MedPAC advises Congress about Medicare.  The Remington Report in its October 4, 2017, edition of FutureFocus reported that a MedPAC  staff member stated as follows at MedPAC’s September meeting:

“The Balanced Budget Act (BBA) requires hospitals to provide...

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a number of waivers of various requirements for healthcare providers.  On May 11, 2020, CMS issued waivers regarding requirements for discharge planning for hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs)....

Anecdotally, at this time home health providers are often denied access to their patients who reside in assisted living facilities (ALFs).  The rationale of ALFs is that denial of access is necessary in order to void exposure to COVID-19.  The experience of skilled nur...

April 27, 2020

Much of the focus thus far in the treatment of COVID-19 patients has been on hospitals and rightfully so.  Practitioners on the front lines of treatment of COVID-19 patients and policy makers are now beginning to advocate for the treatment of COVID-19 patients at home...

April 11, 2020

American Home Healthcare System, Inc.; a free standing home health agency in Indiana; has sued Floyd Memorial Hospital and Baptist Healthcare System for violations of antitrust laws related to patients’ right to freedom of choice.  In a recent Memorandum Opinion and Or...

April 6, 2020

Based on the common law or court decisions, the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA), and regulations of the Medicare Program governing discharge planning in hospitals, patients clearly have the right to freedom of choice of providers.  Both providers and patients seem to...

March 30, 2020

Dr. Stephen Zappala sued Steward Health Care on the basis that the hospital exerted immense personal and financial pressure on him and other physicians to refer patients only to Steward hospitals and specialists in order to increase profits.  Specifically, Dr. Zappala...