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Interim Study Committee on Public Health - September 2017

Posted by: Laura A. Brown on October 5, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The Interim Study Committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health, and Human Services (“Committee”) met on September 28, 2017, to discuss the following topics:  1) Potential improvements to the INSPECT program; and 2) the shortage of health care providers in Indiana.

With regard to the first...


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CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule Nears Implementation Date

Posted by: Maggie C. Little and Susan E. Ziel on September 20, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have devastated our nation in recent weeks and significantly impacted health care facilities in the affected areas. To better address preparedness for disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued the...


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Changes to Indiana Medicaid State Plan Affect 340B Reimbursement

Posted by: Stephanie T. Eckerle and Andrew C. Walker on September 20, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

A July 21, 2017 letter from CMS approves Indiana’s State Plan Amendment (“SPA”) 17-0002, which “proposes to bring Indiana into compliance with the reimbursement requirements in the Covered Outpatient Drug final rule with comment.”[1] In review of the approved SPA, one notable change emerges, and...


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CMS Site Visit Verification Process Completed by Hired Hand

Posted by: Thomas N. Hutchinson and Andrew C. Walker on September 20, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

A quick peek at CMS’ FY 2018 budget (and beyond) indicates that CMS is investing heavily in rules enforcement.[1] Encouraged by a Fraud Prevention System return on investment of $11.50 for every $1.00 spent[2], CMS sees enhanced enforcement as a critical means of keeping (and returning)...


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Public Notice Regarding Medicare Provider Agreement Terminations

Posted by: Meghan M. Linvill McNab on September 20, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

As part of the August, 14, 2017 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (“IPPS”) Final Rule[1], the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (“CMS”) revised the public notice requirements for Medicare provider agreement terminations.   

Previously, a Rural Health Clinic (“RHC”), Federally Qualified...


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United States Senate Narrowly Fails to Advance Health Care Reform Legislation

Posted by: Brandon W. Shirley on July 31, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

After months of negotiations, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell failed to find enough Republican support to advance some form of health care reform legislation late last week. Accordingly, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) continues to remain the law of the land, though...


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CMS Issues Proposed Rule for Updates to the Quality Payment Program

Posted by: Maggie C. Little on July 28, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

On June 30, 2017, CMS published a proposed rule with changes and policy updates to the Quality Payment Program (“QPP”) for calendar year 2018. The QPP, established under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (“MACRA”), includes two pathways for participation, the Merit Based...


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