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OIG Publishes Online Portfolio Highlighting its Body of Work on Drug Pricing and Reimbursement

For several years now, the public outcry over the issue of drug pricing and reimbursement has increased in frequency and fervor. At least one government agency wants you to know that it has been listening and wants to help...more

HHS Finalizes Appeals Backlog Rule in Wake of Judicial Order

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a Final Rule aimed at reducing and eventually eliminating the backlog of more than 650,000 claims currently awaiting adjudication by an administrative law judge...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - February 2017 #2

Tom Price is confirmed as the new head of Health and Human Services; Georgia and Missouri legislatures call for new Medicaid waivers to implement capped funding; and the uninsurance rate hits a new low in 2016....more

Fraud and Abuse Investigations Should be Taken Very Seriously

According to the United States Government, fraud and abuse recovery has an excellent return for each investment dollar spent. According to the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (HCFAC) Program Report,released by the...more

District Court Dismisses FCA Allegations Based Upon Difference of Medical Opinion

This month, the United States District Court for the District of Utah dismissed a relator’s allegations that a cardiac surgeon and two hospitals based in Utah violated the federal False Claims Act (FCA) by billing Medicare...more

HHS Announces Final Rule on Medicare Benefit Claim Appeals Process

On January 17, 2017, HHS published its final rule addressing modifications to the Medicare benefit claim appeals process. The final rule seeks to reduce the significant backlog of pending Medicare appeals and streamline the...more

HHS Publishes Final Rule Overhauling the Medicare Appeals Process

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published its final rule revamping the Medicare appeals process at the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) level on January 17, 2017. The final rule extensively revises federal...more

CMS Finalizes Regulations with Hope of Reducing Medicare Appeals Backlog

On January 17, 2017, CMS published the final rule titled “Medicare Program: Changes to the Medicare Claims and Entitlement, Medicare Advantage Organization Determination, and Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Determination...more

HHS Announces Final Rule to Remedy Medicare Appeals Backlog

On January 17, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a Final Rule announcing a three-prong appellate process change in an effort to decrease the growing Medicare appeals backlog at the...more

OIG Report Indicates Areas of Hospice Fraud Vulnerability and Issues a Warning to Hospice Providers

The HHS Office of Inspector General recently released a report indicating deficiencies in hospice election statements and physician certification of patient eligibility for hospice care. Medicare hospice care provides help...more

OIG Report Cites Continuing Vulnerabilities Under Medicare’s 2-Midnight Policy

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a report, “Vulnerabilities Remain Under Medicare’s 2-Midnight Hospital Policy,” which assessed changes in hospital...more

Analysis of HHS OIG Final Rule to Amend the Anti-Kickback Safe Harbors and CMP Rules on Beneficiary Inducements

On December 7, 2016, the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services published a final rule amending the safe harbors to the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) and the Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP)...more

CMS Revokes Billing Privileges for Competitive Bid Supplier

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has demonstrated that it will not hesitate to use one of its most crippling administrative enforcement tools—the revocation of Medicare billing privileges—against one of...more

Medicare Appeal Proposal Falls Far Short of Court Mandate

For years the hospital industry has been in an uproar over the mountainous backlog of Medicare claim appeals. Current estimates are that a whopping 650,000 claims are at the Administrative Law Judge level awaiting...more

Potential Implications to the ACA Under the Incoming Republican Administration – Part II: Physicians

In contemplating the ways in which physicians may be affected by the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—and certain features of any legislation that may replace it—a good place to start is with the person...more

New Year, New Resolutions, New Safe Harbors

As we welcome the new year and its endless possibilities, we also welcome some new Anti-Kickback Statute safe harbors and concomitant business possibilities. In December, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services...more

MedPAC Votes on Medicare Payment Rate Sufficiency

On January 12, 2017, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) members unanimously voted to maintain Medicare’s existing updates (i.e., maintain the increases Congress and the HHS Secretary have already established) to...more

Texas Court Enjoins Enforcement of Regulation that Would Forbid Discrimination in Healthcare on the Basis of Gender Identity and...

As LGBTQ rights have taken center stage in political and social issues, FordHarrison has been following ground-breaking litigation related to LGBTQ rights and providing updates. In the latest decision, a federal judge in...more

Birmingham Medical News: End in Sight for Medicare ALJ Backlog?

As providers who are currently undergoing a Medicare claims appeal know, there is a lengthy delay to having an appeal actually heard by an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”). Some estimates indicate that it will currently take...more

HHS Ordered To Eliminate Medicare Appeals Backlog By 2021

On January 4, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected a request by the Secretary of HHS asking the court to reconsider its decision that requires HHS to eliminate the backlog of Medicare claims...more

OIG Interprets and Incorporates Statutory Exceptions to CMP Law

As of January 6, 2017, final rules published by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (the “OIG”) implementing certain exceptions to the Civil Monetary Penalty law (“CMP”)...more

New Year, New Possibilities: OIG Final Rule Amends Beneficiary Inducement Rules

The Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) of the Department of Health and Human Services has issued a final rule (“Final Rule”) adding new safe harbors to the federal anti-kickback statute, amending existing safe harbors, and...more

Judge Denies HHS’s Request to Rescind Timeline to Eliminate the Medicare Appeals Backlog

On January 4, 2017, the court in the American Hospital Association (AHA) v. Burwell litigation denied HHS’s motion to reconsider, which means that HHS must comply with the court’s timeline to eliminate the Medicare appeals...more

HHS OIG Revises Various Safe Harbors Related to Beneficiary Inducements

On Dec. 7, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS’) Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a final rule revising federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) safe harbors and the beneficiary inducement...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

A growing number of moderate and conservative Republicans in Congress are voicing concerns about the party’s strategy to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Act) in February but then wait months – and possibly even into 2018 –...more

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