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Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: CMS Releases Guidance on Fast Track Process for 1115 Waivers for Medicaid and CHIP... Healthcare.gov CEO Sends Letter to State Insurance Commissioners Concerning 2016 Premium Decisions... Medicare Board of Trustees...more

Time to Revisit Your Physician Relationships

On June 9, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General issued a new Fraud Alert entitled "Physician Compensation Arrangements May Result in Significant Liability" (Alert) in the wake of 12...more

Comprehensive Proposed New Rules Announced for Long-Term Care Facilities

"Far reaching," "massive in scope," and "sweeping," are just a few of the terms that have been used to describe a 403-page proposed rule for Medicare and Medicaid nursing homes, which was released Monday (July 12) by the U.S....more

Proposed Rule Creates Challenges for Managed Long-Term Services and Supports

On June 1, 2015, the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published its proposed rule on Medicaid managed care (CMS-2390-P). As noted in our three earlier advisories, which provided an overview of the proposed...more

Recent OIG Audits of Home Health and Hospice Surveys May Signal Increased Scrutiny on Worker Qualifications

Recent audits by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) conclude that state survey agencies in a number of states and a leading national accrediting agency serving the home health and...more

Department of Justice Takes Active Role in Lawsuit Against Nursing Home Chain

For the past six years, the Ohio-based nursing home chain HCR ManorCare has been embroiled in a whistleblower lawsuit featuring allegations that the company systematically overbilled Medicare and often put its residents...more

Long-Term Care Legislation in Florida - Regulatory Compliance Impacts Retirement Communities, ALFs and Nursing Homes

Long-term care companies in Florida need to dust off their regulatory compliance plans to see if updates are needed in light of several bills that passed during the regular legislative session of 2015. If they are signed by...more

Worthless Services Investigations and Settlements: The Enforcement Trend Continues

In recent years, state and federal governments have shown their willingness to criminally pursue skilled nursing home owners and operators for allegedly administering “worthless” or substandard quality of care to their...more

GAO Calls for Expanded HHS Efforts to Reduce Antipsychotic Drug Use in Community Settings

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report examining the extent to which antipsychotic drugs are prescribed for older adults with dementia in nursing homes and other settings. ...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Upcoming Hearing: HHS Sec. Burwell Appearing Before E&C Committee on FY2016 Budget... CMS Issues 2016 Payment and Policy Updates for Medicare Health and Drug Plans... CMS Releases Improved Rating System for Nursing...more

False Claims Act – 2014 Year in Review

The False Claims Act (FCA) imposes liability on individuals and companies who defraud or submit false claims to the federal government. The FCA allows the federal government to seek treble damages, civil penalties and...more

Seventh Circuit Reaffirms Worthlessness of Worthless Services Cases

In August the Seventh Circuit expressed its view that so-called “worthless services” cases don’t state a claim under the False Claims Act. Last Friday the court reaffirmed its view by refusing to rehear the case en banc....more

Health Headlines: Also in the News - October 2014 #2

CMS Announces Changes to the Nursing Home Quality Rating System – On October 6, 2014, CMS announced upcoming changes to the nursing home five-star quality rating system. The changes include revising the scoring methodology...more

House Passes Bill Requiring Post-Acute Providers to Collect Patient Assessment Data

The House recently passed its version of The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014 (H.R. 4994/S. 2553), which would require various post-acute providers, including inpatient rehabilitation...more

CMS Survey Guidance and Amendment to SOM Advance Copy of Revised F371; Interpretive Guidance and Procedures for Sanitary...

On May 20 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued S&C 14-34-NH devoted to the topic of egg preparation in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Lest one think that this is an odd or random topic, it is relevant...more

CMS Announces Proposed SNF Reimbursement Rates for FY2015

On May 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would include payment and policy changes for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) (Proposed SNF Rule). The Proposed SNF Rule would...more

OIG 2014 Work Plan – Skilled Nursing Facilities

Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (the “OIG”) released its work plan for 2014. The work plan provides stakeholders in the health care industry with a broad overview of the...more

2014 OIG Work Plan: Questionable Billing Patterns for Part B Services During Nursing Home Stays

The 2014 OIG Work Plan includes the following: Billing and Payments. We will identify questionable billing patterns associated with nursing homes and Medicare providers for Part B services provided to nursing home...more

Key 2014 Dollar Limits for Medicaid Long-Term Care Coverage Released

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2014 federal guidelines for how much money the spouses of institutionalized Medicaid recipients may keep and the limit on how much a home can be worth for...more

Hospitalizations High for Medicare Nursing Home Residents

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a study on November 17, 2013 studying 2011 hospitalization statistics for Medicare nursing home residents. The report finds that one quarter of Medicare nursing home...more

Failure To Maintain Automatic Sprinkler Systems In Nursing Homes Now Leads To Survey Citations And More

As of August 13, 2013, all nursing homes participating in Medicare or Medicaid must have automatic sprinkler systems installed throughout the building. CMS first established the sprinkler requirement in a final rule published...more

Government Benefits For Nursing Home Care

For those nursing home (and assisted living) patients who can qualify financially, Medicaid will provide coverage for as long as needed, unlike the very minimal 100 day maximum under Medicare. As a general rule, the patient...more

CMS Issues Final Rule Regarding Required Agreements Between Long Term Care Facilities and Hospices

Beginning August 26, 2013, skilled nursing facilities participating in Medicare and nursing facilities participating in Medicaid (collectively referred to as “long-term care facilities”) that choose to arrange for the...more

Final Regulations Governing Closure of Long Term Care Facilities

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final regulation to further implement section 6113 of the federal health reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The March 19, 2013,...more

OIG Recommends Increased CMS Enforcement of SNF Standards

Amid alleged failures of skilled nursing facilities to meet care and discharge planning requirements, OIG identifies substantial payment errors....more

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