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Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Health Subcommittee Advances 21st Century Cures, Full Committee Action Scheduled…Senate Finance Committee Hearing: Chair Hatch to Launch New Initiative on Improving Chronic Care for Medicare Patients…Hawaii’s...more

IRS Provides Penalty Relief for Incorrect or Delayed Forms 1095-A

The IRS issued Notice 2015-30, which provides penalty relief for taxpayers who received an incorrect or delayed Form 1095-A. Form 1095-A is provided to all individuals who enrolled in health insurance coverage through the...more

Multiple Departments Issue Guidance on Wellness Programs

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) made headlines during the second half of 2014 by attacking employers' wellness programs that require employees to undergo certain medical testing or be penalized. In three...more

IREG Update

Commercial Accountable Care Organizations - Models of health care delivery are evolving on many fronts, driven by the overriding goals of lowering the cost of health care and increasing its quality. Traditional private...more

Medicaid Update - May 2015

CMS Proposes Permanent Enhanced Funding for Medicaid Eligibility Systems and Stronger Framework for Medicaid IT - Editor’s Note: On April 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the...more

House Bill Says 23 Years Isn’t Long Enough for Transition to ICD-10

All across the country hospitals have been bracing for the scheduled Oct. 1, 2015, transition from ICD-9 coding to ICD-10. It had been scheduled for Oct. 1, 2014, but the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 delayed it...more

Hospital CFO Must Pay $4.4 Million For Falsely Attesting To Meaningful Use

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, adopted in 2009, pumped billions of dollars into hospitals and physicians (through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid) in order to stimulate them to...more

Mental Health Parity Requirements and Medicaid Plans: CMS Seeks Comment on Proposed Rule

On April 10, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published in the Federal Register a proposed rule (“Proposed Rule”) implementing the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction...more

Judge Endorses Extrapolation Techniques for False Claims Act Whistleblowers

In a lawsuit brought under the False Claims Act ("FCA") a federal district judge in Florida recently rejected a defendant's challenge to a statistical sampling and extrapolation methodology advanced by a qui tam plaintiff's...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: House E&C Releases Discussion Draft of 21st Century Cures Legislation Ahead of Legislative Hearing... FDA Finalizes Biosimilar Guidance Documents... CMS Updates Wage Index and Payment Rates for the Medicare Hospice...more

New CMS Ruling on DSH Appeals for FY 2004 and Earlier

It’s a measure of the backlog in DSH (for Disproportionate Share Hospital) payment appeals that CMS is still issuing rulings for appeals applicable to treatment of patients before October 1, 2004. On April 24 CMS issued...more

CMS Proposes Updates to EHR Meaningful Use Rules

CMS published a proposed rule on April 15, 2015 that would modify the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive program to reduce complexity, simplify reporting requirements, and align Stage 1 and Stage 2...more

States Move to Impose Limits on Biosimilar Drug Substitution

In early April, Colorado joined multiple other states in passing a biosimilar substitution law that addresses the circumstances under which an FDA-approved interchangeable biosimilar product may be substituted for the...more

MACRA’s Advancement of EHR Interoperability and Telehealth

This is the fourth and final post in our series on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Pub.L. No. 114-10. We’ve previously covered the repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) in our April 20th post,...more

Following FDA’s First Biosimilar License, CMS Issues Guidance on Reimbursement for Biosimilars

On March 6, 2015, FDA released a statement announcing its issuance of the first biosimilar license to Zarxio. In the same month, CMS issued a number of guidance documents addressing reimbursement for biosimilars under the...more

Are You in Compliance? Effect of Exclusion from Participation in Medicare and Medicaid

The Office of Inspector General’s (“OIG”) recent release of OIG Advisory Opinion No. 15-02 is an important reminder that providers must be vigilant in complying with prohibitions against receiving payment for items or...more

President Signs MACRA: Permanently Reforms Medicare Physician Reimbursement Framework, Includes Other Medicare Payment, Program...

On April 16, 2015” (MACRA), which reforms Medicare payment policy for physician services and adopts a series of policy changes affecting a wide range of providers and suppliers. Most notably, MACRA permanently repeals...more

CMS Issues Proposed Modifications to Meaningful Use Rule

On Friday, April 10, 2015, CMS issued a proposed rule containing several important modifications to the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Among the most notable proposals is to move eligible hospitals from a...more

OIG Nixes Arrangements Involving Free Tests

Labs Attempt to Counter Exclusive Lab Arrangements - With increasing frequency, clinical laboratories have found themselves unable to receive any payments for tests performed for individuals whose third-party insurer...more

CMS Takes Initial Steps to Address Medicare & Medicaid Coverage for Biosimilars

On March 30, 2015, CMS released guidance addressing Medicare and Medicaid coverage for biosimilar drug products. The Medicare/Medicaid coverage guidance comes on the heels of the FDA’s landmark approval of a biosimilar...more

Legislation to Curb Medicare and Medicaid Fraud Would Increase Cost and Compliance Burdens on Health Care Providers

On March 25, 2015, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators reintroduced the Preventing and Reducing Improper Medicare and Medicaid Expenditures Act (“PRIME Act” or “Act”) following the lead of the U.S. House of Representatives,...more

3 Key Take Aways from AHLA’s Institute on Medicare and Medicaid Payment Issues

Last week I attended the American Health Lawyers Association Institute on Medicare and Medicaid Payment Issues in Baltimore, Maryland. Taking a comprehensive approach to reimbursement issues, the program offered a variety of...more

CMS Releases Stage 3 Meaningful Use Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released the Stage 3 proposed rule to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs (“Proposed Rule”) on March 20, 2015. To provide context,...more

House and Senate Approve Budget Resolutions with Medicare, Medicaid, ACA Provisions

On March 25, 2015, the House of Representatives approved (with no Democratic votes) H.Con.Res. 27, a budget resolution providing instructions to Congressional committees on the federal spending framework for FY 2016. Among...more

Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (HCFAC) Program Reports $3.3 Billion in Recoveries

According to the FY 2014 HCFAC program report, more than $3.3 billion was recovered in FY 2014 as a result of the government’s health care fraud judgments and settlements, including $2.3 billion won or negotiated by the...more

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