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Ober Kaler | USA | 27 Dec 2016

Final Rule Implements Quality Payment Program under MACRA

MACRA? SGR? QPP? PQRS? MIPS? APM? . . . Eligible clinicians? If you are a physician, mid-level provider, or work with those providers, then you have…
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Ober Kaler | USA | 22 Dec 2016

The 21st Century Cures Act

Signed into law by President Obama on December 13, 2016, the 21st Century Cures Act (Act) was overwhelmingly supported in both houses of Congress and…
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Ober Kaler | USA | 22 Dec 2016

U.S. District Court for District of Columbia Requires HHS to Eliminate Medicare Appeals Backlog by December 31, 2020

On December 5, 2016, a U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted summary judgment in American Hospital Association, et al., v. Burwell…
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Ober Kaler | USA | 22 Dec 2016

OIG Finalizes CMP Regulations, Largely as Proposed

On December 7, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) finalized [PDF] its proposal to update the civil…
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Ober Kaler | USA | 22 Dec 2016

CMS Publishes the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice Form and Instructions

On December 8, 2016, CMS published the final version of the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) that hospitals and critical access hospitals…
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Ober Kaler | USA | 21 Dec 2016

New Year's Resolution for Website Operators: Register Your Designated Copyright Agents in the Copyright Office's New Electronic System Before December 31, 2017 to Remain Shielded from Liability for Users' Copyright Infringements

The U.S. Copyright Office announced a new online system to designate copyright agents for online service providers under the Digital Millennium…
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Ober Kaler | USA | 20 Dec 2016

First Stand-Alone Telemedicine Legislation Close to Becoming Law

The Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act (S.2873) was sent to the President for approval on December 8, 2016. The ECHO Act was passed by…
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Ober Kaler | USA | 19 Dec 2016

OIG Still Rejects Lab's Free Labeling Services for Dialysis Facilities in Advisory Opinion No. 16-12

On November 28, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued an unfavorable Advisory Opinion, No…
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Ober Kaler | USA | 13 Dec 2016

CMS Final Rule and 21st Century Cures Act Include Good and Bad News for Provider-Based Sites

CMS recently published its final outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) rule, which includes its new policies governing payment related to…
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Ober Kaler | USA | 13 Dec 2016

Philly Follows Massachusetts and Prohibits Inquiries About Applicants' Salary Histories

On December 8, 2016, the Philadelphia City Council passed an Ordinance prohibiting employers from inquiring about applicants' salary histories. The…
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