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House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee Hosts Hearing on Hospital Payment Issues

On July 22, 2015, the U.S. House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee heard testimony from Mark Miller, Ph.D., executive director of Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). Dr. Miller’s testimony highlighted recent trends...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: CMS Releases Guidance on Fast Track Process for 1115 Waivers for Medicaid and CHIP... Healthcare.gov CEO Sends Letter to State Insurance Commissioners Concerning 2016 Premium Decisions... Medicare Board of Trustees...more

The Implications of CMS' Proposed Stark Law Regulations

On July 8, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released proposed regulations “to reduce burden and to facilitate compliance” under the physician self-referral law known as the Stark Law. See 80 Fed....more

CMS Proposes Stark Law Amendments, Requests Comments on Whether Stark Law Is Barrier to Health Care Reform

On July 8, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend its regulations implementing and interpreting the Stark Law (the Proposed Rule). 80 Fed. Reg. 41,686,...more

Proposed Rule Aims to Refine Stark Regulations and Clarify “Incident To”

On July 15, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the calendar year (CY) 2016 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule. In addition to updating several traditional Part B payment policies, the...more

Potential Stark Changes Ahead

On July 15, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published proposed regulations governing policies and payments made under the Physician Fee Schedule for calendar year 2016 (the “Proposed Rule”). In...more

Stark Regulations: Proposed Physician-owned Hospitals Provisions

In the proposed Physician Fee Schedule for 2016 [PDF], CMS recommends amending several requirements related to the physician-owned hospital and rural provider exceptions to the Stark law. As discussed more fully below, CMS...more

Stark Regulations: Proposed Physician Recruitment Provisions

Assistance to Employ a Non-Physician Practitioner (NPP) - Currently under the Stark law, the physician recruitment exception (42 C.F.R. § 411.357(e)) permits hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and...more

CMS Publishes New Proposed Stark Law Rule: Top Ten Stark Law Takeaways from the Calendar Year 2016 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed...

On July 15, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published the Calendar Year 2016 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule (“Proposed Rule”). The Proposed Rule includes several clarifications and proposed...more

CMS Issues CY 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

On July 8, 2015, CMS issued its annual proposed rule outlining payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) for CY 2016. In the proposed rule,...more

July Congressional Committee Hearings on Health Policy Issues

Congressional committees continue to hold hearings on various health policy topics, including the following: ..A Senate Finance Committee hearing today focused on “Reviewing HealthCare.gov Controls.” ..The House...more

Congress Wows With Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2015, But Will It Succeed?

Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) and co-sponsors Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS), Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) announced, on July 7, 2015, the introduction of the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2015,...more

Breaking News: Top 10 Ways the Proposed Rule Impacts Stark Law

With surprisingly little fanfare, the CY 2016 Physician Fee Schedule (the "Proposed Rule") released on July 8, 2015 proposes to add and amend several exceptions to the Physician Self-Referral Statute, commonly known as the...more

Beneficiary Assignment Under the MSSP Final Rule

This is the fourth post in Health Care Law Today’s series on the final rule. This post addresses how CMS assigns beneficiaries to an ACO participating in the MSSP. In the MSSP ACO Final Rule, CMS finalized new...more

CMS Releases 2016 Physician Fee Schedule

Major changes to Stark law are ahead, including new exceptions for timeshare arrangements and employment of NPPs. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule on July 8 for the 2016...more

Senate Finance Committee to Vote on Bipartisan Health Bills

On June 24, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to vote on the following bipartisan health policy bills, described by Chairman Hatch as “common sense legislation that will improve the healthcare system for...more

The Importance of HPSA and MUA Designation

Rural communities in Kentucky are still largely underserved by health care providers. With the expanded range of Medicaid and Medicare services now available as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act...more

Three Factors Affecting the Mid-Level Practitioner Workforce, Part Two

In the last post, the subjects of collaborative agreements and autonomy were discussed in relation to how they affect mid-level practitioners. Today’s post now turns to how HRSA designation and limited services clinics will...more

Three Factors Affecting the Mid-Level Practitioner Workforce, Part One

As more Kentuckians gain access to health care as a result of the Affordable Care Act, healthcare workforce shortages for primary care providers becomes problematic particularly in rural Kentucky. Never before have mid-level...more

Florida, No Grants For You!

In November 2014, the federal government’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) program awarded over $10 million in grants to support telemedicine and rural health research. The list of 65 DLT grant recipients included...more

Telemedicine and Mobile Health Innovations Amid Increasing Regulatory Oversight

The growing mobile health market is rapidly transforming health care delivery. More than 80 percent of physicians use mobile technology to provide patient care, and more than 25 percent of commercially insured patients use...more

CMS Proposal to Adopt New OMB Delineations May Affect Medicare Reimbursement, GME Payments, and Regulatory Compliance

On April 30, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued proposed rules for the Fiscal Year 2015 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System, in which CMS announced several updates, including...more

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Releases Updated List of Rural Counties and Census Tracts

The federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) recently released its updated list of counties and census tracts that are designated as “rural” based on 2010 U.S. Census data and the Rural Urban Commuting Area Code (RUCA)...more

CMS Proposes Enhanced Role for Non-Physician Practitioners in Rural Health Clinics

Recognizing the difficulty many rural health clinics (RHCs) face when recruiting health care practitioners, CMS recently proposed to change its interpretation of the Rural Health Clinic Services Act and allow RHCs to contract...more

Health Care E-Note - September 19, 2013

In This Issue: - Many States Want More Oversight of Health Insurance Navigators - Insurers, Hospitals Argue Over Who Pays When Enrollees Default - ACA Increases Scrutiny of Doctors' Gifts, Payments - States...more

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