Physician Payments

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CMS Proposes Amendments to Payments Furnished from Provider-Based Departments

As part of the CY 2017 proposed Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System rules (OPPS) the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the long awaited proposed payment changes for items and services...more

Managing the Transition to Transformation: The Strategic Implications of MACRA

In Depth - On April 27, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled the much-anticipated (and, for some, feared) proposal to implement the physician payment reforms required under the Medicare Access to...more

Federal Government Sued Over Emergency Physician Reimbursement Policy

Emergency physicians have long alleged that health insurance companies are unfairly and inconsistently setting low out-of-network reimbursements for emergency care, and now they are imploring the federal government to do...more

AMA Demands Appeals Process for Physician Payment Rates

On June 14, 2016, during its annual meeting in Chicago, the American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates approved a resolution recommending the overhaul of CMS’s physician payment rate determination methodologies,...more

CMS Redefines Alternative Payment Models and Offers Option for Merit-Based Incentive Payment System in New Proposed Rule

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is expected to drastically change how physicians are paid by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Under the proposed rule, physicians will be given the...more

Physician Payment: CMS Proposes Quality Payment Program, Advanced APMs, and Merit-Based Incentive Payment System

CMS published its 426 page proposed rule on the Quality Payment Program (QPP) – the successor to oft-maligned Sustainable Growth Rate adjustment – on May 9, 2016. The QPP will adjust physician and mid-level provider...more

Medicare Proposes Sweeping Changes to Physician Payments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released on April 27, 2016, the highly anticipated proposed rule to implement major Medicare physician payment reform provisions included in the Medicare Access and CHIP...more

Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Model: Today's Alternative Payment Model for Primary Care Providers Could Be Tomorrow's Obligatory...

In an effort to affect how approximately 25 million Medicare beneficiaries and other commercial insurance patients receive primary care services, the CMS Innovation Center (the "Innovation Center") announced the Comprehensive...more

HHS to Apply Medicare Rates for Physician, Other Health Services Purchased by IHS-Funded Programs

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), on March 21, 2016, issued a final rule to apply Medicare payment methodologies to all physician and other health professional...more

CMS Deputy Testifies that Many Alternative Payment Models Would Not be Eligible For Physicians to Receive Incentives Under MACRA

In testimony before the Subcommittee on Health of the U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce on March 17, 2016, Dr. Patrick Conway, Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer of CMS,...more

First Meeting of MACRA Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee Set for Feb. 1, 2016

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) includes payment incentives to encourage providers to participate in alternative payment models (APMs) that focus on coordinating care, improving quality, and...more

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

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