New Affordable Care Act Mandated High Risk Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Pool Program Regulations Set Program Rules, Prohibit Plan Dumping of High Risk Members

July 31, 2010

nterim final rules (Regulations) implementing the implementation of the “Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan” (PCIP) program required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Affordable Care Act) became effective immediately upon their publication by the Department of Human Services on Friday, July 30, 2010. The Regulations published by HHS on July 30, 2010 define eligible individuals and detail the rules governing the establishment, implementation and administration of the PCIP program.   The Regulations also send a clear message that insurers and group health plans risk stiff penalties for engaging in activities that HHS considers inappropriate dumping from coverage of individuals with pre-existing conditions. Read details


CMS & ONC To Co-Host 7/22 ONC Certification & Medicare/Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Audio Training

July 20, 2010

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) will co-host an Audio Training on the Final Rules for ONC Certification and Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs on July 22, 2010 from 2:00-3:30 pm EST. 

During the training, the Agencies plan to discuss: 

  • Benefits of HIT
  • Summary of the final rules
  • ONC temporary certification process
  • ONC initial set of standards and implementation specifications
  • Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentives Programs including the initial definition of meaningful Use

To join the audio training, dial 1-877-251-0301 and enter the Conference ID pass code: 87841621 

Materials will be made available prior to the training at the following web address here.  

For more information about CMS EMR incentives, see here.   

The author of this update, attorney Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, has extensive experience advising and assisting health care providers, health plans and insurers, and other health and insurance industry clients with HIPAA, EMR and other privacy and data security, reimbursement, compliance, public policy, regulatory, staffing, and other operations and risk management matters. Ms. Stamer also regularly conducts training on these and other health industry technology, compliance, management and operations matters.  You can get more information about her health industry experience here.  If you need assistance with these or other compliance concerns, wish to inquire about arranging for compliance audit or training, or need legal representation on other matters please contact Ms. Stamer at (469) 767-8872 or via e-mail here.  

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We hope that this information is useful to you. If you need assistance evaluating or responding to the Health Care Reform Law or health care compliance, risk management, transactional, operational, reimbursement, or public policy concerns, please contact the author of this update, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, at (469) 767-8872, cstamer@Solutionslawyer.net.  

Vice President of the North Texas Health Care Compliance Professionals Association, Past Chair of the ABA Health Law Section Managed Care & Insurance Section and the former Board Compliance Chair of the National Kidney Foundation of North Texas, Ms. Stamer has more than 23 years experience advising health industry clients about these and other matters. A popular lecturer and widely published author on health industry and human resources matters, Ms. Stamer continuously advises health industry clients about health industry and other related concerns. Ms. Stamer also publishes and speaks extensively on health and managed care industry regulatory, staffing and human resources, compensation and benefits, technology, public policy, reimbursement and other operations and risk management concerns. Her insights on these and other related matters appear in the Health Care Compliance Association, Atlantic Information Service, Bureau of National Affairs, World At Work, The Wall Street Journal, Business Insurance, the Dallas Morning News, Modern Health Care, Managed Healthcare, Health Leaders, and a many other national and local publications. For additional information about Ms. Stamer, her experience, involvements, programs or publications, see here

You can review other recent health care and internal controls 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 here. To unsubscribe, e-mail here

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CMS Proposes Changes To Civil Monetary Penalty Rules For Nursing Homes

July 12, 2010

August 11, 2010 is the deadline to submit comments on proposed changes to Medicare and Medicaid regulations governing the imposition and collection of civil monetary penalties against nursing homes for failing to comply with Medicare & Medicaid regulations.  

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today (July 12, 2010) proposed regulations that would expand and revise current Medicare and Medicaid regulations regarding the imposition and collection of  civil money penalties by CMS when nursing homes are not in compliance with Federal participation requirements in accordance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.  A copy of the proposed regulations is available for review here.

