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Practical Considerations for Medical Practices Considering Converting Their Vascular Access Centers Into Medicare-Certified...

On November 2, 2016 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule. Although the impact of the Final Rule on nephrology reimbursement is projected to be...more

New POS Code for Telehealth Distant Site Providers

A new Place of Services or POS code for Telehealth services (POS 02) will go into effect on January 1, 2017. The descriptor for the code, which is for use by the physician or other clinician furnishing telehealth services...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

After months of debate and partisan wrangling, the House on Wednesday voted 392-26 to pass the “21st Century Cures” bill designed to accelerate the development of new drugs and medical devices as well as increase federal...more

Health Law Insights: November Newsletter

ALERT: "No Contract" Disclaimer in Employee Handbook Upheld by Illinois CourtAuthor: Employee handbooks have long been a trap for the unwary employer that desires merely to establish a set of rules and policies without...more

CMS Issues Final Rule on Off-Campus Hospital Department Reimbursement

As of January 1, 2017, hospitals will receive lower Medicare reimbursement for items and services provided at certain off-campus provider-based facilities. This Alert provides an overview of the new reimbursement framework...more

Could Possible Healthcare Repeal Efforts Extend to Physician Payments Under Medicare?

Now that the 2016 presidential election is over, many patients are asking whether Congress will repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or parts of the legislation. Yet, many doctors are asking (or should be asking) whether...more

Long-Term Care Facilities: Recent Developments on Use of Arbitration Agreements

Three cases making their way through the courts demonstrate that the question of arbitration clauses in long-term care (LTC) facility admission agreements is an active and developing area of the law....more

OPPS Provider-Based Final Rule — A More Practical Approach From CMS

CMS recently finalized sweeping changes to the way Medicare pays hospitals for services furnished in “new” off-campus provider-based departments (referred to as “off-campus PBDs”). CMS revealed the changes on November 1...more

MACRA – Understanding Medicare Payment Reform

One of the latest additions to the ever-changing healthcare landscape is MACRA, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. MACRA was signed into law in April 2016, to repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR), a method...more

OIG Releases 2017 Work Plan

On November 10, 2016, the Office of Inspector General (“the OIG”) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“DHHS”) is charged with ensuring the integrity of more than 100 programs administered by DHHS, including...more

OIG Issues 2017 Work Plan

On November 10, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) posted its work plan (the “Work Plan”) for fiscal year 2017. The OIG publishes its Work Plan on an annual basis. The...more

CMS Continues Efforts to Improve Patient Care, Spending, and Population Health

On November 2, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), released the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule, which finalized a number of new policies designed to improve Medicare payment for...more

CMS Posts Final 2017 Medicare Clinical Lab Payment Determinations

CMS has released the final 2017 Medicare clinical laboratory fee schedule (CLFS) payment determinations for new and reconsidered test codes, including determinations regarding whether CMS will use crosswalking or gapfilling...more

CMS Releases 2017 Medicare Deductible and Coinsurance Amounts

CMS has announced Medicare Part A and B beneficiary cost sharing amounts for 2017. With regard to Part A, the 2017 deductible for hospital inpatient admissions for the first 60 days of care will be $1,316, followed by $329...more

Now is the Time to Prepare for MACRA: 2017 Will Bring Major Changes to Physician Medicare Reimbursement

MACRA (the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015) is bi-partisan legislation that was enacted to change Medicare reimbursement from being based on the current system of volume of services provided to...more

CMS Finalizes Medicare OPPS, ASC Rates and Policies for 2017

CMS has published its final rule with comment period updating the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System rates and policies for CY 2017. CMS...more

Promise to Repeal the ACA Poses Threat to MACRA Implementation

Most of the post-election discussion of the ACA has focused on how promises to repeal the law could impact the newly insured. But one priority area of the ACA that has received very little discussion is the federal...more

The Wait is Over: CMS Delivers Post-BBA Provider-Based Policies in Final 2017 OPPS

Now that the rule is out, work to implement the BBA changes begins in earnest. CMS commemorated the one-year anniversary of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA) with the traditional gift of paper, offering...more

Will Republicans Embrace CMMI’s Authority?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) provided the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the newly created Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI)...more

Federal Judge Blocks CMS Rule Banning Arbitration In Nursing Home Disputes

In September, CMS announced a final rule that bans pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements related to care received in long-term care facilities. Among other things, the rule preserves the right of patients and their...more

2017 Physician Fee Schedule Includes Clarification of Space and Equipment Rental Exception Under Stark Law

The Department of Health and Human Services Center for Medicaid and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently finalized the Calendar Year 2017 Physician Fee Schedule (“2017 Fee Schedule”), which includes a restatement of a provision...more

CMS Reissues Stark Rules Restricting Certain Unit-based Rental Rate Arrangements and Issues Two Stark Updates

On November 15, 2016, as part of its 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule update, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services reissued its prohibition on certain unit-based rental arrangements with referring physicians,...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - November 2016

CMS Names Latest Round of RAC Contracts – On October 31, 2016, CMS announced it awarded contracts for its Medicare Fee-for-Service Recovery Audit Contractors (RAC) to Performant Recovery, Inc. (Region 1), Cotiviti, LLC...more

Mississippi District Court Halts Implementation of New CMS Rule Banning Use of Arbitration Agreements in Long-Term Care Facilities

Anyone familiar with long-term care litigation knows that the number of disputes regarding the use and enforcement of arbitration agreements in the context of assisted living/nursing home admissions has risen sharply over the...more

CMS to Cut Medical Review Audits for Certain Advanced Alternative Payment Model Participants

In order to improve “clinician engagement” and minimize administrative burdens, CMS has announced an 18-month pilot program to reduce medical review audits for participants in selected Advanced Alternative Payment Models...more

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