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Finally, Recovery of Attorney Fees for Government Overreach

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

There are two major, interrelated reasons why government contractors, including Medicare providers, are so afraid of the False Claims Act (FCA). One is the draconian nature of the liability: treble damages plus up to $21,916...more

Tennessee CON Report

I. August 2017—Tennessee Certificate of Need Meeting - The agency approved the following applications during the August 23 meeting. A. Consent Agenda - 1. Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville (Davidson...more

A Category 5 Compliance Problem: Hurricane Irma Gives Providers a Stark Reminder of Emergency Preparedness Realities

by Carlton Fields on

The havoc that Hurricane Irma caused in the Caribbean and most of Florida reminds us of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements for emergency preparedness, which take effect November 15....more

Maybe the Yacht Was the Tip-Off

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

If you’re a surgical device distributor and you want to reward a surgeon for using your products on Medicare and Medicaid patients, you may want to choose a reward that’s less conspicuous than a yacht. That’s one lesson in...more

October 15th Deadline: Medicare Part D Notice Of Creditable (Or Non-Creditable) Coverage

by Fraser Trebilcock on

UPDATED: September 19, 2017 – Employers who offer prescription coverage to any Medicare Part D eligible employees (whether or not retired), or Medicare Part D Medicare-eligible spouses or dependents, you must provide those...more

Holding Executives Personally Responsible: An Increasing Government Priority

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Earlier this month, we covered the Spectocor action which involved an executive and his company’s agreement to pay $10.56M of a $13.45M total settlement to resolve allegations involving medically unnecessary Medicare...more

Health Care Reform Returns to the Spotlight

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Congress is now back in session and, once again, focus has turned to health care. With all eyes on returning health care reform to the forefront, a flurry of activity has sparked new legislative efforts including the...more

CMS To Expand Use of TPE Audits Nationwide by End of 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Perhaps lost amid the healthcare news coverage of competing proposals regarding “Medicare for All” and the repeal of Obamacare, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) last month announced the expansion of its...more

Health Update - September 2017

Using Telehealth as a Tool for Health System Integration - As discussed in our August Health Update article on patient engagement and digital health—the first in our new digital health series—the advent of digital and...more

Expanded Fraud and Abuse Liability under Proposed “Medicare for All” Bill

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On September 13, 2017, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced his “Medicare for All Act of 2017” which, as the name implies, would expand Medicare to cover nearly every American. Although it is unlikely that the bill will...more

Concierge Medicine – Medicare Compliance Is Still A Consideration

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In our July 10, 2017 post, Concierge Medicine – Is it for you?, we cautioned that Medicare compliance concerns do not fall away when moving to a concierge or direct-pay model. HHS has determined that concierge-style...more

Revoked: CMS's New Take on Record Retention and Access

Recently, we have noticed an alarming increase within the Spilman footprint of revocations by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") of physicians' Medicare billing privileges. In particular, CMS has been...more

Court of Appeals Reverses D.D.C. Order Requiring HHS to Eliminate Medicare Appeals Backlog by December 31, 2020

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Hopes were dashed for sooner relief from the backlog of Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) appeals. With the backlog of Medicare reimbursement appeals steadily growing, a reversal by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of...more

Blog: OIG Releases September Work Plan Items; Includes Part D Sponsor Reporting of Rebates and Price Concessions to Medicare

by Cooley LLP on

As we recently announced, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is updating its Work Plan monthly rather than its previous twice-yearly publications. The September updates include 9 new Work Plan items: Federal Marketplace...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

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 26

by Clark Hill PLC on

House Finishes Work on Its Annual Appropriations Bills, For Now: The House narrowly passed a $1.2 trillion package of spending bills to fund the government for Fiscal Year 2018 by a vote of 211-198. Amendments offered to the...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

Inspector General Audit Could Impact Skilled Nursing Facilities

by Ruder Ware on

Skilled nursing facilities (SNF) may see even more scrutiny from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) because of a recent audit conducted by the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and...more

OIG issues Advisory Opinion on a Retail Pharmacy’s Paid Membership Program Which Includes Federal Health Care Program...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On September 7, 2017, the OIG posted an advisory opinion regarding a retail pharmacy chain’s proposal to extend to federal health care program beneficiaries the option to participate in a paid membership program that includes...more

Manatt on Health: September 2017

1332 Waivers Under Review at CMS - The Trump administration has approved one 1332 waiver to date, but four more are pending, including a sweeping Iowa waiver. Here is where things stand today...more

Government Crackdown On Health Care Fraud And Opioid Prescription Abuse

by Roetzel & Andress on

Recent actions by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) evidence that prosecution of health care fraud and crackdowns on opioid abuse[1] remain high on the Government’s agenda. On July 13, 2017, the Government announced...more

Impact of Value-Based Health Care on the Medical Device Industry: Three Takeaways From the Case for Transformation

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Introduction: The Case for Transformation - In the world of fee-for-service health care, most medical devices were sold to hospitals or other health care providers for use in the diagnosis or treatment of patients. Except...more

Emergency Medicare GME affiliation agreements

by Dentons on

Hurricane Harvey, which is currently devastating the Houston area, reminds us that natural disasters and other emergencies outside a hospital's control may sometimes make it impossible for a teaching hospital to continue...more

CMS Issues Guidance to Change Medical Reviewer Requirements for Complex Medical Reviews

Effective September 12, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will implement changes to ensure that complex reviews for coverage determinations are performed by Registered Nurses (RNs), therapists, or...more

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