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CMS Proposes Rule to Implement Value-Based Purchasing Program for IPPS Hospitals


Posted on January 21, 2011 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

This installment of Hall Render’s Health Law Broadcast series on health care reform is designed to provide you with the insight, analysis and practical suggestions with respect to the various reform initiatives that will affect your organization.  Value-Based Purchasing Program – A Broad Overview On January 13, 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services…Read More

Supreme Court Upholds Regulation Requiring Medical Residents to Pay FICA Taxes


Posted on January 20, 2011 in Health Law News

Written by: Calvin R. Chambers

On January 11, 2011, the United States Supreme Court unanimously upheld a Treasury Department regulation that treats wages paid to medical residents as subject to FICA taxes. This decision in Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research v. United States, Sup. Ct. Dkt. No. 09-837 (January 11, 2011), should mark the end of many years…Read More

Favorable Opinion Issued in Cape Cod v. Sebelius


Posted on January 14, 2011 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

We are pleased to report  the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion this morning in Cape Cod Hospital, et al. v. Sebelius, Case No. 09-5447, a case that impacts the IHA Rural Floor Budget Neutrality Adjustment Group Appeal Initiative.  The D.C. Circuit’s opinion vacates the district court’s grant of summary judgment in CMS’s…Read More

UPDATED – Retention of Overpayments under FERA and the ACA


Posted on January 6, 2011 in False Claims Act Defense

Written by: David B. Honig

The Fraud Enforcement Recovery Act of 2009 (“FERA”) was enacted on May 20, 2009. Among other things, FERA significantly amended the False Claims Act (“FCA”) to make it easier for whistleblowers to bring claims against Medicare and Medicaid providers and other government contractors. It also created an entirely new type of “false claim,” improper retention,…Read More