CMS Announces RAC Audits To Begin in New York State

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that Performant Recovery, Inc., New York’s Medicare Fee-for-Service Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) for Region 1, can begin recovery audit activity now that provider outreach is complete. Region 1 includes the following groups of states:  J8, WPS: Michigan and Indiana; J15, CGS: Ohio and Kentucky; JK, NGS: New […]

SCOTUS Decides Implied Certification Issue in Key False Claims Act (Whistleblower) Case

In a decision that is poised to have resonating implications for health services providers, the Supreme Court of the United States explicitly endorsed the “implied false certification theory of liability” under the False Claims Act (FCA) in Universal Health Services, Inc. v.  U.S. ex rel. Escobar.  Under this theory of liability, any person who submits […]

Further Analysis of 60-day Medicare Overpayment Rule Reveals Emphasis on Proper Compliance Plans

Last week, we highlighted that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a long-awaited final rule regarding its interpretation of the statutory obligation of Medicare Part A and Part B providers to return any overpayments they receive from the program within 60 days after such an overpayment is “identified.”  The final rule is […]

CMS Releases Final Rule on 60-day Medicare Overpayment Reporting Obligations

This morning, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) made available a copy of a final rule clarifying the obligations of providers and suppliers to report and return Medicare overpayments within 60 days after the date on which the overpayment was identified.  The final rule will be published in tomorrow’s Federal Register.

O&A Offers Healthcare Payment Cycle and Financial Consulting for Challenging Markets

In the post-recession world of tighter credit, the close management of payment cycles, accounts receivable, payables, debt and financing obligations, and cash flow has become even more critical to maintaining healthy businesses. Management of these issues also impacts the successful start-up of new practices, facilities or acquisitions.  While these issues apply equally to healthcare market, […]

CMS Solicits Comments on New Antikickback Safe Harbors

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) is soliciting topics for new safe harbors and special fraud alerts.  The solicitation appeared in the December 23, 2015 Federal Register, and is made each year. Interested commenters have 60 days to submit their proposals.  The solicitation may be viewed here.

New OIG Fraud Alert Focuses on Compensation of Medical Directors

The United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a short Fraud Alert last week focusing on the anti-kickback implications of certain compensation paid to medical directors. OIG noted that it had recently settled with a dozen physicians who had entered into medical director positions of various health care […]

Office of the State Comptroller Issues Medicaid Program Integrity Report

The New York State Medicaid program is projected to have a $62 billion-dollar price tag in State Fiscal Year 2016, with $22.4 billion paid out by the State, as explained by the New York State Office of the Comptroller (“OSC”) in its April 2015 report entitled Ensuring Integrity in New York State Medicaid.   As Medicaid […]

Medicare Reimbursement Standards Take Center Stage in Dismissal of False Claims Act Case

Our monthly Health Law Update from the Albany County Bar Association Newsletter has been released a few days early.  This month’s article discusses a Georgia federal court decision granting summary judgment to a nursing home and a rehabilitation therapy provider in a Federal False Claims Act prosecution that alleged the unnecessary provision of rehabilitation therapy services. Although the […]

Regulatory Focus on Mental Health Parity Laws

This month’s article from the Albany County Bar Association Newsletter discusses the New York Attorney General’s recent settlement with Excellus, a Rochester-based health insurer, which resulted from an investigation into complaints from consumers that Excellus was improperly denying claims for mental health and substance abuse treatment.  The article also includes a brief overview of New […]