Author: Aaron Mohr

Aaron counsels clients on a variety of health care transactions and regulations.

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CMS Continues Expansion of Supplemental Benefits in Medicare Advantage Plans

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced increased flexibility for Medicare Advantage health insurance plans to offer supplemental benefits (those benefits not covered under Medicare Parts A or B). Beginning in 2020, Medicare Advantage plans may offer chronically ill enrollees supplemental benefits that are not necessarily health-related but are reasonably expected...

CMS Announces Strategy to Reduce Health IT and EHR Burden

On Wednesday, November 28, 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) released a draft document titled, Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs.  The report was developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and the HHS Office of the National...

CMS Finalizes Site-Neutral Payments for Hospital Outpatient Clinics; Legal Battle with Hospitals Looms

On Friday, November 2, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued its calendar year 2019 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (“OPPS”) and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System final rule. Despite significant resistance and concerns from hospitals, CMS finalized its proposed site-neutral payment policy for clinic visit services provided at off-campus provider-based...

CMS Announces Rural Health Strategy

Last week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released its first Rural Health Strategy. The strategy is intended to improve the agency’s service to individuals living in rural areas. CMS’ Rural Health Council, created during the Obama Administration, developed the strategy by examining current rural-focused programs at CMS, reviewing the methods used by...

CMS Expands Health Related Supplemental Benefits in Medicare Advantage Plans

Last month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced new flexibility in what Medicare Advantage plans may cover as “supplemental health care benefits.” The announcement was part of CMS’ release of Calendar Year 2019 Medicare Advantage and Part D Rate Announcement and Call Letter. The Medicare Managed Care Manual (Chapter 4, Section 30.1)...

How HHS’s New Division in the Office for Civil Rights Will Enforce Rights of Conscience and Religious Freedom

    When the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the HHS Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”), it framed a problem and a solution. The press release stated that “fundamental and unalienable rights of conscience and religious freedom” are not being fully enforced on...