Author: Benjamin Fee

Benjamin Fee

Ben practices exclusively in the area of health law advising health systems, hospitals, pharmacies, long term care providers and medical practices on a variety of regulatory, compliance and corporate transactional matters. He regularly counsels clients on fraud and abuse issues, including compliance with the federal Stark Law, federal and state anti-kickback statutes, HIPAA privacy and security matters, state pharmacy laws, licensure and accreditation matters and corporate compliance issues. He also works with clients regarding investigations coordinated through numerous federal and state enforcement agencies, including the Department of Justice, United States Attorney Offices, the Office of Inspector General and Medicaid Fraud Control Units. Additionally, Ben advises clients regarding voluntary self-disclosures made to the Office of Inspector General and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He further counsels organizations regarding the functions of their corporate compliance programs, including coordinating internal investigations, recommending corrective action, reviewing program effectiveness and providing compliance education and training to provider staff and Board members.

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CMS’s 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Would Slash Non-Excepted Provider-Based Department Payments

Benjamin Fee

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule on July 13, 2017. The proposed rule, among other things, proposes to cut Medicare payments for services provided at non-excepted, off-campus provider-based departments from 50% to 25% of the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) rate for the 2018...

CMS continues to tinker with new physician Quality Payment Program created by MACRA

Benjamin Fee

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an advanced copy of its latest proposed rule revising the Quality Payment Program created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The proposed rule, among other things, would further streamline reporting requirements and ease administrative burdens for small and rural providers. By...

OIG Releases 2017 Work Plan

Benjamin Fee

Executive Summary The United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) published its Fiscal Year 2017 Work Plan (“2017 Plan”) on November 10, 2016. The work plan is published annually by the OIG and identifies new and ongoing investigative, enforcement and compliance priorities for the OIG in the upcoming...

CMS Finalizes Payment Changes for Off-Campus Provider-Based Departments

Benjamin Fee

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System Final Rule (Final Rule) on Tuesday. The Final Rule implements section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 relating to payment for items and services furnished by certain off-campus provider-based departments...

CMS Overhauls Regulatory Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities

Benjamin Fee

On October 4, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a final rule comprehensively updating and revising federal regulations that apply to long-term care facilities (“LTC Facilities”) participating in Medicare and Medicaid. This is the first comprehensive update of these regulations (located at 42 C.F.R. part 483, subpart B) since 1991. CMS...

Former CEO of Health System Agrees to Pay $1 million to settle False Claims Act case with U.S. Department of Justice

Benjamin Fee

In the most recent example of its continued effort to hold individuals accountable for corporate misconduct, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced on September 27, 2016, that the former CEO of Tuomey Healthcare System has agreed to pay $1 million to settle claims arising from his involvement in the hospital’s violations of the Stark...

The Impact of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 on Off-Campus Hospital Outpatient Departments

Benjamin Fee

November 23, 2015 On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (“Act”) into law significantly impacting how Medicare pays certain off-campus hospital departments.  Specifically, Section 603 of the Act provides that items and services furnished at off-campus departments of a hospital will not be reimbursed under the hospital outpatient prospective...