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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

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

HHS Publishes Final Rule Overhauling the Medicare Appeals Process

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published its final rule revamping the Medicare appeals process at the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) level on January 17, 2017. The final rule extensively revises federal...more

The MACRA Final Rule: In Search of the “Goldilocks” Model

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (“MACRA”) Final Rule published late last year implements CMS’ new payment approach for physicians and other Medicare Part B eligible clinicians under the Merit-Based Incentive...more

Birmingham Medical News: End in Sight for Medicare ALJ Backlog?

by Burr & Forman on

As providers who are currently undergoing a Medicare claims appeal know, there is a lengthy delay to having an appeal actually heard by an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”). Some estimates indicate that it will currently take...more

Healthcare Law Update: December 2016

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Prompt Payment Discounts Not an Anti-Kickback Statute Violation - In United States of Am. et al. ex rel. Ruscher v. Omnicare, No. 15-20629, 2016 WL 6407128 (5th Cir. Oct. 28, 2016), the court of appeals affirmed summary...more

10 Things You Need to Know About Health Care Bankruptcies in 2017

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The coming year will likely continue to be a tumultuous year for health care providers, suppliers, and payers, as they adapt to meet new challenges and market forces, particularly in light of the open questions as to the...more

CMS Continues Efforts to Improve Patient Care, Spending, and Population Health

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On November 2, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), released the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule, which finalized a number of new policies designed to improve Medicare payment for...more

Now is the Time to Prepare for MACRA: 2017 Will Bring Major Changes to Physician Medicare Reimbursement

by Akerman LLP - Health Law Rx on

MACRA (the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015) is bi-partisan legislation that was enacted to change Medicare reimbursement from being based on the current system of volume of services provided to...more

Making Sense of the MACRA Final Rule – Part 3 of 3: Merit Based Payment Incentive System (MIPS)

by Polsinelli on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its final rule with comment period implementing the bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Among its numerous changes,...more

Making Sense of the MACRA Final Rule, Part 2 of 3: Alternative payment Models

by Polsinelli on

Many observers view the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) as a game changer for the delivery and payment of health care services. On Oct. 14, 2016 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...more

CMS Releases List of Additional Advanced APM’s and Announces Vermont’s All-Payer ACO

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On the heels of the release of its final rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its 2017 list of Advanced Alternative Payment...more

Making Sense of the MACRA Final Rule, Part 1 of 3: Essential Concepts

by Polsinelli on

On Oct. 14, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule with comment period implementing the bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The nearly 2,400 pages of...more

CMS Finalizes MACRA Rule and Continues Transition Toward Value-based Payments

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

On October 14, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule with comment period (Final Rule) implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The Final Rule...more

Health Care E-Note - October 2016

by Burr & Forman on

Last year President Obama signed into law the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (“MACRA”). MACRA implemented significant changes in how Medicare reimburses doctors. In this article for the Birmingham...more

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