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OIG Approves Lease of Employees to Psych Hospital

On July 28 the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of Health & Human Services gave its blessing to a health system’s lease of employees to a related psychiatric system. Under the arrangement the system would also provide...more

Criminal Prosecutions of Health Care Fraud: The Stakes Continue to Rise for Individual Providers

On June 18, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced criminal charges against 243 individuals located in 14 states for various health...more

CMS Proposes Sweeping Changes for Nursing Home Oversight

On July 16, 2015, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a Proposed Rule with new standards that will have a sweeping effect on the long-term care industry. This new Rule is the first comprehensive...more

Affirming the Need to Fix the Medicare Appeals Backlog: The AFIRM Act of 2015

If you are one of the many health care providers wanting to appeal a Medicare contractor’s reimbursement decision, you may need to be prepared for a long wait. Over the last few years, the backlog of appeals to the...more

Health Care Update - July 2015 #3

ACA Repeal Votes Continue: As part of a rare Senate Sunday session to consider a bill to replenish the highway trust fund for six years, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) brought up an amendment to repeal the ACA—in...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: CMS Releases Guidance on Fast Track Process for 1115 Waivers for Medicaid and CHIP... Healthcare.gov CEO Sends Letter to State Insurance Commissioners Concerning 2016 Premium Decisions... Medicare Board of Trustees...more

GAO Report Concludes Prescribing Incentives Exist at 340B Hospitals

According to a report released July 6, 2015 by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), hospitals that qualify to participate in the 340B Drug Pricing Program by virtue of their serving a disproportionate share of...more

OIG Recommends Improvements to Skilled Nursing Facility Billing Policies Regarding Changes in Therapy

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued a report that calls for CMS to accelerate its efforts to implement a new method for paying for changes in skilled nursing facility...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - July 2015 #3

In quick succession, governors in Alaska and Utah announce Medicaid expansions this week; Iowa is transitioning its expansion away from the Marketplace to Medicaid managed care, for now; and, HHS extends its exception to...more

OIG Report Raises Serious Medicare Part D Fraud, Waste and Abuse Concerns

Last month, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a comprehensive report and data brief detailing its concerns about the ability of Medicare Part D sponsors – as...more

CMS Issues Proposed Rule Reform for Long Term Care Facilities - Part 1 of 4

On July 13, 2015, CMS issued a proposed rule to reform the requirements for long term care facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid. The 400-page proposed rule recommends the biggest overhaul to nursing home...more

House Easily Passes 21st Century Cures Legislation, Includes Significant FDA Reforms

On July 10, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed with an overwhelming majority (344-77), the 21st Century Cures bill (H.R. 6), a high-profile bipartisan bill intended to speed up and improve the process for...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Senate Reauthorizes Older Americans Act; Bill Heads to the House... White House Holds 2015 Conference on Aging and Launches Several New Administration Healthy Aging Initiatives Enveloping Alzheimer’s, Dementia,...more

CMS Proposes Value-Based Purchasing Model, Other Updates to the 2016 Home Health Prospective Payment System

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published its proposed update to the home health prospective payment system (HHPPS) for calendar year (CY) 2016 in the July...more

CMS Issues Proposed Rule Revising Long-Term Care Facility Requirements

On July 16, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule to revise the requirements long-term care facilities must meet to participate in the...more

Time to Revisit Your Physician Relationships

On June 9, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General issued a new Fraud Alert entitled "Physician Compensation Arrangements May Result in Significant Liability" (Alert) in the wake of 12...more

Comprehensive Proposed New Rules Announced for Long-Term Care Facilities

"Far reaching," "massive in scope," and "sweeping," are just a few of the terms that have been used to describe a 403-page proposed rule for Medicare and Medicaid nursing homes, which was released Monday (July 12) by the U.S....more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: 21st Century Cures Legislation Passes House in Bipartisan Vote... CMS Releases Proposed CY 2016 Home Health Prospective Pay Rule... CMS Releases Final CY 2016 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS)...more

What to Expect From HHS-OIG's New Litigation Team

The Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS-OIG”) announced, on June 30, 2015 (during a health care conference), the creation of a new litigation team that will focus solely on...more

OIG Adds New Litigation Unit Focused on Fines and Exclusions

On June 30, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced that it would be staffing a new specialty litigation unit whose sole focus will be on levying civil monetary penalties...more

Bill Would Extend CMPs to Federal Grants

The bill known as the “21st Century Cures,” H.R.6, would extend Civil Monetary Penalties (CMPs) to cover false claims and false statements relating to grants, contracts, and other agreements funded by the Department of Health...more

Health Care Update - July 2015

In This Issue: - Medicare Releases Set of Payment Rules, Physician Fee Schedule on Deck - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional Initiatives - Other...more

OIG Issues New Report On SNF Billing For Therapy Services

On June 5, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) released another study in its continuing scrutiny of skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and therapy services: Skilled Nursing...more

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

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