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CMS Releases FY 2014 SNF PPS Rates, Updates Therapy Day Reporting Requirements

[08/05/13]

Posted on August 5, 2013 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently released the final rule for fiscal year (“FY”) 2014 skilled nursing facility (“SNF”) prospective payment system (“PPS”) rates.  These rates will take effect October 1, the start of FY 2014.  

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CMS Comments on Compliance, QAPI Regulations

[03/22/13]

Posted on March 22, 2013 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

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During yesterday’s Open Door Forum, Jeanette Kranacs, the Director of the Division of Institutional Post-Acute Care for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) commented that CMS will not be issuing instructions to surveyors on evaluating compliance and ethics programs until the regulations have been promulgated.  CMS was required to have final regulations and various tools in place as of... READ MORE

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OIG Issues New Guidelines for Review of State FCA Statutes

[03/15/13]

Posted on March 15, 2013 in False Claims Act Defense

Published by: Hall Render

The recent amendments to the False Claims Act, the Fraud Enforcement Recovery Act of 2009 (“FERA”), the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (“PPACA”), and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) continue to generate new rules and guidance. Effective 2007, Congress created incentives for States to pass and enforce mirror FCA statutes... READ MORE

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CMS Expected to Postpone Compliance Program Enforcement

[03/01/13]

Posted on March 1, 2013 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has unofficially announced it will not be enforcing the upcoming March 23rd compliance program requirements until final regulations are published.  As required under the Affordable Care Act, nursing facilities are required to have a compliance program in place by March 23, 2013.  Despite ambiguity in the actual statute,... READ MORE

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The False Claims Act and Quality of Care

[02/13/13]

Posted on February 13, 2013 in False Claims Act Defense

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Can the False Claims Act be used by the government or whistleblowers in quality of care cases? The Department of Justice seems to think so, based in significant part on the retention of overpayments amendments to the FCA by FERA and the PPACA. For more please read Retention of Overpayments under FERA and the... READ MORE

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FCA – ACA = ?

[06/25/12]

Posted on June 25, 2012 in False Claims Act Defense

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This Thursday, June 28, 2012, the United States Supreme Court will decide the fate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare.” In so doing, it may also make significant changes in one of the newest and most complicated amendments the False Claims Act, with results that are almost impossible to predict.... READ MORE

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CMS Releases Final Rule Requiring Providers to Include NPI on Enrollment and Claim Filings

[04/26/12]

Posted on April 26, 2012 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) just released a final rule requiring all providers of medical or other items or services and suppliers that qualify for a National Provider Identifier (NPI) to include their NPI on all applications to enroll in the Medicare and Medicaid programs and on all claims for payment submitted... READ MORE

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CMS Seeks Savings Through Changes in Medicaid Drug Payments

[01/30/12]

Posted on January 30, 2012 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule that enacts a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that seeks to make Medicaid reimbursement for medications more transparent and more closely aligned with what pharmacies pay for the drugs.  In a press release, CMS states the... READ MORE

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Administration Recommends Only Two Sections of PPACA be Overturned if SCOTUS Rules Unconstitutional

[01/30/12]

Posted on January 30, 2012 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) has recommended to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) that only the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that require insurers to accept everyone regardless of health status and to apply “community rates” be overturned if the Justices rule that the law’s mandate... READ MORE

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