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OIG Workplan Series Installment One - What Does the OIG’s 2016 Work Plan Mean for Hospitals?

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) recently released its 2016 Work Plan. The Work Plan may offer evidence of a growing shift in the agency’s priorities, particularly with regard...more

Limited Modifications in Final ACO Fraud and Abuse Waivers Most Notably Include Cut of Gainsharing CMP Waiver

Nearly four years after publishing their joint interim final rule with comment period, effective November 2, 2011 (IFC), the OIG and CMS (Agencies) have finalized the waivers of various fraud and abuse laws in the context of...more

Blog: OIG Releases FY2016 Work Plan: Areas to be Reviewed Include SNFs, Drug Pricing, HIPAA

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released this week its FY2016 Work Plan (Work Plan). The OIG Work Plan summarizes new and ongoing OIG reviews of various HHS programs and...more

Millennium Health to Pay $256 million in False Claims Act Settlement

Millennium Health, one of the nation’s largest urine drug testing laboratories, has agreed to pay the government $256 million to resolve claims that it violated the Federal False Claims Act (“FCA”). The Settlement...more

Health Care Update - October 2015

Senate Working Group Pressing Forward on Telehealth - As Congress focuses on bigger picture policy decisions, including broad budget negotiations and raising the debt ceiling, there are some exciting developments on the...more

CMS Adopts Changes to Medicare & Medicaid EHR Policies

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a sweeping final rule with comment period that specifies the requirements that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals...more

The Bad Debt Moratorium Requires a Flexible Approach to Evaluating "Reasonable Collection Efforts"

On September 10, 2015, District Judge Randolph D. Moss of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an opinion in Mountain States Health Alliance v. Burwell (Mountain States) involving Section 310 of the...more

The Deeper Dive: Medicare’s Fundamental Shift Toward P4P - What priorities should providers focus on in navigating the changing...

While Medicare’s path toward pay for performance (P4P) has evolved over time, 2015 is proving to be a landmark year. July marked the 50th anniversary of the Medicare program. And in self-described “historic announcements”...more

Washington Healthcare Update

Elections for Speaker of the House and Potential Changes at Ways and Means Committee - Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced Tuesday (Oct. 20) that he will run for the House Speaker position if the major House Republican...more

Millennium Health and DOJ Settle False Claims Act Allegations for $256 Million

On October 19, 2015, the Department of Justice (DOJ), through the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, announced that Millennium Health (formerly Millennium Laboratories) had agreed to resolve...more

OIG Hospital Compliance Audits: Is Your Number Up? Are You Ready?

In its Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2012, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it would begin reviews of Medicare payments to hospitals to determine compliance...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - October 2015

"Wherefore Art Thou Due Process?" Part III - Why it matters: It is time for another installment in our continuing "Wherefore Art Thou Due Process?" coverage into the ongoing constitutional challenges to the SEC's...more

What’s Lurking in Your Lab? Legal Risks for Hospital Laboratories

Most health-care lawyers are accustomed to monitoring the high profile areas of regulatory enforcement in health care. However, many hospital lawyers, whether in-house or outside counsel, are unaware of the potential...more

Washington Healthcare Update

Bicameral Bill Introduced to Provide HHS Authority to Reject Proposed Insurance Rates - Before Congress left for its Columbus Day recess, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the Health...more

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

CMS Announces Part D Enhanced Medication Therapy Management Model Demonstration – On September 28, 2015, CMS announced a Part D Enhanced Medication Therapy Management Model (Enhanced MTM Model) that is designed to assess...more

Uncertainty Continues for Two-Midnight Rule's Payment Reduction

In Shands Jacksonville v. Burwell [PDF], No. CV 14-1477, 2015 WL 5579653, (D.D.C. Sept. 21, 2015), the United States District Court for the District of Columbia gave the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human...more

OIG Continues to Recommend Reduced Medicaid DME Reimbursement Rates

The HHS Office of Inspector General is once again calling for states to clamp down on Medicaid reimbursement for durable medical equipment (DME) and supplies. The OIG cites a series of earlier reports estimating that four...more

OMHA Expands Settlement Conference Facilitation Pilot

The HHS Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) has announced that it is expanding its Settlement Conference Facilitation pilot’s eligibility criteria to include more pending appeals. As previously reported, this pilot...more

HHS OIG Steps Up The Pressure On SNFs And Therapy Services; Intensifies Calls For Changes To Medicare Payment System

On September 30, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued its fifth report in five years on billings for therapy services in SNFs. The Medicare Payment System For...more

OIG Recommends Reevaluation of Medicare Payment System for Skilled Nursing Facilities

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report on September 30, 2015 finding that Medicare payments for therapy services provided at skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) greatly exceeded the cost of such services. ...more

CMS and ONC Release Stage 3 Meaningful Use and EHR Certification Final Rules

On October 6, 2015, CMS released the final Stage 3 Meaningful Use Rule that, among other provisions, sets forth the requirements that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must...more

Clinical Laboratories: Proposed Rule Implements Requirements for Reporting and Payment Based on Private Payer Rates

As required by a 2014 statute, CMS has issued proposed regulations (Proposed Rule) implementing new requirements for laboratory reporting of, and eventually basing Medicare payment on, rates for clinical laboratory services...more

Coming Soon to a Hospital near You: Mandatory Bundled Payments for Common Surgeries

Recent action by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announces significant change in reimbursement methodology for high volume orthopedic surgical procedures in many markets nationwide. Affected stakeholders...more

OIG Again Calls for Reforms to Medicare SNF Reimbursement Policy

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) continues to question the appropriateness of payments to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) under the Medicare SNF prospective payment system (PPS). Based on Medicare Part A SNF claims...more

OIG Calls for CMS to Reform Payment for Skilled Nursing Facility Services

The Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) issued a report on September 30, 2015, that calls for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reform payment for...more

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