If you need assistance evaluating, preparing comments, or responding to the proposed regulations or with other health industry matters, please consider contacting the author of this update.  Attorney Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, has extensive experience advising and assisting health care providers and other health industry clients with reimbursement, compliance, public policy, regulatory, staffing, and other operations and risk management matters. Ms. Stamer also regularly publishes and conducts training on health industry compliance, management and operations matters.  You can get more information about her health industry experience here.  If you need assistance with these or other compliance concerns, wish to inquire about arranging for compliance audit or training, or need legal representation on other matters please contact Ms. Stamer at (469) 767-8872 or via e-mail here

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We hope that this information is useful to you. If you need assistance evaluating or responding to the Health Care Reform Law or health care compliance, risk management, transactional, operational, reimbursement, or public policy concerns, please contact the author of this update, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, at (469) 767-8872, cstamer@Solutionslawyer.net.

Vice President of the North Texas Health Care Compliance Professionals Association, Past Chair of the ABA Health Law Section Managed Care & Insurance Section and the former Board Compliance Chair of the National Kidney Foundation of North Texas, Ms. Stamer has more than 23 years experience advising health industry clients about these and other matters. A popular lecturer and widely published author on health industry and human resources matters, Ms. Stamer continuously advises health industry clients about health industry and other related concerns. Ms. Stamer also publishes and speaks extensively on health and managed care industry regulatory, staffing and human resources, compensation and benefits, technology, public policy, reimbursement and other operations and risk management concerns. Her insights on these and other related matters appear in the Health Care Compliance Association, Atlantic Information Service, Bureau of National Affairs, World At Work, The Wall Street Journal, Business Insurance, the Dallas Morning News, Modern Health Care, Managed Healthcare, Health Leaders, and a many other national and local publications. For additional information about Ms. Stamer, her experience, involvements, programs or publications, see here.

You can review other recent health care and internal controls 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 here. To unsubscribe, e-mail here.

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Office of Civil Rights Proposes Changes To HIPAA Privacy, Security & Civil Sanctions Rules

July 9, 2010

Stay Tuned To Solutions Law Press For More Details

Get ready for even tighter privacy and security rules and more enforcement!  The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on July 8, 2010 proposed changes to its existing Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Enforcement Rules in response to amendments enacted under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009. Because of the lead time required to implement needed changes in policies, technology and training, health care providers, health plans, healthcare clearinghouses and their business associates should evaluate and begin preparations to adjust their health information privacy and data security policies and practices in anticipation of the finalization and implementation of these rules. 

The more than 220 page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposes to revise the existing Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information (Privacy Rule); the Security Standards for the Protection of Electronic Protected Health Information (Security Rule); and the rules pertaining to Compliance and Investigations, Imposition of Civil Money Penalties, and Procedures for Hearings (Enforcement Rule) issued under HIPAA.

Solutions Law Press is finalizing arrangements to host a briefing on the proposed changes in August and planning more detailed updates on these developments.  Stay tuned to Solutions Law Press for additional updates and details about a future briefing on these proposed HIPAA changes and other developments affecting HIPAA and other health plan and human resources matters.   In the meanwhile, you may want to check out other existing Solutions Law Press updates and resources about HITECH Act and other HIPAA developments such as HIPAA Heats Up: HITECH Act Changes Take Effect & OCR Begins Posting Names, Other Details Of Unsecured PHI Breach Reports On Website.

The author of this update, attorney Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, has extensive experience advising and assisting health care providers and other health industry clients with HIPAA and other privacy and data security, reimbursement, compliance, public policy, regulatory, staffing, and other operations and risk management matters. You can get more information about her health industry experience here.  If you need assistance with these or other compliance concerns, wish to inquire about arranging for compliance audit or training, or need legal representation on other matters please contact Ms. Stamer at (469) 767-8872 or via e-mail here

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We hope that this information is useful to you. If you need assistance evaluating or responding to the Health Care Reform Law or health care compliance, risk management, transactional, operational, reimbursement, or public policy concerns, please contact the author of this update, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, at (469) 767-8872, cstamer@Solutionslawyer.net.

