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MACRA: Proposed Changes to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System Track

by Polsinelli on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule on the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) in the Federal Register1 on June 30, 2017. This rule proposes the QPP program requirements for...more

Sixth Circuit: Technical Physician Signature Deficiencies not "Material" to Reimbursement Claims

by Jones Day on

The District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee held on June 22, 2017, that the timing requirements related to a physician's certification of need for home health services were not "material" to the Centers for...more

MACRA Quality Payment Program Update

On June 20, 2017, CMS released its proposed rule updating MACRA’s Quality Payment Program (“QPP”) for CY 2018. At over 1,000 pages, the rule might not do much to simplify the already complex requirements of the QPP; however,...more

CMS Extends Comment Period for New SNF PPS Methodology Proposal

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On May 4, for the first time in nearly 15 years, CMS issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) proposing a total overhaul of the current reimbursement methodology for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). The...more

CMS Proposes Reimbursement Reduction for 340B Drugs

by Baker Ober Health Law on

When CMS issued its proposed rule for OPPS and ASC Payment System on July 13, the agency included a proposal to substantially scale back reimbursement for Part B drugs to hospitals participating in the federal 340B Drug...more

Six Questions and Answers About CMS’ Recommended Changes to 340B Medicare Reimbursement

In March, I posted about the Uncertain Future of the 340B Drug Discount Program.  When opining about What Could Happen Next I speculated about possible changes to government reimbursement for 340B drugs “so that government...more

Third Circuit Recognizes Escobar “Heightened Materiality Standard” in Dismissal of False Claims Act Case Tied to Avastin

In May 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit relied on the “heightened materiality standard” endorsed by the U.S. Supreme Court in its 2016 Escobar decision in dismissing a False Claims Act (FCA) whistleblower...more

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms Offset of Medicare Reimbursement by DSH Payments Received

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

On June 14, 2017, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Breckinridge Health, Inc., et al. v. Price affirmed the district court’s finding that HHS could offset the amount of a hospital’s Medicare reimbursement by the Medicaid...more

Are you subject to MIPS reporting requirements in 2017?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced in late April that they anticipated notifying eligible clinicians about their Merit-based Incentive Payment System (“MIPS”) participation status for 2017 via...more

Proposed Telehealth Expansion of Medicare Reimbursement

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Telehealth continues to be a frontrunner on one strategy to achieve the triple aim, an effort to improve patient experience, population health and reduce per capita cost. To date, government reimbursement for telehealth...more

Government Leaks Lead to Landmark Insider Trading Case

On May 24, 2017, the SEC for the first time brought charges based on allegations of insider trading on confidential government information. The alleged insider trading scheme involved tips related to three announcements by...more

Medicare Claims Appeals Process - A Refresher

by Burr & Forman on

With the increased audit activity we are seeing among the alphabet soup of Medicare contractors— RACs, ZPICs, SMRCs, CERTs, etc.—now appears to be a good time for a refresher on the Medicare claims appeals process. Due to...more

CMS Proposes to Eliminate Therapy-Driven SNF Reimbursement

by Baker Ober Health Law on

It should come as no surprise to anyone working with skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) that CMS has been exploring ways to adjust its current payment model to reduce or eliminate skilled therapy utilization as the primary...more

Third Circuit Weighs in on Materiality for First Time Since Escobar

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

A recent circuit court decision will be a welcome development for False Claims Act defendants because it reinforces a significant pleading hurdle for claims to proceed, with the court citing lack of government intervention as...more

The Financial Impact of MACRA – Uncertainty Reigns in a Recent Rand Corporation Study

With all the talk of the Affordable Care Act’s uncertain future, it is easy to forget about the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (“MACRA”), a bipartisan law passed by Congress in 2015 to change the way physicians...more

CY 2018 Medicare Advantage Final Call Letter

The most recent MA Call Letter, “Announcement of Calendar Year (CY) 2018 Medicare Advantage Capitation Rates and Medicare Advantage and Part D Payment Policies and Final Call Letter and Request for Information” (Call Letter)...more

GAO Report: Medicare Reimbursement Policies Impede Telehealth Adoption

Although telehealth has the potential to improve or maintain quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries, payment and coverage restrictions create barriers that prevent providers from fully utilizing telehealth technologies....more

Calling for Ideas—CMS Releases Final 2018 Medicare Advantage and Part D Rate Announcement and Call Letter

by Hogan Lovells on

On 3 April 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D Rate Announcement and Call Letter (Call Letter) for calendar year 2018. The Call Letter is part of...more

A “Change of Heart” in a Health Care Fraud Prosecution - Inconsistent angiogram interpretations establish reasonable doubt in...

On March 7, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky reversed the October 27, 2016 criminal jury verdict against Kentucky cardiologist Dr. Richard E. Paulus, and acquitted him on all counts of health...more

Provider Beware: MACRA Implementation Fraught with Fraud and Abuse Implications

by Carlton Fields on

Although the fate of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) and the mandatory alternative payment models thereunder face threat of repeal under Republican leadership, the Medicare Access and Chip...more

CMS Delays Implementation of New Payment Models (Again)

On March 21, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published an interim final rule (“Interim Final Rule”) delaying (i) the effective date of several new Medicare payment models developed by the CMS...more

HHS States that Agency Will Not Be Able to Meet Deadline to Clear Medicare Appeals Backlog

by King & Spalding on

In a status report filed on March 6, 2017, HHS revised projections regarding the Medicare appeals backlog, which make it unable to meet a court-imposed deadline to eliminate the backlog by 2020. The status report was filed in...more

Medicare Advisors Debate Part B Drug Payment Reforms

Last week, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (the “Commission”) debated a package of policy reforms that would change the way Medicare reimburses physicians for Medicare Part B drugs. In the midst of calls to lower...more

New Medicare Conditional Payment Case: Federal Court Requires CMS To Perform Surgery On Its Primary Plan Reimbursement Demands

Doctors often treat Medicare beneficiaries for accident related injuries (for which a “primary” auto or workers’ compensation carrier must reimburse Medicare) and unrelated maladies at the same visit. Billing for the visit...more

What's "Hidden" in the 21st Century Cures Act for Health Care Entities

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

The 21st Century Cures Act (Cures) was signed into law December 13, 2016. While the primary focus of the 996-page Act centered on biomedical innovation, several components of Cures have significant implications for health...more

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