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D.C. District Court Invalidates CMS’s “Protest” Requirement

On August 19, 2016, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted a group of hospitals’ motion for summary judgment against HHS in a challenge of the Provider Reimbursement Review Board’s (PRRB) denial...more

OIG Examines Adverse Events in Rehab Hospitals

According to a recent HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) report, about 29% of Medicare beneficiaries experienced adverse or temporary harm events during their rehabilitation hospital stay, based on sample of 417...more

CMS Announces Changes to HHA/Ambulance Supplier Enrollment Moratoria, New Exception Process Demo

CMS has announced a number of changes to its temporary Medicare enrollment moratoria for certain provider types in select geographic areas as a mechanism to address fraud, waste, and abuse. First, CMS is extending for six...more

HHS Final Rule Extends Anti-Discrimination Protection to Transgender Patients

This past May, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin,...more

Health Update - July 2016

The Vulnerability of Healthcare Information - According to a report the Brookings Institute issued in May 2016, 23% of all data breaches occur in the healthcare industry. Nearly 90% of healthcare organizations had some...more

HHS Proposes Rules to Eliminate Backlog … in 5 Years

On June 28, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a series of regulatory changes in the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) designed to curtail the massive backlog of Medicare claim appeals....more

HHS Proposes Rules to Streamline the Medicare Appeals Process to Address Backlog

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a proposed rule intended to address the significant backlog resulting from “an unprecedented and sustained increase” in Medicare appeals. According to HHS, its...more

Health Care Fraud Prosecutions: Strong Seas and High Winds Ahead for Individuals and Corporations

During the past nine months, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has made several significant policy pronouncements that impact health care organizations and individual providers. These directives and initiatives reflect...more

Medicare Appeals Backlog: HHS' Response to the Decade-Long Delay in Reviewing Appeals

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published its proposed rule [PDF] revamping the Medicare appeals process at the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) level on July 5, 2016. The proposed rule extensively revises...more

HHS Proposes Significant Changes to ALJ Hearing Procedures

HHS announced a Proposed Rule on July 5, 2016 aimed at reducing the backlog of appeals at the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) and Departmental Appeals Board (DAB) for Medicare payment and coverage...more

Summary: Oncology Care Model

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services - Overview - On June 29, 2016, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI or the Innovation Center) formally launched the Oncology Care Model (OCM) at the Cancer...more

Justice Department Announces Unprecedented National Health Care Fraud Takedown

In what is being billed as the largest coordinated Medicare fraud takedown in Justice Department history, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell...more

Significant Hospital Related Mid-Year Updated OIG Review Activities

This is the second of three alerts discussing the mid-year update to the Fiscal Year 2016 Work Plan issued by the Office of Inspector General (OIG). In the first alert we discussed the top management performance challenges...more

Managing the Transition to Transformation: Is Your Organization Ready for the Shift to Alternative and Quality-Based Payment...

For many decades, at least since the passage of the Health Maintenance Organization Act of 1973, there have been reform efforts focused on moving the United States health care system away from fee-for-service (FFS)...more

HHS Issues Final Rule on ACA Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities

On May 18, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued final regulations interpreting the nondiscrimination provisions of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). The rule mainly impacts insurers...more

GAO Highlights Significant Backlog in Medicare Appeals, Routine ALJ Failure to Meet Statutory Deadlines

The Medicare appeals process has not been able to keep up with an explosion in the number of volume, particularly at the administrative law judge (ALJ) level (Level 3), resulting in significant backlogs and widespread failure...more

All About APMs: What Will It Take for Physicians to Earn the APM Bonus Under MACRA?

On May 9, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a proposed rule addressing the implementation of physician payment reforms included in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015...more

OIG Releases Mid-Year Update to its FY 2016 Work Plan

The HHS OIG has updated its FY 2016 Work Plan to reflect new and/or completed items since initial release of the FY 2016 Work Plan in November 2015. For instance, the mid-year update indicates that the OIG plans to conduct...more

GAO Issues Recommendations To Improve Medicare Appeals Backlog

On June 9, 2016, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) publicly released a report published May 10, 2016, regarding the continuing challenges surrounding the backlog of the administrative appeals process for Medicare...more

Delays in 340B Mega-Guidance and a Recap of the Latest 340B Updates

Thus far, 2016 has been a relatively quiet year for the 340B program at the federal level. Neither Congress nor the Health Resource and Service Administration (HRSA) has shown an appetite to take on the issues plaguing the...more

OIG Spring 2016 Semiannual Report to Congress Highlights Enforcement/Investigative Accomplishments

The OIG has issued its Spring 2016 Semiannual Report to Congress, which describes significant enforcement and investigative activities relating to HHS programs during the first half of FY 2016 (October 1, 2015 – March 31,...more

Administration Releases Spring 2016 Regulatory Agenda with Timeline for Rulemaking

The Obama Administration has posted its updated 2016 regulatory agenda, which lists major pending or planned rulemaking and the expected timing for action. The latest agenda includes numerous rules in the pipeline impacting...more

Legal Issues Associated with Multi-Provider Alternative Payment Model

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), both federal and state policies have promoted the adoption of alternative payment models (APMs), providing financial incentives for groups of providers to improve care...more

Medicare Part B Drug Payment Model

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed a major, national payment model that would, if implemented, significantly impact how Medicare pays for drugs provided through the Part B program. Under the...more

D.C. District Court Resolves Challenge to Medicare's Outlier Payment Rules for Banner Health v. Burwell

On March 31, 2016, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (the “D.C. District Court”) issued a highly anticipated memorandum opinion settling what will probably be the...more

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