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The Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (“CMS”) issued a final rule on February 2, 2016 regarding the requirements for a face-to-face encounter for patients receiving home health services payable by Medicaid.  In order to ensure that states and providers appropriately implement the provisions in the final rule, CMS revised

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On February 12, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) promulgated the final rule on the requirement that providers and suppliers receiving funds under the Medicare program report and return overpayments by the later of sixty (60) days after the date on which the overpayment was identified

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On June 9, 2015, the OIG issued a new Fraud Alert, cautioning physicians who enter into compensation arrangements such as medical directorships to ensure that the arrangements reflect fair market value for bona fide services that the physicians actually provide. The OIG reiterated that a compensation arrangement could violate the Anti-kickback Statute if even one

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The OIG issued Advisory Opinion 15-3 to address an arrangement proposed by a licensed offeror of Medicare Supplemental Health Insurance (“Medigap”) policies (the “Requestor”), in which the Requestor would indirectly contract with a preferred hospital organization (“PPO”) having contracts with a national network of hospitals (the “Network Hospitals”) for discounts on otherwise-applicable Medicare inpatient deductibles

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The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (“DHH”) adopted provisions to establish the Recovery Audit Contractor (“RAC”) Program, effective November 20, 2014, as required by the Affordable Care Act. The new RAC program provides yet another mechanism by which DHH, through its contractors, can conduct post-payment audits of claims submitted by providers enrolled in Medicaid.

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To participate in the Louisiana Medicaid Program, providers have been required to ensure that their current and potential employees, contractors and other agents and affiliates were not excluded from participation in the Medicare or Medicaid Programs. Providers have been instructed to check the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General’s website for

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CMS published its notice of intent in the July 29, 2014 Federal Register to expand the demonstration regarding prior authorizations from DME suppliers seeking payment for Power Mobility Devices from the original seven states to an additional twelve states. Louisiana is one of those states.

The original states included in the demonstration were California, Florida,