Vice President of the North Texas Health Care Compliance Professionals Association, Past Chair of the ABA Health Law Section Managed Care & Insurance Section and the former Board Compliance Chair of the National Kidney Foundation of North Texas, Ms. Stamer has more than 23 years experience advising health industry clients about these and other matters. A popular lecturer and widely published author on health industry and human resources matters, Ms. Stamer continuously advises health industry clients about health industry and other related concerns. Ms. Stamer also publishes and speaks extensively on health and managed care industry regulatory, staffing and human resources, compensation and benefits, technology, public policy, reimbursement and other operations and risk management concerns. Her insights on these and other related matters appear in the Health Care Compliance Association, Atlantic Information Service, Bureau of National Affairs, World At Work, The Wall Street Journal, Business Insurance, the Dallas Morning News, Modern Health Care, Managed Healthcare, Health Leaders, and a many other national and local publications. For additional information about Ms. Stamer, her experience, involvements, programs or publications, see here.

You can review other recent health care and internal controls 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 here. To unsubscribe, e-mail here.

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NTHCPA July 13 Meeting On Annual Reporting under a Corporate Integrity Agreement

July 5, 2010

NORTH TEXAS HEALTHCARE COMPLIANCE PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION

Invites Members and Guests to

“Annual Reporting under a Corporate Integrity Agreement”

July 13, 2010
2:00 p.m..-4:00 p.m.
Tenet Healthcare Corporation

Fountain Place, 14th Floor Room 1454

1445 Ross Avenue

Dallas, Texas 75202

 

North Texas Healthcare Compliance Professional Association (NTHCPA) invites members and other interested health care compliance professionals to learn about “Annual Reporting Under a Corporate Integrity Agreement” by participating in the July 13, 2010 NTHCPA meeting from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Listen to a panel discussion of Audrey Andrews, Sarah Campbell, Al Josephs and Ryan Whitehill from the compliance team of Tenet Healthcare Corporation as they discuss their insights on preparing for and managing annual reporting requirements when operating under a corporate integrity agreement.

The meeting will be held at the offices of Tenet Healthcare Corporation located at Fountain Place, 14th Floor Room 1454, 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75202. NTHCPA thanks Tenet Healthcare Corporation for hosting and leading this meeting.

NTHCPA meetings are open to all NTHCPA members and other interested health care compliance professionals. Participation in the meeting is complimentary. Participants are responsible for any parking charges incurred. 

To help us to notify you about upcoming meetings and to arrange for adequate space and refreshments, for this and other meetings, interested persons are encouraged to forward their current contact information including e-mail to Vice-President Cynthia Marcotte Stamer at (469) 767-8872 or by e-mail to cstamer@solutionslawyer.net.

If you are interested in hosting one of the upcoming meetings, wish to suggest topics or speakers, or wish to obtain or share other information, please contact NTHCPA President Erma Lee at (817) 927-1232 or by e-mail at ELee@jpshealth.org or Vice-President Cynthia Marcotte Stamer at (469) 767-8872 or by e-mail to cstamer@solutionslawyer.net.

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.


Stamer Speaks On “Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘N Role: Personal Misconduct In Health Care” July 21, 2010 In Dallas

July 5, 2010

From substance abuse to stress, medical staff and other health care workforce personal misconduct creates major liability and management challenges for health care organizations and their licensed providers. Cynthia Marcotte Stamer will speak about “Sex Drugs & Rock ‘N Role: Personal Misconduct in Health Care” at the Wednesday, July 21, 2010 monthly meeting of the Dallas Bar Association Health Law Section. 

Former Chair of the ABA Health Law Section Managed Care & Insurance Interest Group, attorney and author Cynthia Marcotte Stamer is nationally and internationally recognized for her legal work, publications and programs, and advocacy on health industry performance management and other health industry matters.  Ms. Stamer works extensively with health care organizations, managed care and health insurance organizations, governments and others to manage performance and legal risks.  Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Ms. Stamer combines her more than 23 years of health industry regulatory and risk management experience with an in-depth knowledge of workforce management and regulation to help clients manage performance and legal and operational risks.  Her experience includes advising public and private health industry clients domestically and internationally on a wide range of matters.  A widely published author and popular speaker, Ms. Stamer’s insights on health industry matters also are quoted in HealthLeaders, Managed Care Executive, the Wall Street Journal and many other national popular, business and industry publications.  She also conducts continuing medical education and other health industry compliance and risk management training for many organizations on a wide range of topics.

The program will be held from Noon to 1:00 p.m. Central Time at the Dallas Bar Association Belo Mansion located at 2101 Ross Avenue, Dallas Texas.  For additional information, visit www.dallasbar.org.

For additional information, call the Dallas Bar Association at 214-220-7400 or see http://www.dallasbar.org.

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You can review other recent health care and internal controls resources and get additional information about the health industry and other experience of Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, P.C. here. If you or someone else you know would like to receive future updates about developments on these and other concerns, register or update your profile – including your preferred e-mail – by creating or updating your profile at here or e-mailing this information to here.


CMS PROPOSES RULES TO IMPLEMENT AFFORDABLE CARE ACT REQUIRED EXPANSION OF MEDICARE PREVENTIVE SERVICES AND OTHER 2011 REIMBURSEMENT CHANGES

July 3, 2010

August 24, 2010 is the deadline for concerned health care providers or others to submit comments on regulations that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently proposed to implement key provisions in the Affordable Care Act of 2010 concerning Medicare reimbursement preventive services, primary care services, certain rural health care services, imaging and certain other services.  Health care providers providing Medicare-covered services should review the proposed regulation available here and an accompanying CMS Fact Sheet on the rule available here to assess its likely implications on their reimbursement and other operations act quickly to share any comments and concerns.

The proposed regulation published by CMS June 26, 2010 would apply to payments under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for services furnished on or after January 1, 2011.  Among other things, it outlines the conditions under which CMS proposes that:

  • Medicare will cover an annual wellness visit
  • Eliminate out-of-pocket costs for Medicare beneficiaries for most preventive services
  • Add an incentive payment for primary care services furnished by primary care practitioners that can include physicians, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and physician assistants.  Implement a payment incentive program for general surgeons performing major surgery in areas designated by the Secretary as Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs)
  • Allow physician assistants to order post-hospital extended care services in skilled nursing facilities
  • Pay certified nurse midwives for their services under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) at the same rates as physicians
  • Update its policies and payment rates for services by physicians, nonphysician practitioners (NPPs) and certain other suppliers that are paid under the MPFS during calendar year (CY) 2011. 
  • Continue recent efforts by CMS to improve the accuracy of physicians’ payment rates by implementing Affordable Care Act mandates to identify services in categories that are at significant risk for inaccurate payment and by further reducing payments in CY 2011 for diagnostic imaging equipment used in diagnostic computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) services
  • Require physicians referring CT, MRI and positron emission tomography (PET) services under the in-office ancillary services exception to the physician self-referral prohibition, to notify patients that they may receive the same services from other suppliers in the area. The physician would also provide a list of alternate suppliers.

The author of this update, attorney Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, has extensive experience advising and assisting health care providers and other health industry clients with reimbursement, compliance, public policy, regulatory, staffing, and other operations and risk management matters. You can get more information about her health industry experience here.  If you need assistance with these or other compliance concerns, wish to inquire about arranging for compliance audit or training, or need legal representation on other matters please contact Ms. Stamer at (469) 767-8872 or via e-mail here

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We hope that this information is useful to you. If you need assistance evaluating or responding to the Health Care Reform Law or health care compliance, risk management, transactional, operational, reimbursement, or public policy concerns, please contact the author of this update, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, at (469) 767-8872, cstamer@Solutionslawyer.net.

