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CMS Hosts Call on Potential Future Changes to Open Payments/Sunshine Act Reporting Requirements (Aug. 2)

On August 2, 2016, CMS is hosting a Special Open Door Forum Call on potential future changes to Open Payments/Physician Payments Sunshine Act requirements for reporting payments and transfers of value made by drug and device...more

Provider-Based Status Post-BBA: CMS Offers Limited Answers, Requests More Feedback

For those in the hospital industry hoping for additional clarity regarding the operation and billing of provider-based departments (PBDs), the CY 2017 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Proposed Rule provides some...more

CMS Releases Details on Site-Neutral Payment Provision under Bipartisan Budget Act

On July 6, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system (“OPPS”) and the Medicare ambulatory surgical center (“ASC”) payment system proposed rule...more

CMS Proposes Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Update for 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published its proposed rule to update the Medicare physician fee schedule (MPFS) for calendar year (CY) 2017. The proposed rule contains numerous Medicare payment and...more

CMS Issues Proposed Rule Addressing Off-Campus Outpatient Departments

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published its 2017 Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) proposed rule on July 14, 2016 (the Proposed Rule). In part, the Proposed Rule addresses CMS’s...more

Telemedicine Gains Further Acceptance

Last month the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted ethical guidance related to the practice of telemedicine and telehealth which further expands upon the policy report on Coverage and Payment for Telemedicine [PDF] it...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 Releases Proposed Outpatient Payment System Rule for 2017, Leaving Hospitals Unhappy

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed rule for the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System for 2017. CMS...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

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 Changes to Provider-Based Status in CY 2017 OPPS Rule - Agency takes aggressive view of Section 603 of Bipartisan...

On July 6, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its CY 2017 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Proposed Rule. The Proposed Rule includes several provisions regarding how CMS will...more

AMA Demands Appeals Process for Physician Payment Rates

On June 14, 2016, during its annual meeting in Chicago, the American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates approved a resolution recommending the overhaul of CMS’s physician payment rate determination methodologies,...more

CMS Corrects Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, Electronic Health Record Incentive Program Final Rules

CMS has published corrections to its November 16, 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule with comment period for 2016, applicable beginning January 1, 2016. Among other things, CMS is correcting an omission of...more

House Committee Proposes Relief for Some Off-Campus Provider-Based Departments

On Wednesday May 18, 2016, members of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee introduced a proposal to continue OPPS payment for those off-campus provider-based departments that were “mid-build” as of November 1, 2015. Under...more

CMS Proposes Implementation of MACRA Physician Payment Reforms

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed regulations to implement major reforms of the Medicare physician fee schedule (MPFS) update framework that were mandated by the Medicare Access and CHIP...more

CMS Announces Latest Alternative Payment Model - Comprehensive Primary Care Plus

Continuing in its efforts to promote alternative payment models, on April 11, 2016, CMS announced the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model. CMS hopes to implement CPC+ in up to 20 regions, accommodating up to 5,000...more

Outpatient Therapy Providers - Location Matters

Included in its publication announcing changes for outpatient therapy services in the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS), CMS announced a new requirement for Medicare-certified outpatient therapy providers (e.g.,...more

Portable X-Ray Suppliers Receive Clearer Transportation Billing Guidance

Included among the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) changes is clarification from CMS regarding how it expects transportation charges billed by portable x-ray suppliers to be prorated among the patients receiving...more

Bipartisan Budget Act Section 603's Impact on Off-campus Hospital Departments

Section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 was initially passed to cut payments to hospital departments in order to provide funding to lift the Federal debt ceiling, increase domestic spending in Fiscal Year 2016, and...more

Site Neutral Payments for Off-Campus Locations Established After Nov. 1, 2015

Provider-based off-campus hospital outpatient departments (OC-HOD’s) established after November 1, 2015 will be subject to a new site-neutral payment limitation starting Jan. 1, 2017 as a result of provisions in the Balanced...more

CMS Posts Update to 2016 MPFS Rates

CMS has posted corrections to the 2016 Medicare physician fee schedule payment files. Among other things, CMS has revised the conversion factor, reducing it slightly from $35.8279 to $35.8043. CMS has also made changes to...more

CMS Call: 2016 Medicare Physician Quality Reporting Programs (Dec. 8)

On December 8, 2015, CMS is hosting a call to discuss how the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule impacts Medicare quality reporting programs. Specifically, the call will address changes to the Physician Quality...more

CMS Eases Regulatory Burdens and Creates New Exceptions in "Phase V" of the Stark Regulations

On November 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published the most significant changes to the physician self-referral law (“Stark Law” or “Stark”) regulations since 2008. Because this rulemaking...more

CMS Finalizes Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Rates, Policies for 2016

On November 17, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the final rule to update the Medicare physician fee schedule (MPFS) for calendar year (CY) 2016. Despite the Medicare Access and CHIP...more

Reimbursement Change for Off-Campus Provider-Based Clinics, Physician Offices, and Ambulatory Surgical Centers

On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, a two-year budget deal with a key provision affecting hospitals and other health care providers. Effective January 1, 2017, the Act decreases the...more

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