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OIG Recommends Improvements to SNF Billing for Changes in Therapy

In FYs 2011 and 2012, CMS adopted new patient assessments for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) that were intended to capture when beneficiaries start therapy, end therapy, and decrease or increase therapy. The HHS Office of...more

GAO Report Concludes Prescribing Incentives Exist at 340B Hospitals

According to a report released July 6, 2015 by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), hospitals that qualify to participate in the 340B Drug Pricing Program by virtue of their serving a disproportionate share of...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Recent Health Care Updates

On January 29, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its plan to propose changes to the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program (EHR Incentive Program). According to CMS, the rule will address...more

OIG Questions Incentives for Hospice Care in Assisted Living Facilities

Today the OIG issued a report examining the growing use of Medicare hospice care in the assisted living facility (ALF) setting. According to the OIG, Medicare payments for hospice care in ALFs grew by more than 119% from 2007...more

How Are Your Physicians Compensated? Stark Law + False Claims Act = Halifax Paying $85 Million

On March 10, 2014, just days before trial, Halifax Hospital Medical Center and Halifax Staffing, Inc. (collectively “Halifax”) entered into an $85 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice resolving allegations...more

Senate and House Committees Pass Legislation that Would Reform the Sustainable Growth Rate Formula

On December 12, 2013, the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee both approved legislation that would reform the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula currently used for Medicare physician payments. ...more

CMS Proposes Additional Incentives to Reduce Medicare Fraud Including Increase to Reward for Reporting Fraud

On April 24, 2013, CMS issued a proposed rule that would further incentivize Medicare beneficiaries and other individuals to report suspected Medicare fraud under the Medicare Incentive Reward Program. CMS is proposing to...more

CMS Requests Comments on Redundant Reporting of Clinical Quality Measures

CMS is seeking input regarding ways in which eligible professionals might use clinical quality measures (CQM) data reported to medical boards, specialty societies, regional health care quality organizations or other...more

Attestation Deadline is February 28, 2013 for Medicare Eligible Professionals Who Participated in the 2012 EHR Incentive Program

Eligible professionals (EPs) who participated in the 2012 EHR Incentive Program must attest by February 28, 2013, to receive their Medicare incentive payments. ...more

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