Medicare Part B

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CMS Sets 2016 Medicare Deductible and Coinsurance Amounts

On November 16, 2016, CMS published Medicare Part A and B beneficiary cost sharing amounts for 2016. With regard to Part A, the 2016 deductible for hospital inpatient admissions for the first 60 days of care will be $1,288,...more

MedPAC Met to Discuss Part B Drug Payment Policies and Other Issues

On November 5 and 6, 2015, MedPAC held its monthly meeting in Washington, D.C. to discuss Medicare issues and policy questions, develop and approve reports, and make recommendations to Congress. Among the topics discussed...more

OIG Emphasizes Proactive Enforcement of Privacy Rule and Monitoring of Repeat Offenders

The Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) recently released Privacy Standards report assessed the Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) oversight of covered entities’ compliance with the Privacy Rule as well as the extent to which...more

Health Care Update - November 2015

Ways & Means Leadership Changes – Health Policy Implications Looming: As Congress pushes forward with a two-year budget deal, and new Speaker Paul Ryan begins his tenure as the top Republican in the House of...more

Budget Deal to Limit Provider-Based Status, Extend Sequestration

On October 28 and 30, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate approved the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the Act)—a measure designed to raise the limit on Federal borrowing that would also have significant...more

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

Social Security Disability Payments Remain Flat

Seniors across America are sitting down this week to determine how the recent decision not to raise Social Security Disability payments in 2016 will affect their monthly budgets. This is only the third time in the past 40...more

Congress Take Step Toward Site-Neutral Medicare Payments in Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

On October 28, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation that, if enacted, would, among other things, substantially alter how and how much Medicare pays for outpatient services furnished by hospitals. The...more

Health Care Update - October 2015

Senate Working Group Pressing Forward on Telehealth - As Congress focuses on bigger picture policy decisions, including broad budget negotiations and raising the debt ceiling, there are some exciting developments on the...more

Pending Budget Deal Includes Medicare Sequestration Extension, Other Medicare/Medicaid Cuts

Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner and the Obama Administration have reached agreement on a two-year, $80 billion budget/debt-ceiling deal that includes Medicare and Medicaid “offsets” to finance other spending. For...more

OMB Receives Final Medicare Parts A and B 60-Day Overpayment Rule from CMS

On October 21, 2015, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) received the Medicare Parts A and B overpayment final rule from CMS which is the last phase before the rule is issued in the Federal Register. While the text of...more

Budget Proposal Would Limit Provider-Based Status - New Off-Campus Departments Limited to Physician Fee Schedule or ASC Payment...

On October 26, 2015, Congressional and White House budget negotiators released the legislative text of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. The Act is aimed primarily at lifting the Federal debt limit and avoiding a looming...more

Four Key Takeaways on the Expansion of the Medicare Appeals Settlement Conference Project

On October 15, 2015, the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (“OMHA”) conducted a teleconference to address Phase II of the Settlement Conference Facilitation (“SCF”) Pilot, effective October 1, 2015. SCF, launched in...more

2016 Cost of Living Increases are Rare

On October 21, 2015, in Information Release 2015-118, the IRS announced cost-of-living adjustments to various dollar limitations under the Internal Revenue Code (the "Code") for pension plans and other related items for the...more

OIG Targets Questionable Billing Practices for Ambulance Services

The Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) pulled no punches in a recent report on Medicare Part B billing for ambulance transports. The September release presented a case for increased scrutiny, pointing out that Medicare...more

Health Care Update - October 2015

Cuts in Mandatory Entitlement Programs Center of Budget Negotiations: As budget negotiators from both sides of the Hill come together to work out a two-year budget deal, determining how sequestration relief will be paid for...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

OIG Identifies Potentially Improper Medicare Ambulance Payments

In response to rising Medicare Part B payments for ambulance transports and continuing concerns about program vulnerabilities, the OIG has once again reviewed Medicare claims for ambulance services. The OIG estimates that...more

CMS Releases Medicare DMEPOS Payment/Utilization Data

In a continuation of the Administration’s efforts to make Medicare spending data more transparent, CMS has released detailed payment information regarding physicians and other providers who order durable medical equipment,...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

Coming Soon to a Hospital near You: Mandatory Bundled Payments for Common Surgeries

Recent action by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announces significant change in reimbursement methodology for high volume orthopedic surgical procedures in many markets nationwide. Affected stakeholders...more

Primary Care Providers – Are You Feeling The Pinch?

It was nice while it lasted – due to a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), services furnished by certain primary care providers (“PCPs”) were subject to an enhanced payment rate for Calendar...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

Just in Time for the Phase II Audits: OIG Criticizes OCR’s Enforcement Efforts

As HIPAA-regulated entities anxiously await the commencement of the Phase II HIPAA audit program, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a report critical of...more

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