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The Implications of CMS' Proposed Stark Law Regulations

On July 8, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released proposed regulations “to reduce burden and to facilitate compliance” under the physician self-referral law known as the Stark Law. See 80 Fed....more

Proposed Rule Aims to Refine Stark Regulations and Clarify “Incident To”

On July 15, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the calendar year (CY) 2016 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule. In addition to updating several traditional Part B payment policies, the...more

Health Update - July 2015

Lessons From the Frontlines: Strategies for Supporting Informed Consumer Decision-Making in the Health Insurance Marketplace - Editor's Note: As marketplaces prepare for the third open enrollment period, consumers are...more

CMS Publishes Notice of Proposed Rule Making Regarding Stark Law Amendments and Seeks Comment on the Issue of Stark Acting as a...

In early July, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a notice of proposed rulemaking, amending the Physician Self-Referral Prohibitions, or Stark law. 80 Fed. Reg. 41,909-930 (July 15, 2015). The...more

CMS Releases CY 2016 Proposed Rule on OPPS and ASC Payment Systems, Including Changes to the Two Midnight Rule

On July 1, 2015, CMS released a Proposed Rule that would revise the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Payment System payment rates for calendar year (CY) 2016, and would...more

CMS Issues CY 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

On July 8, 2015, CMS issued its annual proposed rule outlining payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) for CY 2016. In the proposed rule,...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - July 2015 #3

In quick succession, governors in Alaska and Utah announce Medicaid expansions this week; Iowa is transitioning its expansion away from the Marketplace to Medicaid managed care, for now; and, HHS extends its exception to...more

Health Law Wire: CMS Proposes Major Overhaul of LTC Survey Regulations (7/15)

On July 16, 2015, CMS filed over 400 pages of regulatory comment and proposed revisions to the requirements that Long-Term Care facilities must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. CMS stated that these...more

IRS Clarifies Financial Assistance Policy Requirements for Charitable Hospital Organizations

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has clarified the requirements for charitable hospital organizations required to adopt a financial assistance policy. For large hospitals or hospitals using the services of multiple private...more

New CMS Proposed Rule Revises Long-Term Care Facility Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Program Participation

On July 13, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) issued a long-awaited proposed rule (Proposed Rule) that would revise the requirements that long-term care (LTC) facilities must meet to participate in the Medicare...more

Delivery System Reform 2.0: Scaling Alternative Payment Models is the New Normal

For some health care providers, a pair of recent announcements made by the Obama Administration to implement mandatory alternative payment models (APMs) for home health value-based purchasing and bundled payments for hip and...more

IRS Says Hospitals Must List Physicians in Financial Assistance Policies

On June 26, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued guidance to clarify how charitable hospitals may comply with regulations issued by the Department of Treasury under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act...more

Health Alert (Australia) - July 6, 2015

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgments: Victoria. 26 June 2015 - Northern Health v Kuipers [2015] VSCA 172 - The Victorian Supreme Court has allowed an appeal...more

CMS Launches New ACA Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Innovation Model

CMS is inviting physician practices to apply to participate in its new “Million Hearts® Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Model," which will test whether encouraging physician practices to calculate risk for eligible Medicare...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: House Ways & Means Committee Holds Markup; Makes Significant Legislative Changes to Health Care Bills... Senate Finance Committee Holds Markup on Medicare Appeals Process Bill... CMS Issues Final Rule on...more

Physicians as whistleblowers: Doctors get rich by exposing fraud

As the federal and state governments have evolved from Uncle Sam to Doctor Sam, the potential for healthcare waste, fraud and abuse has also increased. One way the government has deterred healthcare fraud is by enacting and...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Explores Post-Acute Bundling…CMS Releases First-ever Hospital Compare Star Ratings…Fiscal Year 2016 Proposed Inpatient and Long-term Care Hospital Policy and Payment Changes....more

SGR Law Brings Changes to CMP Prohibition on Gainsharing

On April 16, President Barack Obama signed into law the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015,” ending a perennial struggle over the Medicare reimbursement formula for physicians. Although the law is most...more

CMS Posts Initial Results for Physician Value-based Payment Modifier

Under the ACA, the Physician Value-Based Modifier (Value Modifier) policy rewards physicians and groups of physicians who provide high quality and cost effective care, while penalizing those who did not meet objectives. ...more

In it Together -- Emerging Joint Venture Structures for Hospitals and Insurers

Locke Lord lawyers Jon Biasetti, Baird Allis and Benjamin Sykes provide a detailed look at recent efforts by hospitals, physician practice groups and health insurance and managed care companies to lower health care delivery...more

Classic Antitrust Principles Apply to Health Care Mergers Even Post-ACA

The Ninth Circuit last week held that St. Luke’s Health System’s purchase of a physician practice group violated federal antitrust laws. In doing so, it upheld a district court’s order that the merger be dissolved. ...more

GAO Highlights Medicare Program Risks and Recommends Program Integrity Actions

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released its latest update to its “High-Risk Series” reports, which again lists Medicare as a high-risk program, in part because of the program’s substantial size and scope, and...more

Aggressive New Cms Pre-Payment Review Initiative Threatens Physician Practices And Hospitals

According to a recent report in the American Medical News, The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published plans to increase the number of pre-payment reviews of hospital and physician claims from 1.2 million...more

Benesch Health Care Market Intelligence - Physician/Hospital Summary Report 2014

In this Report: - Key Findings - Industry Trends – Hospitals - Industry Trends – Physician Practices - Government/Regulatory – Ohio - Government/Regulatory – U.S. -...more

Hospitals and Emergency Physicians in California Will Ring in the New Year with Revised Charity Care and Discount Payment Policies

You changed the batteries in your flashlights and smoke detectors, but did you revise your charity care and discount payment policies prior to the stroke of midnight on December 31, 2014? A new law, SB1276, took effect in...more

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