Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS")

On Tuesday, January 9, 2024, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) approved a request from New York State (“NYS”) to amend its Medicaid section 1115(a) demonstration (the “Demonstration Amendment”),[1] which will allow for important expansion of the NYS Medicaid program, including:Continue Reading 2024 Brings Expansion to Medicaid in New York State

On December 13, 2022, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a proposed rule, titled Advancing Interoperability and Improving Prior Authorization Processes (“Proposed Rule”), to improve patient and provider access to health information and streamline processes related to prior authorizations for medical items and services. We provided key information about that proposed rule on our website here. Then, on January 17, 2024, CMS issued a final rule, titled CMS Interoperability and Prior Authorization (“Final Rule”), which affirms CMS’ commitment to advancing interoperability and improving prior authorization processes.Continue Reading CMS Finalizes its Proposal to Advance Interoperability and Improve Prior Authorization Processes

On November 24, 2023, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a proposed rule to modify certain Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) standards that apply to issuers and Marketplaces, as well as requirements for agents, brokers, web-brokers, direct enrollment entities, and assisters that help Marketplace consumers (the “Proposed Rule”).[1] These modifications are intended to further the Biden Administration’s goals of advancing health equity by addressing disparities in access to quality care while minimizing administrative burdens and ensuring program integrity.Continue Reading CMS Promotes Health Equity through Marketplace Standards and More in New Proposed Rule

On November 17, 2023, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) will publish a final rule requiring Medicare skilled nursing facilities (“SNFs”) and Medicaid nursing facilities (“Facilities”) to provide more detailed ownership, managerial and other information on Form CMS-855A (the “Final Rule”).[1] The Final Rule also includes new definitions of “private equity company” and “real estate investment trust” for Medicare enrollment purposes for all Medicare institutional providers and suppliers.Continue Reading CMS Issues a Final Rule Requiring Nursing Facilities and Other Providers and Suppliers to Disclose Additional Ownership Information

On August 14, 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance on changes to the Accountable Care Organization Realizing Equity, Access, and Community Health (ACO REACH) Model starting in performance year 2024 (PY2024). The changes came about in response to stakeholder and participant feedback. All ACO REACH participants should familiarize themselves with the upcoming changes.Continue Reading CMS Announces Changes to ACO REACH Model

On September 1, 2023, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a long-awaited proposal to establish new federal minimum staffing standards for long-term care facilities.[1] If the proposed rule is finalized, CMS estimates that approximately 75% of all nursing homes would have to “strengthen staffing in their facilities” in order to meet the new requirements.[2]Continue Reading Long Term Care Facilities Face Mandatory Minimum Staffing Requirements

On April 26, 2023, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a fact sheet on Hospital Price Transparency Enforcement Updates[1] (the “Fact Sheet”) under the Hospital Price Transparency Rule (the “Rule”).[2] CMS’ updates were targeted at increasing compliance by hospitals with the Rule and providing a more streamlined enforcement process for violations of the Rule.Continue Reading CMS Releases Updates to Hospital Pricing Transparency Rule

With the Medicare Comprehensive Error Rate Testing program projected error rate for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) showing a significant increase in 2022 (15.1%, up from 7.9% in 2021), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has instructed each of its Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) that review SNF Medicare claims to initiate a five-claim probe and educate medical review for each SNF in the MAC’s jurisdiction.Continue Reading CMS Takes Steps to Lower SNF Medicare Payment Error Rates

On May 1, 2023, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced two investigations of hospitals that failed to offer necessary stabilizing care to a pregnant individual experiencing an emergency medical condition (“EMC”), in violation of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (“EMTALA”). The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) released a public statement and a letter to hospitals and provider associations, emphasizing the obligations of Medicare-participating hospitals’ under EMTALA, including stabilizing treatment, like abortion care, or an appropriate transfer. These investigations represent the first EMTALA enforcement action related to abortion emergency care since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (“Dobbs”).Continue Reading EMTALA and Pregnancy Care Remains a Federal Enforcement Priority

On April 12, 2023, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a final rule updating key regulations pertaining to Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (“PACE”) (the “Final Rule”). Overall, these changes, summarized below, will offer significant administrative and operational flexibilities. Except as otherwise noted, the requirements of the Final Rule are effective January 1, 2024.Continue Reading CMS Releases CY2024 Final Rule for PACE Organizations

On April 17, 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2024 Final Rule (the “Notice”) that includes standards for issuers and Marketplaces, and requirements for agents, brokers, web-brokers and others. The Notice implements various changes previously proposed by CMS, including (i) requiring provider networks to comply with network adequacy standards and delaying the implementation of appointment wait time standards, (ii) standardizing plan options, (iii) adding special enrollment periods to increase ease of obtaining coverage, (iv) strengthening markets, and (v) bolstering program integrity.Continue Reading CMS Releases Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2024 Final Rule