Tagged with Healthcare Reform

CMS, HHS Proposes Changes to Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute Reforms

On October 9, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced proposed changes that seek to modernize and clarify the regulations that interpret the Physician Self-Referral Law (the Stark Law) and the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute. The proposed rule has been designed to provide greater certainty for healthcare providers participating in value-based arrangements and providing coordinated care for patients. The proposed changes are intended to ease the compliance burden for healthcare providers across the industry while maintaining strong safeguards to protect patients and programs from fraud and abuse.

ACR Seeks Urgent Action Opposing Cuts to Radiology

The American College of Radiology (ACR) is seeking help in its efforts to urge Congress to stop CMS from implementing proposed changes to the Evaluation and Management (E/M) Codes that could result in severe cuts to radiology.

Proposed Legislation Aims to Improve Provider Directories Accuracy

Two physician lawmakers have proposed new legislation that aims to improve the accuracy of information in health plan provider directories and protect patients from surprise out-of-network bills. The Improving Provider Directories Act (HR 4575) would require health plans to provide an avenue for people to report errors in provider directories, in a “highly visible way”.

Executive Order Issued to Protect Traditional Medicare and MA Plans

The president, on October 3, signed an executive order directing the Department of Health and Human Services to increase efforts to provide more insurance plan options under Medicare Advantage and to remove regulations that are considered burdensome to health care providers. The order is intended to protect traditional Medicare and private Medicare Advantage while ramping up alternative payment models, time spent with patients, access to innovative technology and reducing the regulatory burdens on providers.

New Legislation Aims to Strengthen Stark Law

The Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act (PIMA) seeks to update Medicare policies by preventing self-referrals related to advanced imaging services, radiation therapy, anatomic pathology and physical therapy.

New York Finalizes Draft Waiver Transition Plan for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The New York Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has finalized its Draft Waiver Transition Plan which lays out their vision for reform of the system serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), “People First Care Coordination.” The Transition Plan describes the development of Care Coordination Organizations, which will provide Health Home Care Management services.

Department of Health and Human Services Announces Future Changes to Provider Reimbursements

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced its plans to overhaul the way the federal government reimburses providers. The Department states, in an effort to improve technology and transparency, it will make changes to interoperability, price transparency, and care delivery through Medicare and Medicaid, and remove regulations that hinder private innovation.

NJ – DHS Expands Behavioral Health Benefits Covered Under NJ FamilyCare

The New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS) last month announced that it has expanded the list of covered health benefits available to align behavioral health coverage for Medicaid Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS), Fully Integrated Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (FIDE SNPs), and Division of Developmentally Disabled (DDD) MCO members participating in the New Jersey FamilyCare (NJFC) Medicaid managed care program.

MA – Senate Releases Comprehensive Health Care Legislation

Massachusetts Senate leaders have released a comprehensive health care legislation containing a wide range of provisions that, if finalized, would require the state to report the top 50 employers with the highest number of employees who receive coverage through MassHealth as well as require those companies identified to pay a large portion of a $200 million assessment to cover funding shortfalls in the state’s Medicaid program, MassHealth.

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