Proposed 2017 Hospital OPPS Rule Would End Medicare Payments to Many Off-Campus Facilities at the Same Levels as Hospital-Based Outpatient Departments – Published on July 14, 2016, CMS’s proposed 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) rule calls for site-neutral payments that would stop Medicare payments made to many off-campus facilities that are at the same level as payments to hospital-based departments.
Changes to Compensation Rules for Tax-Exempt Hospitals – The IRS has proposed new rules that will require tax-exempt hospitals (and other tax-exempt entities) to review a variety of compensation arrangements to avoid unintended tax consequences. This article will provide a brief overview of the potential impact of these new rules and steps that tax-exempt hospitals can take now to avoid problems later.
Nondiscrimination Final Rule Under the ACA Imposes New Requirements for Hospitals – On May 26, 2016, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Civil Rights (OCR) issued the “Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities” final rule, implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Generally, Section 1557 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in health programs or activities.
Your Money or Your Data: Ten Things You Need To Know About Ransomware – In 2013, hackers attacked a venerable Swansea, Massachusetts institution via ransomware. Ransomware is software that locks users out of computers or specific files until the victim pays a “fee” to release the lock. Such attacks have become increasingly common in recent years, with hospitals and health systems being frequent targets.