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House Energy & Commerce Committee Seeks Comments on Medicare Site-Neutral Payment Policies

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is seeking input on Section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which established a site-neutral payment policy for newly-acquired, provider-based, off campus hospital outpatient...more

CMS Posts Revised Application for Meaningful Use Hardship Exceptions

On January 22, CMS posted a revised application and instructions for a hardship exception from the Meaningful Use program penalties in 2015. Under the new, streamlined application process, which CMS says is a temporary...more

CMS Issues Guide on Avoiding Readmissions in Diverse Medicare Populations

The CMS Office of Minority Health has released a “Guide to Preventing Readmissions among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Medicare Beneficiaries.” The guide highlights data indicating that racial and ethnic minority...more

CMS Releases Guide to Preventing Readmissions Among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Medicare Beneficiaries

On January 26, 2016, the CMS Office of Minority Health released a new Guide to Preventing Readmissions among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Medicare Beneficiaries (Guide). The purpose of the Guide is to assist hospital...more

Site Neutral Payments for Off-Campus Locations Established After Nov. 1, 2015

Provider-based off-campus hospital outpatient departments (OC-HOD’s) established after November 1, 2015 will be subject to a new site-neutral payment limitation starting Jan. 1, 2017 as a result of provisions in the Balanced...more

DOJ Reaches $3.28 Million Stark Settlement with San Diego Hospital

Tri-City Medical Center will pay $3.28 million to settle alleged Stark Law violations that stemmed from financial arrangements with its former chief of staff and paperwork problems in more than 90 of its physician agreements....more

Deadline Looms for EHR Hardship Exceptions

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) expect 209,000 health care providers to face Medicare payment reductions for failing the electronic health records (EHR) “meaningful use” requirements in 2014. CMS puts the estimated...more

Length of funded training: Initial Residency Period (IRP) issues

The payment rules for Medicare graduate medical education (GME) reimbursement inherently incentivize training during a resident's "initial residency period" (IRP), which is defined as the minimum accredited length for each...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 Recommends Equalizing Payment for Evaluation & Management Visits

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report examining trends in “vertical consolidation” — hospital acquisition of physician practices or hiring of physicians as salaried employees – and the impact on...more

Final Stark Rule Changes Adopt New Exceptions For Hospitals and Significant Clarifications - Corridors January 2016

In the Medicare Fee Schedule Final Rule with Comment Period for calendar year 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) adopted two new exceptions to the Stark physician self-referral law affecting hospitals,...more

GAO Recommends Payment Reform in Response to Increase in Hospital/Physician Consolidation

On December 18, 2015, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report analyzing the increase in hospital/physician consolidation and a related increase in Medicare hospital outpatient spending. Finding that...more

Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act Signed Into Law; Includes Additional Medicare Reforms

On December 28, 2015, President Obama signed into law S. 2425, the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act, which includes a number of Medicare provisions that were not included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act. ...more

Thirty-Two Hospitals to Pay $28 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Kyphoplasty Dispute

Thirty-two hospitals have agreed to pay over $28 million to resolve outstanding False Claims Act allegations, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on December 18, 2015. The hospitals were accused of submitting...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

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - December 2015 #4

HealthCare.gov enrolls 8.2 million; Manatt and RWJF release an open access dataset on Marketplace plans nationwide; Montana names administrator for its Medicaid expansion; and Michigan gets the green light in the nick of time...more

[Event] Preparing for the Comprehensive Care Joint Replacement Program - Jan. 5th, 6th, & 7th - Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles

Please join Davis Wright Tremaine partners Bob Homchick and Adam Romney, and associate Kyle Gotchy for a briefing regarding the final rule for the Comprehensive Care Joint Replacement (CJR) Program. They will discuss the...more

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

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

Medicare Launches Its First Mandatory Bundled Payment Model for Joint Replacement Care – What You Need to Know to Get Ready

On November 24, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a significant final rule that will require hospitals in selected geographic areas to participate in a new Medicare Comprehensive Care for...more

Health Care Advisory: Highlights of the OIG’s 2016 Work Plan

On November 2, 2015, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2016 (“2016 Work Plan”).1 The 2016 Work Plan outlines the areas of...more

CMS Hospital Outpatient Payment Advisory Panel to Meet March 14-15, 2016

CMS has announced that the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment (HOP Panel) will hold its next meeting on March 14-15, 2016. The purpose of the Panel is to advise CMS on the clinical integrity of the Ambulatory...more

CMS Finalizes Bundled Payment Program for Hip and Knee Replacements

On November 16, 2015, CMS finalized the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model. Starting April 1, 2016, certain hospitals will receive retrospective bundled payments for lower extremity joint replacement (LEJR)...more

CMS Finalizes Mandatory Bundled Payment Model for Lower Extremity Joint Replacements

On November 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released final regulations implementing the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model, its five-year mandatory bundled payment program for hip and...more

The Impact of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 on Off-Campus Hospital Outpatient Departments

On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (“Act”) into law significantly impacting how Medicare pays certain off-campus hospital departments. Specifically, Section 603 of the Act provides...more

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Finalizes New Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model

Effective April 1, 2016, acute care hospitals located in 67 geographic areas will be subject to the new mandatory payment model for lower extremity joint replacement (“LEJR”) services. Under the new Comprehensive Care for...more

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