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Upcoming Webinar: Looking Back & Looking Beyond – The First 100 Days in Health Care Policy

Posted in Events, Exchanges, Fraud, Waste & Abuse, Health Care Reform & ACA, Medicaid, Medicare
On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, our Health Care Group will hold a webinar on the health care policy and transition challenges still at play as the Trump Administration nears the end of its 100 days in power.  During the webinar, participants will hear important insights and predictions on what a Trump-led Executive Branch will mean… Continue Reading

Waiting for the Supremes: High Court’s Decision in Gloucester County to Determine Validity of ACA Section 1557 Gender Identity and Transgender Services Rules

Posted in Exchanges, Health Care Reform & ACA
Two district courts[1] have recently stayed cases alleging that sex discrimination under ACA Section 1557 includes discrimination on the basis of gender identity and denial of coverage for gender transition, pending the Supreme Court’s decision in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board.[2]  The Supreme Court accepted certiorari in Gloucester in October 2016 to determine the… Continue Reading

HHS Proposes New Regulations Aimed At Stabilizing the Individual Market

Posted in Exchanges, Health Care Reform & ACA
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule  to stabilize the individual and small group markets to entice issuers to continue participation in the exchanges in 2018 despite continued uncertainty surrounding repeal and replacement proposals for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The proposed rule, published today, would make the following changes… Continue Reading

ACA Repeal and Replace Update: President Trump’s Executive Order Directs Executive Branch to Minimize the Economic Burden of the ACA

Posted in Exchanges, Health Care Reform & ACA, Medicaid, Tax
On January 20, 2017, hours after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13765 that aims to “minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens” of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) while its repeal is “pending.”  The one-page Executive Order declares that it is the policy… Continue Reading

CMS Publishes Interim Final Rule to Address Third-Party Payment of Insurance Premiums by Medicare-certified Dialysis Providers

Posted in Exchanges, Fraud, Waste & Abuse, Health Care Reform & ACA, Medicaid, Medicare
On December 14, 2016, CMS issued an interim final rule with comment period to amend Medicare’s dialysis facility conditions for coverage to require certain disclosures to patients and health insurance issuers to address widespread concerns over inappropriate steerage of dialysis patients to individual market plans. After issuing an RFI about “inappropriate steering of people eligible… Continue Reading

Court Delays Action on Appeal of ACA Subsidies Case

Posted in Exchanges, Health Care Reform & ACA
On December 5, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued an order to stay  the administration’s appeal of the district court decision in U.S. House of Representatives v. Burwell, a case challenging Cost-Sharing Reduction (“CSR”) payments to health insurance issuers under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) Section 1402. The district court… Continue Reading

GAO Finds HHS Exceeded Authority in Implementation of Transitional Reinsurance Program

Posted in Exchanges, Health Care Reform & ACA, Uncategorized
The Government Accountability Office (GAO), in a letter to members of Congress, found that the implementation of the Transitional Reinsurance Program by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) violates the Affordable Care Act. The Transitional Reinsurance Program is one of three premium stabilization programs authorized by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly… Continue Reading

Mount Sinai Health System to Pay $2.95 Million in 60-Day Overpayment FCA Settlement

Posted in Fraud, Waste & Abuse, Health Care Reform & ACA, Litigation
On August 24, 2016, Judge Edgardo Ramos of the Southern District of New York approved a settlement in which Mount Sinai Health System (Mount Sinai) will pay $2.95 million to New York and the federal government to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by withholding Medicare and Medicaid overpayments in contravention… Continue Reading

CMS Renews Focus on Third-Party Payment of Insurance Premiums Steering Medicaid & Medicare Eligibles into Marketplace Plans

Posted in Exchanges, Fraud, Waste & Abuse, Health Care Reform & ACA, Medicaid, Medicare
On August 18, 2016, CMS issued a request for information on “inappropriate steering of people eligible for Medicare or Medicaid into Marketplace plans” by third parties. CMS voiced concern over “anecdotal reports” that Medicaid or Medicare eligibles received premium and cost-sharing assistance from third parties so they could enroll in Marketplace plans, enabling providers to… Continue Reading

Senate Finance Committee Members Hear from Partner Troy Barsky and Hospital System Executives on Necessary Stark Law Reforms

Posted in Fraud, Waste & Abuse, Health Care Reform & ACA, Medicaid, Medicare
Yesterday, our colleague Troy A. Barsky testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee led by Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and provided recommendations for modernizing the Stark Law to regulate self-referrals without impeding the care coordination and value-based payment models promoted by health care reform legislation. Other witnesses before the Committee included Dr. Ronald A. Paulus,… Continue Reading

HHS Announces Final Rule for Section 1557 – The ACA’s Broad Anti-Discrimination Rule

Posted in Health Care Reform & ACA
Today HHS published its Final Rule for ACA Section 1557 in the Federal Register. A summary of the Final Rule and fact sheets on specific provisions are available here. The Final Rule contains some important new changes from the Proposed Rule which was published last Fall. We will issue a more comprehensive client alert shortly.… Continue Reading

