Legal Insights and Perspectives for the Healthcare Industry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it had restarted the Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE) audit process, effective September 1, 2021. More recently, the Medicare Administrative Contractors for hospice have targeted “claims with revenue code 0656 [General Inpatient Care] greater than or equal to 7 days submitted with dates of service on or after January 1, 2020” for active, pre-pay medical review.
Members of our healthcare team recently published a LawFlash discussing the announcement by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that it will make $25.5 billion available in new COVID-19 relief funds to providers through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). To that end, HRSA will disburse $17 billion in Phase 4 payments remaining from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund (PRF) to a “broad range of providers” based on lost revenues and expenses between July 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021.
The US Department of Health and Human Services recently announced the establishment of the Office of Climate Change and Health Equity (OCCHE). Noting that the OCCHE is “the first office of its kind at the national level to address climate change and health equity,” the OCCHE will be tasked with assisting with regulatory efforts aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and criteria air pollution throughout the healthcare sector.
Given the significant push to vaccinate the public since the start of 2021, the increasing availability of vaccines, and the need to recruit additional personnel to administer vaccinations, the secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has again amended its declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) to accommodate some workforce barriers that had not been previously contemplated.
We hope you were able to join us for last month's Fast Break on the Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care, which has been a longstanding initiative of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and Office of the Inspector General to navigate a path to value-based payment models, culminating in the December 2020 final rules. If not, you missed a conversational session featuring Katie McDermott, Al Shay, and Jake Harper diving a bit deeper into this topic.
Our healthcare team recently published a LawFlash on a significant victory in the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The case involved an appeal of a proposed civil money penalty (CMP) related to a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act data breach enforcement action brought by the US Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (OCR).
Members of our healthcare industry team have published two LawFlashes that may be of particular interest to hospice clients and friends of Health Law Scan, referring to recent Anti-Kickback Safe Harbor Revisions and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Friday, January 15, 2021, one month before the former reporting deadline, that it will push back the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund (PRF) reporting timeline due to the enactment of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (the Act).
Morgan Lewis has recently launched a new resource for our clients and friends, Questions on Vaccines, to help navigate as the US accelerates its goal of delivering safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, employers, healthcare providers, and many others are considering the potential implications for their industries and organizations.