Vice President of the North Texas Health Care Compliance Professionals Association, Past Chair of the ABA Health Law Section Managed Care & Insurance Section and the former Board Compliance Chair of the National Kidney Foundation of North Texas, Ms. Stamer has more than 23 years experience advising health industry clients about these and other matters. A popular lecturer and widely published author on health industry and human resources matters, Ms. Stamer continuously advises health industry clients about health industry and other related concerns. Ms. Stamer also publishes and speaks extensively on health and managed care industry regulatory, staffing and human resources, compensation and benefits, technology, public policy, reimbursement and other operations and risk management concerns. Her insights on these and other related matters appear in the Health Care Compliance Association, Atlantic Information Service, Bureau of National Affairs, World At Work, The Wall Street Journal, Business Insurance, the Dallas Morning News, Modern Health Care, Managed Healthcare, Health Leaders, and a many other national and local publications. For additional information about Ms. Stamer, her experience, involvements, programs or publications, see here.

You can review other recent health care and internal controls 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 here. To unsubscribe, e-mail here.

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New Law Clarifies Medicare 3-Day Payment Window Rule

July 3, 2010

The “Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act of 2010” (Act) signed into law on June 25, 2010, clarifies Medicare’s policy for payment of services provided in hospital outpatient departments on either the day of or during the three days before an inpatient admission (“3-day payment window”). Read more about the clarifications made by the Act to the three-day rule here.

The author of this update, attorney Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, has extensive experience advising and assisting health care providers and other health industry clients with reimbursement, compliance, public policy, regulatory, staffing, and other operations and risk management matters. You can get more information about her health industry experience here.  If you need help with these or other compliance concerns, wish to ask about arranging for compliance audit or training, or need legal representation on other matters please contact Ms. Stamer at (469) 767-8872 or via e-mail here

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We hope that this information is useful to you. If you need assistance evaluating or responding to the Health Care Reform Law or health care compliance, risk management, transactional, operational, reimbursement, or public policy concerns, please contact the author of this update, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, at (469) 767-8872, cstamer@Solutionslawyer.net.

Vice President of the North Texas Health Care Compliance Professionals Association, Past Chair of the ABA Health Law Section Managed Care & Insurance Section and the former Board Compliance Chair of the National Kidney Foundation of North Texas, Ms. Stamer has more than 23 years experience advising health industry clients about these and other matters. A popular lecturer and widely published author on health industry and human resources matters, Ms. Stamer continuously advises health industry clients about health industry and other related concerns. Ms. Stamer also publishes and speaks extensively on health and managed care industry regulatory, staffing and human resources, compensation and benefits, technology, public policy, reimbursement and other operations and risk management concerns. Her insights on these and other related matters appear in the Health Care Compliance Association, Atlantic Information Service, Bureau of National Affairs, World At Work, The Wall Street Journal, Business Insurance, the Dallas Morning News, Modern Health Care, Managed Healthcare, Health Leaders, and a many other national and local publications. For additional information about Ms. Stamer, her experience, involvements, programs or publications, see here.

You can review other recent health care and internal controls 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 here. To unsubscribe, e-mail here.

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HHS Invites Comments On Health Center Program Federal Tort Claims Policy Manual

July 1, 2010

The Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Policy Manual (Manual) posted here that the Department of Health & Human Services intends to serve as the primary policy source for information on FTCA for Health Center Program grantees funded under section 330 (Section 330) of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act. August 6, 2010 is the deadline to share feedback on the Manual in response to an invitation from HHS published in the July 1, 2010 Federal Register. See here.  

