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Showing 29 posts by Jennifer B. Van Regenmorter.

MDHHS Issues New Guidelines for Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Organizations in Michigan

Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) organizations provide certain medical and social services to eligible individuals who meet the Long Term Care level of care criteria. Read More ›

Categories: Long Term Care, Medicare/Medicaid

Hospice Provider Agrees to Pay $75 Million to Settle False Claims Act Lawsuit

Chemed Corporation and various of its subsidiaries, including Vitas Hospice Services LLC and Vitas Healthcare Corporation (collectively “Vitas”), recently settled allegations brought by the federal government that Vitas violated the False Claims Act by submitting to Medicare false claims for hospice services. Read More ›

Categories: Billing/Payment, Hospice, Medicare/Medicaid, Providers

IRS Revokes Hospital's Tax-Exempt Status for Noncompliance with Affordable Care Act

Earlier this year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) revoked the tax exempt status of an unidentified hospital for failing to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Read More ›

Categories: Health Care Reform, Hospitals, Tax

OIG Report Could Trigger Increased CMS Oversight of Skilled Nursing Facilities

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services ("HHS") Office of Inspector General ("OIG") recently issued a preliminary report regarding quality of care concerns at skilled nursing facilities ("SNFs"). The report was issued in connection with the OIG's ongoing review of potential abuse and neglect of Medicare beneficiaries in SNFs. Read More ›

Categories: Long Term Care, Medicare/Medicaid

CMS Extends Home Health Agency Enrollment Moratorium for Six Months

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") recently extended the temporary moratorium on the Medicare enrollment of new home health agencies ("HHAs"), subunits, and branch locations in Michigan. Read More ›

Categories: Medicare/Medicaid, Providers

CMS Delays Enforcement of Nursing Home Mega Rule

Mega Rule Enforcement DelayedThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") recently announced that they will delay enforcement penalties related to Phase 2 of their revised nursing home Requirements for Participation (commonly referred to in the industry as the "Mega Rule"). Read More ›

Categories: Compliance, Long Term Care, Medicare/Medicaid, News & Events, Providers

Michigan Health Care Providers May Now Prescribe Controlled Substances via Telemedicine

Keyboard StethoscopeGovernor Snyder recently signed into law Public Act 22 (Senate Bill 213), which revises the 2016 telehealth bill to clarify that health professionals in Michigan may prescribe controlled substances without an in-person examination. Michigan now joins a growing number of states that allow health professionals to prescribe controlled substances via telemedicine. Read More ›

Categories: Physicians, Technology

CMS Releases Final Rule Revising Conditions of Participation for Home Health Agencies

health care written informationOn January 9, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued final rules that establish minimum standards for home health agencies (the “Rules”). According to CMS, the Rules are intended to improve the quality of health care services for Medicare and Medicaid patients and strengthen patients’ rights.

The Rules, which were published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2017, come more than two years after a draft proposal was introduced in October 2014. The Rules are mostly adopted as proposed, with a few clarifying changes. The Rules will become effective on July 13, 2017. This means agencies have less than six months to make changes necessary to comply with the revisions. Read More ›

Categories: Medicare/Medicaid, News & Events, Providers

HHS OIG Report Identifies Non-Compliance in Hospice Documentation

MedicareHospice care is intended to help terminally ill beneficiaries continue living with minimal disruptions and to provide support for a beneficiary’s family and caregivers. In a recent report, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that hospices are not always meeting two key coverage requirements for the Medicare hospice benefit: (1) that beneficiaries sign an election statement and (2) that a physician certifies that the beneficiary is terminally ill. The purpose of these requirements is, among other things, to properly inform beneficiaries of the implications of hospice care and to prevent Medicare fraud. Read More ›

Categories: Long Term Care, Medicare/Medicaid

CMS Announces New Conditions of Participation for Long-Term Care Facilities

Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a final rule (“Final Rule”) updating the Medicare Conditions of Participation (“CoPs”) for long-term care (“LTC”) facilities. It is the first time in over 15 years that substantial LTC CoP revisions have been released.

LTC facilities affected by the Final Rule include skilled nursing facilities for Medicare and nursing facilities for Medicaid, or those facilities that are duly certified. The Final Rule took effect on November 28, 2016, however CMS has planned for a phased implementation. LTC providers must complete the three implementation phases by November 28 in the years 2016, 2017 and 2018, respectively. CMS has estimated that the costs of compliance will be $62,900 in the first phase of implementation, and $55,000 per year for phases two and three. Read More ›

Categories: Compliance, Long Term Care, Medicare/Medicaid, News & Events, Pharmacy, Providers