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CMS Updates Manual Instructions to Implement CY 2014 MPFS Changes for Reimbursement of Investigational Devices and Related...

On November 6, 2014, CMS announced changes to its Medicare Benefit Policy Manual and Medicare Claims Processing Manual related to coverage of items and services in Category A and B Investigational Device Exemption (IDE)...more

CMS Releases Final Physician Fee Schedule Rule: Key Payment and Policy Highlights

On October 31, 2014, CMS released the final Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) rule. The new payment policies and rates set forth in the PFS final rule will go into effect on or after January 1, 2015....more

It Is Finally Here-the Sun Shines on a New Era

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) publicly launched a database this week detailing the payments doctors and teaching hospitals have received from drug and medical device manufacturers. Under the Physician...more

CMS Publishes FY 2015 Final IPPS Rule

On August 4, 2014, CMS posted its final changes and updates to the Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) that apply for fiscal year (FY) 2015, effective October 1, 2014. Below are some of the highlights of the...more

CMS Proposes Removing CME Exclusion from Sunshine Act Regulations, Citing Redundancy with Indirect Payment Exclusion

In the July 3, 2014, issue of the Federal Register, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the proposed calendar year 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule update (the Proposed Rule). The Proposed Rule...more

Impact on Medicare Payments of Shift in Site of Care for Chemotherapy Administration

Two independent trends, acting in combination, are currently resulting in increased Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) chemotherapy payments. The first trend is a shift in the site of care for cancer patients from physicians’...more

CMS Designates Global Surgery as “Potentially Misvalued Services”

In the recently proposed 2015 Physician Fee Schedule, CMS devoted significant resources to discussing potentially misvalued services, which I believe is code for places where CMS would like to reduce reimbursement. One of the...more

CMS Seeking Comments Regarding Expanding Coverage for Secondary Interpretation of Images

In the proposed 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, CMS is seeking comments regarding expanding coverage for secondary interpretation of diagnostic imaging....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

CMS Wants To Shine Light On CME Payments To Physicians

It’s a question CMS has been wrestling with since the enactment of the Sunshine Act (sometimes called the Open Payments Program) as part of the Affordable Care Act. The Sunshine Act generally requires a manufacturer to...more

CMS Proposes Changes to Physician Payments Sunshine Act Implementing Regulations

On July 3, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released four proposed changes for comment to the implementing regulations for the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. The proposed changes would amend the...more

CMS Proposes Changes to Sunshine Act Reporting

Drug and device manufacturers breathing a sigh of relief after completing their 2013 data submissions under the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (the “Sunshine Act’) must now contend with four proposed changes to the Sunshine...more

CMS Releases CY 2015 OPPS and ASC Proposed Rule

On July 3, 2014, CMS released the CY 2015 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System Proposed Rule. In its proposal, CMS seeks, among other things, to increase...more

The Intractable Problem of Medicare Fraud

You have to admire the vigilance and dedication of prosecutors and law enforcement investigators who fight Medicare fraud. There is no question that they have ramped up enforcement and promoted a strong message of deterrence....more

Health Headlines: Also in the News - June 2014 #3

MedPAC Recommends Short- and Long-Term ACO Changes – In a comment letter sent to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner on June 16, 2014, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) outlined certain challenges associated...more

CMS Proposal to Adopt New OMB Delineations May Affect Medicare Reimbursement, GME Payments, and Regulatory Compliance

On April 30, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued proposed rules for the Fiscal Year 2015 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System, in which CMS announced several updates, including...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - May 2014

Congress held several hearings last week ranging from Sylvia Burwell’s nomination for Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to Medicare payment oversight, to post-acute care in Medicare. The Centers...more

HHS Proposes Extension of Deadline for EHR Compliance

According to the federal government, over 370,000 providers have participated in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record ("EHR") incentive program since its inception in 2011. However, providers nationwide continue...more

Health Care Update

In This Issue: - Transparency Latest Weapon against Rising Health Care Costs - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Other Congressional and State Initiatives -...more

The push for greater transparency in healthcare continues

Recently, CMS released the proposed fiscal year 2015 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) rule for inpatient stays in long-term and general acute care hospitals. Included among the regular updates to Medicare payment...more

CMS Requests Comments on the Dispute Resolution Process Associated with the Physician Payment Sunshine Act

On May 5, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") announced an opportunity to submit comments on the dispute resolution and correction procedures proposed in the final rule on the Open Payments reporting...more

CMS Releases Unprecedented Amount Of Medicare Billing Information, Increasing Risk Related To Fraud Lawsuits

On April 9, 2014, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS"), a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS"), released data showing utilization, payments, and submitted charges for services and...more

OIG Reports Limited Compliance with Face-to-Face Certification Requirement for Home Health

The OIG recently released a report summarizing the details of its study regarding compliance with the requirement that physicians (or certain practitioners working with them) who certify beneficiaries as eligible for Medicare...more

OIG Recommends Reduction in Hospital Outpatient Rates for Certain Procedures that Can Be Performed in ASCs

On April 16, 2014, the OIG released a report concluding that between CYs 2007 through 2011, Medicare has saved nearly $7 billion by covering surgical procedures in ASCs. In addition to the savings that would continue to...more

Program Integrity Priorities Revealed in FY 2015 HHS Budget

On March 14, 2014, President Obama unveiled his Administration’s proposed fiscal year 2015 budget for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In total, the Administration is seeking $77.1 billion to fund HHS in FY...more

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