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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.

Humana Releases Latest Claims Payment Policy Updates

Humana has published its latest medical claims payment policy updates, including its reimbursement policy for ambulance transportation, requirements for billing and documentation of observation services, as well as a new policy for obstetric billing, including antepartum, delivery and postpartum care.

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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.

Data Mining Anesthesia Billing Data for Improved Practice Performance

By Joe Laden, Vice President of Client Management All billing companies and in-house billing operations provide a package of standard reports.   They are generally financial reports designed to report cash flow and illustrate the performance of the billing entity However, data collected for billing can provide a wealth of information for the practice beyond the…

House Approves CR, Senate Unveils Draft HHS Bill

The House, on September 19, approved a short-term spending measure that will keep the government funded through mid-November and avoid a shutdown at the beginning of October. Additionally, the Senate, on the 18th, released the FY2020 subcommittee chairman’s recommendation for the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations bill.

Florida Governor Extends 30-Day Retroactive Medicaid Eligibility

The Governor of Florida has extended legislation reducing retroactive Medicaid eligibility from 90 to 30 days for another year. The bill also mandates the state Agency for Health Care Administration to submit a report to the legislature about the impact of the change on patients and health care providers by January 2020.

Anthem Announces Fee Schedule Changes

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Anthem) recently notified members of the upcoming changes to its Anthem Plan Fee Schedules, scheduled to take place July 1.

House Renews Several Medicaid Programs, Including Payment Pilot for Mental Health Clinics

The House passed legislation to renew several Medicaid programs, including an eight state pilot that pays higher reimbursement rates to mental health clinics that offer comprehensive mental health services regardless of ability to pay, offering assistance to patients move out of assisted living facilities, covering costs for individuals whose spouses are in long-term care, and preventing Medicaid fraud.

Supreme Court Rules Against HHS in DSH Payment Case

In a 7-1 decision, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the nine hospitals that said the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) violated the Medicare Act when it changed Medicare’s reimbursement adjustment formula for disproportionate share hospitals without providing notice and opportunity to comment.

CMS Finalizes Rule to Update and Modernize PACE

CMS has announced the release of a final rule designed to “update and modernize” the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) program, based upon best practices in caring for frail and elderly individuals.

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