Provider Payments

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New Bundled Payments Are a Go…For Now

CMS issued a final rule on January 3, 2017, implementing three new episode payment models (EPMs) and a Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) incentive payment model under the authority of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation...more

Big Changes and Uncertainty Looming for Off-Campus Provider-Based Departments

Originally posted in Bloomberg BNA’s Medicare Report, 28 MCR 96, 2/3/17. On November 1, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) - Final...more

Governor Kasich Releases $144 Billion State Budget Proposal - What You Need to Know

Yesterday, Governor Kasich released the executive version of the state’s two-year operating budget (Fiscal Years 2018-2019), which includes proposed spending of over $144 billion during the biennium. Similar to his previous...more

The Brave New World of Physician Medicare Payment: MACRA Makes Sweeping Changes

On November 14, 2016, CMS published its final rule implementing the physician payment provisions of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (“MACRA”). The rule became effective January 1, 2017. Data collection from...more

CMS Finalizes Tighter Rules for New Medicaid Managed Care Pass-Through Payments

CMS has finalized without change its proposed rule to block states from adopting or increasing Medicaid managed care “pass-through” payments to hospitals, nursing facilities, and physicians beyond those in place when...more

Healthcare Transactions: Year in Review - January 2017

Healthcare transactional activity continued unabated throughout 2016, continuing a years long trend of sustained growth. This activity is due to a number of factors: innovative technology, pharmaceuticals, and services that...more

Final Rule Implements Quality Payment Program under MACRA

If you are a physician, mid-level provider, or work with those providers, then you have been bombarded with new acronyms for new programs and promises to remove older acronyms from your Medicare vocabulary. Medicare...more

The 21st Century Cures Act

Signed into law by President Obama on December 13, 2016, the 21st Century Cures Act (Act) was overwhelmingly supported in both houses of Congress and comprises a dizzying array of provisions aimed to improve and modernize...more

U.S. District Court for District of Columbia Requires HHS to Eliminate Medicare Appeals Backlog by December 31, 2020

On December 5, 2016, a U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted summary judgment in American Hospital Association, et al., v. Burwell, in favor of the American Hospital Association (AHA) in its quest to reduce...more

21st Century Cures Act Provides Some Welcome Relief

The 21st Century Cures Act (the “Cures Act”) (Pub. L. No. 114-255), which was signed into law by President Obama on December 13, 2016, includes a number of important health care provisions, and several address the...more

OIG Still Rejects Lab's Free Labeling Services for Dialysis Facilities in Advisory Opinion No. 16-12

8 Years and New Reimbursement Methodology Later - On November 28, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued an unfavorable advisory opinion, No. 16-12, regarding a...more

CMS Final Rule and 21st Century Cures Act Include Good and Bad News for Provider-Based Sites

CMS recently published its final outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) rule, which includes its new policies governing payment related to services furnished at off-campus provider-based departments (OPBDs). 81 Fed....more

2016 Health Care Year in Review

Since I began writing this year-end review in 2013, there have been some common themes – a shift to pay for quality and away from fee-for service, much of which has been brought about by the Affordable Care Act (ACA): efforts...more

New POS Code for Telehealth Distant Site Providers

A new Place of Services or POS code for Telehealth services (POS 02) will go into effect on January 1, 2017. The descriptor for the code, which is for use by the physician or other clinician furnishing telehealth services...more

10 Things You Need to Know About Health Care Bankruptcies in 2017

The coming year will likely continue to be a tumultuous year for health care providers, suppliers, and payers, as they adapt to meet new challenges and market forces, particularly in light of the open questions as to the...more

CMS Releases the 2016 OPPS Final Rule

On November 1, 2016, CMS published its final policy changes, quality provisions, and payment rates for 2017, as they relate to the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center...more

CMS Issues CY 2017 ESRD Final Rule

On October 28, 2016, CMS issued the final rule updating the payment policies and rates under the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for renal dialysis services beginning in CY 2017. The rule also...more

OPPS Final Rule Finalizes Limits for Off Campus Departments

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the long-awaited implementation of the “site-neutrality” provisions of the H.R. 1314 Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BiBA Section 603) on November 1, 2016. The Final Rule...more

CMS Finalizes Changes to the Future of Physician Reimbursement with the Quality Payment Program

CMS released the Final Rule with comment period delineating a portion of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) known as the Quality Payment Program (QPP) on October 14, 2016, with the official...more

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

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