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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

Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update: Recently Unsealed Whistleblower Cases: October 2015

Trends & Analysis: ..We have identified 15 health care–related qui tam cases that were unsealed since our last Qui Tam Update. Of those, 12 were filed from 2012 to the present. All but two cases had been pending more...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 Flags $171 Million in Potentially Questionable Billing for Medicare Ophthalmology Services

The OIG has issued a report entitled “Questionable Billing for Medicare Ophthalmology Services.” The OIG concludes that most Medicare providers billing for ophthalmology services in 2012 did not demonstrate what the OIG...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

Fast Alert: OIG Calls For Reevaluation Of Medicare Therapy Billing

On September 30, 2015, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a report titled, "The Medicare System For Skilled Nursing Facilities Needs To Be Evaluated" in response to growing concerns over Medicare's payment system...more

OMB Reviewing New Final Rule on ACO Waivers

Joint waivers issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) relating the application of the physician self-referral law, the Federal anti-kickback statute, and...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

A&B Healthcare Week In Review, September 2015

On September 25, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule entitled “Medicare Program: Medicare Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests Payment System”. This proposed rule would...more

OIG Releases Report on Questionable Billing for Medicare Ophthalmology Services

On September 15, 2015, OIG released a report examining the extent to which ophthalmology services are vulnerable to fraud, waste, and abuse. According to OIG, Medicare paid $6.7 billion to 44,960 providers for ophthalmology...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - September 2015 #4

The Massachusetts Marketplace takes steps to ease consumer confusion by reducing choice among QHPs; North Carolina appears poised to pass Medicaid reform legislation; and bipartisan support is gaining for defining businesses...more

Giving Your Physician Agreements a Check-Up

On June 9, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a fraud alert regarding physician compensation relationships and potential liability for illegal kickbacks under the...more

Prosecuting Doctors for Medicare Fraud

Federal prosecutors have turned their attention to physicians for Medicare fraud prosecution. Physicians who participate in the Medicare program have to be aware of the significant risks of Medicare fraud....more

Health Care and Life Sciences Practice Newsletter

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! The Unexpected Laws that May Affect Your Telehealth Business - An increasing number of health care providers are exploring telemedicine, either as an adjunct to their primary physical...more

Hospitals Accused of Violating the False Claims Act Through Ownership of the PPO For Their Self-Funded Employee Health Plans

On August 27, 2015, following notification by the government that it had decided not to intervene, the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, ordered that a qui tam complaint charging...more

The Telehealth Top 10 for 2015

Telehealth continues to be an innovative alternative to traditional brick-and-mortar medicine. The number of providers offering telehealth services is rapidly increasing and states are enacting laws requiring health plans to...more

OIG Issues Advisory Opinion No. 15-12: Free Home Health Provider Visits Do Not Violate Anti-Kickback Statute

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) recently issued a new advisory opinion finding that free introductory visits (the “Introductory Visits”) for patients offered by a home health...more

OIG Reviews Overlap Between Physician-Owned Hospitals and Physician-Owned Distributors (PODs) of Spinal Devices

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services has issued a report on “Overlap Between Physician-Owned Hospitals and Physician-Owned Distributors.” The OIG reviewed 12 hospitals that...more

Hospital Compliance Program Overview

?In the constantly evolving climate of health care enforcement, maintaining a comprehensive and effective internal compliance program has taken on added significance, especially in the past few years. While detailed coverage...more

Florida Nursing Home Pays Record Settlement to Resolve Federal Anti-Kickback Case

In a recent case Hebrew Homes Health Network, Inc. and its former president and executive Director agreed to pay $17 million to settle allegations that Hebrew Homes violated the federal anti-kickback statute. According to the...more

Health Law Pulse - August 2015

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently issued a favorable advisory opinion (Advisory Opinion) to a nonprofit health system (System) and a nonprofit psychiatric hospital (Center) regarding a proposal whereby the...more

OIG Issues Favorable Advisory Opinion Regarding Employee Lease Arrangement Between Related Entities

Reviewing an arrangement involving the lease of employees and other operational and management services between a health system and its related psychiatric hospital, the OIG issued a favorable advisory opinion, Advisory...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - August 2015 #2

Reductions in uninsured rates are greatest in states with Medicaid expansions and State-based or State Partnership Marketplaces; Kentucky finds increased use of preventive healthcare following Medicaid expansion; and,...more

OIG Recommends Improvements to SNF Billing for Changes in Therapy

In FYs 2011 and 2012, CMS adopted new patient assessments for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) that were intended to capture when beneficiaries start therapy, end therapy, and decrease or increase therapy. The HHS Office of...more

Terminated Medicaid Providers Continue to Participate in Other State Medicaid Programs

According to the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG), 12% of providers terminated for cause by a state Medicaid program in 2011 continued participating in other states’ Medicaid programs as of January 2014, despite an...more

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