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1. Congress - House of Representatives - House Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leaders Send Letter to HHS OIG Concerning NIH Grant on Traumatic Brain Injury - On Sept. 15, Republican leaders of the...more

Nondiscrimination Final Rule under the ACA Imposes New Requirements on Hospice Agencies

On May 26, 2016, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Civil Rights (OCR), issued the “Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities” final rule, implementing Section 1557 of the...more

Loaned and Awarded GME Slots: When does the three-year rolling average and the IRB ratio cap apply?

Ever since Congress capped teaching hospitals' Medicare-funded residency positions to the number of "full time equivalent" (FTE) allopathic and osteopathic residents the hospital reported in FY 1996, there have been very...more

Raising Kane: CMS’s 60-Day Rule Commands More Than Treble Damages

In August 2015, we published a client advisory on the first judicial opinion interpreting the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) “60-day overpayment rule,” which requires providers to “report and return” an overpayment of Medicare...more

Congressional Health Policy Hearings, Markups Resume After Summer Break

Congress has returned from recess, and health care policy continues to be on the agenda. The following health-related hearings and markups were held this week: ..The House Ways and Means Committee approved H.R. 5942, a...more

CMS Releases 2017 Medicare Hospital Payment Rates, Penalties for Poor Performers

Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule (Final Rule) modifying the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective...more

The Top 10 Things you Need to Know About Voluntary Disclosures and Government Refunds

In February 2016, CMS issued the highly anticipated Final Rule on reporting and returning Medicare Part A and B overpayments. The Final Rule was meant to clear up some of the confusion among providers regarding such...more

GME in the IPPS Final Rule: Medicare GME slots now up for grabs from three closed hospitals

In the Fiscal Year 2017 inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) Final Rule published in the Federal Register on August 22, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the next open round of GME...more

60-Day Overpayment FCA Enforcement Action Results in $2.95 Million Settlement

On August 23, 2016, a New York hospital system settled False Claims Act (FCA) allegations that it violated the 60-day overpayment rule by improperly retaining Medicaid overpayments. The whistleblower alleged that three of the...more

Manatt on Medicaid: Monthly Expansion Recap - August 2016

California - Medicaid Enrollees Are Largest Share of Newly Insured - A new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 33% of Californians uninsured in 2013 are now enrolled in Medi-Cal, the State’s Medicaid...more

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 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

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - August 2016 #3

CMS’s risk adjustment program data signals an improving risk pool while the agency announces plans to modify the program; California enrolls 134,000 undocumented immigrant children into Medicaid; and Oregon approves increases...more

CMS Releases FY 2017 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System and Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System Final...

On August 2, 2016, CMS released a final rule (Final Rule) with updates to the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (Hospital IPPS) and Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System (LTCH PPS) affecting...more

HHS Final Rule Extends Anti-Discrimination Protection to Transgender Patients

This past May, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin,...more

CMS Issues Final Update to Medicare Hospice Payment Rules for FY 2017

CMS has released a final rule that updates the Medicare hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year (FY) 2017. CMS estimates that the final rule will increase overall Medicare payments to hospices by...more

CMS Publishes FY 2017 Rate Update for Medicare Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities

On August 1, 2016, CMS published a notice updating prospective payment system (PPS) rates for Medicare services furnished by inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPFs) during fiscal year (FY) 2017. CMS is providing a 2.3% rate...more

Health Update - July 2016

The Vulnerability of Healthcare Information - According to a report the Brookings Institute issued in May 2016, 23% of all data breaches occur in the healthcare industry. Nearly 90% of healthcare organizations had some...more

President Obama’s ACA Prescription

President Obama recently published an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA, discussing his signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The President considers ACA’s...more

CMS Finalizes Plan to Expand Medicare/Private Claims Data Available for Care Improvement

CMS has published a final rule to allow organizations approved as “qualified entities” to confidentially share or sell analyses of Medicare and private-sector claims data to providers, employers, and other groups who can use...more

ColoradoCare Stands to Significantly Alter Health Care Services

In November, Colorado voters will cast ballots on Amendment 69, also known as ColoradoCare. ColoradoCare is an ambitious, far-reaching plan to amend the Colorado constitution which would establish a statewide universal...more

The Overpayment Rule and the Implied False Claims Theory: “What You Don’t Know Can Still Hurt You”

In 2010, the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) enacted new rules governing overpayments made by the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Under these rules, providers have 60 days from the date that the overpayment has been identified to...more

Digital Health: An Improving Environment for Investors

The integration of technology into health care delivery is exploding throughout the health industry landscape. Commentators speculating on the implications of the information revolution’s penetration of the health care...more

GOP Unveils Obamacare Replacement

On June 22, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Republican House members released their official proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act. The proposal is the first comprehensive plan floated by congressional Republicans...more

Medicare Board of Trustees Releases 2016 Annual Report: Hospital Trust Fund Insolvency Projected by 2028

The Medicare Board of Trustees is calling for urgent legislative action to address the impending financial insolvency of the Medicare hospital benefit program. The Board’s 2016 report reveals the trust fund that pays for...more

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