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Health Care Matters, Summer 2016

Special Masters in Health Care Antitrust Merger Cases: Resolving the Conflicting Interests - One of the most challenging aspects of antitrust cases in the health care field is the rich mixture of public interest...more

CMS Releases the 2017 IPPS and LTCH PPS Final Rule, Including MOON Requirements

On August 2, 2016, CMS issued its final rule addressing new payment rates and policies under both the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System...more

Eleventh Circuit Finds Insurer Liable for Medicare Lien Notwithstanding Insurer's Efforts to Satisfy the Lien in Settlement, also...

In a case with far-reaching implications, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion concluding that the Medicare Secondary Payer Act (MSP) permits a private insurance company/PART C Medicare Advantage...more

Another Blow to Medicare “Self-Disallowance” Rule

You can tell by its name that you won’t like the Medicare “self-disallowance” rule. The federal district court for D.C. didn’t like it, either, and gave a group of Banner Health hospitals summary judgment that the rule was...more

11th Circuit Awards Humana Double Damages Under Medicare Secondary Payer Act

Humana Medical Plan, Inc. v. Western Heritage Insurance Co., case number 15-11436. Liability insurers beware, as the 11th Circuit held that Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAO) are entitled to the same rights Medicare...more

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

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

SNF and IRF Proposed Changes for FY 2017

On August 5th, CMS published final rules updating the Medicare payment rates for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) for FY 2017. The rules, both of which go into effect on October...more

The Law Doesn’t Forbid Submitting False Claims

An Eighth Circuit decision provides a reminder that the False Claims Act doesn’t forbid submitting false claims: it forbids knowingly submitting false claims. That made all the difference in an appeal of summary judgment in...more

D.C. District Court Invalidates CMS’s “Protest” Requirement

On August 19, 2016, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted a group of hospitals’ motion for summary judgment against HHS in a challenge of the Provider Reimbursement Review Board’s (PRRB) denial...more

GAO Calls For Mandatory Medicare Drug ASP Reporting, CMS Verification of Drug Pricing

A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, “Medicare Part B: CMS Should Take Additional Steps to Verify Accuracy of Data Used to Set Payment Rates for Drugs,” questions the reliability of pricing for Medicare...more

Therapy Evaluation Codes Expanded Under CMS' Proposed Rule

The most significant change for physical and occupational therapists in the Medicare proposed Physician Fee Schedule for 2017 is the replacement of current CPT codes for evaluations and reevaluations. The change reflects the...more

NOTICE Act Scheduled to Take Effect This Fall

The Final Rule of the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implications for Care Eligibility Act of 2015 (Pub. L. 114-42) is scheduled to become effective October 1, 2016. Thereafter, hospitals and Critical Access...more

OIG Cautions that States May Be Claiming Matching Funds for Privately-Operated Hospitals

The OIG has issued a memo to CMS suggesting that some states may be claiming matching funds for government-owned but privately-operated hospitals, where no state or local government funds are used to operate the hospital....more

OIG Examines Adverse Events in Rehab Hospitals

According to a recent HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) report, about 29% of Medicare beneficiaries experienced adverse or temporary harm events during their rehabilitation hospital stay, based on sample of 417...more

CMS Lifts Temporary Moratorium on Emergency Ground Ambulance Suppliers but Extends and Expands Other Moratoria

On July 29, 2016, CMS announced that it is lifting a temporary moratorium on Medicare Part B, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) emergency ambulance suppliers, but extending and expanding similar...more

CMS Flags Potential Provider “Steering” of Medicare/Medicaid Beneficiaries to Favorable ACA Marketplace Plans to Obtain Higher...

CMS is putting health care providers on notice that it considers it “inappropriate” for providers to offer premium or cost-sharing assistance to Medicare or Medicaid beneficiaries in order to “steer” the patient to an...more

Health Law Insights - Issue 12

CMS Proposes Bundled Payments for Cardiac Care - In its most recent effort to hasten Medicare’s transformation from a fee-for-service payment model to a value-based payment model, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...more

Settling Defendants Beware: Eleventh Circuit Holds Settling Insurer Liable for Failure to Protect Medicare Payments Made by...

Congress created an uproar among personal injury tort defendants and their insurers when it passed the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (MMSEA) less than 10 years ago. The $1,000 per day fine for failure to...more

Drug Companies and Charitable Patient Foundations

Charitable organizations can easily become enmeshed in Justice Department enforcement issues. We have seen charities used in FCPA cases as a means to funnel bribes to government officials, spouses or family members....more

CMS Cracks Down On Social Media Abuse By Nursing Home Staff

On August 5th the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a memorandum to all state survey agencies requiring that during the next standard survey of a nursing home, whether a Traditional or Quality Indicator...more

Texas Diagnostic Imaging Service Settles FCA Allegations for $3.5 Million; Whistle-Blower to Receive $596,700

A recent settlement illustrates the substantial recovery available to whistle-blowers under the FCA’s qui tam provisions. Those provisions allow a qui tam plaintiff to receive typically between 15 percent and 25 percent of...more

Managing the Transition to Transformation: Provider/Payor Integration: 2016 Is Not the 1990s

McDermott’s Managing the Transition to Transformation series is designed to help health systems and other health care industry leaders address the many challenges presented by the transformation in payment and care delivery...more

The Department of Justice Ups the Ante: Per Claim Penalties for False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute Violations Nearly...

On June 30, 2016, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) published an interim file rule that dramatically increases the per claim penalties for violations of the False Claims Act (“FCA”) and the Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”) among...more

New Study Finds Medicare Advantage Plans Pay Lower Prices Than Traditional Medicare

A new study by Stanford University researchers finds that Medicare Advantage plans pay lower prices than traditional fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare for most types of hospital admissions. According to the study—published...more

What’s In a Name? Or, the Importance of Emphasis

I.A. Khair of New Jersey ran an ambulance company called K&S Invalid Coach. Presumably, “Invalid” was pronounced IN-va-lid, with the emphasis on the first syllable. Maybe it should have been pronounced in-VAL-id, with the...more

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