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Ten Things to Know About the CMS Long-Term Care Requirements Final Rule

Deadlines are looming to come into compliance with sweeping changes to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements for long-term care facilities (LTC) participating in Medicare and Medicaid. The CMS final...more

New OIG Studies Reveal Clinical Lab Test Payment Trends and CMS’ Progress in Implementing PAMA

Last week, the OIG released two new studies analyzing what and how Medicare pays for clinical laboratory tests (“lab tests”). The first study, Medicare Payments for Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests in 2015: Year 2 of...more

OIG Raises Concerns Regarding Accuracy of New Clinical Laboratory Payment System

On October 3, 2016, OIG released a report monitoring CMS’s progress on preparing for the implementation of the new payment system for clinical laboratory tests. The new payment system was mandated by the Protecting Access to...more

OIG Examines Compliance with Hospice Election Statement, Terminal Illness Certification Requirements

A recent OIG report examined whether hospices are meeting all requirements associated with the election statement that Medicare beneficiaries sign when they choose hospice care, and whether physicians are meeting all...more

Billing Companies Beware – OIG Signals a Crackdown on Fraud and Abuse at All Levels

In an unprecedented administrative action, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Inspector General (“HHS-OIG”) penalized a medical billing company for preparing and submitting claims to Medicare for...more

OIG Releases Series of Reports Focusing on Improper Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments

In August 2016, OIG released a series of reports focusing on the Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive program for hospitals in West Virginia, Ohio, and Oklahoma. This continues a recent trend of reports focusing...more

HHS Proposes Changes to State Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Rules

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) have proposed amendments to the regulations governing State Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs). The proposed rule would reflect...more

Office of Inspector General Urges CMS to Address Payment Issues Associated with DME-Covered Infusion Drugs

On September 7, 2016, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report entitled “CMS Should Address Medicare’s Flawed Payment System for DME Infusion Drugs” (OEI-12-16-00340). This report is a follow-up to an April...more

Washington Healthcare Update

1. Congress - House of Representatives - House Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leaders Send Letter to HHS OIG Concerning NIH Grant on Traumatic Brain Injury - On Sept. 15, Republican leaders of the...more

OIG Urges CMS to Change Medicare Infusion Drug Payments

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report on September 7, 2016 urging CMS to overhaul the way it pays for drugs infused through durable medical equipment (DME) provided to Medicare Part B beneficiaries. Current...more

GAO, OIG Issue Reports on Medicare Part B Drug Payment Issues

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued several reports on various Medicare Part B drug reimbursement issues. In a report entitled “Medicare Part B: Data on...more

Former Home Health Agency Owner Sentenced to 20 Years for $57MM Medicare Fraud

The US Department of Justice announced that Khaled Elbeblaswy, the former owner and manager three Miami-area home health agencies, was sentenced to 20 years in prison and ordered to pay $36.4 million in restitution for his...more

OIG Cautions that States May Be Claiming Matching Funds for Privately-Operated Hospitals

The OIG has issued a memo to CMS suggesting that some states may be claiming matching funds for government-owned but privately-operated hospitals, where no state or local government funds are used to operate the hospital....more

OIG Examines Adverse Events in Rehab Hospitals

According to a recent HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) report, about 29% of Medicare beneficiaries experienced adverse or temporary harm events during their rehabilitation hospital stay, based on sample of 417...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - August 2016 #3

CMS’s risk adjustment program data signals an improving risk pool while the agency announces plans to modify the program; California enrolls 134,000 undocumented immigrant children into Medicaid; and Oregon approves increases...more

CMS Re-proposes Ban on Per-Click Fees for Space and Equipment Leases under Stark

In the CY 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (CY 2017 MPFS), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued proposed updates to the physician self-referral law (Stark law). The primary Stark law update focused on...more

New Medicare Enrollment Requirements for MA Providers

In Depth - The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 7, 2016, (the Proposed Rule) requires certain providers and suppliers furnishing health...more

Use of Modifier 25 - 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) have reviewed the use of Modifier 25 to unbundle payments for evaluation and management (E/M) services when a procedure is...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

OIG, CMS Focus New Scrutiny on Home Health Industry: Additional Investigative and Enforcement Activity Likely to Follow

On June 22, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a comprehensive report detailing its nationwide analysis of common characteristics in home health fraud cases. In tandem...more

OIG Delivers Home Care a One – Two Punch: Release of Report and Alert on Home Health Fraud Highlights Increased OIG Scrutiny of...

On June 22, 2016, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued two communications that underscore its continued focus on fraud in home health care, along with the role of physicians as “gate keepers” in authorizing...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

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

OIG, GAO Examine Medicare & Medicaid Program Integrity/Provider Screening Issues

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) have recently examined a number of Medicare and Medicaid provider screening and related program integrity issues....more

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