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Therapy Evaluation Codes Expanded Under CMS' Proposed Rule

The most significant change for physical and occupational therapists in the Medicare proposed Physician Fee Schedule for 2017 is the replacement of current CPT codes for evaluations and reevaluations. The change reflects the...more

CMS ICD-10 Coding Flexibility Policy to End October 1, 2016. Period.

On October 1, 2016, CMS is definitively ending an ICD-10 coding “flexibility” policy announced last year that prevents practitioner Medicare Part B physician fee schedule claims from being denied based solely on the...more

Proposed 2017 Hospital OPPS Rule Would End Medicare Payments to Many Off Campus Facilities at the Same Levels as Hospital-Based...

?Published on July 14, 2016, CMS’s proposed 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) rule calls for site-neutral payments that would stop Medicare payments to many off-campus facilities at the same level as...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - August 2016

CMS Provides Update Regarding Patient Status Review Delay – On July 27, 2016 CMS posted an update regarding Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) reviews of patient status claims, which are currently paused. CMS notes that...more

Provider-Based Rule and Stark—Is Joint Compliance Impossible in 2017?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be putting hospitals in an untenable position if recent proposed rulemaking is implemented as is. In its proposal for acting on legislation reducing payments to new,...more

CMS Call on MPFS Global Services Data Collection (Aug. 11)

On August 11, 2016, CMS is hosting a call to discuss its plans, set forth in the proposed 2017 Medicare physician fee schedule rule...more

CMS Proposes Expansion of Telehealth Services Eligible for Medicare Reimbursement

Summary - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its CY2017 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule on July 17 - after receiving requests from various stakeholders to add telehealth services as...more

Blog: Open Payments Changes On the Horizon?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced in the 2017 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule that since publication and implementation of the Open Payments Final Rule and the 2015 Physician Fee...more

CMS Proposes New Medicare Telehealth Coding Rules

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) for CY 2017 on July 7, 2016. In it, CMS would require practitioners to use a new place of service (POS) code to...more

New Medicare Enrollment Requirements for MA Providers

In Depth - The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 7, 2016, (the Proposed Rule) requires certain providers and suppliers furnishing health...more

Summary of Major Provisions in the Proposed 2017 Physician Fee Schedule

The proposed Physician Fee Schedule for 2017 (PFS) includes several changes covering a litany of topics spanning from telehealth services to expanding the Diabetes Prevention Program Model. The following is a high-level...more

The "Primary Care Exception"—a limited opportunity for billing without in-person supervision of residents

In most circumstances, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will not allow billing or payment under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) for services furnished by interns and residents within the scope of...more

CMS Issues Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

On July 7, 2016, CMS issued a proposed rule that updates payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, 2017 (Proposed...more

Telemedicine Gains Further Acceptance

Last month the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted ethical guidance related to the practice of telemedicine and telehealth which further expands upon the policy report on Coverage and Payment for Telemedicine [PDF] it...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

MIPS Performance Scoring: Understanding How CMS Proposes to Calculate Performance Is Key to Preparing for MIPS Participation

On May 9, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a proposed rule addressing the implementation of physician payment reforms included in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015...more

House Ways and Means Approves Expanded Provider-Based Grandfathering Provision

On May 24, 2016, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee approved legislation that would continue Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) payment for off-campus provider-based departments that were “mid-build”...more

House Committee Proposes Relief for Some Off-Campus Provider-Based Departments

On Wednesday May 18, 2016, members of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee introduced a proposal to continue OPPS payment for those off-campus provider-based departments that were “mid-build” as of November 1, 2015. Under...more

ACO Insider: MACRA – Don’t Let Indecision Be Your Biggest Decision

By now, most of us have heard of accountable care organizations and bundled payment. But for many of you, the shift to value-based population health management or compensation based on performance hasn’t affected your...more

Client Alert: CMS Issues Rule Proposing New Approach to Paying Clinicians for Value and Quality

On April 16, 2015, President Obama signed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (“MACRA”). Among other things, MACRA: 1) repealed the Sustainable Growth Rate that was applicable to the Medicare Physician...more

2016 Stark Law Updates

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the 2016 Medicare Fee Schedule (the "Schedule") in an effort to facilitate compliance with the Physician Self-Referral Law (the "Stark Law"). Generally, absent an...more

CMS’ New Initiative Intended to Transform Primary Health Care

CMS’ efforts to improve the delivery of primary health care moved into new territory this week when the agency announced a new five-year delivery model, Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), which CMS’ chief medical officer...more

Telehealth and Medicare: MedPAC Presents Updated Research to the Commission

The status of expanded federal telehealth reimbursement remains uncertain. Continuing an ongoing national policy conversation, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) held its second meeting on March 3, 2016, under...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On March 8, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule entitled, “Medicare Program; Part B Drug Payment Model.” The proposed rule seeks...more

Outpatient Therapy Providers - Location Matters

Included in its publication announcing changes for outpatient therapy services in the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS), CMS announced a new requirement for Medicare-certified outpatient therapy providers (e.g.,...more

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