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Medicare Part B

Blog: OIG Releases August Work Plan Items

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 August updates released this week include 4 new Work Plan items:...more

340B Covered Entities Beware: CMS Proposes Drastic Drug Reimbursement Rate Cuts

by Polsinelli on

In its Outpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule ("Proposed Rule"), CMS outlined a significant Medicare Part B payment reduction for separately payable, nonpassthrough drugs provided in the hospital outpatient...more

How Medicare and Employer Coverage Coordinate

Medicare benefits start at age 65, but many people continue working past that age, either by choice or need. It is important to understand how Medicare and employer coverage work together....more

Telehealth Remains a Top Priority for Advancing Quality Health Care

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Even with the prospect of Obamacare repeal and replace on the backburner for now, the federal government continues to focus on health care. Following August recess, Congress will have less than four weeks to work through...more

Relief From Medicare's Part B Late-Enrollment Penalty Offered to Some

Medicare is offering relief from penalties for certain Medicare beneficiaries who enrolled in Medicare Part A and had coverage through the individual marketplace. For a short time, these individuals will be able to enroll in...more

CMS Proposes QPP Revisions: The Paths for QPP Participation Continue to Evolve

by Baker Ober Health Law on

CMS recently proposed modified policies for continued implementation of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) in the 2017 Proposed Rule. Among other things, the Proposed Rule provides flexibility for clinicians in the second QPP...more

House Bipartisan Act Would Amend Stark Law and Medicare Part B

On July 25, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed by voice vote a bipartisan bill which is now in the Senate’s hands for consideration, the Medicare Part B Improvement Act of 2017. The bill would amend the Stark Law...more

With All Eyes on Senate ACA-Repeal Debate, House Passes Bill to Tweak Stark Law and Other Medicare Part B Policies

by Reed Smith on

While the Capitol Hill spotlight is focused on the Senate debate on legislation to repeal or revise the Affordable Care Act, the House of Representatives quietly approved by voice vote HR 3178, the Medicare Part B Improvement...more

OIG Initiates Monthly Updates to its Work Plan and Adds New Items

by King & Spalding on

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently announced that, effective June 15, 2017, the agency will update its Work Plan website monthly instead of only once or twice per year. In developing its Work Plan, OIG...more

Witnesses at Congressional Hearing on 340B Urge Congress To Give HRSA Broader Regulatory Authority

On July 18, 2017, just days after CMS went public with its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B reimbursement to certain 340B covered entities, Congress held its first hearing on 340B Program Oversight since March 2015. A...more

Telehealth & EHR Meaningful Use Payments—Expect Greater Scrutiny in Upcoming Medicare Audits

by Jones Day on

In July 2017, the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General ("OIG") revealed two new Work Plan items related to digital health: first, a review of Medicare incentive payments for...more

OIG Unveils New Work Plan Process: Assessing the Impact on Compliance Risk Assessment

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On June and July 17, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) released new Work Plan initiatives and, in doing so, announced its intent to update its Work Plan monthly, in lieu of a...more

CMS Proposes Reimbursement Reduction for 340B Drugs

by Baker Ober Health Law on

When CMS issued its proposed rule for OPPS and ASC Payment System on July 13, the agency included a proposal to substantially scale back reimbursement for Part B drugs to hospitals participating in the federal 340B Drug...more

CMS Predicts That Physicians Participating In Advanced APMs In 2017 Will Receive A 5% Incentive Payment In 2019

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Under CMS’s new Quality Payment Program, which will adjust Medicare Part B payments starting in 2019 based on data from this year, physicians and other eligible clinicians must qualify for one of two payment “tracks”, either...more

Blog: OIG Work Plan Will Now Be Updated Monthly; 14 New Items Added for July

by Cooley LLP on

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that it will begin updating its Work Plan initiatives monthly rather than its previous twice-yearly publications, which was most...more

Six Questions and Answers About CMS’ Recommended Changes to 340B Medicare Reimbursement

In March, I posted about the Uncertain Future of the 340B Drug Discount Program.  When opining about What Could Happen Next I speculated about possible changes to government reimbursement for 340B drugs “so that government...more

340B Update: CMS Proposes to Reduce 340B Drug Reimbursement; Draft Executive Order Could Mean Further Changes to the 340B Program

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Trump administration is considering significant changes relating to the 340B Drug Pricing Program (“340B Program”), which allows certain categories of safety net providers to access discounted pricing on covered...more

CMS continues to tinker with new physician Quality Payment Program created by MACRA

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an advanced copy of its latest proposed rule revising the Quality Payment Program created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The...more

Are you subject to MIPS reporting requirements in 2017?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced in late April that they anticipated notifying eligible clinicians about their Merit-based Incentive Payment System (“MIPS”) participation status for 2017 via...more

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

Therapy Caps: A Minibus Rider

In a recent post, we provided additional details on the structure, funding, and evaluation of the Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood, Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. In this post we will go into detail on the background and...more

CMS Urged To Reverse Obama-Era Biosimilar Reimbursement Policy

A bipartisan congressional effort is underway to convince CMS to reverse its biosimilar reimbursement policy implemented under the Obama administration. We discussed the current reimbursement policy in a March 2016 blog post...more

Medicare Advisors Debate Part B Drug Payment Reforms

Last week, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (the “Commission”) debated a package of policy reforms that would change the way Medicare reimburses physicians for Medicare Part B drugs. In the midst of calls to lower...more

2017 IRS Limits Announced for Benefits and Other Tax Provisions

by Saul Ewing LLP on

Members of Saul Ewing’s Tax and Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practices have outlined the recently announced 2017 dollar limits on the Social Security Wage Base, compensation and deferrals for retirement plans,...more

Will Florida's Crazy PIP Litigation Soon Be a Thing of the Past?

Following an automobile accident, injured parties need immediate funds to pay for medical expenses. To ensure that injured persons have the ability to obtain necessary healthcare, Florida law requires auto insurers to...more

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