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A&B Healthcare Week In Review, September 2015

On September 25, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule entitled “Medicare Program: Medicare Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests Payment System”. This proposed rule would...more

Payment Innovation: 30 Day Window to Provide CMS Comments on Physician Payment Changes Under MACRA Begins

On September 28, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a Request for Information (RFI) seeking stakeholder comments related to innovative physician payment models required by the Medicare Access...more

Are LLC Owners Subject to Medicare Tax on Their Distributive Shares?

In a typical employer-employee relationship, the employer and employee each pay half of the Medicare tax due. However, the owners (called “members”) of a limited liability company (“LLC”) are usually considered self-employed...more

Recent Cases Involving 60-Day Overpayment Rule Should Put Healthcare Providers on Alert

Two recent federal court cases show that the federal government intends to vigorously enforce the so-called “60-day Rule” for the return of overpayments enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”) even though the...more

CMS Proposes Overhaul of Clinical Lab Payment Methodology: What You Need To Know

On Friday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a long-awaited proposed rule that would drastically change the payment rates for clinical laboratory services beginning January 1, 2017 (the “Proposed...more

“Two-Midnight” Rule Needs Tweaking, Says Federal Judge

A Federal Judge found that the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) failed to comply with the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) when it cut hospital inpatient payments by 0.2% as part of its “two-midnight” rule. ...more

CMS Issues Proposed Rule Significantly Modifying the Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities Participating in the Medicare and...

On July 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a proposed rule comprehensively updating and extensively revising the requirements for participation for long term care (“LTC”) facilities...more

Medicare GME payments and hospital mergers: A hotbed of issues

Many hospital sale and affiliation transactions involve teaching hospitals. Whether the teaching hospital involved is new to training residents or is part of a long-established teaching program, the parties will need to work...more

MedPAC Convenes to Discuss Open Payments, Payment for Post-Acute Care, and Other Issues

On September 10-11, 2015, MedPAC held a meeting to discuss several issues related to the Medicare program, including (1) improving the Open Payments program, which makes public the payments from drug and device manufacturers...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - September 2015 #4

The Massachusetts Marketplace takes steps to ease consumer confusion by reducing choice among QHPs; North Carolina appears poised to pass Medicaid reform legislation; and bipartisan support is gaining for defining businesses...more

Adventist to Pay $118.7 Million Settlement in Whistleblower Lawsuit

On Monday, September 21, 2015, the Department of Justice announced a settlement with Florida-based Adventist Healthcare, whereby the company will pay $118.7 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit. $115 million, the bulk of...more

Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update: Recent Developments & Unsealed Cases - September 2015

Trends & Analysis - Since our last Qui Tam Update, we have identified 39 health-related False Claims Act (“FCA”) qui tam cases that have been unsealed. Of those cases...more

Giving Your Physician Agreements a Check-Up

On June 9, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a fraud alert regarding physician compensation relationships and potential liability for illegal kickbacks under the...more

Big Deal Monday For September 21, 2015

Senior Housing News reports several transactions over the last couple of weeks – some large, some small – that show the market continues to be strong for the acquisition of existing senior living communities nationwide. Here...more

Illinois Enacts Patient Notification Requirement for Observation Stays

Illinois joins a growing number of states to pass laws requiring that hospitals provide notice to patients who are placed under observation status. 210 ILCS 86/6.09b As with the recent federal NOTICE Act, the laws respond to...more

Whistleblowers — and Taxpayers — Win Lawsuit over Medicare Fraud

Here’s another story with a satisfying ending and the take-home lesson that it’s a bad idea to cheat taxpayers and abuse medical resources. A chain of hospices agreed to settle a lawsuit over its overbilling of...more

Precision Medicine - Even Medicare Will Pay for It!

President Barack Obama announced in his 2015 State of the Union address that he was introducing a new Precision Medicine Initiative, supported with over $200 million in the proposed 2016 federal budget. "Precision Medicine"...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - September 2015 #2

Final ACO Fraud Waiver Under OMB Review – The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) reported on September 9, 2015, that it began its review of the final rule (CMS-1439-F; RIN 0938-AR30), titled “Medicare Shared...more

Baker Donelson Comments on CMS's Proposed Changes to the Stark Regulations - September 2015

The law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C., sincerely appreciates the opportunity to comment upon the proposed clarifications and changes to the Stark regulations issued by the Centers and Medicare...more

11th Circuit "Tweaks" Test For Whether Interns Are Employees

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you are probably familiar with the six-factor test that the U.S. Department of Labor uses to determine whether an intern should be considered an employee for purposes of the Fair...more

Thirteenth Individual Convicted in Medicare Psychiatric Treatment Fraud

On September 10, a Houston psychiatrist became the thirteenth individual convicted in relation to partial hospitalization program (PHP) services fraudulently billed to Medicare. The psychiatrist was convicted by a federal...more

CMS Releases Medicare Equity Plan to Reduce Health Disparities

On September 8, 2015, the CMS Office of Minority Health unveiled the CMS Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare (Equity Plan), the first plan designed to address health equity issues in Medicare. The plan was...more

MedPAC Suggests Streamlining CMS’s Proposed Performance-Based Physician Payment System

On September 8, 2015, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) released its comments to the proposed rule that will begin implementing the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for physician services, in...more

Alabama CON Report

I. SHPDA Administrative Report - AL2015-022, Gulf Health Hospitals, d/b/a Thomas Hospital, Daphne, AL: Proposes to establish a freestanding emergency department (FED). The project was approved with stipulation of...more

Summary of Key 340B Omnibus Guidance Proposals

As noted in our previous client alert, the Health Resources and Services Administration (“HRSA”) released its highly anticipated proposed 340B Drug Pricing Program Omnibus Guidance (“Guidance”). The Guidance offers updated...more

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