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CMS Proposes Increased Transparency of Hospice Quality Data in Annual Payment Update

In Depth - On April 21, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule regarding updates to fiscal year (FY) 2017 Medicare payment rates and the wage index for hospices serving Medicare...more

CMS Proposes “Advancing Care Information” Program to Replace Meaningful Use

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) proposes a new approach, with new branding labels, to paying clinicians for the value and the quality of care that they provide by replacing a patchwork of existing...more

2016 Stark Law Updates

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the 2016 Medicare Fee Schedule (the "Schedule") in an effort to facilitate compliance with the Physician Self-Referral Law (the "Stark Law"). Generally, absent an...more

Seeing your first Medicare GME dollars

Hospitals that decide to begin training residents and become new teaching hospitals often wonder when they will start to receive Medicare graduate medical education (GME) funding. Will the money come in the door the first day...more

CMS Finalizes Updated Fire Safety Standards for Health Care Facilities

On May 4, 2016, CMS is publishing a final rule amending fire safety standards applicable to the following types of Medicare- and Medicaid-participating health care facilities: hospitals, critical access hospitals, long-term...more

CMS Issues Rule to Implement LTCH PPS Wound Care Discharge Payment Policy, Geographic Reclassification Changes

CMS has published an interim final rule with comment period to implement a recent statutory provision addressing Medicare payments to certain rural long-term care hospitals (LTCHs) for severe wound care discharges. By way of...more

CMS Call on IMPACT ACT Standardized Patient Assessment – Patient/Family Perspective (May 12)

On May 12, 2016, CMS will host a conference call on “Understanding the IMPACT Act-Patient and Family Focused for Informed Decision Making.” The call is intended to allow patients, families, caregivers, advocacy groups, and...more

CMS Issues MACRA Proposed Rule on Quality Payment Program for Physicians and Other Clinicians

On April 27, 2016, CMS issued a Proposed Rule that would implement certain provisions of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (“MACRA”) to modify the payment system for physicians and other clinicians. ...more

MA Changes Shift Funding and Add Uncertainty to Already Complex Payment Methodologies

In Depth - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has enacted significant changes to Medicare Advantage (MA) payment methodologies that will shift payment towards MA organizations (MAOs) enrolling significant...more

CMS Issues Proposed Rule to Cast a Wide Program Integrity Net

On March 1, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) quietly issued a proposed rule that would give the agency far-reaching tools in the area of program integrity enforcement. On its face, the Rule addresses...more

CMS Proposes Update to Medicare Hospice Payment Rules for FY 2017

CMS has published a proposed rule that would update the Medicare hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year (FY) 2017. CMS estimates that the proposed rule would increase overall Medicare payments to...more

Recent Congressional Health Policy Hearings

A number of recent Congressional hearings have focused on health policy topics, including the following: - ..A House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing on “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - April 2016

CMS Extends Participation in Bundled Payments for Care Improvement by Two Years – CMS has offered awardees the opportunity to extend participation in Models 2, 3, and 4 of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement program...more

CMS Releases Proposed Rule for MACRA Implementation – Overview and Merit-Based Incentive Payment Systems (MIPS)

On April 27, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule that would put in place key parts of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). MACRA impacts a number of...more

Trove of SNF Claims Data Released By CMS – Ready for Mining By Auditors and Whistleblowers

Over recent years, the Federal government has trained its sights on potential billing abuses in the Medicare Part A program for Skilled Nursing Facilities (“SNFs”) in the provision of rehabilitation therapy services. The...more

CMS Proposes Update to Medicare IRF PPS Payments for FY 2017

CMS has published its proposed rule to update Medicare prospective payment system (PPS) rates for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) for FY 2017, which begins October 1, 2016. CMS estimates that rates would increase...more

Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Model: Today's Alternative Payment Model for Primary Care Providers Could Be Tomorrow's Obligatory...

In an effort to affect how approximately 25 million Medicare beneficiaries and other commercial insurance patients receive primary care services, the CMS Innovation Center (the "Innovation Center") announced the Comprehensive...more

CMS Publishes Proposed Rule Implementing MACRA Physician Payment Model

On April 27, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted a pre-publication version of a proposed rule implementing changes to Medicare payment for physician services authorized under the bipartisan...more

OIG Issues Revised Policy Statement Regarding Permissive Exclusion

On April 18, 2016, the Office of Inspector General of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (“OIG”) issued a revised policy statement containing the new criteria that OIG intends to use in implementing its...more

CMS's Proposed IPPS and LTCH FY 2017 Rule: Key Takeaways

On April 18, 2016, CMS released its proposed rule addressing new payment rates and policies under both the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS),...more

OIG Issues New Exclusion and CIA Guidance

On April 18, 2016, Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson announced the publication of updated guidance on how the Office of Inspector General (OIG) makes decisions about using its permissive exclusion authority and requiring...more

Changing Time for Clinical Laboratories

As Bob Dylan wrote, ‘‘The times, they are a-changin’ ’’ While Dylan certainly had larger issues in mind than the state of the clinical laboratory industry, it still is a fair description of what is happening for laboratories...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On April 21, 2016, CMS issued a proposed rule entitled, “Medicare Program: FY 2017 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements.” This...more

To be prepared is half the victory

In the second in our series of alerts relating to drug pricing, we identify several considerations and potential actions that a pharmaceutical or biotechnology company can take to address the current headwinds impacting...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - April 2016 #4

CMS's sweeping final rule aligns Medicaid and CHIP managed care with QHP and Medicare Advantage regulations; New York's DSRIP is enabling change in the State's Medicaid delivery system; and Medicaid expansion reduces...more

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