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Update: HHS Announces Two Additional Medicare Appeals Settlement Initiatives

by Polsinelli on

On Nov. 3, Health & Human Services (HHS) announced two additional initiatives to address the mounting Medicare appeals backlog at the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) level: (i) expand the Settlement Conference Facilitation...more

DOJ Settles Second 60-Day Overpayment Case, Highlights Broader Reach of the FCA’s Reverse False Claims Provision

by Reed Smith on

A recent False Claims Act (“FCA”) settlement involving an allegedly overpaid Florida medical practice reaffirms the interplay between the 60-Day Overpayment Statute and the FCA, but also highlights the importance for all...more

Now Is the Time to Review Your Medicare Options

Are you happy with your current Medicare plan or plans? Now is the time to think about whether you are in the right plan or whether a new plan could save you money. Medicare's Open Enrollment Period, in which you can enroll...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 Limits Required Participation in Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model; Cancels Episode Payment Models

On August 15, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule that would significantly roll back two of CMS’s mandatory alternative payment models. The Proposed Rule would make continued...more

Blog: OIG Releases August Work Plan Items

by Cooley LLP on

As we recently announced, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is updating its Work Plan monthly rather than its previous twice-yearly publications. The August updates released this week include 4 new Work Plan items:...more

Relief From Medicare's Part B Late-Enrollment Penalty Offered to Some

Medicare is offering relief from penalties for certain Medicare beneficiaries who enrolled in Medicare Part A and had coverage through the individual marketplace. For a short time, these individuals will be able to enroll in...more

D.C. Circuit Decides Part C DSH Issue in Favor of Providers

by King & Spalding on

On July 25, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that HHS violated the terms of the Medicare statute by failing to undertake notice-and-comment rulemaking in implementing its...more

Preventing Overpayments from becoming False Claims

by Dickinson Wright on

Overpayments to healthcare providers receiving Medicare reimbursements are at risk of civil and criminal enforcement action if not attuned to a particular reimbursement rule and diligent in compliance with the rule’s...more

Trump Administration Releases Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal

by Baker Donelson on

On Tuesday, May 23, the White House released the President's fiscal year 2018 (FY18) budget, launching a contentious and consequential debate that is expected to last through the end of the fiscal year and possibly beyond....more

CMS Issues Instructions to Hospitals Regarding the Implementation of Ruling 1498-R2

by Baker Ober Health Law on

In April 2015, CMS issued Ruling 1498-R2 addressing the calculation of the Medicare fraction of the disproportionate share hospital (DSH) adjustment for patient discharges prior to October 1, 2004. CMS has now issued...more

The AHA’s Letter to Santa Claus

The American Hospital Association, after having been “nice” all year, penned its letter to Santa Claus with its wish list for Christmas. Its four page letter (actually addressed to President-Elect Donald Trump at 1717...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

OIG Issues Report on Medicare’s ‘2-Midnight Hospital Rule’

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On December 19, 2016, the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) posted a report examining the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) “2-Midnight Rule.” The OIG concluded that...more

CMS Releases 2017 Medicare Deductible and Coinsurance Amounts

by Reed Smith on

CMS has announced Medicare Part A and B beneficiary cost sharing amounts for 2017. With regard to Part A, the 2017 deductible for hospital inpatient admissions for the first 60 days of care will be $1,316, followed by $329...more

New OIG Investigations to Look at Wide Range of Medicare, Medicaid Services in FY 2017

by Reed Smith on

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued its FY 2017 Work Plan, which lays out the OIG’s current audit, evaluation, and other legal and investigative priorities. The largest number of new initiatives by far target...more

First Circuit Upholds Exclusion of Dual-Eligible Patients That Are Not Entitled to SSI Benefits from Both the DSH Medicaid...

by King & Spalding on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently ruled in favor of HHS, overturning a $17 million district court decision, in a dispute dating back as far as the 1993 fiscal year over whether hospitals may include,...more

Hospital Short-Stay Review Ban Lifted by CMS

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Effective September 12, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) lifted the temporary ban on patient status reviews of hospital short stays for Medicare beneficiaries. Those reviews are currently conducted by...more

Court Upholds CMS's Inclusion of Part C Days in Medicare Fraction of DSH Calculation FYE 2012

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On August 17, 2016, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia upheld the position of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) that Part C patients were to be considered as “entitled to...more

One Year Later: The Yates Memo, False Claims Act and Director & Executive Liability

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On September 19 and 27, 2016, the US Department of Justice announced two False Claims Act settlements that required corporate executives to make substantial monetary payments to resolve their liability. How will director and...more

CMS Lifts Temporary Suspension of Short Stay Reviews

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Effective September 12, 2016, Beneficiary and Family Centered Care (BFCC) Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) resumed their hospital initial patient status reviews. The purpose of these reviews is to determine the...more

The MOON Notification is Coming: CMS Publishes Final Changes

by Baker Ober Health Law on

CMS is moving forward with implementing the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) as announced in its FY 2017 IPPS Final Rule [PDF] on August 2, 2016, and published in the Federal Register on August 22, 2016 (Final...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) acknowledged publicly last week what has been widely suspected on Capitol Hill – his “21st Century Cures” medical innovation legislation will not pass Congress...more

Congressional Health Policy Hearings, Markups Resume After Summer Break

by Reed Smith on

Congress has returned from recess, and health care policy continues to be on the agenda. The following health-related hearings and markups were held this week: ..The House Ways and Means Committee approved H.R. 5942, a...more

Congress is Back in Session – So What Now for Healthcare?

by BakerHostetler on

With Congress reconvening after a seven-week summer recess, we wanted to provide you with a quick topline of key healthcare issues lawmakers are expected to consider this week. Zika Funding - The Senate voted...more

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