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New Cares Funding Available For Medicaid Providers

On June 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it will allocate approximately $15 billion to providers who participate in state Medicaid program and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and who did not receive payments from the initial $50 billion in general allocations from the Provider Relief Fund under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This funding is intended to provide relief to Medicaid and CHIP providers experiencing lost revenues or increased expenses due to COVID‑19.

Happy New Year To California’s Rural Hospitals: New Corporate Practice Of Medicine Exception Effective January 1, 2017

Effective January 1, 2017, certain rural hospitals joined the list of providers specifically exempted from the Corporate Practice of Medicine (“CPM”) ban in California, which otherwise prohibits the employment of physicians and other medical professionals by corporations and other artificial legal entities. By signing AB 2024 on September 23, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown amended California Business and Professions Code Section 2401, allowing applicable hospitals to directly employ physicians and bill for their services. According to the bill’s lead author, Assemblymember Jim Wood, the exception purports to create a pathway and incentive for physicians to practice in underserved rural communities.

Brace For The Transition — Enrollment Tips; CMS Changes California Mac Award Contract From Palmetto GBA To Noridian

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently announced that it awarded Noridian Administrative Services the contract for administration of Medicare Part A and Part B fee-for-service claims for California, Nevada, Hawaii and the American territories of American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Noridian will also take over additional Medicare operational functions, including provider enrollment functions. According to CMS, the workload transfer is to be complete by early 2013. However, if Palmetto GBA protests the bid award, this could significantly delay implementation.

Medicare-Enrolled Providers And Suppliers To Revalidate By 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has begun the process of revalidating most Medicare provider and supplier enrollments, which must be completed by 2015. This effort began making waves in the provider and supplier community when letters sent last fall from the Medicare Administrative Contractors (“MACs”) gave recipients 60 days to respond with a complete Medicare revalidation application. The consequences of failure to comply with a MAC request to revalidate include deactivation of a provider or supplier’s enrollment, which means that the Medicare revenue stream ceases.

CMS Finalizes 2012 Skilled Nursing Facility Payment Changes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized changes for Medicare skilled nursing facility (SNF) payments for calendar year (CY) 2012. The final rule will be published in the August 8, 2011, Federal Register. CMS finalized an 11.1% decrease to SNF Medicare payments, reflecting the net effects of a downward recalibration of case-mix indexes, a market basket increase and a multi-factor productivity adjustment to the SNF prospective payment system (PPS) rates. In addition, CMS revised several SNF payment policies effective October 1, 2011.

CMS Proposes 2012 Home Health Agency Payment Changes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed changes for Medicare home health agency (HHA) payments for calendar year (CY) 2012. The proposed rule, which was published in the July 12, 2011, Federal Register, results in a net 3.35% decrease to HHA Medicare payments after taking into account the effects of both market basket and wage index updates and reductions in the home health prospective payment system (PPS) rates.

CMS Proposes HOPDAnd ASC Payment Policy And Rate Updates For 2012

On July 1, 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule with policy and payment changes for Hospital Outpatient Departments (HOPDs) and Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs). The proposed rule would affect Medicare payments commencing in calendar year (CY) 2012. The proposed rule will be published in the July 18, 2011, Federal Register.