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Blog: Heath Provisions in President’s Budget Take Aim at Drug Prices and Opioid Abuse

Today, the President sent Congress the $4 trillion Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Proposal – his last while in office. While the Budget on the whole is dead on arrival in the Republican-controlled Congress, there are provisions...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - January 2016 #4

CBO Projects Medicare Spending Growth – In a report published January 25, 2016, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that expenditures for Medicare, Medicaid, and other major healthcare programs will equal...more

House Energy & Commerce Committee Seeks Comments on Medicare Site-Neutral Payment Policies

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is seeking input on Section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which established a site-neutral payment policy for newly-acquired, provider-based, off campus hospital outpatient...more

CMS Posts Revised Application for Meaningful Use Hardship Exceptions

On January 22, CMS posted a revised application and instructions for a hardship exception from the Meaningful Use program penalties in 2015. Under the new, streamlined application process, which CMS says is a temporary...more

Government Reports Compile Medicaid, Dual Eligible Beneficiary Spending, Enrollment Data

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report on trends in Medicaid managed care spending, enrollment, and oversight. Notably, the GAO reports that over 10 years (FY 2004 through 2014), federal Medicaid...more

CMS Issues Guide on Avoiding Readmissions in Diverse Medicare Populations

The CMS Office of Minority Health has released a “Guide to Preventing Readmissions among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Medicare Beneficiaries.” The guide highlights data indicating that racial and ethnic minority...more

CMS Releases Guide to Preventing Readmissions Among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Medicare Beneficiaries

On January 26, 2016, the CMS Office of Minority Health released a new Guide to Preventing Readmissions among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Medicare Beneficiaries (Guide). The purpose of the Guide is to assist hospital...more

Telemedicine Momentum Picking up Steam as New Legislation Introduced in U.S. Senate

On February 3, 2016, a bipartisan group of Senators led by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) have unveiled legislation that would expand the use of telemedicine and remote patient monitoring under...more

Partnering with nonprovider sites: Tips to keep in mind

Provided applicable requirements are met, the Medicare program reimburses teaching hospitals for resident training that occurs both at the hospital itself and at clinical nonprovider locations, including, for example,...more

Drug Manufacturer Discount Cards: Accept With Caution

Pharmaceutical manufacturer discount card usage by government program beneficiaries has been an active area for government action in recent years. In a September 2014 Special Advisory Bulletin, the U.S. Department of Health...more

CMS Announces Changes to Medicare Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Application Process

On Jan. 22, 2016, CMS issued a new application and sweeping changes to the Medicare Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program hardship exception application process. The changes are intended to temporarily ease the...more

CMS Announces Extension of Moratoria on Enrollment of HHAs, Ambulance Suppliers in Designated Areas

CMS published a notice February 2, 2016 announcing an additional 6-month extension of its current temporary Medicare enrollment moratoria for new ground ambulance suppliers and home health agencies (HHAs), subunits, and...more

Criminal Conviction Leaves Defendant Defenseless in FCA Civil Action

Pity Dr. Christina Clardy. In 2011 she was convicted of health care fraud, sentenced to 135 months in prison, and ordered to pay $16 million in restitution. Then in 2014 the government added Christina as a defendant in its...more

Progress on Medicare Payment Reform

HHS is gearing up to design and implement a revised Medicare payment system. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) has designated a merit based incentive payment system (MIPS) as a goal. CMS is...more

Site Neutral Payments for Off-Campus Locations Established After Nov. 1, 2015

Provider-based off-campus hospital outpatient departments (OC-HOD’s) established after November 1, 2015 will be subject to a new site-neutral payment limitation starting Jan. 1, 2017 as a result of provisions in the Balanced...more

DOJ Reaches $3.28 Million Stark Settlement with San Diego Hospital

Tri-City Medical Center will pay $3.28 million to settle alleged Stark Law violations that stemmed from financial arrangements with its former chief of staff and paperwork problems in more than 90 of its physician agreements....more

Further CMS Clarification on EHR Hardship Exceptions

As we reported, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted revised instructions and application forms on January 22, 2016, for health care providers unable to meet electronic health records (EHR) “meaningful...more

CBO’s Budget Forecast and the Silver Tsunami

This week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a projection that shows Medicare enrollment will grow by more than 30 percent in the next decade alone, and the number of seniors will steadily grow from 55 million...more

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

Louisiana's Governor pushes ahead on Medicaid expansion, while expansion is blocked by Wyoming's Legislature; Massachusetts plans to submit a 1332 waiver application to preserve its merged markets; and CBO lowers its 2016...more

CMS Call: IMPACT Act Measure Alignment and Outcomes (Feb. 2)

On February 2, 2016, CMS is hosting a Special Open Door Forum call to discuss implementation of the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act). The call will cover standardized quality...more

CMS Posts Update to 2016 MPFS Rates

CMS has posted corrections to the 2016 Medicare physician fee schedule payment files. Among other things, CMS has revised the conversion factor, reducing it slightly from $35.8279 to $35.8043. CMS has also made changes to...more

Health Care E-Note - January 2016

The 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule ("Final Rule") contains recent changes to the Federal Stark Law, the majority of which took effect on January 1, 2016. The issuance of the Final Rule on November 16, 2015...more

Deadline Looms for EHR Hardship Exceptions

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) expect 209,000 health care providers to face Medicare payment reductions for failing the electronic health records (EHR) “meaningful use” requirements in 2014. CMS puts the estimated...more

Important Changes for Physicians from the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule: Part I (Stark Changes)

On November 16, 2015 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (Final MPFS). The Final MPFS addresses changes to the physician fee schedule and related policies,...more

DMEPOS Prior Authorization Rules Expand

On December 30, 2015, CMS published a final rule entitled: "Medicare Program; Prior Authorization Process for Certain Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies," implementing Section 1834(a)(15) of the...more

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