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The Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers (Part 16 of 24): Reporting for, and Clearing Up...

In an earlier post, we reported on a troubling development in the draft 2015 instructions for Forms 1094-B and 1095-B which, if adopted, would have required sponsors of Health Reimbursement Arrangements (“HRA”) to issue...more

CMS Proposes Sweeping Changes to Medicare Reimbursement for Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests

First Data Collection Period for Clinical Laboratories Is July 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015 - In the October 1, 2015 Federal Register, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule...more

MedPAC Discusses Changes to Medicare Advantage Payment System

On October 8 and 9, 2015, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) held its second meeting of the 2015-2016 session. Commissioners met to examine ways to improve the Medicare Advantage (MA) payment system, including...more

CMS Takes First Step to Reduce Payments for Clinical Laboratory Tests

CMS recently published a proposed rule that would substantially revise the methodology used to pay for clinical laboratory tests that continue to be compensated separately by Medicare. Medicare Program; Medicare Clinical...more

CMS Releases RFA for First Value-Based Payment Initiative for Managed Medicare

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) payment testing and innovation arm, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), just released its Request for Applications (RFA) for its payment demonstration...more

Clinical Laboratories: Proposed Rule Implements Requirements for Reporting and Payment Based on Private Payer Rates

As required by a 2014 statute, CMS has issued proposed regulations (Proposed Rule) implementing new requirements for laboratory reporting of, and eventually basing Medicare payment on, rates for clinical laboratory services...more

GAO Report Calls for Enhanced Medicare Advantage Network Oversight

On September 28, 2015, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report regarding CMS controls of provider adequacy in Medicare Advantage Organization (MAO) networks. The GAO pursued its review because many MAOs...more

CMS Proposes Major Changes to Medicare Clinical Lab Test Payment Policy

On October 1, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published its long-awaited proposed rule to base Medicare clinical laboratory fee schedule (CLFS) reimbursement on private insurance payment amounts...more

Phishing for Cybersecurity Coverage: When is a Fraud a “Computer Fraud”?

In late June, the New York Court of Appeals affirmed a trial court ruling that there was no coverage for a health insurance company policyholder, under a “Computer Systems Fraud” rider issued by its insurer, for an underlying...more

Uncovering the mysteries behind GME payments for Medicare Advantage patients: Carve-outs and shadow bills

Medicare makes graduate medical education (GME) payments to teaching hospitals to pay Medicare's share of the teaching and patient care costs associated with Medicare Advantage (MA) patients. Under the Balanced Budget Act...more

CMS Proposes Lab Data Collection Requirements to Update Fee Schedule

On September 25, 2015, CMS released proposed rulemaking that would extensively revise payment and reporting requirements for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests (CDLTs), as paid on the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule...more

MedPAC Meeting on Medicare Policies (Oct. 8-9)

The next Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) meeting is scheduled for October 8 -9, 2015. Topics on the agenda include: Medicare drug spending; Alternative Payment Models and the Merit-based Incentive Payment...more

CMS Proposes Overhaul of Clinical Lab Payment Methodology: What You Need To Know

On Friday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a long-awaited proposed rule that would drastically change the payment rates for clinical laboratory services beginning January 1, 2017 (the “Proposed...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Focuses on Health Insurers Merger... Arkansas to Delay Setting Up Its Own State Exchange...The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Announces Medicare Advantage...more

Health Update - September 2015

Latest Healthcare False Claims Act Roundup and Top 3 Best Practices to Reduce Exposure - As the legal landscape in healthcare becomes increasingly complex, healthcare companies that receive federal program funds face...more

MedPAC Convenes to Discuss Open Payments, Payment for Post-Acute Care, and Other Issues

On September 10-11, 2015, MedPAC held a meeting to discuss several issues related to the Medicare program, including (1) improving the Open Payments program, which makes public the payments from drug and device manufacturers...more

CMS to Test Value-Based Insurance Design in Medicare Advantage

While CMS’s demonstration model will allow for reduced cost sharing and other benefit design elements to encourage targeted use of high-value clinical services, Medicare Advantage Organizations should be aware of certain...more

Medicare to Permit Value-Based Insurance Design in Medicare Advantage Plans

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently announced that, beginning January 1, 2017, Medicare Advantage plans in Arizona, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Tennessee will be permitted...more

New Value-Based Insurance Design Model for Medicare Advantage Plans Is the First of Multiple Medicare Plan Innovations Anticipated...

On September 1, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced[1] the opportunity for plan sponsors to test value-based insurance design (“VBID”) in the Medicare Advantage (“MA”) market. VBID refers to...more

Medicare Telehealth Services in Puerto Rico

As U.S. health care providers continue to use telehealth, telemedicine, and virtual care services to expand their services and geographic footprint overseas, they are beginning to ask whether or not Medicare will cover...more

CMS Announces New Value-Based Insurance Design Model for Medicare Advantage

On September 1, 2015, CMS unveiled a new Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design (MA-VBID) model, which will allow Medicare Advantage plans to offer clinically-nuanced benefit packages aimed at improving quality of...more

CMS Launches New Medicare Advantage Innovation Model

The latest CMS “innovation model” focuses on options for redesigning Medicare Advantage (MA) to improve health outcomes while reducing expenditures. Specifically, the Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID)...more

Know Your Options Before Signing Up for Medicare

As you get ready to turn 65, you may be inundated with information about Medicare. All this information is confusing, but it is important to do your research before choosing your plan. If you aren’t fully informed, you could...more

Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model

CMS, through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, announced on September 1, 2015, the introduction of the Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model as part of the Health Plan Innovations...more

Health Insurers Announce Merger Plans; Congress Announces Intention to Review

In the last few months, several of the largest commercial health insurers in the nation have announced their intentions to merge. First, Aetna (currently the nation’s third largest health insurer by revenue) announced its...more

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