IRS Denies Tax-Exempt Status to Non-MSSP ACO

Posted in Health Care Reform & ACA, Tax
On April 8, 2016, the IRS released a private letter ruling denying tax-exempt status under Code section 501(c)(3) to an accountable care organization (“ACO”) that was not participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (“MSSP”).  PLR 201615022 (the “2016 PLR”) is the IRS’s first public written guidance on the tax-exempt status of ACO activities since… Continue Reading

Next Generation ACO Model Enters its Second & Final Application Cycle

Posted in Health Care Reform & ACA
This month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the beginning of the second application cycle for its Next Generation ACO Model (Next Gen Model).  We discussed the goals of the Next Gen Model and how it compares to the Medicare Shared Savings Program and Pioneer ACO models in this post from last… Continue Reading

CMS Proposes New ACO Performance Measures

Posted in Health Care Reform & ACA, Medicare
On January 28, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would change the methodology used to evaluate and adjust the performance of Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). The proposed rule is intended to improve long-term incentives for ACOs and create a path for long-term… Continue Reading

New Core Quality Measures Seek to Align Payers and Reduce Burden for Providers

Posted in Health Care Reform & ACA
On February 16th, CMS, AHIP, and other Core Quality Measures Collaborative members unveiled new measure sets in an effort to streamline quality metrics reporting across commercial and government payers.  The seven new measure sets include metrics for accountable care organizations/patient-centered medical homes, primary care cardiology, gastroenterology, HIV/hepatitis C, medical oncology, orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology.   For… Continue Reading

Medicaid Rules for Covered Outpatient Drugs Finalized by CMS; SIPs Required To Be Modified By April 1, 2017

Posted in Health Care Reform & ACA, Medicaid
Almost four years after publishing its proposed rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule on February 1, 2016, pertaining to Medicaid reimbursement for covered outpatient drugs.  The finalized regulations implement provisions of the Affordable Care Act, and revise several key aspects of Medicaid program on drug rebates, and coverage… Continue Reading

Crowell & Moring’s 2016 Litigation & Regulatory Forecasts: What Corporate Counsel Need to Know for the Coming Year

Posted in Administrative Law, Antitrust, EHR, Health Care Reform & ACA, Health IT, Litigation, Medicaid, Medicare, Tax
Featured Industry: Health Care Spotlight on Best Practices, Litigation, Antitrust, and Tax for Health Care Companies Crowell & Moring LLP is pleased to release its “2016 Litigation & Regulatory Forecasts: What Corporate Counsel Need to Know for the Coming Year.” The reports examine the trends and developments that will impact health care companies and other… Continue Reading

CMS Announces Substantial Increase in ACO Participants for 2016

Posted in Health Care Reform & ACA
On January 11, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that 100 new Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) began participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). CMS also announced that 21 new providers and hospitals have signed up to participate in other ACO-focused shared savings programs, including the Pioneer ACO Model, Next… Continue Reading

2016 Appropriations Act Stalls ACA Taxes, Impacts Risk Corridors, and Tweaks Medicare & Medicaid Payments

Posted in Health Care Reform & ACA, Medicaid, Medicare
The recent appropriations law, which will fund the federal government through 2016, suspends three health care taxes enacted under the Affordable Care Act, continues to limit how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services can fund the temporary risk corridors program for the exchanges, and refines Medicare and Medicaid payments and funding. Click here for… Continue Reading

Regulatory Overreach and ACA Section 1557’s Proposed Anti-Discrimination Rules

Posted in Health Care Reform & ACA
The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) proposed rulemaking for Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act may vastly expand the reach of federal anti-discrimination laws into uncharted—and potentially unsupported—territory. Published on September 8, 2015, the proposed rule inspired thousands of comments from health insurers, advocacy groups, and individuals alike. Click here to read… Continue Reading

Supreme Court To Take Up Implied Certification Theory of FCA Liability

Posted in Fraud, Waste & Abuse, Health Care Reform & ACA, Litigation
Last week, in a case that will have a significant impact on future False Claims Act (FCA) suits against health care entities, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar.  By agreeing to hear the case, the Court will resolve the circuit split over the so-called “implied… Continue Reading

DOL, HHS & Treasury Issue Final Rules on ACA Market Reforms

Posted in Employee Benefits, Health Care Reform & ACA, Mental Health Parity
On November 18, 2015, the Departments of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), Labor (“DOL”) and Treasury (collectively, the “Departments”) issued final rules regarding a variety of market reforms under the Affordable Care Act, including grandfathered plans, pre-existing condition exclusions, lifetime and annual limits, rescissions, dependent coverage, claims and appeals procedures and patient protections. This rulemaking—which… Continue Reading

CMS Issues Proposed 2017 Benefit and Payment Parameters Rule

Posted in Health Care Reform & ACA
On December 2, 2015, CMS will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking for its Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2017 (“Proposed Rule”). The Proposed Rule articulates the federal government’s policy for health care coverage under Affordable Care Act programs and would make several notable changes, including stricter network adequacy requirements for qualified health plans offering… Continue Reading

HHS Issues Proposed ACA Section 1557 Anti-Discrimination Rules

Posted in Health Care Reform & ACA
On September 8, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights promulgated proposed regulations implementing Affordable Care Act Section 1557’s anti-discrimination provisions. Section 1557 applies federal anti-discrimination laws that prohibit discrimination based on race, color and national origin, sex, disability, and age to health care programs that receive federal funds, such… Continue Reading