Physician Medicare Reimbursements

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Drug Companies and Charitable Patient Foundations

Charitable organizations can easily become enmeshed in Justice Department enforcement issues. We have seen charities used in FCPA cases as a means to funnel bribes to government officials, spouses or family members....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

MACRA/O Level Changes Coming with MIPS and APMs: An In-Depth Look at Medicare’s Proposed Physician Payment System Reform

1. Executive Summary - With the dirt barely settled on the unmourned grave of the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) methodology for updating physician fee schedule payments, CMS published a proposed rule that would...more

CMS Releases Proposed Rule for MACRA Implementation – Overview and Merit-Based Incentive Payment Systems (MIPS)

On April 27, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule that would put in place key parts of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). MACRA impacts a number of...more

Changing Time for Clinical Laboratories

As Bob Dylan wrote, ‘‘The times, they are a-changin’ ’’ While Dylan certainly had larger issues in mind than the state of the clinical laboratory industry, it still is a fair description of what is happening for laboratories...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On April 21, 2016, CMS issued a proposed rule entitled, “Medicare Program: FY 2017 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements.” This...more

OIG Continues its Focus on GIP Abuse: What Hospice Providers Need to Know

On March 31, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report on hospice billing for general inpatient care (GIP). According to the OIG, hospices billed Medicare for...more

Abbott Laboratories Prevails in False Claims Act Case

On April 7, 2016, following a three-week trial and after only three hours of deliberations, a federal jury in Dallas, Texas found that Abbott Laboratories had not violated the False Claims Act (FCA) when it marketed bile duct...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - March 2016 #2

OMB to Review Proposed Rule on Merit-Based Medicare Payment for Physicians – The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is reviewing a proposed rule that would implement the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System...more

Washington, D.C. Update – March 2016

With only a handful of items currently active on the House and Senate agendas, FY17 appropriations legislation is the major legislative game in town. The House and Senate Appropriations Committees are moving forward with...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms Hospital Did Not Have A Right to an ALJ Hearing Within 90 Days

On March 7, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of hospital system’s request for a mandamus order directing HHS to provide a hearing before an...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

Medicare Payments for Telehealth Increased 25% in 2015: What You Need to Know

More good news on the telehealth reimbursement front: CMS reported its total 2015 payments for telehealth services under the Medicare program and it was a 25% increase over last year. This reflects how providers are...more

CMS Therapy Payment Model Under Review: What to Expect in 2016

In 2015, the Medicare payment system for therapy services provided by Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) saw intense media and governmental scrutiny. Several news articles and reports were published on the need for reform,...more

Federal Court finds “Systemic Failure” in Processing of Administrative Appeals for Medicare Reimbursement Claims

A win for efficiency: The AHA suit may force shorter adjudication times for Medicare administrative appeals. In 2014, the American Hospital Association (AHA), along with three hospital systems, filed suit against the U.S....more

Significant Telehealth Expansion Proposed in Bipartisan Senate Bill

Earlier this month, a bipartisan group, led by U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), introduced a bill in the Senate focused on promoting cost savings and quality care under the Medicare program through the use of telehealth...more

Congress, CMS Seek Input on Provider-Based Reimbursement Reductions

Late last year, Congress made sweeping changes to Medicare provider-based reimbursement that virtually shut down any future off-campus, provider-based site developments. Section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA)...more

HHS Psychiatric Hospital Reimbursement Methodology Upheld

On December 29, 2015 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected a challenge to a psychiatric hospital's pre-PPS Medicare reimbursement. Washington Regional Medicorp v. Burwell, No. 1:13-cv-00622 (D.C....more

Hello Budget Agreement; Goodbye Provider-Based Status?

H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, was signed into law by President Obama on November 2, 2015. The two-year budget framework, which raises the federal debt limit through March 2017, partially rolls back the Budget...more

A Recap of National Health IT Week

National Health IT Week wrapped up on Friday. This may have been the most eventful week in the ten year history of the event, which is organized by the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Below are a few...more

Washington Healthcare Update

On Oct. 8, the House Republican caucus did not select a candidate for Speaker of the House and selection has been delayed. The current Speaker, John Boehner (R-OH), had announced that he would step down and retire from...more

Coming Soon to a Hospital near You: Mandatory Bundled Payments for Common Surgeries

Recent action by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announces significant change in reimbursement methodology for high volume orthopedic surgical procedures in many markets nationwide. Affected stakeholders...more

New Opportunity to Comment on Key Components of Medicare Physician Payment Reform: CMS Issues 30-Day Request for Information on...

On September 28, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a request for information (“RFI”)seeking comments on two key components of the physician payment reform provisions included in the Medicare...more

Rhcs And Fqhcs – It’s Time To Take A Second Look At Alternate Payment Methodology

In July of 2014, Kentucky Medicaid established an Alternate Payment Methodology (“APM”) for all Federally-Qualified Health Centers (“FQHCs”) and Rural Health Clinics (“RHCs”) as an alternative to the all-inclusive encounter...more

Pain Clinic Raids: Blocking and Tackling Drills for Physician Practices

Every day, medical providers are asked to serve a population that largely expects their healthcare to be free, and that everything they want is covered by insurance or government. Providers want to serve these wants and...more

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