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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

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

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

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

Also In The News - Health Headlines - July 2016 #2

House Committee Approves Bill Providing Relief for Rural Hospitals – On July 7, 2016, the Ways and Means Committee for the House of Representatives voted unanimously to approve the Continuing Access to Hospitals Act, as...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

Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services Sentenced; Another Physician Pleads Guilty

The long-running test-referral prosecution against Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services, LLC (“BLS”), a New Jersey clinical blood testing laboratory; its owner and employees; and BLS’s referring physicians recently reached...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

Senate Finance Committee Examines Repeal of the Stark Law

A new report suggests that the Stark law is obsolete in new payment models. On June 30, the US Senate Committee on Finance (the Committee) released the report Why Stark, Why Now? Suggestions to Improve the Stark Law to...more

OIG Delivers Home Care a One – Two Punch: Release of Report and Alert on Home Health Fraud Highlights Increased OIG Scrutiny of...

On June 22, 2016, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued two communications that underscore its continued focus on fraud in home health care, along with the role of physicians as “gate keepers” in authorizing...more

Where’s the Crime in Providing Free Medical Care?

Can it be a crime to provide free medical care? That’s the question presented by a post-conviction motion by the so-called King of Nursing Homes, Dr. V. Kuchipudi. Dr. K was convicted on nine counts of violating the...more

Compliance Reminder — DOJ Announces Largest Healthcare Fraud Takedown

On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, the DOJ announced the largest nationwide heath care fraud takedown in history, which resulted in criminal and civil charges against 301 individuals for alleged participation in health care fraud...more

House Approves “Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016”

The House of Representatives has approved H.R. 5273, the “Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016,” as amended by the Ways and Means Committee in May. As previously reported, while the bill focuses on Medicare...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

MIPS Performance Scoring: Understanding How CMS Proposes to Calculate Performance Is Key to Preparing for MIPS Participation

On May 9, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a proposed rule addressing the implementation of physician payment reforms included in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015...more

Ways and Means Committee Approves Bill to Make Reforms to Medicare Hospital and Other Payment Policies

The House Ways and Means Committee has approved an amended version of H.R. 5273, the “Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016.” While most of the provisions address Medicare payment policies pertaining to...more

CMS Corrects Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, Electronic Health Record Incentive Program Final Rules

CMS has published corrections to its November 16, 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule with comment period for 2016, applicable beginning January 1, 2016. Among other things, CMS is correcting an omission of...more

CMS Proposes Fiscal Year 2017 Payment for Skilled Nursing Facilities and Provisions for FY 2019 Value-Based Purchasing...

Overall, the Proposed Rule details CMS’s proposals for SNFs in CMS’s accelerating pace of shifting Medicare payment from volume to value toward the administration’s goals and timeline for moving the Medicare program, and the...more

CMS Announces Plans to Streamline the Stark Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol

On May 6, 2016, CMS published a notice (Notice), required under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), seeking public comment on its plans to revise the information collected under the Medicare Self-referral Disclosure Protocol...more

Legal Issues Associated with Multi-Provider Alternative Payment Model

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), both federal and state policies have promoted the adoption of alternative payment models (APMs), providing financial incentives for groups of providers to improve care...more

CMS Unveils Revised Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol

On May 6, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed revisions to its Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (SRDP), through which providers may disclose actual or potential violations...more

CMS Proposes Extension of Medicare Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol Lookback Period to Six Years

CMS has published a notice inviting comments on a revised Medicare Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (SRDP), which is a vehicle for providers and suppliers to voluntarily self-disclose actual or potential violations of the...more

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