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District Court Says CMS’s 0.2 Percent IPPS Rate Cut Violated APA

On September 21, 2015, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) failed to provide a meaningful opportunity to comment on...more

CMS Releases Proposed Rule Reforming Medicare CLFS Payment Rates

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a proposed rule [CMS-1621-P] in accordance with Section 216 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (“PAMA”), which establishes a new payment methodology...more

“Two-Midnight” Rule Needs Tweaking, Says Federal Judge

A Federal Judge found that the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) failed to comply with the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) when it cut hospital inpatient payments by 0.2% as part of its “two-midnight” rule. ...more

Drug and Device Companies May Soon Face Less Burdensome FDA Approval Process

On July 10, 2015, Congress passed H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, with a bipartisan vote of 344 to 77. The 352-page bill seeks to make the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) drug and device approval process less...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: FDA Begins Device User Fee Talks with Patients and Consumers Sept. 15... CMS Extends Partial Enforcement Delay of Two-Midnight Policy Through 2015... Alaska Legislature Sues Governor Over Medicaid Expansion....more

House Easily Passes 21st Century Cures Legislation, Includes Significant FDA Reforms

On July 10, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed with an overwhelming majority (344-77), the 21st Century Cures bill (H.R. 6), a high-profile bipartisan bill intended to speed up and improve the process for...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Leading Up to the SCOTUS King v. Burwell Decision... House Votes to Repeal the Medical Device Tax... CMS Announces It Will Bolster Transitional Reinsurance Payments... MedPAC Releases June Report to Congress....more

Largest Criminal Health Care Fraud Takedown – 243 Charged and $712 Million in False Billings

On June 18, 2015, HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell and DOJ Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced nationwide arrests in Medicare fraud schemes amounting to approximately $712 million in false billings. Attorney General...more

Partial Victory for Hospitals in Medicare Outlier Challenge

In a decision issued May 19, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit handed hospitals a partial victory in their challenge to their Medicare outlier payments for 2004. District Hospital...more

Healthcare Fraud Initiatives in 2015

In order to predict what 2015 will look like in the war against health care fraud, it is necessary to quickly review what happened in 2014. In 2014, the government’s health care fraud prevention and enforcement efforts...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Congress Agrees on Budget Framework... FDA Launches Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID)... POTUS Nominates DeSalvo to Serve as Assistant Secretary for Health....more

Supreme Court Says Private Health Care Providers Cannot Sue to Force State of Idaho to Raise Its Medicaid Reimbursement Rates

In Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center, Inc., Case No. 14-15, issued March 31, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled that a group of private health care providers could not sue officials in Idaho’s Department of...more

HHS Secretary Burwell Testifies in House Appropriations Hearing Regarding Medicare Appeals Backlog

On February 25, 2015, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell testified in a budget hearing before the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, about the Obama...more

Source: [New Mexico] Human Services Secretary Squier Resigns!

“Gov. Susana Martinez’s controversial Human Services Department Secretary Sidonie Squier resigned on Thursday, sources inside the department confirmed,” according to the Santa Fe New Mexican....more

A (Second) Lawsuit Seeks to Compel Statutory Timeframe for Administrative Law Judge Review of Medicare Claims Appeals

On August 26th, the Center for Medicare Advocacy filed a nationwide class action lawsuit against the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The complaint alleges that, as implemented, the Medicare administrative review...more

D.C. Circuit Overturns PRRB’s Decision that Only Newly Built Hospitals Can Qualify for Favorable Capital Reimbursement Rates

In Select Specialty Hospital – Bloomington, Inc. v. Burwell, No. 15-5355 (D.C. Cir., Jul. 8, 2014), a group of long-term care hospitals (LTCHs) successfully challenged the Secretary’s determination that they were not “new...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - June 2014

Secretary Burwell continues to settle in to her new position as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), this week making a number of management changes at the department; CMS released the long awaited proposed rule...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - May 2014

Congress held several hearings last week ranging from Sylvia Burwell’s nomination for Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to Medicare payment oversight, to post-acute care in Medicare. The Centers...more

News from the Health Law Gurus™: May 2014

News from the Health Law Gurus™ is a weekly summary of notable health law news from around the country with helpful links to related content. ...more

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