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Medicare Part A

Preventing Overpayments from becoming False Claims

by Dickinson Wright on

Overpayments to healthcare providers receiving Medicare reimbursements are at risk of civil and criminal enforcement action if not attuned to a particular reimbursement rule and diligent in compliance with the rule’s...more

Trump Administration Releases Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal

by Baker Donelson on

On Tuesday, May 23, the White House released the President's fiscal year 2018 (FY18) budget, launching a contentious and consequential debate that is expected to last through the end of the fiscal year and possibly beyond....more

CMS Issues Instructions to Hospitals Regarding the Implementation of Ruling 1498-R2

by Baker Ober Health Law on

In April 2015, CMS issued Ruling 1498-R2 addressing the calculation of the Medicare fraction of the disproportionate share hospital (DSH) adjustment for patient discharges prior to October 1, 2004. CMS has now issued...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

New Initiatives for the New Year: Highlights of the OIG’s 2017 Work Plan

by Alston & Bird on

On November 10, 2016, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its 2017 Work Plan. The 2017 Work Plan outlines the areas of special concern to the OIG and...more

OIG Issues Report on Medicare’s ‘2-Midnight Hospital Rule’

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On December 19, 2016, the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) posted a report examining the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) “2-Midnight Rule.” The OIG concluded that...more

CMS Releases 2017 Medicare Deductible and Coinsurance Amounts

by Reed Smith on

CMS has announced Medicare Part A and B beneficiary cost sharing amounts for 2017. With regard to Part A, the 2017 deductible for hospital inpatient admissions for the first 60 days of care will be $1,316, followed by $329...more

New OIG Investigations to Look at Wide Range of Medicare, Medicaid Services in FY 2017

by Reed Smith on

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued its FY 2017 Work Plan, which lays out the OIG’s current audit, evaluation, and other legal and investigative priorities. The largest number of new initiatives by far target...more

First Circuit Upholds Exclusion of Dual-Eligible Patients That Are Not Entitled to SSI Benefits from Both the DSH Medicaid...

by King & Spalding on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently ruled in favor of HHS, overturning a $17 million district court decision, in a dispute dating back as far as the 1993 fiscal year over whether hospitals may include,...more

Hospital Short-Stay Review Ban Lifted by CMS

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Effective September 12, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) lifted the temporary ban on patient status reviews of hospital short stays for Medicare beneficiaries. Those reviews are currently conducted by...more

Court Upholds CMS's Inclusion of Part C Days in Medicare Fraction of DSH Calculation FYE 2012

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On August 17, 2016, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia upheld the position of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) that Part C patients were to be considered as “entitled to...more

One Year Later: The Yates Memo, False Claims Act and Director & Executive Liability

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On September 19 and 27, 2016, the US Department of Justice announced two False Claims Act settlements that required corporate executives to make substantial monetary payments to resolve their liability. How will director and...more

CMS Lifts Temporary Suspension of Short Stay Reviews

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Effective September 12, 2016, Beneficiary and Family Centered Care (BFCC) Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) resumed their hospital initial patient status reviews. The purpose of these reviews is to determine the...more

The MOON Notification is Coming: CMS Publishes Final Changes

by Baker Ober Health Law on

CMS is moving forward with implementing the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) as announced in its FY 2017 IPPS Final Rule [PDF] on August 2, 2016, and published in the Federal Register on August 22, 2016 (Final...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) acknowledged publicly last week what has been widely suspected on Capitol Hill – his “21st Century Cures” medical innovation legislation will not pass Congress...more

Congressional Health Policy Hearings, Markups Resume After Summer Break

by Reed Smith on

Congress has returned from recess, and health care policy continues to be on the agenda. The following health-related hearings and markups were held this week: ..The House Ways and Means Committee approved H.R. 5942, a...more

Congress is Back in Session – So What Now for Healthcare?

by BakerHostetler on

With Congress reconvening after a seven-week summer recess, we wanted to provide you with a quick topline of key healthcare issues lawmakers are expected to consider this week. Zika Funding - The Senate voted...more

OIG Work Plan: A Roadmap to Identify Health Care Compliance Risk

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Each year, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issues a Work Plan that summarizes new and ongoing OIG reviews and areas of focused attention for the coming year and beyond....more

Health Law Pulse - September 2016

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

DOJ, NY AG REACH SETTLEMENT WITH HOSPITALS IN LANDMARK 60 - DAY RULE CASE - On August 24, 2016, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and the New York State attorney general announced a $2.95 million...more

HHS Wins Summary Judgment Against Hospitals Disputing CMS’s Treatment of Part C Days as Days “Entitled to Part A” for Purposes of...

by King & Spalding on

On August 17, 2016 the United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted summary judgment in favor of HHS in a dispute over whether Part C days can be treated as “days entitled to benefits under Part A” for...more

CMS Proposes New Bundled Payment Models for Cardiac and Orthopedic Care

by King & Spalding on

On July 25, 2016, CMS posted a proposed rule that would create three new Medicare Parts A and B episode payment models for patients admitted for care for a heart attack, bypass surgery or surgical hip/femur fracture treatment...more

Two-Midnight Rule Update

by Carlton Fields on

Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on August 19, 2013, the two-midnight rule provided that an inpatient admission generally would only be payable under Medicare Part A if: (1) the admitting practitioner had an expectation,...more

CMS Oncology Care Model Reforming Payment for Beneficiaries with Cancer

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation first introduced its Oncology Care Model (OCM) last year. OCM went into effect July 1, 2016, and will run through June 30, 2021. The new multi-payer model is the first CMS...more

The Overpayment Rule and the Implied False Claims Theory: “What You Don’t Know Can Still Hurt You”

In 2010, the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) enacted new rules governing overpayments made by the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Under these rules, providers have 60 days from the date that the overpayment has been identified to...more

Medicare Board of Trustees Releases 2016 Annual Report: Hospital Trust Fund Insolvency Projected by 2028

The Medicare Board of Trustees is calling for urgent legislative action to address the impending financial insolvency of the Medicare hospital benefit program. The Board’s 2016 report reveals the trust fund that pays for...more

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