CMS Finalizes 60-Day Overpayment Rule: Providers Must Refund Overpayments Going Back Six, Not 10 Years

CMS has finalized a rule that defines the statutory obligation of providers and suppliers (“Providers”) to return Medicare overpayments (the “60-Day Rule”). The Affordable Care Act compels providers to return overpayments within 60 days of identifying them. Failing to refund overpayments can result in liability under the False Claims Act. That means a Provider could either face financial penalties or [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:27-06:00February 12, 2016|

Applications for H-1B Visa Accepted Beginning on April 1

On April 1, USCIS will begin to accept applications for H-1B visas for Fiscal Year 2016, and it is widely accepted that the annual allotment will be taken quickly. As a reminder, the H-1B visa is for professional workers coming to work in specialty occupations. Congress only allocates 65,000 visas per year and an additional 20,000 for individuals with an [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:28-06:00February 1, 2016|

Lawmakers Introduce Bills to Enact Colorado End-of-Life Options Act

On Jan. 13, 2016 the Colorado House of Representatives and the Colorado State Senate introduced identical bills—HB 16-1054 and SB 16-025—that enact the Colorado End-of-Life Options Act. The act allows terminally ill, adult Coloradoans to request a prescription for aid-in-dying medication, and authorizes their physicians to prescribe such medication. Of important note, health care providers are not obligated to prescribe [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:28-06:00January 20, 2016|

Eligible Health Care Providers Must File a Review Request by Dec. 16 to Avoid 2016 Medicare Penalties

What: Certain health care providers may be subject to Medicare payment penalties of 2-4 percent in 2016. Who: All eligible health care providers, individuals and group practices, who participate in the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). This includes: “Medicare physicians,” e.g. chiropractors, dentists, podiatrists, medical doctors and others; “practitioners,” e.g. clinical social workers, registered dietitians, audiologists, nurse practitioners and others; and speech, [...]

By |2017-04-10T16:27:23-06:00December 7, 2015|

Revalidation and Enrollment Begins Sept. 15 for Colorado Medicaid Providers

As required by the Affordable Care Act, all existing Medicare and Medicaid providers, including all Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) providers, must revalidate by March 31, 2016. In order to meet these requirements and to ensure that all Colorado Medicaid providers are enrolled in its new claims processing and payment system, known as the Colorado interchange, Colorado Medicaid will begin [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:35-06:00September 14, 2015|

Supreme Court Rules Affordable Care Act Insurance Subsidies Legal

This morning, June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the legality of health insurance subsidies for taxpayers participating in health insurance exchanges run by the federal government as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. In David King, et al. v. Sylvia Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:37-06:00June 25, 2015|

State Department Announces Worldwide Visa System Outage

Late on Wed., June 17, the U.S. State Department announced that a technical problem occurred within their visa issuance system and that Consular posts worldwide are unable to issue visas. There is not an estimated timeframe as to when the system will be up and functioning again, but it is widely expected that the system outage will cause significant delays [...]

By |2015-06-18T11:30:08-06:00June 18, 2015|

Court Rules Employers May Terminate Employees for Medical Marijuana Use

The Colorado Supreme Court recently issued a highly anticipated decision regarding employee use of medical marijuana. In the case, Coats v. Dish Network, Colorado’s highest court held that employees can be terminated for the off-duty use of medical marijuana. The Plaintiff, Mr. Coats, is a quadriplegic and has been confined to a wheelchair since he was a teenager. In 2009, [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:37-06:00June 17, 2015|

USCIS to Extend Employment Eligibility to Certain H-4 Spouses

On Feb. 24, 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service announced that applications will be accepted for employment authorization documents for certain spouses of H-1B visa holders holding H-4 status. The first applications will be accepted on May 26, 2015. The H-4 status holders that will be eligible for an employment authorization document (EAD) are limited to those who have [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:43-06:00February 24, 2015|