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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

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On April 15, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed rule entitled, “Applications for Approval and Combinations of Active Ingredients Under Consideration for...more

New Guidance on Exclusion

For the first time in nearly 20 years the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health & Human Services has issued new guidance on the exercise of its authority to exclude health care providers from...more

OIG laments failure to comprehensively address EHR fraud

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released a compendium (Compendium) of its top unimplemented recommendations. The Compendium comprises 25 unimplemented past OIG...more

OIG Examines Hospice Medicare Billing for General Inpatient Care

According to a recent OIG report, hospices billed inappropriately almost one-third of Medicare general inpatient care (GIP) stays in 2012, resulting in $268 million in inappropriate Medicare payments. The GIP level of care...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 Releases Report Concluding that Hospices Overbilled Medicare by $268M in 2012

On March 30, 2016, the OIG released a report alleging that hospices billed one-third of hospice general inpatient care (GIP) stays inappropriately, costing Medicare $268 million in 2012....more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On April 4, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Final Calendar Year (CY) 2017 Medicare Advantage Capitation Rates and Medicare Advantage (MA) and...more

OIG Issues Critical Medical Review Report of Hospice GIP

The report shows significant lapses in 2012 GIP service claims and recommends that CMS implement additional oversight and enforcement options....more

Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (HCFAC) Program Logs $2.4 Billion in Recoveries for FY 2015

The federal government won or negotiated more than $1.9 billion in judgments and settlements, and attained additional administrative impositions in health care fraud cases and proceedings in FY 2015, according to the latest...more

Final 60-day Overpayment Rule

On February 12, 2016, CMS published a final rule addressing compliance with Section 1128J(d) of the Social Security Act. Section 1128J(d), which was added when the Affordable Care Act was enacted on March 23, 2010, imposes a...more

OIG Approves Charitable Program Providing Financial Assistance for MRIs in Advisory Opinion 15-14

On November 13, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion 15-14. The Arrangement at issue is a charitable program designed to assist financially needy...more

OIG Issues (Another) Favorable Advisory Opinion Regarding Medigap/Preferred Hospital Network Arrangement in Advisory Opinion 16-01

On January 7, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion 16-01, approving yet another insurer’s proposed contract with a preferred hospital network. The...more

Drug Manufacturer Discount Cards: Accept With Caution

Pharmaceutical manufacturer discount card usage by government program beneficiaries has been an active area for government action in recent years. In a September 2014 Special Advisory Bulletin, the U.S. Department of Health...more

DMEPOS Prior Authorization Rules Expand

On December 30, 2015, CMS published a final rule entitled: "Medicare Program; Prior Authorization Process for Certain Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies," implementing Section 1834(a)(15) of the...more

Health Update - December 2015

Lessons from Hawaii's Trailblazing ACA 1332 Waiver Proposal - Editor's Note: On September 9, Hawaii became the first state to post a draft 1332 waiver proposal for public comment. While Hawaii's proposal focuses on the...more

2015 Health Care Year in Review

In 2015, ICD-10 finally became a reality, and the dire predictions of problems seem to be wrong. Providers now have codes to describe just about every conceivable (and a few simply bizarre) medical occurrences. If a patient...more

2016 Will Be the Year of Telemedicine and ACOs

If 2015 was the year that brought telemedicine directly to consumers, 2016 will be the year of telemedicine and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). ACOs are expected to increase the use of telemedicine technologies as a...more

Highlights From The 2016 OIG Work Plan

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released its Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2016. The annual work plan can provide valuable insights into the OIG’s planned areas of...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

OIG Examines Medicare Part B Payments for 340B Purchased Drugs

A new OIG report reviews Medicare Part B spending on drugs purchased by eligible health care providers through the 340B drug discount program. The OIG describes the report as “an independent analysis to inform the ongoing...more

OIG Report Examines Potential Scenarios for Restructuring 340B Program

Restructuring the 340B Drug Discount Program and Part B payment rules could reduce Medicare drug expenditures by up to $1.1 billion, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) reported last week. The 340B Program requires...more

OIG Work Plan Series – Installment Four – Oversight of Contracts

The Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) released its 2016 Work Plan, which includes the OIG’s focus on various aspects of federal government contracts. This alert will focus on the new...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

Ignorance is Not Bliss: Get to Know the OIG FY 2016 Work Plan

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) recently released its FY 2016 Work Plan, in which it identified key areas of focus for the upcoming year. Consistent with its mandate to detect...more

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