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“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

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

Health Care Newsmakers: Steve McCoy, Vice President/General Counsel, Patient First

by Williams Mullen on

With all the discussion lately about trying to manage the cost of healthcare, what are the most important recent changes in reimbursement methodology and strategies which Patient First has seen in the market? The ongoing...more

340B Update: CMS Finalizes 340B Program Reimbursement Cut on Part B Drugs

by K&L Gates LLP on

On November 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a final rule updating the Medicare hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (“OPPS”) for the calendar year 2018. As part of this update,...more

CMS Addresses Lingering Uncertainties and Raises Others via MACRA Information Blocking Guidance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued guidance intended to help clinicians eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) navigate an attestation required thereunder concerning the...more

CMS Finalizes Medicare Part B Reimbursement Cut for 340B – What Does it Mean?

On November 1, 2017, CMS announced that it is in fact cutting Medicare Part B reimbursement for 340B drugs to the tune of $1.6 billion. To be accurate, what CMS announced is its intent to finalize proposed rule changes to the...more

Six Key Follow-Up Questions Asked by Congress in 340B Hearing

Earlier this month the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on Government Oversight and Investigations held its second hearing on the 340B Drug Discount Program. The hearing followed on the heels of a July 18th...more

Texas Continues to Embrace Telemedicine

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On September 15, 2017, the Texas Medical Board (Board) released proposed rules regarding telemedicine and mental health services (Proposed Rules) to implement Senate Bill 1107, which was passed on May 11, 2017. Most notably,...more

Business Viewpoint with Philip Hixon: New rules and costs for long-term care

by GableGotwals on

Ronald Reagan once declared, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.’” Long-term care facilities experience this “help” with increasing frequency....more

Dealing with Disasters – Quality Payment Program Exception Available for MIPS-Participating Clinicians and Groups

by Polsinelli on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) simplified the process for clinicians and other providers to seek the Quality Payment Program (QPP) Hardship exception by releasing an online application on Aug. 2....more

Concierge Medicine – Medicare Compliance Is Still A Consideration

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In our July 10, 2017 post, Concierge Medicine – Is it for you?, we cautioned that Medicare compliance concerns do not fall away when moving to a concierge or direct-pay model. HHS has determined that concierge-style...more

Revoked: CMS's New Take on Record Retention and Access

Recently, we have noticed an alarming increase within the Spilman footprint of revocations by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") of physicians' Medicare billing privileges. In particular, CMS has been...more

SuperVision - Labor & Employment Law Insights - September 2017

...This issue of SuperVision is dedicated to questions our friends and clients may have regarding insurance and benefit topics. While not a common part of the Labor & Employment field, Spilman prides itself on having...more

Court of Appeals Reverses D.D.C. Order Requiring HHS to Eliminate Medicare Appeals Backlog by December 31, 2020

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Hopes were dashed for sooner relief from the backlog of Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) appeals. With the backlog of Medicare reimbursement appeals steadily growing, a reversal by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of...more

MACRA Update: How to Prepare for Changes in MIPS

As we reported last month, CMS’ proposed rule updating MACRA’s Quality Payment Program (“QPP”) for CY 2018 would extend and expand exceptions that would allow many practitioners to avoid participating in its Merit-based...more

MACRA: Proposed Changes to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System Track

by Polsinelli on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule on the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) in the Federal Register1 on June 30, 2017. This rule proposes the QPP program requirements for...more

Sixth Circuit: Technical Physician Signature Deficiencies not "Material" to Reimbursement Claims

by Jones Day on

The District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee held on June 22, 2017, that the timing requirements related to a physician's certification of need for home health services were not "material" to the Centers for...more

MACRA Quality Payment Program Update

On June 20, 2017, CMS released its proposed rule updating MACRA’s Quality Payment Program (“QPP”) for CY 2018. At over 1,000 pages, the rule might not do much to simplify the already complex requirements of the QPP; however,...more

CMS Extends Comment Period for New SNF PPS Methodology Proposal

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On May 4, for the first time in nearly 15 years, CMS issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) proposing a total overhaul of the current reimbursement methodology for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). The...more

CMS Proposes Reimbursement Reduction for 340B Drugs

by Baker Ober Health Law on

When CMS issued its proposed rule for OPPS and ASC Payment System on July 13, the agency included a proposal to substantially scale back reimbursement for Part B drugs to hospitals participating in the federal 340B Drug...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

Third Circuit Recognizes Escobar “Heightened Materiality Standard” in Dismissal of False Claims Act Case Tied to Avastin

In May 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit relied on the “heightened materiality standard” endorsed by the U.S. Supreme Court in its 2016 Escobar decision in dismissing a False Claims Act (FCA) whistleblower...more

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms Offset of Medicare Reimbursement by DSH Payments Received

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

On June 14, 2017, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Breckinridge Health, Inc., et al. v. Price affirmed the district court’s finding that HHS could offset the amount of a hospital’s Medicare reimbursement by the Medicaid...more

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