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CMS Offers Expanded Settlement Options to Reduce Appeals Backlog

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In January 2018, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced additional information regarding a new Low Volume Appeals (LVA) settlement option and an expanded Settlement Conference Facilitation (SCF) as part of...more

Moving? Selling? Don't Forget to Report Your CHOW to Medicare

by Baker Ober Health Law on

In a recent edition of MLN Connects, CMS reminded health care providers and suppliers of their obligation to report changes in ownership as part of their conditions of participation under Medicare....more

What happens to Medicare GME funding when a residency program closes?

by Dentons on

Medical residency training programs close for a variety of reasons. Some face accreditation challenges, or fall victim to a natural or other disaster. Some programs close for financial reasons, or because the hospital that...more

Fifth Circuit Says Federal Court has Jurisdiction to Grant Injunction Against Recoupment of Alleged Overpayment until ALJ Hearing

by King & Spalding on

A March 27, 2018 decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Family Rehabilitation Incorporated v. Azar, II, No. 17-11337 (“Family Rehab”), potentially paves the way for Medicare providers to seek...more

OIG February 2018 Work Plan Update

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The OIG added three items to its Work Plan with the February 2018 update, as listed in the chart below. Two of the items concern annual reports, one addressing the performance of Medicaid Fraud Control Units and the other...more

DOJ Issues New Memo Limiting Use of Agency Guidance Documents in Civil Enforcement Cases: What It Means for Health Care...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On January 25, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a memorandum limiting the use of agency guidance documents in affirmative civil enforcement (ACE) cases. Stating that “[g]uidance documents cannot create...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds CMS’s Outlier Reconciliation Process Finding Notice and Comment Rulemaking Was Not Required

by King & Spalding on

On December 26, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overturned a summary judgment decision of the District Court and held that the provisions of the 2010 Medicare Claims Processing...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

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 Expanding The "Targeted Probe And Educate" Audits Nationally This Fall

by Roetzel & Andress on

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced recently that it will be expanding its medical claims review program to cover the entire country by the end of this year. The expanded program, titled “Targeted...more

CMS To Expand Use of TPE Audits Nationwide by End of 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Perhaps lost amid the healthcare news coverage of competing proposals regarding “Medicare for All” and the repeal of Obamacare, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) last month announced the expansion of its...more

Targeted Probe and Educate – CMS Changes Its Approach to Auditing

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Medicare providers and suppliers will now be subject to Targeted Probe and Educate (TP&E) audits beginning this fall. These TP&E audits will focus on limited audits of individual providers and provider education. This new...more

CMS Implements Uniform Provider-Based Checklist

by Baker Ober Health Law on

CMS recently instructed its Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to use CMS's electronic provider-based (PB) checklist. In a One-Time Notification, CMS advised that it had been receiving different PB checklists from its...more

The OIG 2017 Work Plan Includes Focus on Hospitals - Corridors Newsletter April 2017

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued its Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2017. The annual Work Plan provides a summary of new, revised, and continuing reviews for DHHS...more

Upcoming Cost Report Filings for FYE 12/31/2016 Subject to More Stringent Rules Prohibiting Payment of Items that Are not Claimed...

by King & Spalding on

The CY 2016 OPPS Final Rule, issued on October 30, 2015, instituted new cost reporting rules prohibiting MACs from paying items that a provider has not claimed or protested on its as-filed cost report. Importantly, these...more

D.C. District Court Upholds CMS’s Predicate Fact Three-Year Reopening Limitation

by King & Spalding on

On March 10, 2017, Judge John Bates of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia upheld CMS’s three-year cost report reopening limitation, as applied to “predicate fact” determinations. The regulation at issue is...more

It Ain't Over 'Till It's Over – First Circuit Rejects Settlement Agreements Between Providers and Intermediary and Upholds Cost...

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On October 27, 2016, a three-judge panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit issued an opinion concluding that a Medicare fiscal intermediary (Intermediary) does not have the authority to enter into a...more

D.C. District Court Strikes Down PRRB's Application of "Self-Disallowance" Jurisdictional

by Baker Ober Health Law on

In Banner Heart Hospital, et al. v. Burwell, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (Court) held on August 19, 2016, that the Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB) incorrectly declined to hear an...more

D.C. District Ct Applies Prohibition on Administrative and Judicial Review to IRF PPS Rates

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On July 25, 2016, Judge John D. Bates of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a memorandum opinion broadly construing 42 U.S.C. § 1395ww(j) to prohibit administrative or judicial review of a...more

D.C. District Court Invalidates CMS’s “Protest” Requirement

by King & Spalding on

On August 19, 2016, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted a group of hospitals’ motion for summary judgment against HHS in a challenge of the Provider Reimbursement Review Board’s (PRRB) denial...more

A Favorable, New Climate for Challenging Medicare Appeals

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Over the past decade, health care providers seeking to challenge Medicare claim denials have faced increasing delays in reaching what many consider the most important step in the Medicare appeals process - a hearing before an...more

Bill to Make Local Coverage Determinations More Transparent Introduced in House

by King & Spalding on

On July 11, 2016, Reps. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.) and Ron Kind (D-Wis.) introduced the Local Coverage Determination Clarification Act (H.R. 5721), with the goal of modifying the LCD process performed by Medicare Administrative...more

CMS Revises Enrollment-Related Provisions in the Medicare Program Integrity Manual

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made changes to important written guidance to Medicare providers by issuing a Change Request on June 24, 2016, to Chapter 15 of its Program Integrity Manual (titled “Medicare...more

Summary: PAMA Final Rule

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Market Based Payment for Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests - Summary - On June 17, 2016 the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the long awaited Medicare Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests...more

CMS Limits MAC and QIC Scope of Review

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and Qualified Independent Contractors (QICs) should not expand redeterminations and reconsiderations of claims denied on the basis of complex pre–or post–pay payments or automated...more

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