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CMS Payment Initiatives Target Quality & Care Improvement - The Short Version

Like it or not, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is expanding its strong commitment to focus on quality and care improvement as the basis for payment throughout the continuum of care. The final rule for the...more

CMS Releases Home Health Compare “Patient Experience of Care” Star Ratings

In yet another move emphasizing the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) focus on quality health care, the agency has released the first patient experience of care star ratings on Home Health Compare. ...more

Health Alert (Australia) - January 18, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgments: New South Wales 14 January 2016 - Health Care Complaints Commission v Athour [2016] NSWCATOD 5 The New South Wales...more

CMS Initiatives Target Quality & Care Improvement - Corridors January 2016

Like it or not, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is showing a strong commitment to moving forward with its focus on hospitals’ quality and care improvement as the basis for payment. In November, CMS...more

Corridors - January 2016 - News for North Carolina Hospitals

Final Stark Rule Changes Adopt New Exceptions For Hospitals and Significant Clarifications - In the Medicare Fee Schedule Final Rule with Comment Period for calendar year 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - December 2015 #2

CMS Releases HAC Data for FY 2016, Showing More Payment Reductions – On December 10, 2015, CMS published quality measure scores related to hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) for hospitals participating in the HAC Reduction...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

GAO Finds Limited Hospital Impact from Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program

According to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, bonuses and penalties triggered by the Medicare Hospital Value-based Purchasing (HVBP) program have had no apparent impact on quality measure performance...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - October 2015 #3

CMS Announces Part D Enhanced Medication Therapy Management Model Demonstration – On September 28, 2015, CMS announced a Part D Enhanced Medication Therapy Management Model (Enhanced MTM Model) that is designed to assess...more

GAO Releases Report on Initial Results of CMS’s Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program

The U.S. Government and Accountability Office (GAO) issued an October 2015 report to congressional committees concluding that the initial results of the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (HVBP) program show “no apparent shift”...more

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

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