The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”), on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), recently issued a proposed rule to adopt standards under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) for “health care attachment” transactions (the “Proposed Rule”). The Proposed Rule would implement requirements of HIPAA’s administrative simplification regulations, which are intended to support healthcare claims and prior authorization transactions while also introducing a standard format for electronic signatures to be used in conjunction with health care attachments.Continue Reading CMS’s Administrative Simplification Rule Aims to Increase Efficiency and Standardization for Health Care Attachments
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Tick-Tock – Time for Healthcare Employers to Review Their Internet and Social Media Use Policies!
A. Health Care Providers Benefit from Internet and Social Media Presence.
Electronic medical record software and social media offer wide-ranging ways for health care providers to connect with their patients and the public. Having robust technology offerings support healthcare employers’ efforts to improve clinical integration and value-based care delivery efforts. It also provides greater patient access to healthcare information and engagement with their care team. Internet-based publishing and other social media channels allow healthcare providers opportunities for marketing and for patient education, and may expand access to health information for patients who may not seek regular medical care. There are huge benefits available from these resources for healthcare institutions and providers at every scale and in every specialty, which are likely to continue to expand in the future.Continue Reading Tick-Tock – Time for Healthcare Employers to Review Their Internet and Social Media Use Policies!
Another Win for Providers: Texas Federal District Court Again Vacates Independent Dispute Resolution Rule for the No Surprises Act
On February 6, 2023, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas ruled in favor of the Texas Medical Association and vacated portions of the final rule adopted in August 2022 (the “August 2022 Final Rule”) that applied to the Independent Dispute Resolution (“IDR”) process created by the No Surprises Act (the “Act”).  The August 2022 Final Rule was adopted by the Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services (the “Departments”) and addressed, in part, the specific factors arbitrators must consider in resolving disputes between out-of-network (“OON”) health care providers/facilities and air ambulance providers (collectively, “Providers”), and health insurance plans, under the Act. This is the second time portions of final rules for the IDR decision-making methods have been vacated by this Court as a result of litigation brought by impacted Providers.Continue Reading Another Win for Providers: Texas Federal District Court Again Vacates Independent Dispute Resolution Rule for the No Surprises Act
Attention New York Medicaid Providers: It’s Time to Upgrade Your Compliance Program
On January 31, 2023, the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) released three guidance documents to assist Medicaid providers in meeting the requirements of recently adopted regulations governing (i) the implementation and maintenance of an effective compliance program for certain providers; (ii) Medicaid managed care fraud, waste and abuse prevention programs; and (iii) OMIG’s Self-Disclosure Program for overpayments.Continue Reading Attention New York Medicaid Providers: It’s Time to Upgrade Your Compliance Program
CMS Issues Long-Awaited Medicare Advantage RADV Final Rule
On January 30, 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released the long-delayed final rule on risk adjustment data validation (“RADV”) audits of Medicare Advantage (“MA”) organizations (the “Final Rule”). CMS promotes the Final Rule as improving program integrity and payment accuracy as well as transparency and certainty. One thing that is certain, CMS can expect further challenges to its RADV audit methodology.Continue Reading CMS Issues Long-Awaited Medicare Advantage RADV Final Rule
Private Equity and Digital Health in 2023: Policy Updates and Trends to Watch
As we approach the middle of the first quarter of 2023, private equity firms have continued to demonstrate their interest in investing in digital health. This does not come as a surprise, as most startups in the healthcare technology space have been active in developing attractive strategies. These companies strive to improve health outcomes and lower expenses by focusing on specific gaps, issues or illnesses, prioritizing technological innovation, and customizing individualized care plans.Continue Reading Private Equity and Digital Health in 2023: Policy Updates and Trends to Watch
HHS Issues Proposed Rule to Provide Clarity on Rights of Conscience in Healthcare
On January 5, 2023, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) published a notice of proposed rulemaking entitled “Safeguarding the Rights of Conscience as Protected by Federal Statutes” (the “Proposed Rule“). In this article we provide a brief summary of the Proposed Rule, while also examining the statutory amendments and previous rulemakings that create its foundation.Continue Reading HHS Issues Proposed Rule to Provide Clarity on Rights of Conscience in Healthcare
CMS Issues Interprofessional Consultation Guidance
Introduction: Defining Interprofessional Consultation
In a January 5, 2023, letter to state health officials, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) clarified a Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (“CHIP”) policy on the coverage and payment of interprofessional consultations (the “Guidance”). An interprofessional consultation occurs when the patient’s treating physician requests the opinion and/or advice from a specialist practitioner without the patient making face-to-face contact with the specialist practitioner. The new CMS guidance clarifies that it is permissible for Medicaid and CHIP to provide reimbursement for an interprofessional consultation when the consultation is for the direct benefit of the patient without the patient’s presence.Continue Reading CMS Issues Interprofessional Consultation Guidance
Day 4 Notes from the 41st Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference
One of the topics I followed with keen interest this week at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference is how our healthcare industry today is addressing the mental health needs of Americans. Like much of the rest of healthcare, it is a mix of exciting innovation, contradictions, siloed approaches and the entrepreneurial Wild West. Pull up your favorite couch or chair, and let’s dive in and take a look together.Continue Reading Day 4 Notes from the 41st Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference
Day 3 Notes from the 41st Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference
Here’s a new word I heard today that I will awkwardly insert into my next conversation – “transrupt.” It is what happens when you have simultaneous disruption and transformation that both damages the existing system and creates (hopefully) a new and better system. Using it in a sentence: “Amazon transrupted how books are sold.” Or perhaps more apropos to this week – “Someone needs to transrupt the orthopedic/ MSK (musculoskeletal conditions) sector.”Continue Reading Day 3 Notes from the 41st Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference