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Court Temporarily Enjoins CMS from Withholding Medicare Payments from Home Health Agency

Posted by Robert A. Chu on June 19, 2018
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medicareA home health agency has scored a second win in its fight to prevent CMS from withholding Medicare payments (to effectuate a recoupment of alleged overpayments), at least for the time being.  We previously reported on the home health agency’s first win before the Fifth Circuit (which reversed the Northern District of Texas’s jurisdictional dismissal of the lawsuit).  See Family Rehab., Inc. v. Azar, 886 F.3d 496 (5th Cir. 2018).  We now report on its second win: the Northern District of Texas’s decision, on remand, to grant the home health agency’s temporary restraining order (TRO) motion and to at least temporarily enjoin CMS from withholding further Medicare payments.  See Family Rehab., Inc. v. Azar, No. 3:17-CV-3008-K, 2018 BL 196462 (N.D. Tex. Jun. 4, 2018), TRO extended by Order of Jun. 18, 2018.

To recap, a Zone Program Integrity Contractor (ZPIC) in 2016 alleged that the Medicare program had overpaid a home health provider, Family Rehab, nearly $7.9 million.  Family Rehab asked for a redetermination from its Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC).  The MAC, however, affirmed the ZPIC’s conclusion.  The provider then asked a Qualified Independent Contractor (QIC) to reconsider the decision.  The QIC slightly reduced the demand to over $7.6 million.  Since the MAC by regulation can begin recouping overpayments after the QIC issues its decision, the MAC then noticed its intention to begin recouping the alleged overpayment.  Family Rehab then requested an ALJ hearing. Continue reading…

Robert A. Chu

Robert A. Chu

Rob is a member in the Health Law Practice Group. He primarily represents health care clients in Medicare, Medicaid, and third-party payor reimbursement disputes. Rob also counsels health care clients on regulatory and compliance issues. He was selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star (Health Care) for 2016-2018.

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New Jersey Enacts “Out-of-Network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act”

Posted by Dana Petrillo on June 06, 2018
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On June 1, 2018, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law the Out-of-Network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act (the “Act”), available at: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/BillView.asp?BillNumber=A2039, which becomes effective on the 90th day after enactment.

The Act enhances consumer protections related to surprise out-of-network healthcare charges, and affects health care facilities, health care professionals, and health insurance carriers. Requirements under the Act specific to facilities, professionals, and carriers are summarized below.

Health care facilities or carriers that violate any provision of the Act will be liable for not more than $1,000 for each violation, where each day on which a violation occurs is considered a separate violation, up to $25,000 per occurrence. Health care professionals who violate the Act will be liable for up to $100 per violation, where each day on which a violation occurs is considered a separate violation, up to $2,500 per occurrence. Other penalties may be initiated by the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance, the Commissioner of Health, or the relevant professional or licensing board, as appropriate, pursuant to rules that may be adopted under the Act.

The Act also creates an arbitration process to resolve out-of-network billing disputes, so healthcare providers should be prepared for the new, multi-step arbitration process that will be utilized in New Jersey. Continue reading…

Dana Petrillo

Dana Petrillo

Dana handles a wide variety of regulatory, transactional, litigation, and corporate matters for hospitals, health systems, physician practices, nursing facilities, and other health care providers. Her experience includes ensuring clients’ compliance with federal and multi-state health care laws and regulations.

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