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Summary of 2016 CMS Final Rule for Advance Care Planning

On October 30, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued the 2016 final Medicare payment rules for physicians, hospitals and other providers. The rules include a provision that empowers patients,...more

CMS Finalizes Controversial Changes to "2-Midnight Rule" for Inpatient Stays

On October 30, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule updating the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System for...more

Federal Preemption and Peer Review - A New Frontier

It’s not often that we get to blog about a new area of federal preemption, but we do so today. This isn’t a big area, otherwise we would have known about it before, but it is pertinent to drug and medical device product...more

Final Curtain Call for Tuomey: Long-Running FCA/Stark Case Settled

After 10 years of litigation, including two trials and appeals to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Tuomey Healthcare System (Tuomey) have entered into a settlement of DOJ's action...more

CMS Finalizes Significant Changes to the Two Midnight Rule in the 2016 OPPS Final Rule

On October 30, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Calendar Year 2016 Outpatient Prospective Payment System Final Rule (2016 OPPS Final Rule). In the 2016 OPPS Final Rule, CMS finalizes...more

Reimbursement Change for Off-Campus Provider-Based Clinics, Physician Offices, and Ambulatory Surgical Centers

On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, a two-year budget deal with a key provision affecting hospitals and other health care providers. Effective January 1, 2017, the Act decreases the...more

CMS finalizes significant Stark Law rulemaking

In July of this year, the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed significant changes to the regulations implementing the federal physician self referral law...more

Record-breaking FCA settlements underscore importance of Stark Law compliance

In September and October, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced four record-breaking False Claims Act settlements – ranging from $25 million to $115 million – involving health care systems that allegedly made improper...more

CMS Publishes Proposed Rule on Hospital/HHA Discharge Planning Requirements

On November 3, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule that would modify the discharge planning conditions of participation (COPs) for hospitals, including long-term care hospitals...more

CMS/OIG Finalize Fraud Authority Waivers for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) under the Medicare Shared Savings Program...

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) have finalized a rule designed to “remove legal and regulatory barriers that can impede care coordination in furtherance of the...more

Florida Constitutional Provision Mandating Disclosure of Adverse Medical Incidents Preempted by Federal Patient Safety and Quality...

The First District Court of Appeal in Florida recently held in Baptist Hospital of Florida, Inc. v. Jean Charles, Jr., No. 1D15-0109, October 28, 2015, that a Florida constitutional provision mandating disclosure of adverse...more

Congress Take Step Toward Site-Neutral Medicare Payments in Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

On October 28, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation that, if enacted, would, among other things, substantially alter how and how much Medicare pays for outpatient services furnished by hospitals. The...more

Minimizing Exposure to Stark Law Liability in False Claims Act Cases by Isolating Those Who Determine Fair Market Value From Those...

I. Stark Law and False Claims Act - The FCA has become the primary enforcement vehicle for the Ethics in Patient Referrals Act, better known as the Stark Law. There are now more than 150 public cases citing to both the...more

Six Ways to Take Advantage of New Hampshire’s New Telemedicine Law

A physician in New Hampshire can now establish a valid doctor-patient relationship without needing a prior in-person exam. This is among several recent changes in New Hampshire’s telemedicine laws that offer new opportunities...more

Recent Developments in Massachusetts Health Policy

Building on the momentum of early October hearings on the state’s growing health care expenditures, the Health Policy Commission (HPC), the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, Governor Charlie Baker, and others spent...more

Be careful with Resident Rotators: What You Don't Know Might Hurt Your Hospital's Ability to Receive Medicare GME Payments in the...

Residents participating in a graduate medical education (GME) training program are unlikely to spend 100 percent of their time at a single hospital and its affiliated physician practices, and for good reason. Hospitals and...more

Changes to New York Telehealth Coverage Coming Soon

After New York became the 22nd state to enact a telemedicine commercial coverage statute, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an amendment changing the statute. The amendment makes sweeping changes to telehealth coverage under New...more

CMS Sends Final 2016 Medicare Payment Rules to OMB for Review

This week CMS referred major final calendar year 2016 Medicare payment rules to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for regulatory clearance. Specifically, OMB is reviewing the final CMS rules to update the...more

Clinical Laboratories: Proposed Rule Implements Requirements for Reporting and Payment Based on Private Payer Rates

As required by a 2014 statute, CMS has issued proposed regulations (Proposed Rule) implementing new requirements for laboratory reporting of, and eventually basing Medicare payment on, rates for clinical laboratory services...more

CMS Proposes Major Changes to Medicare Clinical Lab Test Payment Policy

On October 1, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published its long-awaited proposed rule to base Medicare clinical laboratory fee schedule (CLFS) reimbursement on private insurance payment amounts...more

Suing the Hand that Feeds You

Jeffrey Jacobs alleges that Idaho’s Pocatello Hospital violated the False Claims Act because of physician recruitment contracts that were overly generous to his practice group. Jeff should know because he was recruited under...more

Health care consolidations: Complex maneuvers in a high-stakes environment

In today’s shifting health care landscape, providers are consolidating and forming strategic partnerships that position them to offer comprehensive, high-quality services at reasonable costs....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

The Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers (Part 11 of 24): Reporting 2015 Coverage of “MV-Lite”...

In Notice 2014-69, the Treasury Department and the IRS clarified that a group health plan that fails to provide substantial coverage for in-patient hospitalization and physician services will not be treated as providing...more

Huge Stark Law Hospital Settlements and Physician Culpability - The New Normal Post-Tuomey?

After the federal government’s victory against Tuomey Hospital, we have seen an increasing number of large False Claims Act (FCA) settlements with hospitals involving Stark Law allegations. Relators are even citing, as...more

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