized those cases that we think are particularly relevant to Connecticut hospitals, group practices and individual...more

Feb. 13 Deadline Looms for Provider-Based Departments Seeking Mid-Build Exception

A new section of the 21st Century Cures Act provides much-needed relief for hospitals with an off-campus provider-based department (off-campus PBD) that was mid-build or under development as of November 2, 2015 (the Mid-Build...more

Alleging Improper Use of Funds Legitimately Obtained from the Government Insufficient to State FCA Retaliation Claim

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas has dismissed an FCA retaliation claim brought by a nurse who claimed to have blown the whistle on misuse of funds at a hospital that received significant federal...more

HHS Publishes Final Rule Overhauling the Medicare Appeals Process

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

Potential Implications to the ACA Under the Incoming Republican Administration – Part IV: Pharmacies

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), as a whole, did not have a significant impact on pharmacy services per se. However, a complete repeal would likely impact certain areas of pharmacy services including the drug benefit for the...more

The Latest on Property Tax Exemptions for Illinois Hospitals

Recently, there have been several noteworthy developments in the controversy surrounding property tax exemptions for Illinois hospitals. For the past decade we’ve been providing updates as this issue progressed through the...more

21st Century Cures: A Closer Look

On December 7, 2016, the US Congress enacted the 21st Century Cures Act, substantial legislation intended to accelerate “discovery, development and delivery” of medical therapies by encouraging biomedical research investment,...more

Tennessee Health Services and Facilities Report: January 2017 Newsletter

The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency ("HSDA") is responsible for regulating the health care industry in Tennessee through the Certificate of Need Program. A Certificate of Need ("CON") is a permit for the...more

Judge Denies HHS’s Request to Rescind Timeline to Eliminate the Medicare Appeals Backlog

On January 4, 2017, the court in the American Hospital Association (AHA) v. Burwell litigation denied HHS’s motion to reconsider, which means that HHS must comply with the court’s timeline to eliminate the Medicare appeals...more

Urban hospitals that established GME caps after 1996: Be careful with this compliance issue

If a teaching hospital meets certain regulatory requirements, the hospital is generally permitted to loan its cap slots to other hospitals through a Medicare GME affiliated group agreement. (See Sharing FTE Caps: Threshold...more

CMS Corrects Final 2017 OPPS/ASC Rule, Results in Slight Payment Increase

CMS has published a notice correcting technical errors in its November 14, 2016 final rule with comment period updating the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and ambulatory surgical center payment...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

Researchers see ways Obamacare helped to cut costs, improve patient care

As the already known complications to its demise have increased by the minute, there may be some detectable pauses in the partisan zeal to give the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, the bum’s rush. That’s because the...more

A Condition of Participation for Medicare Providers in 2017

This year, Medicare providers and suppliers — including hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) facilities — will need to develop emergency preparedness plans for both natural and...more

HHS OIG Issues Report on Medicare’s 2-Midnight Rule

On December 19, 2016, the HHS OIG issued a report on Medicare’s 2-midnight rule titled “Vulnerabilities Remain Under Medicare 2-Midnight Hospital Policy.” The report reviews data from 2013 and 2014 and reaches several...more

Final Rule Implements Quality Payment Program under MACRA

If you are a physician, mid-level provider, or work with those providers, then you have been bombarded with new acronyms for new programs and promises to remove older acronyms from your Medicare vocabulary. Medicare...more

HHS Claims it is Unable to Meet Court-Ordered Targets to Resolve Medicare Appeals Backlog

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an order on December 5, 2016 compelling HHS to meet certain annual targets to resolve its backlog of hundreds of thousands of pending Medicare claim appeals. HHS...more

OIG Issues Report on Medicare’s ‘2-Midnight Hospital Rule’

On December 19, 2016, the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) posted a report examining the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) “2-Midnight Rule.” The OIG concluded that...more

CMS Issues Final Rule for New Cardiac, Orthopedic Bundled Payment Models

On December 20, 2016, CMS issued its final rule implementing three new Medicare Parts A and B episode payment models for patients admitted for treatment for heart attack, bypass surgery, or hip/femur fracture under its...more

CMS Publishes the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice Form and Instructions

On December 8, 2016, CMS published the final version of the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) that hospitals and critical access hospitals (referred collectively as "hospitals" herein) must use to provide notice...more

CMS Releases Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice Form

On December 8, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON), which educates Medicare beneficiaries on the effect of outpatient status, particularly as...more

HHS-OIG reports on impact and vulnerabilities of Medicare's Two-Midnight Rule

On December 19, 2016, the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) issued a report, "Vulnerabilities Remain Under Medicare 2-Midnight Hospital Policy" (OEI-02-15-00020). The report is...more

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