The Manual is intended to consolidate, update and replace a variety of guidance previously issued by HHS about the FTCA Medical Malpractice program for participating Health Center Program grantees. HHS previously has issued numerous Program Information Notices (PINs) and Program Assistance Letters (PALs) related to the Health Center FTCA Medical Malpractice Program. HHS consolidated these PINs and PALs to create the Manual. HHS intends for the Manual to convey guidance about existing policy and current processes, and to serve as the principal policy resource on FTCA matters for Health Center Program grantees and related stakeholders. HHS going forward plans to update the Manual as it issues new policy and program guidance.

The Health Center Program supports more than 1,100 organizations operating almost 8,000 health care delivery sites, including community health centers, migrant health centers, health care for the homeless centers, and public housing primary care centers. Health centers serve medically underserved communities delivering preventive and primary care services to patients regardless of their ability to pay.

Health Center Program grantees funded under section 330 of the PHS Act, including Community Health Centers, Migrant Health Centers, Health Care for the Homeless Health Centers, and Public Housing Primary Care Health Centers, have access to medical malpractice coverage under the FTCA. FTCA is the legal mechanism for compensating people who have suffered personal injury due to the negligent or wrongful action of employees of the U.S. Government.

Under section 224 of the PHS Act, as amended by the Federally Supported Health Centers Assistance Act (FSHCAA) of 1992 and 1995, a section 330-funded health center, as well as its officers, directors, employees, and certain contractors, may be considered deemed to be Federal employees for the purpose of medical malpractice coverage under the FTCA. Accordingly, they are immune from personal liability for claims of medical malpractice arising from their deemed employment, contract for services, or duties as an officer or director of the deemed health center. FSHCAA requires health centers to apply for deemed status in order for FTCA coverage to be effective.

The author of this update, attorney Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, has extensive experience advising and assisting health care providers and other health industry clients with reimbursement, compliance, public policy, regulatory, staffing, and other operations and risk management matters. You can get more information about her health industry experience here.  If you need assistance with these or other compliance concerns, wish to inquire about arranging for compliance audit or training, or need legal representation on other matters please contact Ms. Stamer at (469) 767-8872 or via e-mail here

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We hope that this information is useful to you. If you need assistance evaluating or responding to the Health Care Reform Law or health care compliance, risk management, transactional, operational, reimbursement, or public policy concerns, please contact the author of this update, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, at (469) 767-8872, cstamer@Solutionslawyer.net.

Vice President of the North Texas Health Care Compliance Professionals Association, Past Chair of the ABA Health Law Section Managed Care & Insurance Section and the former Board Compliance Chair of the National Kidney Foundation of North Texas, Ms. Stamer has more than 23 years experience advising health industry clients about these and other matters. A popular lecturer and widely published author on health industry and human resources matters, Ms. Stamer continuously advises health industry clients about health industry and other related concerns. Ms. Stamer also publishes and speaks extensively on health and managed care industry regulatory, staffing and human resources, compensation and benefits, technology, public policy, reimbursement and other operations and risk management concerns. Her insights on these and other related matters appear in the Health Care Compliance Association, Atlantic Information Service, Bureau of National Affairs, World At Work, The Wall Street Journal, Business Insurance, the Dallas Morning News, Modern Health Care, Managed Healthcare, Health Leaders, and a many other national and local publications. For additional information about Ms. Stamer, her experience, involvements, programs or publications, see here.

You can review other recent health care and internal controls 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 here. To unsubscribe, e-mail here.

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NCPDP SCRIPT 10.6 Approved As Medicare Part D/Advantage E-Prescribing Option

July 1, 2010

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today (July 1, 2010) issued an interim final rule (Rule) that permits the voluntary use of the National Council for the Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) Prescriber/Pharmacist Interface SCRIPT standard, Implementation Guide, Version 10, Release 6 (Version 10.6) (NCPDP SCRIPT 10.6) for conducting certain e-prescribing transactions for the Medicare Part D electronic prescription drug program. Review the Rule here.

