2010 Medicare Part B Monthly Premium Rate, Annual Part B Deductible & Actuarial RatesAnnounced

October 27, 2009

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced that the monthly premiums, actuarial rates for aged (age 65 and over) and disabled (under age 65) beneficiaries enrolled in Part B of the Medicare Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI) program that will apply for calendar year 2010. 

The rates announced here in the Federal Register on October 22, 2009 are as follows:

  • The monthly actuarial rates for 2010 are $221.00 for aged enrollees and $270.40 for disabled enrollees. The standard monthly Part B premium rate for 2010 is $110.50, which is up from the 2009
  • standard premium rate of $96.40.)
  • The Part B deductible for 2010 is set at $155.00 for all Part B beneficiaries.

A beneficiary who has to pay an income-related monthly adjustment may have to pay a total monthly premium of roughly 35, 50, 65 or 80 percent of the total cost of Part B coverage.

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2010 Medicare Hospital (Part A) Premiums, Inpatient Deductibles & Copays Announced

October 27, 2009

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that the Medicare Hospital Insurance (Part A) premium for uninsured enrollees in calendar year (CY) 2010 for the 12-month period beginning January 1, 2010 will be $461. This premium is paid by enrollees age 65 and over who are not otherwise eligible for benefits under Medicare Part A (hereafter known as the “uninsured aged”) and by certain disabled individuals who have exhausted other entitlement. In some instances, certain of these individuals may qualify for a reduced premium of $254.  You can read more about the uninsured enrollee premium here.

Concurrently, CMS also announced that the inpatient hospital deductible and the hospital and extended care services coinsurance amounts for services furnished in calendar year (CY) 2010 under Medicare’s Hospital Insurance Program (Medicare Part A). For CY 2010, these amounts are as follows:

  • The inpatient hospital deductible will be $1,100.
  • The daily coinsurance amounts for CY 2010 will be:

ü      $275 for the 61st through 90th day of hospitalization in a benefit period;

ü      550 for lifetime reserve days; and

ü      137.50 for the 21st through 100th day of extended care services in a skilled nursing facility in a benefit period.

The Social Security Act (the Act) requires the subtraction of an inpatient hospital deductible and certain coinsurance amounts from the amount otherwise payable under Medicare Part A.  The coinsurance and deductible amounts are calculated based on a statutory formula.  You can review the CMS announcement of these copayment and deductible amounts here.


CMS Renews Community Health Accreditation Program Authority To Accredit Hospices

October 24, 2009

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will continue to recognize the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) as a national accreditation program for hospices seeking to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs for the period from November 20, 2009 though November 20, 2012. CMS announced its decision to conditionally approve the continuation of CHAP’s accreditation status with a 180-day probationary period on October 23, 2009 here.

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We hope that this information is useful to you.  If you need assistance with these or other health care public policy, regulatory, compliance, risk management, workforce and other staffing, transactional or operational concerns, please contact the author of this update, Curran Tomko Tarski LLP Health Practice Group Chair, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, at (214) 270‑2402, cstamer@cttlegal.com. Ms. Stamer has extensive experience advising clients and writes and speaks extensively on these and other health industry and other reimbursement, operations, internal controls and risk management matters.  You can review other recent health care and related resources and additional information about the health industry and other experience of Ms. Stamer here

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Senate Finance Committee Releases Statutory Language of America’s Healthy Future Act To Present To Full Senate

October 22, 2009

Americans finally have a chance to read the actual statutory language of the painfully negotiated package of proposed health care reforms that the Senate Finance Committee proposes for adoption.  The Senate Finance Committee leadership finally finished drafting has posted the 1506 page long text of the proposed statutory language of the health care reform provisions of the “America’s Healthy Future Act” on its website here.

When the Senate Finance Committee vote passing the America’s Health Future Act, members of the Senate Finance Committee had not yet had the opportunity to review the actual statutory language to be proposed to implement the package of heatlh care reforms painfully hashed out in their committee.  As the actual statutory language had not been completed at the time a majority of the Democrats and one Republican Senator serving on the Senate Finance Committee voted to send the legislation to the the full Senate, the vote actually was taken based on a narative description of the intended reforms set forth in a revised draft of the “Chairman’s Mark” of the legislation.  Since that time Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus and other key Democrat Senators on the Senate Finance Committee have worked behind closed doors to prepare the actual statutory language to be presented to the full Senate.

As proposed, the America’s Healthy Future Act would require sweeping changes to the U.S. health care systems that if adopted will radically impact the roles and responsibilities of every patient, health care provider, health care payor, employer and other American.  Because of the potential implications on the way health care is financed, delivered and administered and the projections that the legislation will cost approximately $1 Trillion, all parties are urged to carefully review the complex and lengthy legislation to gain an understanding of the legislation and to act quickly to make any concerns known to elected leaders in Congress. 

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CMS Proposes Changes To Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Program Rules

October 22, 2009

December 8, 2009 is the deadline for interested persons to submit comments on proposed changes to Medicare Advantage (MA) program (Part C) and prescription drug benefit program (Part D) regulations published by the Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in today’s (October 22, 2009) Federal Register. If adopted as proposed, the Proposed Regulations would:

  • Clarify various program participation requirements;
  • Implement changes CMS intends to strengthen beneficiary protections and ensure that plan offerings to beneficiaries include meaningful differences;
  • Change plan payment rules and processes; and
  • Implement a new Part D formulary policy and other policy changes.

