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This Week: Senate Reauthorizes Older Americans Act; Bill Heads to the House... White House Holds 2015 Conference on Aging and Launches Several New Administration Healthy Aging Initiatives Enveloping Alzheimer’s, Dementia,...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: 21st Century Cures Legislation Passes House in Bipartisan Vote... CMS Releases Proposed CY 2016 Home Health Prospective Pay Rule... CMS Releases Final CY 2016 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS)...more

CMS Proposed Medicare Home Health PPS Rule Would Reduce HHA Payments by $350 Million in 2016

CMS has released its proposed calendar year (CY) 2016 Medicare home health prospective payment system (HH PPS) update, which CMS estimates would reduce overall Medicare payments to home health agencies (HHAs) by $350 million...more

CMS Proposes $43 Million CY 2016 Medicare OPPS Rate Cut; Small Increase in ASC Payments

On July 8, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published its proposed rule to update the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment...more

CMS Proposes Significant Changes to the Two Midnight Rule in the 2016 OPPS Proposed Rule

On July 1, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Calendar Year 2016 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Proposed Rule (CMS 1633 P). In response to stakeholder concern, CMS proposes to...more

Changes to the “Two-Midnight Rule” on the Horizon

On July 1, CMS published proposed changes to the so-called “Two-Midnight Rule,” which currently governs when inpatient hospital admissions are entitled to Medicare Part A payment. The proposed changes were announced in a...more

CMS Releases ESRD PPS Proposed Rule

On June 26, 2015, CMS released a Proposed Rule to increase payments by 0.3% for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) care providers in 2016 under the ESRD Prospective Payment System (PPS) for renal dialysis services. CMS estimates...more

Proposed Updates to FY 2016 IRF PPS Would Increase Payments by $130 Million

On April 23, 2015, CMS issued (and this morning, published) a proposed rule that would update Medicare payment policies and rates for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for FY 2016. ...more

CMS Releases IPF PPS Proposed Rule for FY 2016

On Friday, April 24, 2015, CMS released Medicare’s Inpatient Psychiatric Facility (IPF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) proposed rule for FY 2016. CMS estimates that payments to IPFs under the proposed rule would increase...more

CMS Issues FY 2016 IPPS and LTCH Proposed Rule

On April 17, 2015, CMS released a proposed rule (Proposed Rule) to update the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Medicare payment policies and rates under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital...more

CMS Proposed Rules in the Pipeline

CMS recently sent several major proposed rules to the White House Office of Management and Budget for regulatory clearance – the last step before publication in the Federal Register. OMB is reviewing proposed rules to update...more

Skilled Nursing Facilities: Steps for Reducing FCA Liability

Several government agencies have voiced concerns related to the level of therapy services necessary to care for residents of Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs). The level of therapy services indicated for SNF residents...more

Washington State Court Recognizes Prospective Patient Relationships as Protected Contracts

42 U.S.C. § 1981 prohibits discrimination affecting citizens rights to make contracts. In the credentialing field, § 1981 has been used to circumvent the immunities provided by the Health Care Quality Improvement Act (HCQIA)...more

Highlights of the 2015 Home Health Prospective Payment Rule

On November 6, 2014, CMS published its final Medicare home health prospective payment system (HH PPS) rule for calendar year (CY) 2015. As highlighted below, notable changes in the HH PPS final rule [PDF] include: (1) a...more

Representative Brady Introduces Discussion Draft of the Hospital Improvements for Payment Act of 2014

On November 19, 2014, House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady introduced a 146-page discussion draft of the Hospital Improvements for Payment Act of 2014 (HIP). HIP seeks to, among other things, make...more

Highlights of the 2015 OPPS and ASC Final Rule

On October 31, 2014, CMS published its 2015 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System Policy Changes and Payment Rates final rule. This annual rule affects the 4,000...more

CMS Finalizes Several Changes for Skin Substitutes in CY 2015 Outpatient Prospective Payment System Final Rule

On October 31, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its annual final rule (Final Rule) setting the payment rates and coverage policies for items and services reimbursed under the Outpatient...more

CMS Finalizes 2015 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the annual final rule on the Medicare home health prospective payment system (HH PPS) rates for calendar year (CY) 2015 in the November 6, 2014, Federal Register...more

CMS Announces CY 2015 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rates

On October 30, 2014, CMS issued a final rule for Medicare Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS) rates for CY 2015. The final rule estimates that Medicare payments to home health agencies (HHAs) in CY 2015 will be...more

CMS Reopens Open Payments System, Extends Review/Dispute Period and 15-Day Correction Period

On Friday, August 15, 2014, CMS officially announced the reopening of its Open Payments system and an extension of the covered recipient review/dispute period and subsequent data correction period. Our understanding is that...more

CMS Proposes Update to 2015 Home Health Prospective Payment System for Comment

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published its proposed update of the Medicare home health prospective payment system (HH PPS) rates for calendar year (CY) 2015 in the July 7, 2014 Federal Register. In...more

Medicare's Proposed Home Health Rule for 2015: CMS Suggests Only Limited Relief to the Face-to-Face Encounter Documentation...

On July 7, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") published proposed changes to the Medicare Home Health Prospective Payment System ("HH PPS") for calendar year 2015 ("Proposed Rule"). The Proposed Rule...more

Federally Qualified Health Centers: Welcome to PPS

CMS recently finalized a new PPS for Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) services. The implementation of the PPS was mandated by the ACA. Medicare currently pays FQHCs an all-inclusive rate for the professional...more

CMS Expands Payment Reform to Outpatient Care in New RFI

Citing the need to complement a portfolio of pilot projects that focus mostly on primary care and the inpatient setting, CMS released a Request for Information (RFI) on February 11th, seeking input on potential payment and...more

MedPAC Issues Draft Recommendations For 2015 Medicare Payments

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) met on December 12-13, 2013, to discuss draft recommendations regarding 2015 payment updates for Medicare providers. MedPAC, which is responsible for issuing an annual...more

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