Prior to the adoption the Rule, only NCPDP SCRIPT 8.1 was authorized for use in communicating Medicare Part D medication history among sponsors, prescribers and dispensers. The Rule revises Regulation §423.160(b)(4) to specify that entities now may use either NCPDP SCRIPT 10.6 or 8.1 for the communication of Medicare Part D medication history among sponsors, prescribers, and dispensers.

Along with the rule, CMS issued a request for comments on the Rule.  The deadline for interested parties to comment is 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on August 30, 2010.

Section 101 of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) (Pub. L. 108-173) requires that Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) sponsors, Medicare Advantage (MA) organizations offering Medicare Advantage-Prescription Drug Plans  and other Medicare Part D sponsors (Plans) provide for electronic transmittal the prescribing provider, dispensing pharmacy and the dispenser of information about:

  • Eligibility,
  • Benefits (including drugs included in the applicable formulary, any tiered formulary structure and any requirements for prior authorization),
  • The drug being prescribed or dispensed and other drugs listed in the medication history,
  • The availability of lower cost, therapeutically appropriate alternatives (if any) for the drug prescribed, and
  • Certain other information.

Before the Rule, CMS had approved NCPDP SCRIPT 8.1 for conducting these electronic transmittals.

As a consequence of the Rule, Plans, prescribers and dispensers now may use either NCPDP SCRIPT 10.6 or 8.1 when conducting e-Prescribing to conduct:

  • Get message transaction.
  • Status response transaction.
  • Error response transaction.
  • New prescription transaction.
  • Prescription change request transaction.
  • Prescription change response transaction.
  • Refill prescription request transaction.
  • Refill prescription response transaction.
  • Verification transaction.
  • Password change transaction.
  • Cancel prescription request transaction.
  • Cancel prescription response transaction.
  • Fill status notification transaction.
  • For the communication of Medicare Part D medication history among sponsors, prescribers, and dispensers.

The MMD does not require that prescribers or dispensers implement e-Prescribing, prescribers and dispensers who electronically transmit prescription and certain other prescription-related information for Medicare Part D covered drugs prescribed for Medicare Part D eligible individuals, directly or through an intermediary, must comply with any applicable final standards that are in effect.  The Rule provides new choices on how to accomplish this.

The author of this update, attorney Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, has extensive experience advising and assisting health care providers and other health industry clients with reimbursement, compliance, public policy, regulatory, staffing, and other operations and risk management matters. You can get more information about her health industry experience here.   If you need help with these or other compliance concerns, wish to ask about arranging for compliance audit or training, or need legal representation on other matters please contact Ms. Stamer at (469) 767-8872 or via e-mail here

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We hope that this information is useful to you.  If you need assistance evaluating or responding to the Health Care Reform Law or health care compliance, risk management, transactional, operational, reimbursement, or public policy concerns, please contact the author of this update, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, at (469) 767-8872, cstamer@Solutionslawyer.net.

Vice President of the North Texas Health Care Compliance Professionals Association, Past Chair of the ABA Health Law Section Managed Care & Insurance Section and the former Board Compliance Chair of the National Kidney Foundation of North Texas, Ms. Stamer has more than 23 years experience advising health industry clients about these and other matters.  A popular lecturer and widely published author on health industry and human resources matters, Ms. Stamer continuously advises health industry clients about these and other related concerns.  Ms. Stamer also publishes and speaks extensively on health and managed care industry regulatory, staffing and human resources, compensation and benefits, and other operations and risk management concerns.  Her insights on these and other related matters appear in the Health Care Compliance Association, Atlantic Information Service, Bureau of National Affairs, World At Work, The Wall Street Journal, Business Insurance, the Dallas Morning News, Modern Health Care, Managed Healthcare, Health Leaders, and a many other national and local publications.  For additional information about Ms. Stamer, her experience, involvements, programs or publications, see here.  

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