As telemedicine continues to see significant traction, health care organizations are working to implement telemedicine programs and create technology infrastructures all while working within the current legislative requirements. Foley & Lardner LLP and Ziegler recently had an opportunity to sit down with 15 leaders in telemedicine to discuss the progress, barriers, and return on investment as the industry shifts from infancy to adolescence.
On August 9, 2018, CMS introduced a proposed rule that would substantially overhaul the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), requiring Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) that participate in the MSSP to accept some downside risk and tightening other requirements to increase program integrity. At the same time, the proposed rule would allow ACOs increased flexibility in other areas, in keeping with changes established by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.
Hospitals with off-campus provider-based departments (PBDs) may want to rethink their end of summer vacation plans in order to focus on a recent slate of proposed regulations from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that seek to rein in Medicare reimbursement for outpatient hospital services – including at excepted/grandfathered off-campus locations.
Just what is reasonable compensation in the Medicare world is not a clearly defined, black and white concept. Instead, it is somewhat in the eye of the beholder, with the parties to each situation where that is an issue seeking to reach out for third party support for their conclusions. But sometimes when the government gets a chance to look at the conclusions, it is a “bridge too far.”
On July 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule introducing changes to the Medicare physician fee schedule, and soliciting comments from providers on CMS data sharing initiatives. In the proposed rule, CMS requests comments on methods to promote the exchange of health care information between health care providers, and CMS initiatives to encourage price transparency for health care providers and suppliers. Continue reading this entry