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Graduate Medical Education Highlights: 2019 Inpatient Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule

[05/11/18]

Posted on May 11, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On May 7, 2018, CMS published its inpatient prospective payment system (“IPPS”) proposed rule (“Proposed Rule”). The Proposed Rule addresses a variety of provider topics, and this article discusses three noteworthy issues related to graduate medical education (“GME”). First, CMS announced the next two rounds of GME slot redistribution through the closed hospital slot redistribution…Read More

CMS Proposes to Eliminate Written Physician Order Requirement as a Condition for Payment for Inpatient Admissions

[05/08/18]

Posted on May 8, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On April 24, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued its proposed rule for the CY 2019 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (“Proposed Rule”). Among many other changes, one very important change stands out in the Proposed Rule, specifically eliminating the requirement that providers record a written inpatient admission order in the medical record…Read More

Health Provider News – May 4, 2018

[05/04/18]

Posted on May 4, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL There’s an acute nursing shortage, but schools are rejecting thousands of applicants Joint Commission wants increased focus on workplace violence in healthcare Health IT Trade Groups Push CMS for MIPS 90-Day Reporting Period FDA chief moves to promote artificial intelligence in health care Expert tips for incentivizing physicians to embrace value-based care Where are…Read More

CMS Releases FFY 2019 Proposed Rule, Triggers Wage Index and Reclassification Deadlines

[05/03/18]

Posted on May 3, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The FFY 2019 IPPS Proposed Rule (“Proposed Rule”) was released on April 24, 2018, and CMS published the associated tables on its website. It is expected that the Proposed Rule will be published in the Federal Register on May 7. The release of the Proposed Rule and the accompanying tables triggers the start to several…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – April 27, 2018

[04/27/18]

Posted on April 27, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

CMS Releases Proposed Inpatient Prospective Payment Rule On April 24, CMS issued its annual hospital inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for fiscal year 2019. Under the proposed rule, hospitals would get a $4 billion increase for inpatient services next year, which includes a $1.5 billion hike in uncompensated care payments. Acute care hospitals will…Read More

Health Provider News – April 27, 2018

[04/27/18]

Posted on April 27, 2018 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL Joint Commission wants increased focus on workplace violence in healthcare Health IT Trade Groups Push CMS for MIPS 90-Day Reporting Period HHS auditors seek industry input on meshing cybersecurity needs with HIPAA compliance AAOS raises major concerns over BPCI Advanced model Hospitals and device makers still struggle to rid medical scopes of infectious bacteria…Read More

Are You In or Are You Out? Inpatient Admission Status Is a Key Risk Area for Medicare Providers

[04/26/18]

Posted on April 26, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

In the continually evolving world of Medicare coverage and payment rules, hospital compliance personnel must look broadly to identify potential risk areas to be addressed within their organization. Based on the facts alleged in two recent False Claims Act qui tam cases, with one of those cases currently proceeding through the federal courts, hospitals should…Read More

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Services: 2017 OIG Work Plan Initiative Finds 85 Percent of Claims Billed in Error

[04/26/18]

Posted on April 26, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On February 15, 2018, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) released a report announcing the results of a review it conducted of outpatient hyperbaric oxygen therapy (“HBO therapy”) claims. Of the 120 sampled outpatient claims under review, OIG found payment was made in accordance with Medicare requirements for only 18 claims. The audit, included in…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – April 20, 2018

[04/20/18]

Posted on April 20, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Senate Continues Efforts to Tackle Substance Abuse Crisis The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing to address opioid and substance abuse disorders in Medicare, Medicaid and other HHS-related programs. The hearing addressed how the programs can adapt and be improved to address the crisis, as well as what the Trump administration and Congress can do…Read More

Health Provider News – April 20, 2018

[04/20/18]

Posted on April 20, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL Feds Take CMS to Task Over Improper Telehealth Reimbursements Medicare Advisers Recommend Payment Cuts To Many Free-Standing ERs Amazon drops plan to become a major pharmaceutical distributor 17 of the highest-paid CEOs in healthcare Staff recruitment and retention in the age of clinician shortages: 2 experts weigh in Millennial doctors care about culture but…Read More