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CMS Provides Advice On Electronic Laboratory Alerts

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

CMS recently issued an Advisory Opinion suggesting that physicians who refer diagnostic tests reimbursable under Medicare to a laboratory may, under certain circumstances, receive electronic pop-up notifications in the...more

Another Obstacle to Medicare and Medicaid Compliance

by McGuireWoods LLP on

When investigating whether an individual or entity is excluded from the federal healthcare programs, healthcare organizations must be on the alert for yet another method for defrauding the government: alias names. Alias names...more

OIG: Medicare Program Integrity at the Top of HHS Management Challenges

by Reed Smith on

The OIG’s latest compilation of top HHS management and performance challenges flags vulnerabilities in key HHS health and social services programs, including includes the following: 1. Ensuring Program Integrity in...more

CMS Modifies Medicare Physician Quality Payment Program Rules for 2018

by Reed Smith on

CMS has issued a final rule with comment period making changes to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for 2018, the second performance year for the reformed physician payment framework mandated by the Medicare Access and CHIP...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

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

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

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

The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program: Overview, updates and future considerations

by Dentons on

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) established the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program to expand training in community-based primary care settings, particularly in...more

Will the Massachusetts Proposed Legislation on Hospital Outpatient Facility Fees Have a Nationwide Impact?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In some states, including the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, “site neutrality” for outpatient hospital reimbursement is factoring into state-specific health reform and cost containment initiatives. This potentially goes...more

"Insider" Edition—Required Referrals and the Stark Law (Part One of Two)

When a hospital is putting together an employment contract with a physician, there are many items for both the hospital and the physician to consider. One question we have seen more and more hospitals ask is whether a...more

Final Medicare Provider Payment Rules in the Pipeline

by Reed Smith on

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is reviewing several CMS rules that would finalize CY 2018 Medicare payment policies for various types of providers and suppliers. Specifically, OMB is reviewing final...more

Chronic Care Legislation Approved by Senate

by Reed Smith on

The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved S. 870, the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 (as amended). The bill is intended to improve care for the chronically...more

CMS Calls for “New Direction” for Innovation Center, Invites Ideas for New Payment Models

by Reed Smith on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) CMS has announced a “new direction” for the CMS Innovation Center that is intended to “promote patient-centered care and test market-driven reforms.” The goal of these...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

New CMS Guidance on Inpatient Engagement Necessary for Hospital Certification

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On Sept. 6, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an advanced copy of guidance to state survey agency directors that is intended to clarify how to determine whether a hospital seeking Medicare...more

Don't Forget Medicare and Other Extenders

by Baker Donelson on

There are numerous Medicare programs (referred to as Medicare "extenders") that have already expired or will expire later this year, prompting congressional action. If Congress were to reauthorize all provisions for another...more

Final Medicare Payment Regulations Expected for Physician Providers, Hospitals and Home Health Agencies in Fall 2017

by Baker Donelson on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released several annual Medicare proposed payment rules over the summer that are expected to be finalized this fall for 2018. On July 13, CMS released the proposed 2018...more

Second Circuit Accepts Appeal of False Claims Act First-To-File Issues

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The Second Circuit recently agreed to accept an interlocutory appeal to decide the question whether a violation of the False Claims Act’s “first-to-file” rule compels dismissal of the complaint or whether it can be cured by...more

Consultant found guilty of illegal kickbacks by “referring” doctors’ patients to another medical provider in exchange for...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Under 42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7b(b)(1)(A) it is a felony for a physician to solicit or receive a kickback “in return for referring” a Medicaid or Medicare patient to another medical provider. But as a recent decision by the Eighth...more

Back to School Rules Recap: Hospital and Physician Cheat Sheet on What CMS Did This Summer

by BakerHostetler on

Summer was no vacation for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The agency released a series of significant rules that signal the nature and pace of CMS Medicare payment and policy changes for hospitals and...more

MACRA Physician Payment Reform: Time to Take Stock of What Is Working and What Changes Are Needed

by Epstein Becker & Green on

In April 2015, Congress established a new framework for Medicare Part B physician payments through the passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (“MACRA”), which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...more

Physicians Maintain High Standards

by Burr & Forman on

By the time this article goes to print, a lot could change, so there’s no apparent use in guessing what will come of the next Repeal and Replace efforts or what’s happening at Main Justice. Nobody knows. The only certainties...more

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