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Stark + AKS Final Rules

The final rules for changes to the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute (healthcare fraud & abuse laws) have been published and go into effect on January 19, 2020. Of course, health lawyers love this stuff, but it could impact other practice areas too. Transaction attorneys, you already know to be very careful if your transaction […]

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Justice Department accuses Anthem of Medicare fraud

Yet another allegation of Medicare Advantange risk adjustment fraud, this time by Anthem. I wrote about the government’s case against Cigna here. The case alleges that Anthem falsely certified the accuracy of the diagnostic data it sent to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, causing CMS to calculate risk-adjustment payments to the insurer based […]

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CMS Encourages Faster COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing

CMS is changing its payment methodology to encourage higher throughput of COVID-19 diagnostic testing. Previously, CMS would reimburse $100 per test Starting January 1, 2021, Medicare will pay lower the base rate to $75. However, if the laboratory can complete the test within two (2) calendar days from the date the specimens is collected, CMS […]

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DOJ sues Cigna, alleging $1.4B in Medicare Advantage fraud

Cigna falsified the health conditions of its Medicare Advantage plan members to coax CMS into making larger payments to the insurer on behalf of beneficiaries, a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit alleges. Medicare Advantage organizations get reimbursed by Medicare based on a formula that takes into account the patient population’s acuity levels. Risk adjustment scores adjust […]

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CMS Issues Cease and Desist Orders to Uncertified Labs Performing COVID-19 Testing

Since August 12, 2020, CMS issued 171 cease and desist letters to entities across the U.S. that were testing for COVID-19 without the appropriate certifications under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA). Every facility that conducts COVID-19 testing is considered a “laboratory” and must be certified under CLIA, which verifies that labs meet […]