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D.C. Court Decides Medicare 340B Program Payment Reduction Lawsuit Remedy: Spoiler Alert – The End Is Not Here

[05/08/19]

Posted on May 8, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On May 6, 2019, the United States District Court in Washington, D.C. issued its opinion on the appropriate remedy to address the invalidated payment cuts set forth in the 2018 and 2019 Outpatient Prospective Payment System final rules (“2018 and 2019 OPPS Rules”) for drugs purchased under the 340B drug discount program (“340B Program”). The…Read More

Medicare Hospital Co-Location Fix? Not There Yet…

[05/07/19]

Posted on May 7, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On May 3, 2019, CMS released its long-awaited guidance on hospital co-location and shared service arrangements in the form of a draft survey memo (“Memo”), which is available here. The Memo clarifies how a hospital can co-locate with other health care entities without violating the Medicare Conditions of Participation (“CoPs”). CMS has been promising this…Read More

Health Provider News – May 3, 2019

[05/03/19]

Posted on May 3, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL How hospitals are making investments that create new revenue streams Civica Rx CEO predicts ‘stampede’ if Amazon’s Haven succeeds HHS cuts maximum civil monetary penalties for HIPAA violations Healthcare sweeps ranking of top-paying jobs — Salaries for surgeons, orthodontists & more PBM executive: Industry has been discussing end of rebates for a ‘long, long…Read More

Wage Index Fix? CMS Proposes Changes for Low Wage Hospitals and Rural Floor

[04/30/19]

Posted on April 30, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On April 23, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released the Federal Fiscal Year (“FFY”) 2020 Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (“IPPS”) proposed rule (“IPPS Proposed Rule”). Among many other changes, CMS proposed several changes to address disparities between high and low wage index areas and fixing the so-called “rural floor.” CMS…Read More

Health Provider News – April 26, 2019

[04/26/19]

Posted on April 26, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL 75% of healthcare experts struggle with implementing blockchain What’s next for the post-Gottlieb FDA Hospitals can only watch as big players move in on primary care The 10 best and 10 worst states for children’s healthcare HHS extends comment period for interoperability proposed rules to June 3 Cerner and naviHealth launch EHR-agnostic tool to…Read More

OIG’s Fraud Risk Indicator: Strategic Implications for Resolving Exclusion Liability

[04/19/19]

Posted on April 19, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) recently unveiled the use of a new tool called the Fraud Risk Indicator. OIG’s stated purpose behind this new initiative is to provide more transparency to industry stakeholders (e.g., patients, family members, healthcare industry professionals) regarding OIG’s risk assessment of a party…Read More

340B Moving Forward: Legislative and Executive Branch 340B Priorities for 2019-2020

[04/19/19]

Posted on April 19, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

We continue to receive questions regarding the future of the 340B drug discount program (“340B Program”) now that its mid-term longevity is no longer in doubt. These include whether Congress will continue to focus on limiting the 340B Program’s scope as well as what effect, if any, broader efforts to reduce drug costs might have….Read More

Medicare Paid Twice for Ambulance Services Subject to SNF Consolidated Billing

[04/19/19]

Posted on April 19, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Summary In a February 2019 report, No. A-01-17-00506, HHS Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) determined that Medicare made Part B payments to ambulance suppliers for transportation services that were covered through the Medicare Part A payments to skilled nursing facilities (“SNF”) as part of consolidated billing requirements. With certain exceptions, the SNF Part A…Read More

Health Provider News – April 19, 2019

[04/19/19]

Posted on April 19, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

NATIONAL AMA teams up with biotech incubator to connect physicians with startups Amazon Alexa is luring health developers, but it will be a while before we use it to call a doctor Telemedicine may be leading to the overprescribing of antibiotics HHS to audit plans for compliance with HIPAA transactions It’s a Brave New World…Read More

ET3 Phone 911: Developments in Ambulance Services Delivery and Payment

[04/15/19]

Posted on April 15, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Summary On February 14, 2019, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (“CMMI”) launched a new five-year payment model for emergency ambulance services named the Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport Model (“ET3”). ET3 will enable participating ambulance providers and suppliers (“Ambulance Providers”) to partner with qualified health…Read More