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The MACRA Final Rule: The Art of the Transition

On Friday, October 14, 2016, CMS released the much-anticipated final rule (the “Final Rule”) implementing the Quality Payment Program (QPP), mandated by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). ...more

CMS Clarifies Its 855R Policies

Recently CMS issued Change Request (CR) # 9552 clarifying certain Medicare provider enrollment policies in Chapter 15 of the CMS Program Integrity Manual (Pub. 100-08). The clarifications relate to the function of the 855R...more

D.C. Circuit Precludes Review of DSH Uncompensated Care Data

On July 26, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decided Fla. Health Sciences Ctr. v. Burwell. In that case, the Court analyzed a statutory bar against judicial review of estimates...more

Court Rules in Favor of Hospitals in Bad Debt Collection Effort

On July 25, 2016, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued an opinion favoring provider flexibility in the reasonable collection of Medicare bad debt. Winder HMA, LLC, et al. v. Sylvia Burwell. The...more

Court Upholds CMS's Inclusion of Part C Days in Medicare Fraction of DSH Calculation FYE 2012

On August 17, 2016, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia upheld the position of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) that Part C patients were to be considered as “entitled to...more

D.C. District Court Strikes Down PRRB's Application of "Self-Disallowance" Jurisdictional

In Banner Heart Hospital, et al. v. Burwell, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (Court) held on August 19, 2016, that the Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB) incorrectly declined to hear an...more

CMS says to physicians: Pick your pace for MACRA implementation. Physicians say to CMS: Thank you for hearing us.

On April 27, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued proposed regulations (Proposed Regs.) as a first step in the implementation of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) provisions of the Medicare Access...more

The MOON Notification is Coming: CMS Publishes Final Changes

CMS is moving forward with implementing the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) as announced in its FY 2017 IPPS Final Rule [PDF] on August 2, 2016, and published in the Federal Register on August 22, 2016 (Final...more

CMS's Payment Suspensions Wreak Havoc: Understanding the Risks

CMS payment suspensions can cripple any provider's or supplier's operations. Yet, CMS has the authority to impose a payment suspension upon the mere existence of "reliable information" that an overpayment or fraud may exist....more

The Future Is Now: CMS Proposes Broad Bundled Payment Expansion for Cardiac Care Episodes

Furthering the agency’s stated intention to pay for value over volume, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a proposed rule representing the first expansion of mandatory hospital-centric bundled...more

Will Physicians Accept CMS's Offer to "Pick Your Pace"?

The Acting CMS Administrator, Andy Slavitt, announced that CMS would propose new options for physician participation in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA)....more

D.C. District Ct Applies Prohibition on Administrative and Judicial Review to IRF PPS Rates

On July 25, 2016, Judge John D. Bates of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a memorandum opinion broadly construing 42 U.S.C. § 1395ww(j) to prohibit administrative or judicial review of a...more

Managing the Transition to Transformation: Corporate Governance and the Transition to Transformation

McDermott’s Managing the Transition to Transformation series is designed to help health systems and other health care industry leaders address the many challenges presented by the transformation in payment and care delivery...more

FDA Uses Summer to Issue Numerous Device Guidance Documents

The Agency shows no signs of slowing regulatory activity. Although the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s or the Agency’s) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) has been very active throughout 2016, it...more

CMS Releases the 2017 IPPS and LTCH PPS Final Rule, Including MOON Requirements

On August 2, 2016, CMS issued its final rule addressing new payment rates and policies under both the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System...more

Another Blow to Medicare “Self-Disallowance” Rule

You can tell by its name that you won’t like the Medicare “self-disallowance” rule. The federal district court for D.C. didn’t like it, either, and gave a group of Banner Health hospitals summary judgment that the rule was...more

SNF and IRF Proposed Changes for FY 2017

On August 5th, CMS published final rules updating the Medicare payment rates for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) for FY 2017. The rules, both of which go into effect on October...more

CMS Proposes Clarification of Treatment of Third Party Payments in Calculating Uncompensated Care Costs under Medicaid DSH...

CMS has proposed regulatory changes to specify that the hospital-specific limitation on Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments is based on uncompensated care costs net of third-party payments received. Under...more

CMS Releases Final Rule Addressing Hospice FY 2017 Wage Index, Payment Rates, and Quality Reporting

On August 5, 2016, CMS released a final rule addressing fiscal year (FY) 2017 updates to the hospice wage index, payment rates, and quality reporting requirements. Of note, the final rule increases hospice payments by 2.1...more

MACRA Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee to Meet September 16

The Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee will meet on September 16, 2016. ...more

Does Digital Health Need Reimbursement?

One of the most talked about topics when it comes to digital health is the reimbursement under various third-party payer programs. Most notably, telemedicine and remote monitoring have received a lot of attention, and the...more

A Favorable, New Climate for Challenging Medicare Appeals

Over the past decade, health care providers seeking to challenge Medicare claim denials have faced increasing delays in reaching what many consider the most important step in the Medicare appeals process - a hearing before an...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

OIG Approves Hospice Payments to Nursing Facility for Dual Eligible Patients Under Medicaid Demonstration Project

On July 20, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a favorable Advisory Opinion (16-08) [PDF] regarding payments from a hospice to a nursing facility in which a dual...more

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