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CMS Issues Proposed Rule Significantly Modifying the Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities Participating in the Medicare and...

On July 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a proposed rule comprehensively updating and extensively revising the requirements for participation for long term care (“LTC”) facilities...more

MedPAC Suggests Streamlining CMS’s Proposed Performance-Based Physician Payment System

On September 8, 2015, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) released its comments to the proposed rule that will begin implementing the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for physician services, in...more

CMS Announces New Value-Based Insurance Design Model for Medicare Advantage

On September 1, 2015, CMS unveiled a new Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design (MA-VBID) model, which will allow Medicare Advantage plans to offer clinically-nuanced benefit packages aimed at improving quality of...more

2014 Medicare ACO Results Released: CMS Asserts Success but Few ACOs Receive Payments

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released, on August 25, 2015, the quality and financial performance results for Medicare Accountable Care Organizations for 2014. CMS touted that Medicare ACOs continued to...more

CMS Schedules Provider Calls on Medicare Quality Programs

CMS is hosting several calls and webcasts in September and October 2015 on various Medicare quality programs, including the following...more

Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model

CMS, through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, announced on September 1, 2015, the introduction of the Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model as part of the Health Plan Innovations...more

The Corporate Practice Prohibition in New York: What We Can Learn From the ADMI Settlement

One of the most frequently asked questions posed to healthcare lawyers is whether State X has a prohibition on the corporate practice of medicine, nursing or other profession, and if so, whether the prohibition is enforced. ...more

CMS Proposes to Revise Payment System for Joint Replacements

On July 9, 2015, CMS released a proposed rule to revise how it pays for joint replacement procedures like hip and knee replacements, also known as lower extremity joint replacements (LEJR). This payment structure, called the...more

Medicare/Medicaid Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities

On July 13, 2015, CMS issued a much-anticipated proposed rule seeking to consolidate the long-term care (LTC) facility participation requirements for the Medicare and Medicaid programs. This major proposal marks the first...more

Health Law Wire: CMS Proposes Major Overhaul of LTC Survey Regulations (7/15)

On July 16, 2015, CMS filed over 400 pages of regulatory comment and proposed revisions to the requirements that Long-Term Care facilities must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. CMS stated that these...more

Proposed 2016 Physician Fee Schedule Would Impact Medicare Shared Savings Program

The proposed Physician Fee Schedule for 2016 [PDF] contains several provisions that are likely to have an impact on the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). These provisions focus in large part on quality measures and the...more

Recent OIG Audits of Home Health and Hospice Surveys May Signal Increased Scrutiny on Worker Qualifications

Recent audits by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) conclude that state survey agencies in a number of states and a leading national accrediting agency serving the home health and...more

CMS Proposes Overhaul of Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care Rules

On May 26, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to overhaul the regulations governing Medicaid managed care and make conforming changes to the rules that...more

CMS Proposes Major Update to Medicaid Managed Care Regulations

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released, on May 26, 2015, the a far-ranging proposal for revising the Medicaid managed care regulations (“Proposed Rule”). The number of individuals enrolled in Medicaid...more

What Makes A Five Star Hospital?

The Affordable Care Act includes many provisions aimed at improving the quality of care provided by different types of health care professionals and providers. Along these lines, the ACA expands the types of facilities and...more

CMS Report Assesses Effectiveness/Impact of Medicare Quality Measures

CMS has released the “2015 National Impact Assessment of Quality Measures Report,” which examines the effectiveness of quality measures used in CMS hospital, ambulatory, and post-acute quality programs. ...more

Medicare Advantage Insurers May See Positive Growth in 2016 Despite CMS’ 0.95% Payment Rate Cut Announcement

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a 0.95 percent decrease in Medicare Advantage payment rates for 2016 in its Advance Notice and Draft Call Letter released on February 20, 2015. Medicare Advantage...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Upcoming Hearing: HHS Sec. Burwell Appearing Before E&C Committee on FY2016 Budget... CMS Issues 2016 Payment and Policy Updates for Medicare Health and Drug Plans... CMS Releases Improved Rating System for Nursing...more

Health Care E-Note - February 2015

In This Issue: - HIPAA Privacy During Emergency Situations - Probationary Medicaid RCOs – How Do Physicians Respond Without Subjecting Themselves to Potential Criminal And Civil Liability? - Big Data...more

Health Law Pulse - February 2015

On January 23, 2015, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) filed a notice of appeal with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (District Court) challenging two rulings in the case of Home Care...more

Healthcare Legal News: Volume 5, Number 1

CMS ANNOUNCES NEW RULES THAT MAKE OWNER DOCTORS LIABLE FOR ALL PRACTICE MEDICARE DEBTS - Even after they leave the Practice. CMS announced its final rules on "Medicare Provider Oversight" on December 3, 2014....more

OIG Questions Potentially Duplicative Hospital Quality Improvement Efforts

The OIG recently issued a report that examined the extent to which Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) duplicate other CMS hospital quality improvement efforts, particularly Hospital Engagement Networks (HENs) and the...more

Quality Over Quantity: The Shift from Fee-for-Service to Value-Based Payment Systems

The United States Department for Health and Human Services (“HHS”) recently announced its intention to tie thirty percent of fee-for-service Medicare payments to alternative and value-based payment models by 2016. HHS hopes...more

HHS Identifies Specific Goals to Move Toward Paying for Quality of Care

On January 26, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new initiative to shift Medicare reimbursements from volume to value using new payment methodologies for physicians and hospitals. Such a...more

New Rule on Medicare Reimbursement for Chronic Care Management Services

In November 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a final regulation with changes intended to ensure Medicare’s payment system “reflect[s] changes in medical practice and the relative value of...more

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