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New OIG Project Expands Telemedicine Audits to State Medicaid Programs

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Following on the heels of its plans to review Medicare payments for telehealth services, the federal Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) just announced a new project to review...more

CMS Finalizes Medicare Clinical Lab Fee Schedule for 2018

by Reed Smith on

CMS has issued final 2018 Medicare clinical laboratory fee schedule (CLFS) rates, which are based on private payer data as mandated by the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA). A companion document explains...more

CMS Releases 2018 HCPCS Update

by Reed Smith on

The 2018 update to the alphanumeric Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) files is now available on the CMS website. The files include the Level II alphanumeric HCPCS procedure and modifier codes, their long and...more

CMS Releases CY 2019 Proposed Rule for Medicare Advantage and Part D

Last Thursday, November 17, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed contract year 2019 Medicare Advantage and Part D regulations. The proposed rule is scheduled to be published in the...more

Hospitals & Physician Organizations Summary Report - November 2017

by Benesch on

Uncertainty and pressures continue to mount for healthcare providers, creating a new operating environment – Uncertainty around Medicaid and other programs, the shift to value-based care, margin pressures, the need to search...more

CMS Releases Broad-Ranging Medicare Advantage and Part D Proposed Rule

by McDermott Will & Emery on

CMS released a broad-ranging proposed rule for the Medicare Advantage and Part D Programs on Thursday, November 16, 2017. The proposed rule addresses a broad and diverse range of MA and Part D regulatory requirements,...more

New Home Health Rules Effective in January 2018—Some Traps for the Unwary

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued new Conditions of Participation (CoP) for home health agencies (HHA) that are effective January 13, 2018. The CoP were originally scheduled to take effect on...more

CMS Updates End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On Nov. 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule that updates payment policies and rates under the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for renal dialysis...more

The 340B Drug Pricing Program: New CMS Final Rule Draws a Motion for Preliminary Injunction from Hospital Groups

On November 13, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final rule, “Medicare Program: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting...more

CMS Releases Final 2018 Medicare Payment Regulations

by Baker Donelson on

On November 1 and 2, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final 2018 Medicare Payment Regulations for the Physician Fee Schedule, Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory...more

MACRA Final Rule Continues Gradual Transition and Provider Flexibility for 2018

by Baker Donelson on

On November 2, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule implementing policies for Year 2 (2018) of the Quality Payment Program established under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization...more

House Ways and Means Committee Announces Bipartisan Medicare Extenders Package

by Baker Donelson on

On November 15, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) announced a bipartisan agreement on Medicare "extenders," Medicare programs and payment policies that have...more

Skilled Nursing Facilities Targeted in Government Enforcement Actions and Qui Tam Lawsuits

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) have been the subject of multiple high-profile False Claims Act settlements in recent years, and new pronouncements and pending enforcement actions suggest that SNFs will continue to face...more

Unreliable Expert Collapses DOJ-Led False Claims Act Case

by Holland & Knight LLP on

False Claims Act cases often turn into battles of the experts. But only rarely does that battle turn into a rout. It did last week in a case out of the Eastern District of Virginia, United States ex rel. Ribik v. HCR...more

The Case of the Bashful Whistleblower

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

William Nash filed a whistleblower case against his former employer but wanted to remain anonymous so that his new employer wouldn’t know that he is—you guessed it–a whistleblower. William’s qui tam action alleged Medicaid...more

CMS Finalizes Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Update for 2018

by Reed Smith on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published its final Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) rule for CY 2018. In addition to updating rates for 2018, the rule includes important policy changes, including...more

CMS Finalizes Medicare OPPS, ASC Rates and Policies for CY 2018

by Reed Smith on

CMS has published a final rule updating Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System rates and policies for calendar year (CY) 2018. In addition to rate...more

CMS Releases Final OPPS Rule: Removes Total Knee Replacements from IOP List; Adds Three New ASC Eligible Procedures

On November 6, 2017, CMS published its final rule for the 2018 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS). The changes will go into effect January 1, 2018. Among other changes, the rule will allow Medicare payment for...more

Blog: OIG Releases November Work Plan Items; Focus on Opioid Prescribing and Telemedicine

by Cooley LLP on

As we announced earlier this year, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is updating its Work Plan monthly rather than its previous twice-yearly publications. The November updates include 4 new Work Plan items: - 1....more

“We’re Listening” – CMS Issues Final Rule For Year 2 Of The Quality Payment Program And Highlights Efforts To Continue...

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On November 2, 2017, CMS issued the final rule with comment for the second year (2018) of the Quality Payment Program as well as an interim final rule. Continuing with its theme of a CMS that is “listening to feedback,” CMS...more

Year 2 in the QPP: A Regulatory Update

by Polsinelli on

On November 2, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) Final Rule. The Final Rule contains notable changes that may affect smaller practices participating in...more

Final Home Health Rule Drops Controversial Proposed Payment Model

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Last week, home health agencies welcomed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) decision to drop a controversial proposed payment model and leave largely unchanged the current payment system. Responding to...more

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

The Impact of 2018 Medicare Reimbursement Rates on Providing Dialysis Vascular Access in VAC or OBL Versus ASC Settings

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Ambulatory Surgical Center Fee Schedule, which included updates to payment policies, payment rates and...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

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