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The United States Department of Health and Human Services is a federal executive department established in 1953, as part of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The Agency became independent in 1980 and was renamed The Department of Health and Human Services at that time. HHS is charged with protecting and improving the health of the American population, as well as providing essential services.    less -

Legislation, Lawsuit Cloud Future of 340B Program Payment Rate Reductions

by Jones Day on

The Situation: A Final Rule published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services carries a provision that reduces reimbursement for most 340B Program drugs dispensed by disproportionate share hospitals and rural referral...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

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

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

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

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

Healthcare Law Update: September 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

OIG Advisory Opinions - Manufacturer's Free Replacement of Spoiled Pharmaceutical Products Authorized - On Aug. 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG)...more

OIG Issues Stark Warning to Skilled Nursing Facilities: Potential Abuse or Neglect of Residents Receiving Emergency Room Services...

On August 24, 2017, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) of the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued an “Early Alert” that disclosed the preliminary results of its ongoing review of abuse of Medicare...more

Telehealth Remains a Top Priority for Advancing Quality Health Care

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Even with the prospect of Obamacare repeal and replace on the backburner for now, the federal government continues to focus on health care. Following August recess, Congress will have less than four weeks to work through...more

Witnesses at Congressional Hearing on 340B Urge Congress To Give HRSA Broader Regulatory Authority

On July 18, 2017, just days after CMS went public with its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B reimbursement to certain 340B covered entities, Congress held its first hearing on 340B Program Oversight since March 2015. A...more

Six Questions and Answers About CMS’ Recommended Changes to 340B Medicare Reimbursement

In March, I posted about the Uncertain Future of the 340B Drug Discount Program.  When opining about What Could Happen Next I speculated about possible changes to government reimbursement for 340B drugs “so that government...more

"Meaningfully Useful" Risk Mitigation Strategies for Providers Following the eClinicalWorks Settlement

by Jones Day on

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act ("HITECH Act") established financial incentives under Medicare and Medicaid for eligible health care providers that adopt, implement, and demonstrate use...more

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Reporting Requirements for Updating Your CMS Provider Enrollment

by BakerHostetler on

With the possibility of significant penalties for improperly reported transactions, it is important to understand how certain changes necessitate specific reporting. Is your organization considering a stock transfer, a...more

OIG Faults CMS for its Medicare and Medicaid Improper Payment Rates

by King & Spalding on

Under the Improper Payments Information Act of 2002, as amended, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is required to annually report on improper payments and meet certain improvement metrics. In a report...more

The Latest in the Epipen Medicaid Drug Rebate Saga – Where Are We Now?

The latest installment in the ongoing saga over EpiPen Medicaid Drug Rebates came on May 31, 2017, when Senator Charles Grassley issued a press release stating that between 2006-2016 taxpayers may have overpaid for EpiPen by...more

OIG Issues Top 25 Unimplemented Cost-Savings and Quality-Improvement Recommendations for HHS Programs

by Reed Smith on

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released the 2017 edition of its Compendium of Unimplemented Recommendations (“Compendium”). In the Compendium, OIG identifies...more

CMS Gamed System to Identify Hospitals Gaming System?

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

You can’t make this stuff up. When CMS conducted a study to identify hospitals that game the quality data reporting system, it used an approach that made the data reporting look better than it actually was. That bottom line...more

2010’s Health Care Reform Refresher: Revisiting Day-to-Day Provider Obligations that Stem from the Patient Protection and...

President Donald Trump’s action to repeal 2010’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) should not be a surprise. After all, President Trump, along with many other candidates for office, made repeal of the ACA a...more

OIG Report Indicates Areas of Hospice Fraud Vulnerability and Issues a Warning to Hospice Providers

by Ruder Ware on

The HHS Office of Inspector General recently released a report indicating deficiencies in hospice election statements and physician certification of patient eligibility for hospice care. Medicare hospice care provides help...more

OIG Report Cites Continuing Vulnerabilities Under Medicare’s 2-Midnight Policy

by Reed Smith on

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a report, “Vulnerabilities Remain Under Medicare’s 2-Midnight Hospital Policy,” which assessed changes in hospital...more

Health Law Insights: January Newsletter

by Roetzel & Andress on

ALERT: Health Reform Outlook for 2017: A Year of Major Uncertainty - Fulfilling their promises, Congressional Republicans moved to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the first day of the new Congress when Senate...more

HHS OIG Issues Report on Medicare’s 2-Midnight Rule

by King & Spalding on

On December 19, 2016, the HHS OIG issued a report on Medicare’s 2-midnight rule titled “Vulnerabilities Remain Under Medicare 2-Midnight Hospital Policy.” The report reviews data from 2013 and 2014 and reaches several...more

New Initiatives for the New Year: Highlights of the OIG’s 2017 Work Plan

by Alston & Bird on

On November 10, 2016, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its 2017 Work Plan. The 2017 Work Plan outlines the areas of special concern to the OIG and...more

HHS OIG Issues Report on CMS’s Management of the Quality Payment Program

by King & Spalding on

On December 21, 2016, the HHS OIG posted a report summarizing its early review of CMS’s management of the implementation of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) and related findings (“Report”). The Report concludes that, while...more

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