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Discharge Planning: Key Takeaways from the Long-Awaited Final Rule


Posted on October 2, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On September 30, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a final rule regarding discharge planning (“Final Rule”) addressing care transitions and patient access to medical information. CMS had initially issued the proposed regulations in November 2015 to update discharge planning requirements for hospitals[1], critical access hospitals (“CAHs”) and post-acute care... READ MORE

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CMS Proposes Payment Policy Changes Impacting Hospital Outpatient Department Services – What You Need to Know


Posted on August 2, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On July 29, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released its proposed rule for Calendar Year (“CY”) 2020 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (“Proposed Rule”). Among many other changes, CMS proposed three key payment policy updates impacting hospital outpatient departments, including: (1) lowering the supervision standard for hospital outpatient therapeutic services... READ MORE

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Medicare Hospital Co-Location Fix? Not There Yet…


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... READ MORE

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