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Also In The News - Health Headlines - July 2016 #2

House Committee Approves Bill Providing Relief for Rural Hospitals – On July 7, 2016, the Ways and Means Committee for the House of Representatives voted unanimously to approve the Continuing Access to Hospitals Act, as...more

Managing the Transition to Transformation: Changing the Dynamic: How Alternative Payment Systems Are Changing the Strategic Goals...

Introduction - The transition of the US health care payment system from fee-for-service (FFS) to alternative value-based, budget-based, episode or procedure-based (e.g., bundled) and/or population-based payment models...more

CMS Proposes Update to Medicare OPPS, ASC Rates and Policies for 2017

CMS has published its proposed rule to update the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System rates and policies for CY 2017. CMS proposes a 1.55%...more

Committees Approve Rural Hospital Relief, ESRD Benefits, Medical Countermeasures Bills

On July 13, 2016, the Ways and Means Committee approved HR 5659, which would enable Medicare beneficiaries with end stage renal disease (ESRD) to enroll in Medicare Advantage plans. Earlier this month, the Committee approved...more

Ways and Means Approves Bill to Delay LTCH 25% Rule Implementation, Make Other LTCH Reforms

On July 13, 2016, the House Ways and Means Committee approved an amended version of H.R. 5713, the “Sustaining Healthcare Integrity and Fair Treatment Act of 2016” or “SHIFT Act.” The primary focus of the SHIFT Act is to...more

Additional Opioid Policy Changes Announced: What You Need to Know

Despite the July 4 holiday, the past week featured significant regulatory and legislative action addressing the use of opioids and pain management. The changes are in keeping with the Government-wide push to better understand...more

“Site Neutrality” for Off-Campus Outpatient Departments: Proposed Rule is Worse than You Expected!

CMS issued its Outpatient Prospective Payment System (“OPPS”) Proposed Rule for 2017 (the “Proposed Rule”) on July 6, 2016. The Proposed Rule will be published in the Federal Register on July 14, 2016. One highly-anticipated...more

Proposed Provider-Based Changes Pose Significant Problems for Hospitals

As we reported in a Payment Matters article last November 12, 2015, Section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 changes the payment rules applicable to off-campus, provider-based locations that are new as of November 2,...more

CMS Proposed Rule Implements Limitations on Medicare Payments for Off-Campus Outpatient Hospital Departments

In Depth - Background - On July 6, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the CY 2017 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Proposed Rule, which includes proposed regulations to...more

CMS Proposes to Limit Site Neutral Payment Exceptions Applicable to Certain Off-Campus Hospital Departments Following Relocation,...

On July 6, 2016, CMS released the 2017 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Proposed Rule which, among other things, implements Section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. Despite extensive lobbying efforts by...more

Medicare Board of Trustees Releases 2016 Annual Report: Hospital Trust Fund Insolvency Projected by 2028

The Medicare Board of Trustees is calling for urgent legislative action to address the impending financial insolvency of the Medicare hospital benefit program. The Board’s 2016 report reveals the trust fund that pays for...more

Managing the Transition to Transformation: The Strategic Implications of MACRA

In Depth - On April 27, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled the much-anticipated (and, for some, feared) proposal to implement the physician payment reforms required under the Medicare Access to...more

CMS Issues Proposed CY 2017 Medicare ESRD PPS Update

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published its proposed rule to update the Medicare end-stage renal disease (ESRD) prospective payment system (PPS) for calendar year (CY) 2017. CMS anticipates that the...more

Significant Hospital Related Mid-Year Updated OIG Review Activities

This is the second of three alerts discussing the mid-year update to the Fiscal Year 2016 Work Plan issued by the Office of Inspector General (OIG). In the first alert we discussed the top management performance challenges...more

Broad Examination of Narrow Networks: First-of-Its-Kind Study Examines Hospitals in Medicare Advantage Plans

On June 20, 2016, The Kaiser Family Foundation issued the first ever broad-based study of Medicare Advantage hospital networks. The study — "Medicare Advantage Hospital Networks: How Much Do They Vary?"— analyzed 409 plans in...more

OIG Identifies Continued Vulnerabilities in Medicare Provider-Based Facility Payment Policy

A new OIG report examines CMS’s oversight of Medicare billing by provider-based facilities – that is, facilities that operate under the ownership, administrative, and financial control of a hospital and meet other...more

OIG Releases Mid-Year Update to its FY 2016 Work Plan

The HHS OIG has updated its FY 2016 Work Plan to reflect new and/or completed items since initial release of the FY 2016 Work Plan in November 2015. For instance, the mid-year update indicates that the OIG plans to conduct...more

House Approves “Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016”

The House of Representatives has approved H.R. 5273, the “Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016,” as amended by the Ways and Means Committee in May. As previously reported, while the bill focuses on Medicare...more

The ins and outs of reimbursement for fellow moonlighting

As part of their graduate medical education (GME) programs, teaching hospitals often train fellows—trainees in specialty and subspecialty programs who have already completed their initial residency periods....more

Legislation to Expand Definition of Grandfathered Off-Campus Hospital Departments to Address “Mid-Build” and Cancer Hospital...

A bill amending the “site neutrality” limitations brought by Section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 was introduced in the House of Representatives last week and passed out of committee yesterday. H.R. 5273, the...more

Ways and Means Committee Approves Bill to Make Reforms to Medicare Hospital and Other Payment Policies

The House Ways and Means Committee has approved an amended version of H.R. 5273, the “Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016.” While most of the provisions address Medicare payment policies pertaining to...more

Site-Neutral Billing Exemptions

The Balanced Budget Bill Act of 2015 has a site-neutral billing provision relating to off-campus hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs). Those are facilities away from the hospital campus but certified as part of the...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

Congress Considers Broader Hospital Site-Neutral Payment Exceptions and Other Payments Changes

In Depth - The House Ways and Means Committee next week is expected to consider and approve the Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016, legislation that would create broader exceptions under much maligned...more

CMS's FTE cap-setting methodology: It pays to hog residents!

One of the chief concerns of a new teaching hospital as it begins training residents is establishment of its full-time equivalent (FTE) resident limit or, as it is commonly known, "FTE cap." Teaching hospitals' FTE caps...more

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