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Merger and Acquisition Activity in the Rehabilitation, Home Health and Hospice Sectors Increased in 2016, But Will this Trend...

Since 2014, there has been a steady increase in mergers and acquisitions in the Rehabilitation sector, with a total of 40 deals announced in 2016. This is almost double the number of deals in 2014 (a total of 21), and...more

Obamacare Reform Watch: Reimbursement Strategies in an Environment of Growing Out-of-Pocket Costs and an Expanding Self-Pay...

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The increase in patient financial responsibility for health care costs in the past ten years has outpaced consumer growth in wages. This escalation of out-of-pocket costs represents a major revenue cycle challenge for health...more

Managing the Transition to Transformation: Expanding the Health Care Paradigm

by McDermott Will & Emery on

McDermott’s Managing the Transition to Transformation series is designed to help health systems and other health care industry leaders address the many challenges presented by the transformation in payment and care delivery...more

Will Florida's Crazy PIP Litigation Soon Be a Thing of the Past?

Following an automobile accident, injured parties need immediate funds to pay for medical expenses. To ensure that injured persons have the ability to obtain necessary healthcare, Florida law requires auto insurers to...more

Medicare Secondary Payer – A Lot Less Boring Now

by Reed Smith on

We’ve previously written several posts (not recently) on Medicare secondary payer (“MSP”) issues – which we characterized as “boring.” The recent MSP decision, Humana Insurance Co. v. Paris Blank LLP, 2016 WL 2745297, 187 F....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

Court Orders HHS to Eliminate Medicare Appeals Backlog by Start of CY 2021

by King & Spalding on

As previously reported, the American Hospital Association (AHA) filed suit against HHS in 2014 in connection with the Medicare appeals backlog and requested that the court force HHS to meet its statutory deadline for...more

Managing the Transition to Transformation: Alternative Payment Systems: Evolving Compliance Challenges

by McDermott Will & Emery on

McDermott’s Managing the Transition to Transformation series is designed to help health systems and other health care industry leaders address the many challenges presented by the transformation in payment and care delivery...more

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

CMS authorizes Massachusetts waiver supporting transition to a Medicaid ACO model; Oregon CCOs use “flexible service” funds to invest in housing-related services; and enrollment for 2017 Marketplace coverage begins....more

Indiana Supreme Court Extends the Stanley Doctrine to State-Sponsored Medical Reimbursements

by Reminger Co., LPA on

On October 21, 2016, the Indiana Supreme Court weighed-in on a closely watched case that drew much attention from the defense and plaintiff’s bar alike. Approximately one (1) year ago, I reported that the Indiana Court of...more

Managing the Transition to Transformation: Old Dog, New Tricks: Fraud and Abuse in the Age of Payment Reform

by McDermott Will & Emery on

McDermott’s Managing the Transition to Transformation series is designed to help health systems and other health care industry leaders address the many challenges presented by the transformation in payment and care delivery...more

Commercial Insurers Urge Congressional Budget Office to Consider their Telemedicine Data

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In hopes of expanding reimbursement opportunities for telemedicine services in the Medicare program, representatives of eleven payers, including Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Cambia Health Solutions and...more

Insurer Liable for Mandatory Double Damages for Failure to Reimburse a Medicare Advantage Organization for Medicare Benefits It...

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Humana Medical Plan, Inc. v Western Heritage Insurance Company ____ F.3d ____ 2016 WL 4169120 (11th Circuit, August 8, 2016) - The federal Medicare and Medicaid Acts have been called “among the most completely...more

Healthcare Litigation - October 2016

Recently, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law “surprise medical bill legislation,” seeking to curb out-of-network medical bills. This law, designated AB 72, amends California’s Health and Safety Code to limit the...more

Eleventh Circuit Finds Mere Existence Of Insurance Contract Satisfies Condition Precedent To Action For Double Damages Under The...

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a private insurance company/PART C Medicare Advantage Organization (MAO) may sue a Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance carrier for reimbursement of medical...more

Sixth Circuit Denies Seal of Approval for Unjustified Filings Under Seal

by Butler Snow LLP on

Litigants and third parties subpoenaed to produce information in litigation who believe that information that they deem confidential will not ever become part of the public record so long as a discovery protective order is in...more

Healthcare Compliance: Juggling Risk Mitigation Strategies

by Michael Volkov on

Healthcare organizations – ranging from physician practice groups to large, multi-state hospital systems – face a variety of risks, including fraud and abuse, as well as HIPAA privacy issues. Starting from a baseline risk...more

Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… uh oh… a Super Lien!

by Carlton Fields on

Liability insurers have always gnashed teeth over the dreaded “super lien” – aka a lien asserted by Medicare for treatment expenses where the patient is reimbursed through a settlement obtained in personal injury litigation....more

11th Circuit Awards Humana Double Damages Under Medicare Secondary Payer Act

Humana Medical Plan, Inc. v. Western Heritage Insurance Co., case number 15-11436. Liability insurers beware, as the 11th Circuit held that Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAO) are entitled to the same rights...more

Medicare Advantage Organizations May Sue For Double Damages Under MSP Act - Humana Medical Plan, Inc. v. Western Heritage Ins....

by Carlton Fields on

On August 8, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals decided an issue of first impression in the circuit under the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Act. In sum, the Eleventh Circuit held that a Medicare Advantage Organization...more

CMS Proposes OPPS Reimbursement Adjustments: What Hospital Outpatient Providers Need to Know

by Polsinelli on

In early July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) reimbursement rule changes that will impact reimbursement payment amounts and requirements for...more

CMS Issues Pay Increase for Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities

by King & Spalding on

On July 28, 2016, CMS issued a notice updating the prospective rates for Medicare inpatient hospital services provided by inpatient psychiatric facilities. Beginning in fiscal year 2017, inpatient psychiatric facilities will...more

APMs, MIPS, and the Final MSSP Rule - The Journey from Volume to Value-Based Reimbursement Continues

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Since the Affordable Care Act was enacted, many providers have been shifting away from traditional fee-for-service, volume-based reimbursement models to payment mechanisms that take a data-driven approach to managing patients...more

Round Up The Usual And Customary Suspects: Insurers May Determine UCR Prices By Shopping At Retail Outlets

by Carlton Fields on

For more than a decade, medical providers have tried to limit the discretion of automobile insurers to pay less than the billed amount for services and equipment offered to injured insureds. Most of these efforts involve...more

Site-Neutral Billing Exemptions

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The Balanced Budget Bill Act of 2015 has a site-neutral billing provision relating to off-campus hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs). Those are facilities away from the hospital campus but certified as part of the...more

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