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CMS Revises Requirements for PACE

Over on the Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP website, we review revisions by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to the regulations for the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), which make significant changes to ownership restrictions, compliance program monitoring and oversight requirements, staffing requirements, marketing, and participants' rights. The changes will provide greater administrative and operational flexibility for PACE organizations and includes multiple incentives for the growth and development of PACE Programs, making PACE program development a tremendous business opportunity for any health care provider organization that serves a large Medicare patient population. More ›

CMS Requires Hospitals to Publish Standard Charges on the Internet

Section 2718(e) of the Public Health Service Act, which was enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act, updated Medicare payment policies to require that "each hospital operating within the United States, for each year, establish (and update) and make public (in accordance with guidelines developed by the Secretary) a list of the hospital's standard charges for items and services provided by the hospital." CMS provided guidance for implementation and stated hospitals are required to make the list of their standard charges, or their policies for public access to the list, available upon inquiry. More ›

Provider Defending a ZPIC Audit Fights Back With Significant Victory at Fifth Circuit

Imagine as a lawyer having to tell your client that the practice that they spent their career building may very well go bankrupt, without even the chance to have their day in court. That was exactly the situation at issue for a medical practice subject to a ZPIC audit. At issue was the ability of CMS to collect on alleged overpayments before final adjudication.

What the practitioner did in a case decided by the Fifth Circuit a few weeks ago provides a game plan for all providers confronting similar circumstances. In Family Rehabilitation Inc. v. Azar, attorneys representing the practice sought an injunction against CMS precluding the agency from recouping the alleged overpayment until the appeal had been decided by the Administrative Law Judge. The injunction was dismissed at the lower court level, but the group appealed the case and won. More ›

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