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Top Takeaways for Medicare Physician and Hospital Payments in 2018

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Nov. 1, 2017, released the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and the Medicare Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System Final Rule for...more

CMS Call Shapes Definition of “Primarily Engaged” in Providing Inpatient Care, Necessary for Hospital Participation in Medicare

by King & Spalding on

On November 2, 2017, CMS hosted a Medicare Learning Network (MLN) call to provide guidance regarding the statutory requirement that a hospital must be “primarily engaged” in providing care to inpatients to qualify for...more

CMS Releases 2018 OPPS/ASC Payment Systems Final Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the 2018 Medicare: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs Final Rule with comment...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 Extends Deadline for Providers to Submit an Initial or Revised Worksheet S-10 for FYs 2014 and 2015 until January 2, 2018

by King & Spalding on

Following a second update in less than a year to the instructions for completing Worksheet S-10, CMS has now also provided a further extension for providers to file an initial or revised Worksheet S-10, which is used by...more

Federal District Court Rebukes CMS for Seeking to Remand Case in Which Providers Did Not Protest Unallowable Items on Their Cost...

by King & Spalding on

Last week, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia denied CMS’s request to remand to the Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB) the claims of several hospitals who sought expedited judicial review...more

Learn What is New Regarding the Medicare Hospital “Primarily Engaged” Requirement (Nov. 2)

by Reed Smith on

CMS is hosting an educational call November 2, 2017 on new State Operations Manual guidance that discusses the Medicare definition of a hospital, including the requirement for hospitals to be primarily engaged in providing...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

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same – CMS’ Guidance on Co-Located Hospitals and the Removal of Certain Hospital...

by Polsinelli on

With recent changes to the Hospital within Hospital (“HwH”) rules, is it easier to meet the HwH standards? Likely, not. HwHs are hospitals excluded from the inpatient prospective payment system (“IPPS”), such as psychiatric,...more

CMS Clarifies Streamlined Submission to Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol for Physician Organizations

by Baker Ober Health Law on

In an apparent effort to reduce redundancy, CMS issued an FAQ clarifying a simplified process for submissions to the CMS Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (SRDP) involving financial relationships with physicians who...more

CMS Requests Industry Feedback on "New Direction" for the Innovation Center

by Baker Ober Health Law on

CMS is seeking comments through a Request for Information (RFI) on a "new direction" for the CMS Innovation Center. The RFI includes focus areas identified by CMS, but the RFI welcomes all stakeholder input on "additional...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

Will CMS Consider Your Institution to Be a Hospital? Guidance on the "Primarily Engaged In" Standard

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Recent guidance from CMS suggests that some hospitals, and particularly specialty hospitals that provide mostly outpatient care, may soon find themselves the focus of surveyors' scrutiny. In early September, CMS issued...more

OIG Finds Acute Care Hospitals Improperly Billed for Outpatient Services Provided to Inpatients of Other Hospitals

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Acute care hospitals that provide Medicare outpatient services to inpatients of other hospitals should be billing and collecting payment from the other inpatient hospitals and not from Medicare....more

CMS Memorandum Requires Legionella Risk Reduction in Healthcare Facilities

by Holland & Knight LLP on

According to a recent review of Legionnaires' disease outbreaks, 34 percent were associated with long-term care facilities and hospitals. Patients at risk of contracting Legionnaires' disease include smokers, those with...more

CMS Corrects Final FY 2018 IPPS, LTCH, and SNF Payment Rules

by Reed Smith on

CMS has released corrections to two major fiscal year (FY) 2018 Medicare payment rules. First, CMS has made numerous technical corrections to the FY 2018 inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS) and long term care...more

CMS issues new guidance on interim rates for new teaching hospitals

by Dentons on

Prompted by confusion among Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) regarding how to initiate payments to new teaching hospitals, CMS issued on September 22, 2017, a One-Time Notification, Transmittal 1923, "Calculating...more

CMS Issues New Instructions for Completing Worksheet S-10 and Extends Deadline for Providers to Submit Updated Data for FYs 2014...

by King & Spalding on

For the second time in less than one year, CMS has updated its instructions for completing Worksheet S-10 of the Medicare cost report for hospitals. The new instructions expand the definition of charity care, as reported in...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

CMS Extends Reporting Exceptions to Providers Impacted by Hurricane Irma

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On September 18, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a memorandum updating the Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs exceptions CMS is extending to certain healthcare...more

Hospital Medicare Certification at Risk? CMS Clarifies Inpatient Volume Expectations

by Polsinelli on

Hospitals with dangerously low inpatient volume and micro hospitals focused primarily on the delivery of outpatient and/or emergency room services instead of inpatient services beware: CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid...more

CMS Announces Revisions to State Operations Manual for Hospitals “Primarily Engaged” in Providing Care to Inpatients

by King & Spalding on

On September 6, 2017, CMS’s Center for Clinical Standards and Quality/Survey & Certification Group announced revisions to Appendix A of the State Operations Manual (SOM), which governs hospital surveys. The revisions are...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

What Exactly Is a Hospital, Anyway? CMS Issues Guidance on “Primarily Engaged” Medicare Certification Requirement

The rules that govern participation in the Medicare program are notoriously voluminous and complex. Indeed, courts have described them as akin to a “[body of] law written by James Joyce and edited by E.E. Cummings” and “among...more

When Is a Hospital Not a Hospital? New Guidance Sheds (Some) Light on the Definition

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released guidance on September 6, 2017, intended to clarify the definition of “hospital.” The guidance provides factors that may be considered to determine whether a hospital is...more

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