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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

CMS Proposes “Advancing Care Information” Program to Replace Meaningful Use

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) proposes a new approach, with new branding labels, to paying clinicians for the value and the quality of care that they provide by replacing a patchwork of existing...more

CMS Issues MACRA Proposed Rule on Quality Payment Program for Physicians and Other Clinicians

On April 27, 2016, CMS issued a Proposed Rule that would implement certain provisions of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (“MACRA”) to modify the payment system for physicians and other clinicians. ...more

Ninth Circuit Denies Medicare Payments in Assets-Only Purchase Without Assignment of Provider Agreement

On April 11, 2016, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a hospital was not entitled to Medicare payments in an assets-only purchase until the Buyer enrolled in the Medicare program because it did not accept the...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On April 15, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed rule entitled, “Applications for Approval and Combinations of Active Ingredients Under Consideration for...more

New Guidance on Exclusion

For the first time in nearly 20 years the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health & Human Services has issued new guidance on the exercise of its authority to exclude health care providers from...more

OIG laments failure to comprehensively address EHR fraud

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released a compendium (Compendium) of its top unimplemented recommendations. The Compendium comprises 25 unimplemented past OIG...more

HHS to Apply Medicare Rates for Physician, Other Health Services Purchased by IHS-Funded Programs

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), on March 21, 2016, issued a final rule to apply Medicare payment methodologies to all physician and other health professional...more

New Medicare Part B Payment Model is Most Recent Payor Response to Increasing Drug Prices

Recent activity by the federal government along with commercial payors may be indicative of further changes to how payors, providers, and pharmaceutical manufacturers engage in prescription drug arrangements. A recently...more

I’ll Gladly Pay You 10 Years From Today for Care Already Provided

Most providers whose claims have been determined to be improper by the Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) under the Medicare Recovery Audit Program have discovered that the appeals backlog “is incontrovertibly grotesque.”...more

Court Rejects End-Run of Medicare Appeals Rules

The Indiana Health Department sent a team to the Nightingale home health care and hospice group, in response to complaints. When CMS received the team’s report, it notified Nightingale that its Medicare certification was...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On March 29, 2016, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule entitled, “Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs: Mental Health Parity and...more

Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals Launches Settlement Conference Facilitation Pilot for Medicare Part A Claims

The HHS Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (“OMHA”) recently launched Phase III of the Settlement Conference Facilitation (“SCF”) Pilot to help resolve outstanding Medicare Part A appeals. The SCF program is one of...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: The Affordable Care Act turned 6 years old on March 23... Four in ten voters say health care is extremely important when picking a President, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation’s new tracking poll......more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On March 24, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a guidance entitled, “Draft Guidance for Industry: General Principles for Evaluating the Abuse Deterrence of Generic...more

Health Law Insights Newsletter - Issue 7 - March 2016

McCarter & English, LLP’s Health Care Group presents Issue 7 of the Health Law Insights, which discusses the latest legal issues in the health care industry. NATIONAL - Providers’ Obligation to Report Medicare...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Medicaid program takes financial hits as the House looks for “savers” and acts on a budget... while the Senate sees no reason to do a budget... The Senate focuses on ACA oversight and mental health and opioid abuse...more

Court Allows 'Retroactive' Application of 2005 Wage Index Rule Limiting Reimbursement for Pension Plan Costs

On February 22, 2016, in Regents of the University of California v. Burwell, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted summary judgment in favor of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the Secretary)...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On March 15, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued voluntary guidelines entitled, “CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain — United...more

4 Key Things to Watch on Recent Finding Related to Medicare Appeals Backlog

On Feb. 9, 2016, the D.C. Circuit found that the lower court has the authority to order the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to resolve the massive backlog of Medicare appeals tied up in the administrative law...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: The President took a victory lap in Wisconsin, announcing that 20 million people have gained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act... That figure includes people newly covered through insurance...more

Wage Index Reclassification Rule Struck Down by Second Circuit

On February 4, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit decided Lawrence + Memorial Hospital v. Burwell. The case addressed a regulation, issued by the Secretary of Health and Human Services...more

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