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Recent OIG Audits of Home Health and Hospice Surveys May Signal Increased Scrutiny on Worker Qualifications

Recent audits by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) conclude that state survey agencies in a number of states and a leading national accrediting agency serving the home health and...more

MedPAC Report to Congress on Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has released its June 2015 Report to the Congress on Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System. The report includes a series of recommendations on Medicare hospital...more

Obama Administration Announces Record Medicare Strike Force "Takedown"

On June 18, 2015, HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell and Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced that a nationwide Medicare Fraud Strike Force sweep resulted in health fraud charges against 243 individuals involving...more

MedPAC Releases June 2015 Report to the Congress

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) released its “Report to the Congress: Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System” on June 15, 2015. As previously reported, the report makes recommendations for policy...more

Blog: OIG Reports Targeting Medicare Part D Fraud Issued on the Heels of National Medicare Fraud Sweep

The Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released two reports yesterday related to Medicare Part D fraud. The OIG report, Ensuring the Integrity of Medicare Part D, “synthesizes numerous OIG...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Leading Up to the SCOTUS King v. Burwell Decision... House Votes to Repeal the Medical Device Tax... CMS Announces It Will Bolster Transitional Reinsurance Payments... MedPAC Releases June Report to Congress....more

OIG Approves Subsidies to Medicare Beneficiaries Provided by a Clinical Research Study

On May 28, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued an advisory opinion approving a medical device manufacturer’s proposed arrangement to provide subsidies to certain...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - June 2015 #3

MedPAC Releases June 2015 Report to the Congress – The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has today released its June 2015 Report to the Congress: Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System. Next week’s edition...more

DC Circuit calls into question legality of Stark Law ban on per-click equipment leases

On June 12, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a lengthy decision calling into question the regulatory prohibition on per-click equipment leases under the federal physician self-referral...more

Senate Committee Passes Bill Addressing Medicare Appeals Inefficiencies

On June 3, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee passed an original bill that aims to streamline and improve the Medicare Audit and Appeals Process. The Medicare appeals process has recently faced scrutiny from industry leaders...more

Medicare Shared Savings Program - 2015: What's Changed, What's New, and What's to Come?

The most recent Shared Savings Program final rule, published in the Federal Register on June 9, 2015, finalizes a number of the revisions to the original November 2011 final rule that CMS proposed on December 8, 2014. In...more

Senate Finance Committee Approves Medicare Appeals Reform Proposal

On June 3, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee approved by voice vote a bipartisan proposal to reform the Medicare audit and appeals process in an attempt to help ease the backlog of Medicare appeals and promote efficiency and...more

OIG Work Plan Midyear Update Adds Activities Related to Medicare Part D and Medicaid Rebates

The update to the Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Work Plan includes new initiatives that may affect pharmaceutical companies and Medicare Part D payors and pharmacies. Annually, the Department of Health and Human Services...more

OIG Posts Spring Semiannual Report to Congress

The OIG’s latest Semiannual Report to Congress describes significant investigative and enforcement activities relating to HHS programs and operations during the first half of FY 2015 (October 1, 2014 – March 31, 2015). The...more

HHS Issues Spring 2015 Regulatory Agenda

The Administration has updated its regulatory agenda, which lists major pending or planned regulatory actions and the anticipated timing of rulemaking activity. The agenda lists numerous pending HHS proposed and final rules...more

OIG Releases FY 2015 Work Plan Mid-Year Update

The HHS OIG has updated its FY 2015 Work Plan to reflect new and/or completed items since release of its Work Plan in October 2014. Of note, the OIG has announced its plans to conduct several new Medicare reviews addressing:...more

Senate Finance Committee Advances Medicare Audit and Appeals Bill

On June 3, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee approved by voice vote the Audit & Appeal Fairness, Integrity, and Reforms in Medicare (AFIRM) Act of 2015. Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) were...more

Blog: OIG Issues Fraud Alert re: Physician Compensation Arrangements

The U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a Fraud Alert today titled Physician Compensation Arrangements May Result in Significant Liability. The OIG directs health care professionals...more

OIG Updates 2015 Work Plan: New medicare initiatives for hospitals, DMEPOS suppliers, clinical labs, GPOs

The OIG issued on May 28, 2015 an update to its 2015 Work Plan which includes several new Medicare initiatives for the OIG’s audit and inspection during the current fiscal year and forecasts broader areas of focus for future...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: House Ways & Means Committee Holds Markup; Makes Significant Legislative Changes to Health Care Bills... Senate Finance Committee Holds Markup on Medicare Appeals Process Bill... CMS Issues Final Rule on...more

OIG Releases Semiannual Report to Congress

The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) recently released its Semiannual Report to Congress (“Report”), summarizing OIG’s activities for the six-month period ending on March 31,...more

Senate Aging Committee Hearing on Hospital Observation Stay Policies

On May 20, 2015, the Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing entitled “Challenging the Status Quo: Solutions to the Hospital Observation Stay Crisis.” Chairman Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ranking Member Claire...more

D.C. District Court Formalizes Remand of Allina Case Regarding the Appropriate Treatment of Medicare Part C Patient Days for...

On May 18, 2015, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ordered HHS to adjudicate the appropriate treatment of Medicare Part C patient days in determining disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments....more

Partial Victory for Hospitals in Medicare Outlier Challenge

In a decision issued May 19, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit handed hospitals a partial victory in their challenge to their Medicare outlier payments for 2004. District Hospital...more

ACO Model Expansion Hinges on Increasing Medicare Program Flexibility

Earlier this month, HHS Secretary Silvia Burwell made a game-changing announcement about the Obama Administration’s most significant alternative payment model (APM). The Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (Pioneer ACO)...more

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