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Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - September 2015

CMS permits states to use income information from other means-tested benefit programs for Medicaid eligibility determinations; Alaska’s Medicaid expansion is given the green light to launch today; and Washington State submits...more

Whistleblower Filed Too Early & Too Late for Share of $322M SCAN Scam Recovery

During his days as a data encounter manager at SCAN, Jim suspected the company had been double-billing Medicare and Medicaid for years. He expressed his concerns within SCAN. When he refused a job reassignment, he was fired....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

Value-Based Payments Transition to Post-Acute Care: The FY 2016 Skilled Nursing PPS Rule

CMS published the final FY2016 Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System rule on August 4, 2015. In addition to updating the overall payment rate, the new rule implements key features of the Protecting Access to...more

The Affordable Care Act After King v. Burwell: With Chaos Avoided in the Near Term, What Does the Future Hold For Health Reform?

On June 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ended the latest legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) with its 6–3 ruling in King v. Burwell. With Chief Justice Roberts writing for the majority, the Supreme Court held...more

Obama Signs Law Requiring Hospitals to Warn of Costly Medicare Loophole

President Obama has signed a new law intended to prevent Medicare beneficiaries from spending days in a hospital only to find that they hadn’t been admitted to the hospital at all – they were only under “observation.” This is...more

CMS Limits the Scope of Review for Certain Redeterminations and Reconsiderations

For providers who have received inconsistent or varying reasons for denial while navigating through the Medicare appeals process, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided much-needed relief in the form...more

CMS Emphasizes Upcoming ICD-10 Transition Date

CMS recently reminded providers that Medicare claims with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015, “will be rejected if they do not contain a valid ICD-10 code.” As CMS explained, “[t]he Medicare claims processing...more

The Definition of Identify: The 60-Day Rule

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) established that any person who receives an overpayment from the Medicare or Medicaid programs and who does not report and return the overpayment within 60 days after...more

CMS Posts October 2015 Medicare Part B Drug Payment Update

CMS has posted the October 2015 update to the Medicare Part B drug average sales price (ASP) files, containing the payment rates that will apply for the fourth quarter of 2015. On average, prices for the top Part B drugs...more

HRSA Publishes 340B Drug Pricing Program Omnibus Guidance Notice: Significant Policy Ramifications Should Trigger Public Comment

On August 28, 2015, the Health Services Resources Administration (“HRSA”) published its 340B Drug Pricing Program Omnibus Guidance Notice in the Federal Register. Although many aspects of the Notice reiterate previous HRSA...more

OMB Reviewing CMS Proposed Rule on PAMA Clinical Lab Test Payment Policy

CMS is finally taking steps to implement the Medicare clinical laboratory payment reforms mandated by the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA). Under PAMA, CMS must base Medicare payment rates for clinical...more

CMS Proposes Exceptions, Revisions and Requests Comments to Ease Stark Law Compliance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently proposed regulatory changes to the Stark Law that may ease certain compliance challenges. The Physician Self-Referral Law, located at 42 U.S.C. § 1395nn, and its...more

Omnibus Proposed Guidance Released for 340B Drug Pricing Program

Last week, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), part of HHS, released proposed new guidance for covered entities enrolled in the 340B Drug Pricing Program, as well as drug manufacturers required to make...more

OIG Issues Advisory Opinion No. 15-12: Free Home Health Provider Visits Do Not Violate Anti-Kickback Statute

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) recently issued a new advisory opinion finding that free introductory visits (the “Introductory Visits”) for patients offered by a home health...more

HHS Releases Long-Awaited 340B Proposed Guidance

In August 27, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the long-awaited and much-anticipated proposed 340B Drug Pricing Program (340B Program) Omnibus Guidance (Proposed Guidance). The Proposed...more

Telehealth Commercial Coverage and Parity Laws: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

There will always be differences among state laws on telehealth coverage, but what is remarkable is the rapidly increasing pace at which states have been adopting coverage statutes in the last few years, with currently 29...more

Omnibus 340B Guidance Raises New Issues for Covered Entities

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its proposed 340B Drug Pricing Program Omnibus Guidance (Omnibus Guidance) on August 28, 2015. The Omnibus Guidance offers comprehensive – and, in some cases, new –...more

Will the TELE-MED Act of 2015 Really Change Licensure Rules?

Congress is reviewing legislation designed to permit telemedicine providers to treat Medicare patients across state lines without the need for separate state licensure. The Telemedicine for Medicare Act of 2015 (S. 1778 and...more

Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement: CMS adopts mandatory approach to payment reform

On July 9, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a proposed rule that seeks to implement a mandatory episode-based payment model for lower extremity joint replacement (and reattachment) care in...more

Proposed Changes to Stark Rule Would Create New Hospital Exceptions and Lessen Burden of Self-Disclosures

In a development that is limited in scope but still welcomed by hospitals, the proposed 2016 Physician Fee Schedule proposes a number of new exceptions to the physician self-referral or Stark law and other refinements that...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - August 2015

Editor's Overview - As the summer draws to a close, this month's Newsletter previews three cases that the U.S. Supreme Court already has agreed to hear that ought to be of particular interest to ERISA plan sponsors and...more

Added Compliance Burdens: New York Nonprofits Have to Implement Workplace Violence Programs

In 2010, New York State enacted its New York Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (NYPMIFA); in 2012 Governor Cuomo promulgated Executive Order 38 capping excess compensation at nonprofits receiving government...more

OIG Reviews Overlap Between Physician-Owned Hospitals and Physician-Owned Distributors (PODs) of Spinal Devices

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services has issued a report on “Overlap Between Physician-Owned Hospitals and Physician-Owned Distributors.” The OIG reviewed 12 hospitals that...more

CMS Publishes Corrections to Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model Proposed Rule

On August 25, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published technical and typographical corrections to its July 14, 2015 proposed rule to establish a Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model. As...more

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