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Obama Administration, Congress Take Steps to Fight Opioid Epidemic

HHS has announced a series of actions to address the nation’s opioid epidemic, as Congress has cleared the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act for the President’s signature. As part of the HHS activities, the Substance...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 Issues Report on Provider-Based Facilities, Urges CMS to Make Changes

In Depth - On June 16, 2016, the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) posted a report examining the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) oversight of billing by...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 Recommends Eliminating Provider-Based Designation for Facilities Owned by Hospitals

In a report released on June 17, 2016, OIG renewed its call for CMS to either eliminate the provider-based designation, which allows facilities owned by and integrated with a hospital to bill Medicare as a hospital outpatient...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

Health Law Insights Newsletter - Issue 10 - June 2016

McCarter & English, LLP’s Health Care Group presents Issue 10 of the Health Law Insights, which discusses the latest legal issues in the health care industry. NATIONAL - Drug Diversion Case Raises Red Flags for...more

Finance Committee Report Places Medical Device Arrangements under Increasing Scrutiny

Hospitals and providers participating in physician-owned distributorships, or “PODs” may be at increased risk for government investigation or enforcement. A Senate Finance Committee (SFC) Report issued this month highlights...more

Yet Again, OIG Approves Medigap Policy Contracts with Preferred Hospital Network

On March 11, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Service, Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued an advisory opinion approving the use of a preferred hospital network as part of Medicare Supplemental Health...more

OIG rules hospital's offer of free transportation, lodging doesn't violate anti-kickback statute

The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services recently posted an Advisory Opinion describing a proposed arrangement by an academic medical center that offers free transportation and lodging to...more

GAO Examines Hospital Challenges in Implementing Patient Safety Practices

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report focusing on the roadblocks hospitals face in implementing evidence-based patient safety practices, such as the use of antiseptics to reduce Central...more

OIG Approves Free Transportation and Lodging for Certain, Low-Income Pregnant Women - Advisory Opinion 16-02

On March 1, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion 16-02 [PDF], approving an academic medical center's (AMC's) provision of free transportation and lodging...more

OIG Approves Hospital-provided Transcription Services Arrangement in Advisory Opinion 15-15

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued Advisory Opinion 15-15 and concluded that an arrangement under which a hospital proposed to provide transcription services to a radiology practice in exchange for fair...more

Potential Part B Drug Payment Cuts for 340B Hospitals

The influential Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has voted to recommend to Congress in its March report that Medicare Part B drug payment rates for 340B drugs be reduced by 10 percent for hospitals participating...more

Whose Turn To Pay? New OIG Opinion Provides Clarity Regarding Payment of Radiology Transcription Fees

A new OIG opinion clarifies that providers are free to determine who will pay the transcription fees when separate parties perform the professional and technical components of a radiology exam. ...more

Health Care Advisory: Highlights of the OIG’s 2016 Work Plan

On November 2, 2015, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2016 (“2016 Work Plan”).1 The 2016 Work Plan outlines the areas of...more

[Webinar] 2016 OIG Work Plan: Focus on Compliance - Dec. 10th, 12:00pm ET

This webinar will include an overview of OIG’s new and ongoing areas of focus related to hospitals and physicians. The focus of the discussion will be the practical impact of these key enforcement priorities on planning and...more

Tidbits and Takeaways from OIG’s 2016 Work Plan

The Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services (“OIG”) recently issued its 2016 Work Plan, which sets the agenda for its auditing and investigation in the year ahead. The broad mandate of the OIG is to...more

OIG Workplan Series Installment One - What Does the OIG’s 2016 Work Plan Mean for Hospitals?

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) recently released its 2016 Work Plan. The Work Plan may offer evidence of a growing shift in the agency’s priorities, particularly with regard...more

OIG Releases FY 2016 Work Plan

On November 2, HHS OIG released its FY 2016 Work Plan. The Work Plan summarizes new and ongoing OIG reviews with respect to HHS programs and operations, providing an advance notice to the industry, policymakers, and the...more

OIG Issues Guidance Related to Free and Discounted Prescription Drugs Provided to Patients

HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently clarified its guidance related to the provision of free or discounted prescription drugs in two contexts: (1) hospital discounts or waivers of self-administered drugs in...more

OIG Approves Health System's Complimentary Transportation Program

Recognizing that a narrowly tailored complimentary transportation program may pose minimal risk of fraud and abuse, the OIG posted favorable Advisory Opinion No. 15-13 on October 21, 2015. The Opinion approves an integrated...more

OIG Issues Advisory Opinion Permitting Free Hospital Shuttle Service between Health Care System Facilities

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently issued a favorable advisory opinion (Advisory Opinion) to an integrated health care system (System) regarding a proposed arrangement whereby the System would provide a free...more

Top Three Reasons ACOs Should Use Telehealth and Telemedicine

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) can share costs of telehealth and remote patient monitoring services among their hospitals, providers/suppliers, and other ACO participants, according to federal regulations under the...more

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