Category: Medicare / Medicaid

Financial Relief for Medicare Participating Providers & Suppliers – A COVID-Prompted CMS Announcement

Shira Hauschen

With the aim of enabling providers to focus attention and resources on fighting the COVID1-19 pandemic, CMS announced over the weekend that it intends to alleviate some of Medicare participating providers’ and suppliers’ financial burden by expanding its Medicare accelerated and advance payment (AAP) program to a broader group of Medicare Part A providers and...

CMS Announces Relief for Participants in Quality Reporting Programs in Response to COVID-19

Laura B. Morgan

On March 22, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in a press release that it is granting exceptions from reporting requirements and extensions for upcoming data submission and measure reporting deadlines for Medicare quality reporting programs.  The exceptions and extensions are intended to reduce data collection and reporting burdens for entities...

Medicare Telehealth Payment Expanded to Help Address the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Ross C. D'Emanuele

On March 17, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) each issued policy statements which expand access to telehealth services for Medicare beneficiaries and permit physicians and other practitioners to reduce or waive beneficiary cost-sharing obligations for Medicare telehealth...

OIG’s Latest Congressional Report Sees Continued Emphasis on Fraud and Abuse Enforcement

Carson Lamb

In the final quarter of calendar year 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) released its Semiannual Report to Congress (the “Report”).  The Report covers the six-month period from April 2019 through September 2019 and details for Congress the OIG’s activities during that time and how the office uses...

2020 CPI-U and DHS Code List Updates Posted on CMS Website

Laura B. Morgan

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently posted two annual updates related to the physician self-referral law (“Stark Law” or “Stark”) on its Stark website: (1) CPI-U updates related to the nonmonetary compensation exception and medical staff incidental benefits exception; and (2) CPT/HCPCS codes used to identify certain categories of Stark designated health...

New Disclosure Requirements to be Phased-In to CMS Enrollment and Revalidation Process

Neal N. Peterson

On September 5, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a final rule (“Final Rule”) effective November 4, 2019, which increases disclosure requirements for the provider and supplier enrollment and revalidation process. The Final Rule is aimed at increasing the information provided to CMS in enrollment and revalidation to identify fraud, waste,...

CMS Finalizes Changes to the Stark Advisory Opinion Regulations; 2020 DHS Code List and CPI-U Updates

Laura B. Morgan

In the calendar year 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule (“PFS”), which was published in the Federal Register on November 15, 2019 (available here), CMS finalized changes to the advisory opinion process under the federal physician self-referral law (“Stark Law” or “Stark”).  CMS also published its annual update to CPT/HCPCS codes used to identify...

A Massive Number of New Health Law Regulatory Proposals as Part of the “Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care”: Proposed Changes to the Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute, Beneficiary Inducement CMP, Privacy Laws Governing Substance Use Disorder Records, and the Stark Law Advisory Opinion Process

Laura B. Morgan

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) each released their long-anticipated proposed rules to revise the federal self-referral law (or “Stark Law”) regulations, the safe harbors under the federal anti-kickback statute (AKS), and the civil monetary penalty law (CMP)...

At Long Last, CMS Issues Proposed Guidance on Hospital Co-Locations

Alissa Smith

For years, CMS has informally applied restrictions for hospitals which share space, equipment, staff or services in the same physical location (i.e., “co-locate”) with other hospitals or health care entities.  Although these sub-regulatory interpretations by CMS were not formal guidance, the penalties were so severe that many hospitals unwound the co-location or shared services arrangements...