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Hall Render’s The Week in Washington – January 27, 2020


Posted on January 27, 2020 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Coming This Week: CMS to Release Medicaid Block Grant Plan Expected on Thursday, CMS will announce a plan to overhaul Medicaid by letting states shift certain program funding to block grants. CMS Administrator Seema Verma has been very passionate about implementing a block grant option, as she said this was the pathway to give... READ MORE

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Congress Once Again Trying to CONNECT on Telehealth


Posted on November 6, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On October 30, a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers reintroduced the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (“CONNECT”) for Health Act (S. 2741/ H.R. 4932). This legislation is intended to remove roadblocks to telehealth expansion in Medicare by giving providers the freedom to use alternative payment models and incentive programs, reducing... READ MORE

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Hall Render’s This Week in Washington – December 7, 2018


Posted on December 7, 2018 in Federal Advocacy

Published by: Hall Render

Congress Passes Two-Week Stopgap Funding Measure On December 6, Congress passed a continuing resolution that extends current funding for select federal agencies for two weeks. The extension became necessary after the services for former President George H.W. Bush halted almost all legislative activity on Capitol Hill this week. Lawmakers will now have until December... READ MORE

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This Week in Washington – November 8, 2013


Posted on November 8, 2013 in Federal Advocacy

Written by: John Williams

OMB Reviewing Final Rules on Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law Protections for EHR Deals Earlier this week, CMS and HHS sent two final rules to the White House Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) that would extend safe harbor protections for arrangements that provide electronic health record (“EHR”) products to physicians until the end of... READ MORE

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Details on MedPAC Report on SNFs


Posted on March 19, 2013 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (“MedPAC”) recent Report to Congress included a chapter dedicated to skilled nursing facilities (“SNFs”), which MedPAC reports received $31 billion in Medicare reimbursement in 2011.  Recently, SNFs have been under pressure from repeated reimbursement cuts; however, MedPAC’s analysis states that SNF reimbursement is adequate.   READ MORE

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MedPAC Releases Report to Congress, Suggests Broad Reforms to Post-Acute Landscape


Posted on March 18, 2013 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (“MedPAC”) March 25th Report to Congress outlines inefficiencies they believe exist in the post-acute world and lead to excessive Medicare payments to providers. MedPAC recommendations include Congress evaluate post-acute provider reimbursement and encourage use of the lowest cost mix of services necessary to achieve the best outcomes. READ MORE

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MedPAC Considers SNF Bundled Payments, Therapy Cap Changes


Posted on March 13, 2012 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) is an independent Congressional advisory agency that makes formal recommendations to Congress in March and June of each year.  MedPAC was created to advise Congress on issues affecting the administration of the Medicare Program.  While Congress is not obligated to follow MedPAC’s recommendations, the recommendations are heavily considered.  This... READ MORE

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MedPAC Recommends Significant SNF Reimbursement Changes


Posted on January 13, 2012 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) voted on Wednesday of this week to recommend to Congress a significant change in the way skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are reimbursed under the Medicare program within the next two years.  READ MORE

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OIG: Expand Oversight and Reduce Incentives to Hospices Focusing on Nursing Facility Residents


Posted on July 22, 2011 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Kendra Conover

Recently, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) published a report of its findings pertaining to the nearly 70% growth of Medicare spending for hospice care provided to nursing facility (“NF”) residents from 2005 – 2009.  During that time, Medicare spending on hospice care for residents in NFs increased sixty-nine percent (69%) from $2.55 billion to... READ MORE

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