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Window on Washington - Vol. 1, Issue 35

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Ryan Hints at Short-Term Spending Bill: Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday said Republicans might need a short-term spending bill to prevent a government shutdown on December 9. Ryan said the House GOP's goal is to pass a...more

ACA Risk Corridors Update: Trump Administration Releases 2016 Amounts, Paving the Way for Litigation Over Amounts Owed

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On November 13, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its Risk Corridors payment and charge amounts for the 2016 benefit year. This event is significant in that it both acknowledges and quantifies...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

The year-end schedules of the Senate HELP and Finance committees just became more clogged, as the two panels will lead the review of President Trump’s nominee to be Health & Human Services (HHS) secretary. Trump announced...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 1, Issue 34

by Clark Hill PLC on

Short-term Continuing Resolution Likely Needed to Fund Government Past December Deadline: Republicans are focused on tax reform through Thanksgiving, and when lawmakers return from the upcoming holiday recess, they will have...more

CMS Finalizes Reimbursement Cuts for 340B Hospitals

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In a striking blow to 340B hospitals, the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) rule adopting its...more

Hospitals Will Need Psychiatrists And Mental Health Professionals To Satisfy EMTALA

by Cozen O'Connor on

Hospitals that have emergency departments should call upon their “available resources” to screen and stabilize patients with mental health emergencies as required by the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (“EMTALA”)...more

CMS Cuts Payments for Most 340B Drugs

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On November 1, 2017, the US Department of Health and Human Services released a Final Rule implementing a payment reduction for most covered outpatient drugs billed to Medicare by 340B-participating hospitals from the current...more

CMS Updates the Medicare Program Integrity Manual Provisions Addressing ALJ Hearings

by King & Spalding on

On October 13, 2017, HHS issued a transmittal change request to update Section 3.9 of the Medicare Program Integrity Manual (MPIM), stating that only one entity (CMS or a CMS contractor) may attend an ALJ hearing as a party,...more

Congressional Hearing on HHS’s Emergency Preparedness for and Response to 2017 Hurricane Season

by King & Spalding on

On October 24, 2017, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing to examine HHS public health preparedness for and response to the 2017 hurricane season. The hearing addressed...more

Health Care E-Note - October 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Health care providers are constantly receiving requests for copies of patient medical records. Some requests come by way of the patient exercising his/her right to access his/her medical records, some come by way of patient...more

2017 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List (Part 1) Health & Welfare

by Snell & Wilmer on

As 2017 comes to an end, we are pleased to present our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year, we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in four separate Employee Benefits Updates. This Part 1 will cover...more

OIG Finds Continued Procedural Errors in Hospital Outlier Payment Reconciliations

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released a report concluding that there are vulnerabilities in the process of reconciling Medicare hospital outlier payments....more

Manatt on Health: October 2017

Massachusetts Waiver Amendment Requests Partial Expansion and Closed Formulary - On September 8, 2017, Massachusetts submitted a waiver amendment request to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to modify its...more

Trump Administration Shelves Additional Obama Medicare/Health Plan Proposals

by Reed Smith on

The Trump Administration has formally withdrawn a number of pending Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposals that never reached the final rule stage. This includes: a controversial Part Medicare B drug payment...more

Window On Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Issue 29

by Clark Hill PLC on

Hurricane Supplemental Includes $29B for Disaster Aid and Flood Insurance: Of the $29B, the National Flood Insurance Program will receive $16B to pay flood claims. The House plans to pass the bill next week and the Senate the...more

Trump Administration Seeks Stakeholder Input on New Direction

by K&L Gates LLP on

On September 20, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released an informal request for information (“RFI”) seeking stakeholder feedback on the future direction of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

With congressional Republicans’ efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on hold at least for now, the bipartisan leaders of the Senate HELP Committee are seeking to rekindle their work to shore up the health law’s...more

In Targeting Outlier Payment Reconciliation, OIG Calls for an Aggressive Reading of CMS Reopening Regulations

by King & Spalding on

The HHS OIG recently published a report detailing CMS’s and Medicare Administrative Contractor’s (“MACs’”) ongoing issues in the outlier payment reconciliation process. A previous 2012 review identified 465 cost reports that...more

OIG Work Plan – September 2017 Update

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Beginning in June 2017, the OIG began making monthly Work Plan updates. These monthly updates create some practical challenges for health care providers and compliance professionals trying to make operational and compliance...more

CMS Provides Waivers in States Affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

by McGuireWoods LLP on

September 20, 2017 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently modified and waived certain Medicare enrollment and billing requirements to ensure the availability of adequate medical care for Medicare...more

OIG Study Finds States Are Not Using Medicaid Payment Suspensions

by King & Spalding on

A recent HHS OIG review of 2014 data on fraud allegations found that significant challenges were limiting the States’ use of payment suspensions, even in the face of what CMS determined were credible allegations of provider...more

What Hospitals Need to Know About the Natural Disaster Exception to Stark Law

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Hospitals operating in regions affected by the recent hurricanes and other natural disasters may be able to obtain temporary regulatory relief. During times of disasters and emergencies, CMS can provide some flexibility...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

Republican senators pushing a last-ditch effort to overhaul the Affordable Care Act (ACA) say they are within one vote of having the support needed to pass their bill. Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)...more

Inspector General Audit Could Impact Skilled Nursing Facilities

by Ruder Ware on

Skilled nursing facilities (SNF) may see even more scrutiny from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) because of a recent audit conducted by the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and...more

Hurricane Recovery Client Alert: Regulatory Relief for Healthcare Providers in Disaster Areas

by Morgan Lewis on

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have led to the declaration of a public health emergency in various affected areas across the country. As healthcare providers continue to provide essential disaster response operations, CMS and HHS...more

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