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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

Kickback Prosecutions Expanding Beyond Drugs and Devices to Care Networks

The DOJ has recently showed some new muscle by applying anti-kickback laws to care facility owners rather than drug manufacturers. The uptick in federal healthcare fraud prosecutions in 2016 has been well-documented, but...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

Medicare Advantage Organizations May Sue For Double Damages Under MSP Act - Humana Medical Plan, Inc. v. Western Heritage Ins....

On August 8, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals decided an issue of first impression in the circuit under the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Act. In sum, the Eleventh Circuit held that a Medicare Advantage Organization...more

Sharing FTE Caps: Threshold requirements for entering into Medicare GME affiliation agreements

Teaching hospitals’ full-time equivalent (FTE) resident caps dictate the maximum number or residents for which the hospital is eligible to receive graduate medical education (GME) reimbursement from the Medicare program. As...more

Game-Changing PAMA Rule Sets off Major Payment Shifts for Lab Tests

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published a major final rule that will base Medicare clinical laboratory fee schedule (CLFS) reimbursement on private insurance payment amounts, as required by the...more

CMS Adds New Quality Measures to Nursing Home Ratings

On August 10, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it has incorporated five new quality measures to the calculations for its nursing home Five-Star Quality Ratings. The five measures are now...more

A Favorable, New Climate for Challenging Medicare Appeals

Over the past decade, health care providers seeking to challenge Medicare claim denials have faced increasing delays in reaching what many consider the most important step in the Medicare appeals process - a hearing before an...more

CMS Re-proposes Ban on Per-Click Fees for Space and Equipment Leases under Stark

In the CY 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (CY 2017 MPFS), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued proposed updates to the physician self-referral law (Stark law). The primary Stark law update focused on...more

CMS Audit Practices: How false can you get?

Caring Hearts Personal Home Care Services provided physical therapy and skilled nursing services to homebound Medicare patients. During an audit, CMS determined that Caring Hearts provided services to patients who didn’t...more

CMS Proposes Changes to Medicare Shared Savings Program

On July 7, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a proposed rule that updates payment policies, rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for...more

Brief Reprieve Before Hospitals Must Provide Medicare Patients with “Observation” Notices

Hospitals now have additional time before they must meet federal requirements to provide written notice to Medicare patients who are receiving observation services. Congress passed the Notice of Observation Treatment and...more

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