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Planning for CHOWs of Home Health Agencies and the 36-Month Rule

home health agenciesDue to regulatory and reimbursement constraints, health care providers are increasingly merging, affiliating, and acquiring other health care entities. In these transactions, the Medicare providers must identify whether a Medicare change of ownership (“CHOW”) will occur. Although it may appear, from a business standpoint, that a change of ownership will occur, the transaction may not necessarily be considered a CHOW for Medicare. Essentially, if the person or entity with ultimate responsibility for the provider changes, typically there will be a Medicare CHOW. Sometimes, but not always, this will be indicated by whether there has been a change in the taxpayer identification number.

CHOWs impact the Medicare provider agreement involved in the sale. Unless the buyer takes steps to affirmatively reject the seller's provider agreement, in a Medicare CHOW, the seller's provider agreement is automatically assigned to the buyer. This provides billing advantages for the buyer without having to enroll as a new Medicare provider, go through the initial enrollment process, and be re-surveyed or re-accredited, which takes several months.   Read More ›

Categories: Compliance, Medicare/Medicaid, Providers

Cracking Down on Fraud and Waste: OIG Releases Recommendations to Increase HHS Program Efficiency

hhs programIn March of 2014, the Office of the Inspector General ("OIG") released the "OIG Compendium of Priority Recommendations." The recommendations offered are designed to help current programs for the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") run more effectively. The recommendation discussed twenty-five "opportunities" which, if addressed, would help to eliminate fraud and waste among HHS programs. The “opportunities” include the following: Read More ›

Categories: Compliance, Fraud & Abuse, Medicare/Medicaid, Providers

New requirements for tax exempt hospitals imposed by the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act, enacted on March 23, 2010, has established a number of new requirements that nonprofit hospitals must meet to maintain tax exemptions. Some of these new obligations, all codified in Section 501(r) of the Internal Revenue Code, include community health needs assessment and implementation, financial assistance and emergency care policies, limits on charges, and billing and collection restrictions.

In June 2012, the IRS released proposed regulations offering guidance to tax-exempt hospitals relating to certain provisions of Section 501(r). Although, the proposed regulations do not have the force of law, hospitals may rely on these to assist in implementing the requirements.

Below is a brief summary that highlights some of the new requirements for tax-exempt hospitals. Please refer to the full rule, Section 501(r) or contact us, to explore the extent of the new requirements in more detail.

Community health needs assessment and implementation (CHNA)

Effective for tax years beginning after March 23, 2012, hospital facilities must conduct a CHNA and adopt an implementation strategy at least once every three years. Read More ›

Categories: Health Care Reform, Hospitals

HHS Changes Policy, Expands Coverage for Physical Therapy

coverage for physical therapyThe New York Times (We have identified that the following link is no longer active, and it has been removed) recently reported that the Health and Human Services Department ("HHS") is changing its stance regarding Medicare payments for physical and occupational therapy treatments.  Previously, coverage was only afforded for treatment that actually helped to improve a patient's condition. Read More ›

Categories: Medicare/Medicaid

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Best Lawyers® 2021

Congratulations to the attorneys of the Health Care practice group at Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC for their inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2021 edition. Firm-wide, 44 lawyers were listed. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation and as lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Health Care practice group members listed in Best Lawyers are as follows:

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