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Individual policyholders in Georgia launch a class-action lawsuit against Anthem for deceptive sales. Early last week, Frances Kirby and John David Marks, two individual policyholders from Cook County, Georgia, filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court in Atlanta against Anthem and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia for allegedly misleading…
CMS squeaks by with B-plus in OIG audit. If the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) received a grade for its audit performance during the 2015 and 2016 fiscal years, it would have been about a B-plus, maybe waived up to an A-minus, according to an announcement made recently…
Expect more changes to come for provider-based clinics. There has been much federal oversight activity regarding provider-based clinics of late. For those of you that have such clinics and/or are anticipating the development of such clinics, study the rules, regulations, and pronouncements of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services…
CMS audit performance gauged in HHS OIG announcement.  If the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) received a grade for its audit performance during the 2015 and 2016 fiscal years, it would have been about a B-plus, maybe waived up to an A-minus, according to an announcement made this…
This is day 27 of the partial government shutdown. The ongoing government shutdown will likely affect Social Security Disability (SSDI) recipients who are applying for Medicare. By law, SSDI recipients must wait two years from the date of their receipt of disability benefits to qualify for Medicare. Delays in decisions…
IRFs can breathe easier; no change in policy. CMS has clarified the question of counting minutes of therapy provided by students. The Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) world reacted in shock to an unexpected statement made during a November Medicare Learning Network call wherein a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services…
The role has grown in both importance and stature. Back in 2012, Elizabeth Lamkin, MHA, now chief operating officer for the American College of Physician Advisors (ACPA), wrote an article for RACmonitor titled, “Need a Silver Bullet? Try Adding a Physician Advisor.” Six years later, speeding toward 2019, that idea…
Recent issues in Oklahoma, Nebraska portend a growing crisis. The news coming out of Oklahoma was grim: Pauls Valley Regional Medical Center couldn’t keep its doors open, despite a GoFundMe campaign, as well as a reported solicitation from country music star Toby Keith. And in September, Latimer County General Hospital,…