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CMS Adds Survey Process for Reviewing Home Dialysis Services in Long-Term Care Facilities

[08/28/18]

Posted on August 28, 2018 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On August 17, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a Memorandum to State Survey Agency Directors (QSO-18-24-ESRD) outlining additional survey activities that address dialysis services provided by an end-stage renal disease (“ESRD”) facility to residents in a long-term care facility. The survey process for evaluating home dialysis in nursing homes consists of…Read More

Health Provider News – August 24, 2018

[08/24/18]

Posted on August 24, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL 8 latest healthcare industry lawsuits 12 healthcare leaders share their daily mantras Healthcare finance leaders share 7 cost-cutting strategies Big media companies are branching into health care. Here’s why Rural hospitals in dire need of regulatory relief Hospitals Battle For Control Over Fast-Growing Heart-Valve Procedure Amazon hires a star cardiologist to help its push…Read More

Health Provider News – August 17, 2018

[08/17/18]

Posted on August 17, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL Which innovations have executives most excited? 6 insights from healthcare leaders CMS gives telehealth a reimbursement win CMS proposes rule to overhaul Medicare ACO program Moody’s: CMS proposed changes to Medicare’s outpatient prospective payment system could hurt hospitals DOJ, HHS continue war on Medicare fraud with formation of new regional fraud strike force S….Read More

OIG Approves of GPO Serving Wholly Owned Entities

[08/10/18]

Posted on August 10, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On August 6, 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) published Advisory Opinion 18-07, approving an arrangement whereby a group purchasing organization (“GPO”) would serve as a purchasing agent on behalf of health care facilities under a common parent organization with the GPO (the “Proposed Arrangement”). This is the…Read More

Health Provider News – August 10, 2018

[08/10/18]

Posted on August 10, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL CMS missed deadline to create MACRA-mandated chiropractic preauthorizations, GAO says The health-care sector is leaving tech in the dust. Some see more gains ahead. AHA urges creation of Stark Law exception for value-based payments How each state’s healthcare system ranks — 51 statistics Regent Surgical Health: 6 trends for ASCs to watch Using Big…Read More

Binding Mediation: An Inexpensive Option for ADR

[08/08/18]

Posted on August 8, 2018 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

The hope and promise of alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) processes is that they will resolve disputes more efficiently and with less expense than litigation. But, when the parties cannot achieve a negotiated settlement and turn to arbitration, they find that standard arbitration, which allows discovery and motions, is not nearly as simple and inexpensive as…Read More

A Mixed Bag on Joint Employment Rulings, but the Future Looks Promising (Part I of II)

[08/08/18]

Posted on August 8, 2018 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

In the restaurant industry, it’s pretty common for fast food and sandwich shop operators—think Wendy’s, Chick-fil-A, Subway, etc.—to run their companies based on a franchise model. Under this model, which is somewhat analogous to a large corporation that has a main “corporate office” and satellite locations scattered around the country, the franchisor owns the brand,…Read More

CMS Issues Final Rule on FY 2019 Payment and Policy Changes for Skilled Nursing Facilities

[08/07/18]

Posted on August 7, 2018 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On July 31, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a final rule (CMS-1696-F) outlining Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2019 Medicare payment updates and quality program changes for skilled nursing facilities (“SNF”)(“Final Rule”). The Final Rule finalized the value-based purchasing payments that start October 1, 2018, updated several SNF Quality Reporting Program details…Read More

Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – CMS Issues Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System Final Rule

[08/03/18]

Posted on August 3, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

This Week in Washington joined the House on its August break but has provided a news update to address CMS finalizing its Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule. On August 2, CMS finalized its Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule for fiscal year (“FY”) 2019. The final rule updates Medicare payment policies and…Read More

CMS Proposes Several Changes for Off-Campus Provider-Based Clinics

[08/03/18]

Posted on August 3, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On July 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released its proposed rule for the Calendar Year (“CY”) 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (“MPFS Proposed Rule”). Among many other changes, CMS proposed to maintain payments for certain non-excepted (non-grandfathered) off-campus provider-based hospital departments (“PBDs”) at 40 percent of the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (“OPPS”)…Read More