To review the Proposed Regulations or for instructions on submitting comments, see here. If you need assistance with these or other Medicare Advantage or other health care public policy, regulatory, compliance, risk management, workforce and other staffing, transactional or operational concerns, please contact the author of this update, Curran Tomko Tarski LLP Health Practice Group Chair, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, at (214) 270 2402, cstamer@cttlegal.com, Ms. Stamer has extensive experience advising clients and writes and speaks extensively on these and other health industry and other reimbursement, operations, internal controls and risk management matters. We hope that this information is useful to you. If you found this information of interest, you also may be interested in reviewing some of the following recent Solution Law Press Health Care Updates available online here. You also can review other recent health care and related resources and additional information about the health industry and other experience of Ms. Stamer here. If you or someone else you know would like to receive future updates about developments on these and other concerns, please be sure that we have your current contact information – including your preferred e-mail – by creating or updating your profile at here, or e-mailing this information to cstamer@cttlegal.com, and/or by participating in the SLP Health Care Risk Management & Operations Group on LinkedIn. If you or someone else you know would like to receive future updates about developments on these and other concerns, please be sure that we have your current contact information – including your preferred e-mail – by creating or updating your profile at here or e-mailing this information here. To unsubscribe, e-mail here. ©2009 Cynthia Marcotte Stamer. All rights reserved.


Forms & Instructions To Provide HITECH Act-Required Notice To OCR Of Breach of Unsecured Protected Health Information Posted

October 15, 2009

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently posted online forms and instructions for submitting notice of breaches of unsecured protected health information to OCR required under new protected health information breach notification rules enacted under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. 

Under Section 13402 of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act as implemented by the Interim Final Breach Notification Regulations published by OCR in August, health care providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses (covered entities) and their business associates within the meaning of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) must provide certain notifications within 60 days following discovery of a breach of unsecured protected health information to individuals whose protected health information was breached, OCR, and certain other parties. The new breach notification requirements apply to breaches occurring after September 23, 2009.

The required form to submit notice to and deadline for submitting notice to OCR depends on the number of affected individuals. For breaches affecting 500 or more individuals, notice of the breach must be submitted without unreasonable delay and no later than 60 days from the discovery of the breach. In other cases, notice to affected individuals still must be provided without unreasonable delay and within 60 days of discovery; but notification to CMS may be provided within 60 days of the end of the calendar year of discovery of the breach.

The author of this update, Curran Tomko Tarski LLP Partner Cynthia Marcotte Stamer has extensive experience advising covered entities, their business associates and others about HIPAA and other privacy and data security matters affecting covered entities and their business associates and has conducted training on the breach notification and other new HITECH Act rules and other HIPAA Privacy and Security matters.  You can review her experience, learn how to access recordings of her presentations and other details here.

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Ms. Stamer has extensive experience in these and other health industry related representation.  You can review other recent health care and related resources and additional information about the health industry and other experience of Ms. Stamer here

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North Texas Healthcare Compliance Professional Association Meets October 13

October 12, 2009

October 13, 2009 Meeting Invitation/Reminder & Updated Meeting Agenda

North Texas Health Care Compliance Professional Association’s invites you to its October 13, 2009 Meeting from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Texas Health Resources Pavilion.

The first portion of the program will feature a discussion by Kristin Jenkins from DFW Hospital Council of:

  • Modifications/upgrades in Group One’s Compliance Check processes; and
  • The ability to use the Data Initiative to pull RAC specific indicators and a dashboard in development for Compliance Officer use.

The second portion of the program will be a participatory Health Care Compliance Roundtable Discussion of Hot Topics moderated by the Erma E. Lee, JPS Health Network District Compliance Officer and NTPCA President. Topics to be discussed include:

  • HIPAA Data Breach;
  • Red Flag & Other Evolving Privacy & Data Security Obligations & Risks;
  • Office of Civil Rights Health Industry Disability & Other Civil Rights Enforcement;
  • Tax-Exemption Issues Including Proposed Form 990 and Exemption Reforms In Health Care Reform;
  • Health Care Fraud Enforcement; and 
  • Other Hot Developments

NTHCPA invites interested persons to come catch up on these and other new developments and exchange thoughts and insights with other Health Care Compliance Professionals on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in Classroom B of the Texas Health Resources Pavilion located at 612 E. Lamar Blvd., Arlington, TX. NTHCPA thanks Texas Health Resources for hosting this month’s meeting. For additional information, please contact NTHCPA Vice-President Cynthia Marcotte Stamer at (214) 270-2402 or by e-mail at cstamer@solutionslawyer.net. NTHCPA looks forward to seeing you there! About the NTHCPA NTHCPA exists to champion ethical practice and compliance standards and to provide the necessary resources for ethics and compliance Professionals and others in North Texas who share these principles. The vision of NTHCPA is to be a pre-eminent compliance and ethics group promoting lasting success and integrity of organizations within North Texas. To register or update your registration or to receive notice of future meetings, e-mail here . This communication may be considered a marketing communication for certain purposes. If you wish to update your e-mail for purposes of or would prefer not to receive future e-mail concerning meetings or other activities of the North Texas Healthcare Compliance Professionals Association or other marketing and promotional mailings from it, please send an email with the word “unsubscribe” in its subject heading to here.


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