Physician Fee Schedule

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CMS Finalizes Major Changes and Clarification to the Stark Law Regulations

Introduction - Since the passage of the Physician Self-Referral Act, also known as the “Stark Law,” health care providers have had to learn to work within and adjust to certain statutory and regulatory exceptions in...more

Recent Provider-Based Legislative Changes: Any GME Implications?

On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, among other things, making changes to Medicare reimbursement for outpatient services furnished in off-campus provider-based departments...more

CMS Issues Final Payment Rules for Physicians and Hospitals

On October 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released several final rules related to physician and hospital Medicare payments for 2016. Specifically, HHS’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid...more

CMS Finalizes Stark Law Changes in CY 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

This past July, on the heels of a decision in which a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit characterized the federal physician self-referral prohibition commonly known as the “Stark Law” as, “even for...more

Budget Law Moves Towards Site-Neutral Medicare Payments; Join Foley for a Discussion on November 13

The recently enacted Bipartisan Budget Act (P. L. 114-74) included a provision that will significantly alter the future of hospital-based outpatient care. The provision, Section 603, will exclude from Medicare’s...more

CMS Issues CY 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

On October 30, 2015, CMS released the CY 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Final Rule updating payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the PFS on or after January 1, 2016....more

Budget Act Significantly Impacts Provider-Based Facility Reimbursement

On November 2, President Obama signed into the law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the “Act”), which contains language that will significantly change how hospital-based outpatient care is reimbursed....more

Beyond residency: How the Medicare program treats fellowship training

Teaching hospitals are often responsible for the clinical training of three different categories of trainees: - Interns, or trainees in their first year of residency training - Residents, or trainees who have...more

Budget Deal Alters Reimbursement to Off-Campus Hospital-Owned Facilities

On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed into law H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the "Act"), which significantly changes Medicare reimbursement for off-campus hospital services. The Act, which Congress...more

Budget Deal Limits Payment to New Off-Campus Hospital Outpatient Departments

On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the “Act”) into law. The Act, widely hailed as a rare act of bipartisan cooperation, raises the federal debt ceiling and sets federal spending...more

Budget Deal to Limit Provider-Based Status, Extend Sequestration

On October 28 and 30, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate approved the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the Act)—a measure designed to raise the limit on Federal borrowing that would also have significant...more

Provider-Based Status: A Quiet Casualty of the Bipartisan Budget Act

Without fanfare or any significant discussion, the Bipartisan Budget Act (Act) contains the first legislative action related to provider-based status—and it is a sweeping action with negative financial consequences to many...more

Congress Take Step Toward Site-Neutral Medicare Payments in Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

On October 28, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation that, if enacted, would, among other things, substantially alter how and how much Medicare pays for outpatient services furnished by hospitals. The...more

Budget Bill Aims to Kill Any New Off-Campus Provider-Based Facilities

Legislation being drafted as part of a budget deal between members of Congress and the White House includes language that will significantly alter the future of hospital-based outpatient care. The “discussion draft” of the...more

Pending Budget Deal Includes Medicare Sequestration Extension, Other Medicare/Medicaid Cuts

Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner and the Obama Administration have reached agreement on a two-year, $80 billion budget/debt-ceiling deal that includes Medicare and Medicaid “offsets” to finance other spending. For...more

Budget Proposal Would Limit Provider-Based Status - New Off-Campus Departments Limited to Physician Fee Schedule or ASC Payment...

On October 26, 2015, Congressional and White House budget negotiators released the legislative text of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. The Act is aimed primarily at lifting the Federal debt limit and avoiding a looming...more

Washington Healthcare Update

Bicameral Bill Introduced to Provide HHS Authority to Reject Proposed Insurance Rates - Before Congress left for its Columbus Day recess, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the Health...more

CMS Sends Final 2016 Medicare Payment Rules to OMB for Review

This week CMS referred major final calendar year 2016 Medicare payment rules to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for regulatory clearance. Specifically, OMB is reviewing the final CMS rules to update the...more

New CMS Proposed Rule Provides Who/What/When for Clinical Laboratory Reporting Requirements Starting January 1, 2016

Clinical laboratories will see significant changes to their Medicare payments for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests (CDLTs) starting January 1, 2017, but the basis for new payment rates will come from “applicable data”...more

CMS Proposes Major Changes to Medicare Clinical Lab Test Payment Policy

On October 1, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published its long-awaited proposed rule to base Medicare clinical laboratory fee schedule (CLFS) reimbursement on private insurance payment amounts...more

CMS Proposes Lab Data Collection Requirements to Update Fee Schedule

On September 25, 2015, CMS released proposed rulemaking that would extensively revise payment and reporting requirements for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests (CDLTs), as paid on the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule...more

CMS Proposes Overhaul of Clinical Lab Payment Methodology: What You Need To Know

On Friday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a long-awaited proposed rule that would drastically change the payment rates for clinical laboratory services beginning January 1, 2017 (the “Proposed...more

South Carolina has a New Medical Services Provider Manual for the First Time in Five Years!

The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission publishes two sets of policy and procedure manuals, commonly referred to as fee schedules, for the cost of providing medical care to injured workers. One schedule is for...more

Proposed Changes to Stark Rule Would Create New Hospital Exceptions and Lessen Burden of Self-Disclosures

In a development that is limited in scope but still welcomed by hospitals, the proposed 2016 Physician Fee Schedule proposes a number of new exceptions to the physician self-referral or Stark law and other refinements that...more

Proposed 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Includes Changes to Stark Regulations

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") recently released the proposed 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (the "Proposed Rule"), which includes a number of proposed revisions to the regulations under the...more

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