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Senate Special Committee on Aging Addresses Medicare Audits

On July 9, 2014, the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging released a report titled “Improving Audits: How We Can Strengthen the Medicare Program for Future Generations.” Among other recommendations, the report...more

CMS Announces Plans for Round 2 DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Recompete

CMS has begun a pre-bidding awareness program in connection with its plans to recompete the supplier contracts awarded in Round 2 of the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS)...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - July 2014

Last week the Senate debated a bill to reverse the Supreme Court’s contraception mandate decision, a group of House Republicans introduced a bill to replace Affordable Care Act (ACA) cuts to the Medicare home health benefit...more

D.C. Circuit Says CMS Doesn’t Know What’s New

On Tuesday of last week the D.C. Circuit Court ruled that the Provider Review Reimbursement Board doesn’t know what’s new. It reversed the PRRB’s decision, along with the District Court’s decision that upheld it. In doing...more

Teaching Hospitals and Physicians Must Take Action Now to Correct Erroneous Reports about them Submitted Under the Sunshine Act

On September 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will make public the reports submitted by pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers under the Sunshine Act. These reports will disclose...more

New Flexibility Under the Medicare Conditions of Participation: A Single Medical Staff Option for a Multi-Hospital System and...

As described in our prior alert, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has, for the past several years, been seeking ways to reduce its regulatory burden on health care providers. In furthering this initiative,...more

OMHA Announces Two New Programs to Address Appeals Backlog

The Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA), which oversees the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) level of appeal, recently posted two important announcements regarding a new Statistical Sampling Initiative (SSI) and...more

OIG Report Recommends Increased Scrutiny of Over 1000 Laboratories With Questionable Billing for Medicare Part B Clinical...

According to a recently released report by the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG), over 1,000 labs had unusually high billing for Medicare Part B Clinical Laboratory Services for dates of service in 2010. Increased...more

CMS Releases Proposed 2015 Physician Fee Schedule and Outpatient Prospective Payment System Rules

On July 3, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released its proposed Calendar Year (“CY”) 2015 Physician Fee Schedule (“PFS”) Proposed Rule, to be published in the Federal Register on July 11, 2014....more

CMS Announces Dates for Sunshine Payment Review, Dispute & Correction Process

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that the Open Payments review, dispute and correction process will begin on Monday, July 14, 2014 and continue through September 11, 2014. ...more

OIG Report: Questionable Billing for Medicare Part B Clinical Laboratory Services

Perhaps not coincidentally, immediately following the release of the Questionable Laboratory Payments Special Fraud Alert by the OIG, posted yesterday on the Med Law Blog, the OIG has followed up with Audit Report OIG –...more

New OIG Special Fraud Alert Focuses on Suspect Practices of Labs and Referring Physicians - Certain Payment Arrangements May Be a...

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a new Special Fraud Alert on June 25, 2014, that focuses on certain compensation arrangements between laboratories and referring...more

CMS Proposes Elimination of CME Exception to Sunshine Act Reporting

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a proposed rule that includes a plan to eliminate the continuing medical education (“CME”) exclusion to the reporting requirements under the federal Physician...more

CMS Proposes Changes to Sunshine Act Reporting

Drug and device manufacturers breathing a sigh of relief after completing their 2013 data submissions under the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (the “Sunshine Act’) must now contend with four proposed changes to the Sunshine...more

CMS Releases CY 2015 OPPS and ASC Proposed Rule

On July 3, 2014, CMS released the CY 2015 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System Proposed Rule. In its proposal, CMS seeks, among other things, to increase...more

CMS seeks to update payment rates and eligibility certification requirements in proposed rule for Medicare home health services

On July 7, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule updating Medicare’s Home Health Prospective Payment System payment rates for 2015....more

Healthcare Legal News - July 2014 • Volume 4, Number 2

In This Issue: - DO SUBSIDIZED HEALTH CARE PLANS PURCHASED UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT TRIGGER THE ANTI-KICKBACK STATUTE? The advent of federally subsidized private pay health insurance under the Affordable...more

Health Headlines: Also in the News - June 2014 #4

CMS Holds Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Oversight and Enforcement Conference – On June 24, 2014, CMS offered an in-person program that instructed Medicare Advantage and Part D providers as to how they could...more

GAO Director for Healthcare Provides Recommendations for CMS to Combat Fraud, Waste and Abuse in the Medicare Program in Testimony...

On June 25, 2014, Kathleen M. King, Director of Health Care for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) testified before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations explaining...more

Newly Released CMS Actuary’s Report Confirms CMS Ignored Impact of Two Midnight Rule on Medical Admissions When Setting 0.2...

On June 30, 2014, King & Spalding filed comments in response to Medicare’s proposed IPPS rule for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 on behalf of more than 200 hospitals it represents in a federal court challenge to the FY 2014 Two...more

The Intractable Problem of Medicare Fraud

You have to admire the vigilance and dedication of prosecutors and law enforcement investigators who fight Medicare fraud. There is no question that they have ramped up enforcement and promoted a strong message of deterrence....more

Friday Afternoon Smackdown – The SEC v. The House Of Representatives

On Friday, June 20, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed an action against the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives and congressional staffer Brian Sutter seeking enforcement of...more

Finishing at the Top of the Class: The Risks Faced by High Achievers on the Medicare Billings List

In this increasingly competitive world, providers generally want to be at the top of almost any official ranking. CMS’s recently released list of medical groups and physicians receiving the most Medicare reimbursement dollars...more

#HealthyPA Takes the Next Step

The governor’s recent announcement that 9 commercial insurers successfully applied to participate in Healthy PA is another positive development as negotiations between Department of Public Welfare and the Centers for Medicare...more

GAO Concludes States Should Strengthen Medicaid Managed Care Program Integrity Efforts

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report examining why Medicaid managed care programs made an estimated $14.4 billion in improper payments for fiscal year 2013. GAO found that the improper...more

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