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CMS Delays Stricter Reviews of Medicare Home Care Claims

CMS recently announced a delay in the broad implementation of a stricter review program for Medicare home care claims that launched on a demonstration basis on August 3, 2016. CMS began the demonstration program to test...more

CMS Finalizes Major Changes to Medicare/Medicaid Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities

On September 28, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a highly-anticipated final rule to strengthen requirements that long-term care (LTC) facilities must meet to participate in the Medicare and...more

CMS Call on New Medicare/Medicaid Emergency Preparedness Requirements (Oct. 5)

On October 5, 2016, CMS is hosting a call to discuss its September 16, 2016 final rule establishing emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare- and Medicaid-participating providers and suppliers to ensure that they can...more

Managing the Transition to Transformation: Quality and Payment Reform: Who Is Asking for What and Why?

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

Medicare Providers - Beware! CMPs are Increasing

On September 6, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services published an interim final rule which became effective immediately. The new regulation adjusts for inflation the maximum civil monetary penalty (CMP) amounts...more

CMS says to physicians: Pick your pace for MACRA implementation. Physicians say to CMS: Thank you for hearing us.

On April 27, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued proposed regulations (Proposed Regs.) as a first step in the implementation of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) provisions of the Medicare Access...more

District Court Denies Stay in Litigation Over Medicare Appeals Backlog

On September 19, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected a request by HHS to stay proceedings in litigation brought by the American Hospital Association and several providers seeking to compel the...more

CMS Postpones Pre-Claim Review Demonstration for Home Health Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it would postpone the initiation of the CMS Pre-Claim Review Demonstration for Home Health Services (the “Demonstration”) in Florida, which was scheduled to...more

House of Representatives Approves Bill to Delay LTCH 25% Rule Implementation, Make Other LTCH Reforms, and Tighten Medicare...

On September 21, 2016, the House Ways and Means Committee approved H.R. 5713, the “Sustaining Healthcare Integrity and Fair Treatment Act of 2016” or “SHIFT Act.” The primary focus of the SHIFT Act is to provide an...more

House Approves Medicare ESRD Coverage, Rural Hospital Supervision Bills

On September 21, 2016, the House of Representatives approved HR 5659, the Expanding Seniors Receiving Dialysis Choice Act of 2016, which would allow Medicare beneficiaries with end stage renal disease (ESRD) to enroll in...more

HHS Proposes Changes to State Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Rules

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) have proposed amendments to the regulations governing State Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs). The proposed rule would reflect...more

Republican Lawmakers Voice Concern About Medicare Fraud Prevention

On September 12, 2016, Republican leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee, Energy and Commerce Committee, and Committee on Finance wrote a letter to the acting CMS administrator requesting information regarding CMS’s...more

The MOON Notification is Coming: CMS Publishes Final Changes

CMS is moving forward with implementing the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) as announced in its FY 2017 IPPS Final Rule [PDF] on August 2, 2016, and published in the Federal Register on August 22, 2016 (Final...more

The EpiPen Controversy Signals Intensifying Scrutiny of Drug Classification Under Medicaid Rebate Program

Price increases threatening the availability of EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr® Auto-Injectors (“EpiPen”) have touched off the latest firestorm over drug pricing. Lost amid the public outcry, however, is a thorny regulatory issue:...more

CMS's Payment Suspensions Wreak Havoc: Understanding the Risks

CMS payment suspensions can cripple any provider's or supplier's operations. Yet, CMS has the authority to impose a payment suspension upon the mere existence of "reliable information" that an overpayment or fraud may exist....more

Capitol Hill Update

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate last week would require pharmaceutical manufacturers to alert the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) before increasing prices more than 10 percent, continuing...more

Office of Inspector General Urges CMS to Address Payment Issues Associated with DME-Covered Infusion Drugs

On September 7, 2016, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report entitled “CMS Should Address Medicare’s Flawed Payment System for DME Infusion Drugs” (OEI-12-16-00340). This report is a follow-up to an April...more

Washington Healthcare Update

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

The Future Is Now: CMS Proposes Broad Bundled Payment Expansion for Cardiac Care Episodes

Furthering the agency’s stated intention to pay for value over volume, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a proposed rule representing the first expansion of mandatory hospital-centric bundled...more

Medicare Plan Finder to Indicate which MA, Part D Plans Have Been Sanctioned

CMS revealed last week that Medicare Plan Finder soon will note for users whether a Medicare Advantage plan or Part D prescription drug plan has been sanctioned. The Medicare Plan Finder is an online tool that allows...more

Plan Sponsors – It’s That Time Of Year Again! Medicare Creditable Coverage Notices Must Be Sent By October 15th

If prescription drug coverage is offered under your group health plan, you must provide an annual notice by October 15th to plan participants (and their dependents) who are Medicare eligible, whether they are active...more

Will Physicians Accept CMS's Offer to "Pick Your Pace"?

The Acting CMS Administrator, Andy Slavitt, announced that CMS would propose new options for physician participation in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA)....more

D.C. District Ct Applies Prohibition on Administrative and Judicial Review to IRF PPS Rates

On July 25, 2016, Judge John D. Bates of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a memorandum opinion broadly construing 42 U.S.C. § 1395ww(j) to prohibit administrative or judicial review of a...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

CMS Proposes Flexible Reporting Under MACRA

In a blog post last week, CMS acting administrator Andy Slavitt said that physicians will have the ability to choose among several options to report data to Medicare under the new physician payment system ushered in by the...more

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