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Breaking News: Proposed 340B Omnibus Guidance Released

The Health Resources and Services Administration (“HRSA”) released an advanced copy of its long-awaited proposed 340B Omnibus Guidance (“Guidance”) today. The document can be found here. Polsinelli is currently reviewing the...more

Proposed 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Includes Changes to Stark Regulations

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") recently released the proposed 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (the "Proposed Rule"), which includes a number of proposed revisions to the regulations under the...more

Corridors September 2015 - News for North Carolina Hospitals

This article will provide an outline of some of the most significant points for hospitals to use when confronted with a formal government investigation under the Criminal or Civil False Claims Act. As noted below, you should...more

Health Law Pulse - August 2015

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently issued a favorable advisory opinion (Advisory Opinion) to a nonprofit health system (System) and a nonprofit psychiatric hospital (Center) regarding a proposal whereby the...more

CMS Proposes New Stark Exception: Recruitment of Non-Physician Practitioners

In July 2015, CMS released proposals to provide several new Stark Law exceptions and to clarify issues regarding existing exceptions. Over the next few days, I will post comments on what I consider the most significant new...more

Third Circuit Invalidates HHS’ Medicare Wage Index Reclassification Rule

On July 23, 2015, the Third Circuit invalidated, as being contrary to the Medicare statute, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Medicare wage index “reclassification rule,” 42 C.F.R. § 412.230(a)(5)(iii)....more

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

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