Medicare Part B

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Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: CMS Releases Guidance on Fast Track Process for 1115 Waivers for Medicaid and CHIP... Healthcare.gov CEO Sends Letter to State Insurance Commissioners Concerning 2016 Premium Decisions... Medicare Board of Trustees...more

Proposed Rule Aims to Refine Stark Regulations and Clarify “Incident To”

On July 15, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the calendar year (CY) 2016 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule. In addition to updating several traditional Part B payment policies, the...more

GAO Report Concludes Prescribing Incentives Exist at 340B Hospitals

According to a report released July 6, 2015 by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), hospitals that qualify to participate in the 340B Drug Pricing Program by virtue of their serving a disproportionate share of...more

Non-Stark Law Proposed Changes to Policies and Payments under the Physician Fee Schedule for CY 2016

On July 15, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published proposed regulations governing policies and payments made under the Physician Fee Schedule (“PFS”) for calendar year 2016 (the “Proposed...more

Health Update - July 2015

Lessons From the Frontlines: Strategies for Supporting Informed Consumer Decision-Making in the Health Insurance Marketplace - Editor's Note: As marketplaces prepare for the third open enrollment period, consumers are...more

Changes Are Afoot for Quality Measures and Physician Payment Provisions

In the proposed Medicare Physician Fee schedule (PFS) update for 2016, CMS announces a number of new policies, making changes to several of the quality reporting initiatives that are associated with PFS payment, and begins...more

Proposed CY 2016 MPFS Rule Takes First Steps in Implementing MACRA Reforms

On July 15, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published its proposed rule to update the Medicare physician fee schedule (MPFS) for CY 2016 – the first rulemaking since the Medicare Access and CHIP...more

Delivery System Reform 2.0: Scaling Alternative Payment Models is the New Normal

For some health care providers, a pair of recent announcements made by the Obama Administration to implement mandatory alternative payment models (APMs) for home health value-based purchasing and bundled payments for hip and...more

GAO Recommends Congress Reduce Incentives for Prescribing 340B Drugs

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report entitled “Medicare Part B Drugs: Action Needed to Reduce Financial Incentives to Prescribe 340B Drugs at Participating Hospitals” (“the...more

CMS proposes significant changes to Stark regulations

As part of its annual proposed Medicare Part B physician fee schedule rulemaking (Proposed Rule), which is expected to be published in the Federal Register on July 15, 2015, the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...more

GAO Report Examines Hospital Financial Incentives to Prescribe 340B Drugs to Medicare Beneficiaries

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report examining financial and other characteristics of hospitals that participate in the 340B Drug Pricing Program, focusing on disproportionate share hospitals (DSH)...more

MedPAC Report to Congress on Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has released its June 2015 Report to the Congress on Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System. The report includes a series of recommendations on Medicare hospital...more

MedPAC Releases June 2015 Report to the Congress

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) released its “Report to the Congress: Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System” on June 15, 2015. As previously reported, the report makes recommendations for policy...more

Biosimilars Coding & Reimbursement Significance under Medicare Part B

On April 15, 2015, CMS issued a preliminary recommendation for a HCPCS code for Zarxio, the first biosimilar product ever to be approved by the FDA. CMS’s recommendation provides the first indication of how the agency will...more

CMS Releases Latest Medicare Hospital and Physician Utilization, Payment Data

CMS has released detailed Medicare inpatient hospital, outpatient hospital, and physician utilization and payment data for 2013, including data analysis such as spending breakdowns by specialty and region. The hospital data...more

State Medicaid Allotments for Medicare Part B Premiums for Qualifying Individuals (QIs)

CMS has published its annual notice announcing states’ final allotments available to pay the Medicare Part B premiums for Qualifying Individuals (QIs) for fiscal year (FY) 2013 and the preliminary QI allotments for FY 2014. ...more

CMS Releases Final Rule for the Medicare Shared Savings Program

On June 4, 2015, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") released the highly anticipated Final Rule ("Final Rule") updating the Medicare Shared Savings Program ("Shared Savings Program"). One of the few provisions...more

CMS Finalizes Rule Concerning ACOs and the Medicare Shared Savings Program

On June 4, 2015, CMS issued final regulations revising the Medicare Shared Savings Program, including changes to provisions relating to the payment of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) participating in the Medicare Shared...more

CMS Posts July 2015 Medicare Part B Drug Payment Files

CMS has released the July 2015 update to the Medicare Part B average sales price (ASP) files. CMS notes that prices for the top Part B drugs increased by 0.5% on average compared to the previous quarter, and prices changed...more

Sixty Days of Gray: Medicare and Medicaid Refund Requirements - Hospital Industry Viewpoint

Although CMS has not yet issued a final rule on the ACA’s 60-day repayment provisions, hospitals and other providers can still create policies and train staff in a manner that gives them some measure of protection. Even with...more

OIG Flags Overpayments Due to Incorrect Physician Place-of-Service Coding

According to a recent OIG report, "Incorrect Place-of-Service Coding Resulted in Potential Medicare Overpayments Costing Millions,” physicians did not always correctly code the place of service on Part B claims. This...more

Medicare Part B Reimbursement After the SGR Repeal

On April 16, 2015, President Barack Obama signed into law the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 and thereby repealed the sustainable growth rate (“SGR”) Medicare Part B provider reimbursement methodology,...more

The Soon-to-be Reality of Medicare Part B Reimbursements for Biosimilars

As the country’s largest health insurer, Medicare has immense influence on the health care market. In the wake of the recent approval of Sandoz’s Zarxio (filgrastim-sndz), the first FDA-approved biosimilar, last month the...more

MACRA’s Advancement of EHR Interoperability and Telehealth

This is the fourth and final post in our series on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Pub.L. No. 114-10. We’ve previously covered the repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) in our April 20th post,...more

Following FDA’s First Biosimilar License, CMS Issues Guidance on Reimbursement for Biosimilars

On March 6, 2015, FDA released a statement announcing its issuance of the first biosimilar license to Zarxio. In the same month, CMS issued a number of guidance documents addressing reimbursement for biosimilars under the...more

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