Physician Payments

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Physician Payment: CMS Seeks Suggestions for SGR, PQRS, Meaningful Use and VBM Replacement

CMS would like your help in developing the replacement to the Sustainable Growth Rate adjustment (SGR). But you need to act quickly because CMS' cutoff date for your suggestions is October 31, 2015....more

CMS Releases Medicare DMEPOS Payment/Utilization Data

In a continuation of the Administration’s efforts to make Medicare spending data more transparent, CMS has released detailed payment information regarding physicians and other providers who order durable medical equipment,...more

Payment Innovation: 30 Day Window to Provide CMS Comments on Physician Payment Changes Under MACRA Begins

On September 28, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a Request for Information (RFI) seeking stakeholder comments related to innovative physician payment models required by the Medicare Access...more

CMS Releases Data Regarding Hospital and Physician Utilization

CMS recently announced that it would be releasing Medicare hospital utilization and payment data, as well as physician and supplier utilization and payment data. This is the third year that the hospital data has been released...more

CMS Open Payment Program Data Indicates $6.49 Billion Paid by Manufacturers, GPOs to Physicians and Hospitals in 2014

CMS recently released data collected through the Open Payments Program in accordance with the Affordable Care Act from applicable manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) about payments and other transfers that...more

CMS Releases Latest Medicare Hospital and Physician Utilization, Payment Data

CMS has released detailed Medicare inpatient hospital, outpatient hospital, and physician utilization and payment data for 2013, including data analysis such as spending breakdowns by specialty and region. The hospital data...more

The OIG Wants You to Know It Is Targeting Physicians - The OIG's June 2015 Fraud Alert

On June 9, 2015, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a Fraud Alert that cautions physicians about questionable medical directorship and office staff arrangements. [Alert available here]. In the Fraud Alert, the...more

Two Laboratories Settle Claims Regarding Specimen Processing Fees

Continuing the scrutiny of laboratory arrangements with referring physician practices, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced the settlement of False Claims Act allegations against two cardiovascular...more

Time is Running Out to Avoid the Negative Effects of 2016 Value-Based Physician Payment Modifiers: CMS Releases Results of...

CMS recently released results of Medicare’s value-based payment modifier for 2015. This is the first year in which physicians are subject to adjustments under the payment system and, in this first phase of implementation,...more

CMS Seeks Public Input On Advanced Primary Care Model Concepts

On February 13, 2015, CMS published a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input on the design of the next generation of advanced primary care models. Comments on the RFI are due on March 16, 2015. ...more

CMS Takes a Measured Approach to Medicare Advantage and Part D Plan Payment Rates and Policy Changes for 2016

Increased Part D Drug Costs Set the Stage for Higher Beneficiary Premiums - The Advance Notice (“Advance Notice”) of Methodological Changes for Calendar Year (“CY”) 2016 for Medicare Advantage (“MA”) Capitation Rates,...more

New Venture Seeks to Support Independent Physicians in Texas

The Texas Medical Association (TMA) and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas are launching a new services company, TMA PracticeEdge, to facilitate bringing the benefits of value-based reimbursements to the state’s independent...more

Illinois Legislature Passes Anti-Markup Law Applicable to Pathology Services

Last Thursdday both chambers of the Illinois legislature voted to override the Governor’s amendatory veto and passed Public Act 098-1127, which prohibits a physician from charging a markup on anatomic pathology services if...more

Halloween Announcement of CMS Payment Changes

Maybe it was a coincidence, but CMS waited until Halloween to announce its final 2015 payment policies for physicians and hospital outpatient departments. While the announced changes are not really scary, one evoked sharp...more

Sometimes the Government is Here to Help: OIG Proposes More Flexibility in Rules Governing Local Transportation, Beneficiary...

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General ("OIG") just released a proposed rule (“Proposed Rule”) that provides long awaited guidance on patient transportation services, relaxes the...more

HealthCare Fraud and Courtesies: What to Know Before Waiving a Copayment

Many healthcare facilities and physicians waive the insurance copayment for physicians and their families (known as professional courtesy) or other patients. Yet, despite how prevalent the practice is and the limited...more

CMS Proposes Relief for HH Face-to-Face and Therapy Reassessment Requirements

In the last issue, we reported on the difficulties faced by home health agencies (HHAs) in complying with the documentation requirements for the face-to-face (F2F) encounter between a patient and a physician before or shortly...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

OIG Special Fraud Alert Questions Laboratory Payments to Physicians

On June 25, 2014, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a Special Fraud Alert addressing the issue of remuneration offered and paid by laboratories to referring physicians. The Special Fraud Alert expands upon...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

OIG Releases Special Fraud Alert on Laboratory Payments to Physicians

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a Special Fraud Alert regarding laboratory payments to referring physicians. The Special Fraud Alert reaffirms OIG’s...more

Cloudy Skies Ahead for Providers? CMS’ Release of Medicare Billing Data Combined with Physician Payment Sunshine Act Data May...

In February 2013, we reported (on our Healthcare Law Blog) that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the final rule for the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. In the interest of providing more...more

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