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On March 21, 2017 we reported that the House Committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce proposed the American Health Care Act (“AHCA”) to “repair and replace” the ACA pursuant to the budget-resolution process on March 6, 2017 and that the Budget Committee voted to approve the AHCA on March 16, 2017.  The AHCA was introduced and ordered reported by Committee on March 20, 2017...
 
 
 
Last week the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an interim final rule that delays by three months the Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Model and three mandatory bundled payment models (heart attack, cardiac bypass, and hip/femur fracture surgery).  The interim final rule also delays by three months regulatory changes to the existing mandatory Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model. Under the interim final rule, the start dates of these payment models (outlined below) will be delayed from July 1, 2017 (under the final rule) to October 1, 2017. Explore More about CMS Mandatory Rehabilitation Incentives Here>
 
 
 
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (HHS OCR) recently settled with a notable covered entity – a nonprofit Federally Qualified Community Health Center (FQHC) – over alleged Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rule violations. FQHC’s generally serve underserved populations, and qualify for enhanced reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid. The Denver-based FQHC, Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN), provides medical, dental, and behavioral care to approximately 43,000 patients per year, a large majority of whom have incomes at or below the poverty level. MCPN has agreed to pay $400,000 to HHS and implement a Corrective Action Plan (CAP).  Important HIPAA Settlement Implications Discussed Further Here>
 
 
 
On March 21, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published an interim final rule (“Interim Final Rule”) delaying (i) the effective date of several new Medicare payment models developed by the CMS Innovation Center to advance care coordination, and (ii) the implementation of updates to an additional existing model.
Specifically, the Interim Final Rule delays a January 3, 2017 final rule (“Original Final Rule”) with the following implications...  Find Out More about CMS Delays to Implementation Models Here>
 
 
 
 
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