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Home Health Agency 2011 rate update implements key health reform provisions for home and hospice care
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • December 15 2010

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Final 2011 Home Health Agency Prospective Payment System update significantly clarifies the application of the 36-month change of ownership rule for home health agencies and exceptions to that rule


Key health law issues for 2011
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • May 11 2011

Throughout 2010 and continuing through the first quarter of 2011, we have seen the introduction of substantial, new developments in health care laws, policies and initiatives that will impact the health care sector through the remaining months of 2011 and beyond


Florida federal court finds Affordable Care Act unconstitutional
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • February 4 2011

A judge in Florida recently determined that health care reform legislation passed in 2010 is unconstitutional due to its individual insurance mandate


Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act: significant changes for health care providers
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • December 22 2010

The Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2010 (MMEA) was signed into law on December 15, 2010, sparing hospitals, physicians and other health service providers from numerous significant payment cuts


CMS proposes rule to pay hospitals for delivering quality care to inpatients
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • January 13 2011

Today, January 13, 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule that would reward hospitals for providing safe and high quality patient care


CMS and OIG propose waivers of fraud and abuse laws for ACOs
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • April 12 2011

On April 7, 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of Inspector General published proposed waivers of federal fraud and abuse lawsspecifically the Stark law, the federal anti-kickback statute and the CMP lawas they apply to certain financial arrangements between and among ACOs and their constituent providers and suppliers


Significant health reform ideas: Fiscal Commission Report may impact health policy
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • December 8 2010

The President's Fiscal Commission Report contains significant recommendations for health care policy that could yet influence policymakers


CMS expects to issue ACO rules by mid-January 2011
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • December 6 2010

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials announced they expect to issue proposed regulations for accountable care organizations (ACO) by mid-January 2011, and also revealed Medicare beneficiaries will be informed when they are assigned to an ACO


MedPAC makes recommendations to CMS on ACOs
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • December 7 2010

In a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regarding accountable care organizations (ACOs), the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission supported a two-sided financial risk model to give more ACOs more incentive to control spending


Letter from twenty-one GOP governors emphasizes uncertainty of ACA's future while also seeking targeted modifications that would improve ACA
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • February 8 2011

On February 7, 2011, Republican Governors sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius, emphasizing that the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is uncertain and suggesting a short of list of "improvements" to ACA