On December 7, 2016, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) finalized a set of rules first proposed in 2014 adding new anti-kickback law safe harbors and protecting additional conduct from enforcement under the civil monetary penalties (CMP) law related to beneficiary inducements.
Tom Price, the Republican representative from Georgia, has been tapped by President-elect Trump as the new Secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
HHS Publishes a New Rule to Protect Dialysis Patients from Being “Steered” into Private Coverage for the Benefit of Dialysis Centers
On implementing significant, new requirements for Medicare-certified dialysis facilities that make payment of premiums for individual health coverage, on December 14, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published an Interim final rule with comment period.
On December 7, 2016, the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“OIG”) issued a Policy Statement that increased the thresholds for gifts to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries to be considered “nominal” under the beneficiary inducement provisions of the civil monetary penalties law (section 1128A(a)(5) of the Social Security Act) (“CMP Law”).
Medicare providers with pending cases at the administrative law judge (“ALJ”) level received positive news last week as a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (the “Court”) granted summary judgment in favor of the American Hospital Association (“AHA”) in its case against the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”).
On December 6, 2016 the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) issued two final rules relating to the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) and Civil Monetary Penalties (CMP).
Before we all turn our full attention to the nominations of Representative Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services, and policy consultant Seema Verma to lead CMS, we need to remember that there are still approximately 45 days remaining in the current administration.
President-Elect Trump Names Rep. Tom Price, MD As HHS Secretary; Seema Verma, Health Care Consultant, As CMS Administrator
Medicare/Medicaid Reform and ACA Repeal on the Horizon, MACRA Moves Forward for Now.
There are plenty of reasons to be worried about Tom Price, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of Health and Human Services.
Signs of increased speed in the Obama Administration’s quest to institutionalize its policies became apparent with the approval and publication of several economically significant / major rules, even more lesser rules, and even a proposed adjudication.