Physicians are sure to bristle at a perceived push toward non-physician practitioners operating more independently. EDITOR’S NOTE: President Donald Trump last Thursday signed an executive order tweaking the Medicare system during a campaign-style rally at The Villages, a Florida retirement community. In reporting on last week’s executive order signed by…
To understand the difference it is helpful to know the regulatory hierarchy. Last week’s article describing how Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs) are not binding prompted a question: what about National Coverage Determinations (NCDs)?  Are NCDs afforded more weight than LCDs? The answer is a resounding “yes.” NCDs are binding, but…
As a Medicare/Medicaid healthcare provider, you have a property right to your reimbursements for services rendered that were medically necessary. Why does it matter if your Medicare or Medicaid reimbursements constitute property rights? If you have a property right to something, it cannot be taken from you without due process…
The ruling marks a stinging rebuke of HHS efforts to steer some services from the hospital outpatient setting to physicians. A federal judge has ruled that a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) final rule slashing Medicare payments for certain hospital outpatient clinical evaluation and management (E&M) services to…
Conspiracy ran for nearly 20 years, netting owner of assisted living and skilled nursing facilities $37 million. The primary orchestrator of what federal authorities called the most wide-reaching healthcare fraud scheme ever uncovered has been sentenced to 20 years in state prison – far short of the 30 years prosecutors…
State Legislature has passed a new law to protect due process. You all likely have read the reports by RACmonitor regarding the debacle in New Mexico, wherein 15 behavioral healthcare companies, which comprised providers of 87.5 percent of such services in the state, had their Medicaid reimbursements suspended upon “credible…
Refund only after careful thought. The risk of rushing to refund: not only is it alliterative, it is real. The proper desire to be compliant can prompt a hasty decision to return money to the government. While it is both wise and necessary to return overpayments to Medicare and Medicaid,…
Medicare Advantage plans appear to be following their own rules. Many of the national Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are misusing commercial guidelines and making up their own rules, as they see fit, in order to avoid paying hospitals equitably for the care provided to their members. That was the assessment…
We have been reminding inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs), repeatedly of late, and now we’re down to the final two months before the transition away from utilizing Functional Independence Measures (FIMtm) to assign patients to a case-mix group (CMG) and toward using key quality indictor data – specifically, the GG Self-Care…
Rules and regulations are always changing. Many readers may remember the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Transmittal 534. This was released in early August 2014, and it would have given Medicare contractors the ability to automatically deny associated physician claims when a hospital claim was denied. As written,…