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Health Law Insights - Issue 12

CMS Proposes Bundled Payments for Cardiac Care - In its most recent effort to hasten Medicare’s transformation from a fee-for-service payment model to a value-based payment model, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...more

Hold it, Doctor! Don’t Hit the Send Button!

The Joint Commission made a big splash when it issued its “Update: Texting Orders” back in the spring. That Update rescinded the accrediting organization’s long-standing prohibition on sending physician orders via text...more

CMS Re-proposes Ban on Per-Click Fees for Space and Equipment Leases under Stark

In the CY 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (CY 2017 MPFS), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued proposed updates to the physician self-referral law (Stark law). The primary Stark law update focused on...more

CMS Proposes Changes to Medicare Shared Savings Program

On July 7, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a proposed rule that updates payment policies, rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for...more

Proposed Cardiac, Hip, and Femur Episode Payment Models Are Next Generation from BPCI and CJR

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule on July 25, 2016, entitled, Advancing Care Coordination Through Episode Payment Models (EPMs); Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model; and...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - August 2016

CMS Provides Update Regarding Patient Status Review Delay – On July 27, 2016 CMS posted an update regarding Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) reviews of patient status claims, which are currently paused. CMS notes that...more

Provider-Based Rule and Stark—Is Joint Compliance Impossible in 2017?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be putting hospitals in an untenable position if recent proposed rulemaking is implemented as is. In its proposal for acting on legislation reducing payments to new,...more

CMS Selects Regions for Primary Care Innovation Model

CMS has opened the application period for physician practices interested in participating in its new primary care model, Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), which is intended to improve how primary care is delivered and...more

The Physician’s Self-Referral Law – Are Changes Finally Coming?

The Physician Self-Referral Law, also known as the Stark law, prohibits a physician from referring federal health care program patients for “designated health services” to an entity in which the physician (or an immediate...more

JCAHO Delays Decision Allowing Physicians To Text Orders

We previously reported that the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) lifted its ban on allowing health care providers to use texts for physician orders....more

ACO Insider: Not ready for an ACO? Think CPC+

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in April announced its newest initiative, Comprehensive Primary Care Plus, to target primary care practices of varying capabilities to participate in an innovative payment model...more

Hospital Text Messaging Rules Placed on Hold by Joint Commission

The Joint Commission, which accredits hospitals and other health care organizations, hit pause on its prior May 2016 announcement to allow secure text messaging in hospitals and other health care organizations. The use of...more

CMS Hosts Call on Potential Future Changes to Open Payments/Sunshine Act Reporting Requirements (Aug. 2)

On August 2, 2016, CMS is hosting a Special Open Door Forum Call on potential future changes to Open Payments/Physician Payments Sunshine Act requirements for reporting payments and transfers of value made by drug and device...more

CMS Considers Delaying MACRA Start Date

On July 13, 2016, CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt testified before the Senate Finance Committee regarding the possibility of a delay in implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). ...more

Provider-Based Status Post-BBA: CMS Offers Limited Answers, Requests More Feedback

For those in the hospital industry hoping for additional clarity regarding the operation and billing of provider-based departments (PBDs), the CY 2017 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Proposed Rule provides some...more

CMS Issues Proposed Rule Addressing Off-Campus Outpatient Departments

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published its 2017 Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) proposed rule on July 14, 2016 (the Proposed Rule). In part, the Proposed Rule addresses CMS’s...more

Are Changes to the Stark Law on the Way?

Congress has acknowledged that the Stark law is standing in the way of the healthcare industry's transition to alternative, value-based payment models, and in turn, meaningful reform may soon be on the horizon. Last...more

Use of Modifier 25 - 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) have reviewed the use of Modifier 25 to unbundle payments for evaluation and management (E/M) services when a procedure is...more

The State of Telehealth - Policy and Reimbursement Q&A

Foley Partner Nathaniel Lacktman, head of the firm’s telemedicine and virtual care practice, participated in a comprehensive Q&A discussing the challenges and opportunities facing the telehealth market with Healthcare...more

CMS Proposes Changes to Provider-Based Status in CY 2017 OPPS Rule - Agency takes aggressive view of Section 603 of Bipartisan...

On July 6, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its CY 2017 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Proposed Rule. The Proposed Rule includes several provisions regarding how CMS will...more

CMS Posts Open Payment Data – $7.52 Billion in 2015

CMS published the 2015 Open Payment Data on June 30, 2015. CMS has presented tables in its press release showing the highest paid specialties and highest paying companies. ...more

OIG, CMS Focus New Scrutiny on Home Health Industry: Additional Investigative and Enforcement Activity Likely to Follow

On June 22, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a comprehensive report detailing its nationwide analysis of common characteristics in home health fraud cases. In tandem...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

OIG Recommends Eliminating Provider-Based Designation for Facilities Owned by Hospitals

In a report released on June 17, 2016, OIG renewed its call for CMS to either eliminate the provider-based designation, which allows facilities owned by and integrated with a hospital to bill Medicare as a hospital outpatient...more

MACRA will change the way you practice

A recent rule proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will bring far-reaching changes to payment models for physicians and other clinicians (including nurse practitioners, physician assistants,...more

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