Proposed Changes to Stark and Anti-Kickback Laws

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General, in conjunction with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, has unveiled long-awaited proposals to revise safe harbor protections under the federal anti-kickback statute for certain coordinated care and associated value-based arrangements. The proposed new regulations also would add protections under the […]

CMS: Medicare ACOs find success in savings, improved quality

The recent news that Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) generated net savings of $411 million in 2014 and improved in most quality measures is being hailed as a success by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). These ACOs, which were established under the Affordable Care Act, are the center of the nation’s healthcare reform […]

HHS: Medicare payments to be tied to quality, not quantity

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced this week that future Medicare payments will be linked to quality and not quantity. This is the first time the federal agency has set specific goals designed to move away from plans that reward providers for the amount of care they provide instead of the quality […]

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