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OMB Reviewing New Final Rule on ACO Waivers

Joint waivers issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) relating the application of the physician self-referral law, the Federal anti-kickback statute, and...more

A&B Healthcare Week In Review, September 2015

On September 25, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule entitled “Medicare Program: Medicare Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests Payment System”. This proposed rule would...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - September 2015 #2

Final ACO Fraud Waiver Under OMB Review – The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) reported on September 9, 2015, that it began its review of the final rule (CMS-1439-F; RIN 0938-AR30), titled “Medicare Shared...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - September 2015

CMS Announces New SNF Payment – On August 27, 2015, CMS announced “a new funding opportunity” for SNFs that is intended “to reduce avoidable hospitalizations by funding higher-intensity interventions in nursing...more

OMB Reviewing CMS Proposed Rule on PAMA Clinical Lab Test Payment Policy

CMS is finally taking steps to implement the Medicare clinical laboratory payment reforms mandated by the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA). Under PAMA, CMS must base Medicare payment rates for clinical...more

Final FY 2016 Medicare Payment Rules on the Horizon

Despite the recent flurry of activity on Medicare payment rules, more are in the pipeline. CMS has sent the final fiscal year (FY) 2016 Medicare skilled nursing facility, hospice, inpatient rehabilitation facility, and...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - July 2015 #3

In quick succession, governors in Alaska and Utah announce Medicaid expansions this week; Iowa is transitioning its expansion away from the Marketplace to Medicaid managed care, for now; and, HHS extends its exception to...more

Health Care Update - July 2015 #2

Congress Slowly Works on Budget Reconciliation; ACA Reform Proposals Still Up in the Air - The FY 2016 budget resolution, which was agreed to by Congress this past April, included broad reconciliation instructions...more

CMS Proposed 2016 Medicare Payment Rules in the Pipeline

CMS recently sent several major proposed Medicare CY 2016 payment rules to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for regulatory clearance – the last step before publication in the Federal Register....more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - May 2015 #2

CMS Publishes Corrected Comment Deadline for FY 2016 IPPS and LTCH Proposed Rule; Comments Due by June 16, 2015 – On May 5, 2015, CMS published in the Federal Register a corrected comment period for the FY 2016 Medicare IPPS...more

Stage 3 EHR Incentive Program, Health IT Certification Rules at OMB

HHS has sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for final regulatory clearance a proposed rule on Stage 3 meaningful use criteria for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive...more

CMS Withdraws Medicare Secondary Payer Proposed Rule

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has withdrawn an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) in which CMS planned to address how Medicare’s interest should be protected in situations where future medical costs...more

CMS Proposal to Adopt New OMB Delineations May Affect Medicare Reimbursement, GME Payments, and Regulatory Compliance

On April 30, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued proposed rules for the Fiscal Year 2015 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System, in which CMS announced several updates, including...more

The Deadline for Submitting Comments Regarding the Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol Is Fast Approaching

On May 2, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a request for comments relating to the Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (“SRDP”). The SRDP is a voluntary self-disclosure instrument that...more

CMS Proposal to Implement New Metropolitan Areas Would Affect Medicare Payments for Most Hospitals

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued the federal Fiscal Year 2015 Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule, which contains a proposal to implement new metropolitan areas...more

Health Headlines: Also in the News

340B “Mega-Reg” Under Review by OMB – The Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA), Office of Pharmacy Affairs sent the long-awaited 340B Proposed Rule to the Office of Budget and Management Affairs (OMB) last week...more

Also in the News - Jan 2014

CMS’s Final Rule To Reduce Regulatory Burden on Providers Arrives at OMB – On January 9, 2014, CMS delivered a final rule, titled Part II—Regulatory Provisions To Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden...more

2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule Under Review

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) received the 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule (Physician Fee Schedule) for review on November 21, 2013. OMB is responsible for reviewing agency rules prior...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - June 4, 2013

Medicare Trustees released their annual report finding that the Medicare trust fund will be exhausted in 2026, two years later than was predicted last year; over the past two weeks, as Washington has investigated the Internal...more

New Metropolitan Areas Could Affect Medicare Payment, Regulations

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget recently announced new Metropolitan Areas based on revised standards and 2010 census data. If adopted by Medicare, which they typically are, these changes would affect many aspects of...more

Medicare and Sequestration – What Happens Now?

Due to continuing budget gridlock in Washington, sequestration has been triggered – meaning automatic cuts to a wide range of federal programs, including Medicare payments to providers and health plans. While the Centers for...more

President Obama Issues Sequestration Order, CMS Has Yet to Publish Implementation Instructions

On March 1, 2013, President Obama issued a sequestration order directing the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to administer across-the-board cuts to federal spending. Concurrently, OMB issued a report to Congress...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - February 13, 2013

In the past week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an updated federal budget to account for new regulations from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS),...more

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News Update - January 24, 2013

In This Issue: - OMB Directs Department Heads to Prepare for Sequestration - HHS Finalizes Omnibus HIPAA Rule, Enhances Privacy Requirements - SCOTUS Says Equitable Tolling Not a Factor in DSH Case - Report...more

OMB Issues Report on Likely Effects of Sequestration

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a report on September 14, 2012 detailing the magnitude of impending across-the-board cuts to Federal spending beginning on January 2, 2013 in a process known as...more

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