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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

Medicaid Claims And Health Care Fraud: As The Data Flows, New Cracks Emerge

As we noted in two of our prior posts in the Insider blog, the government has long touted its ability to rely upon data mining as a means of detecting fraud in the federal health care system, and has initiated a host of...more

D.C. Circuit Overturns PRRB’s Decision that Only Newly Built Hospitals Can Qualify for Favorable Capital Reimbursement Rates

In Select Specialty Hospital – Bloomington, Inc. v. Burwell, No. 15-5355 (D.C. Cir., Jul. 8, 2014), a group of long-term care hospitals (LTCHs) successfully challenged the Secretary’s determination that they were not “new...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

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

Got A Complaint About RAC Audits? Get In Line

Criticism of the RAC (recovery audit contractor) program is becoming a national pastime. Needless to say, hospitals hated the program from the very beginning. And little wonder. The program pays private contractors a...more

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 Care Act has the potential to expand the application of the federal anti-kickback statute beyond just Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare. The...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

The ONC’s Health IT Vision Plan: A Building Under Construction

The HHS Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) released its report “Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A 10-Year Vision to Achieve an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure” (the “Vision Plan”) last week to help...more

OIG's Proposed Rule to Expand Civil Monetary Penalties

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on May 12, 2014 published a proposed rule (Proposed Rule) that would implement the OIG’s expanded authority under the Affordable Care...more

OIG Proposes Updates to Exclusion and CMP Authority

The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued a pair of proposed regulations to update its exclusion and civil monetary penalty (CMP) authority. The proposed regulations...more

Compounded Drugs and Medicare Part B: OIG Report Recommends Payment and Oversight Changes

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for HHS recently published a report titled “Compounded Drugs Under Medicare Part B: Payment and Oversight” (OIG Report) in which it recommended that CMS implement changes to the way...more

OIG Supplemental Advisory Bulletin on Patient Assistance Programs Leaves Open Questions for High-Cost Breakthrough Drugs in...

On May 21, 2014, the Office of the Inspector General ("OIG") of the Department of Health and Human Services issued a Supplemental Special Advisory Bulletin ("Supplemental Bulletin") addressing the risks that Independent...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - May 2014

Congress held several hearings last week ranging from Sylvia Burwell’s nomination for Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to Medicare payment oversight, to post-acute care in Medicare. The Centers...more

News from the Health Law Gurus™: Week of May 11th, 2014

News from the Health Law Gurus™ is a weekly summary of notable health law news from around the country with helpful links to related content. ...more

New Proposed Rules Significantly Expand OIG's Exclusion Power

On May 9, 2014, the Office of Inspector General ("OIG") of the Department of Health and Human Services published in the Federal Register a proposed rule amending the regulations relating to OIG's exclusion authority...more

OIG Compendium of Priority Recommendations—Are You Ready?

What’s Happening? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) recently released the Compendium of Priority Recommendations (the “OIG Compendium”). This annual...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - May 2014

Congress returned from its Spring recess and got right to work on a number of Affordable Care Act (ACA) related issues including a bipartisan bill regarding health insurance for Americans living abroad, Medicare oversight,...more

Recent OIG Report Underscores Need for Home Health Agencies and Physicians to Comply With Medicare’s Face-to-Face Documentation...

Medicare overpaid the home health industry $2 billion between January 2011 and December 2012, according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG). The OIG’s...more

Medicare Bad Debt: Courts Again Uphold HHS's Stringent "Must Bill" Policy Requirements

On March 25, 2014, the United States District Court for the District of Maine upheld the decision of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to withhold from Maine Medical Center (MMC), Medicare reimbursement for...more

Complaint Filed Against HHS Alleges Medicare LCDs Deprive Beneficiaries of Necessary Clinical Laboratory Services

On April 18, 2014, California Clinical Laboratory Association (“CCLA”) and “Jane Doe” (collectively, “Plaintiffs”) filed a lawsuit against HHS for equitable relief in the United States District Court for the District of...more

Halifax Pays $85 Million to Resolve Improper Physician Compensation Arrangement Claims Brought by Employee-Whistleblower

Since January 2009, the DOJ has recovered more than $13.4 billion through False Claims Act cases involving fraud against federal health care programs, and last month, Halifax Hospital Medical Center and Halifax Staffing, Inc....more

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News

Enrollment in Health Plans under ACA Exceeds Projected Number of 7 Million - The White House announced on April 1 that 7.1 million Americans had enrolled in health plans under the Affordable Care Act ("ACA"). ...more

CMS Releases Unprecedented Amount Of Medicare Billing Information, Increasing Risk Related To Fraud Lawsuits

On April 9, 2014, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS"), a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS"), released data showing utilization, payments, and submitted charges for services and...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - April 21, 2014

On April 14, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) reported their findings that show a smaller rise in insurance premium costs under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) than previously...more

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