Client Alerts

16 02, 2018

Expansion of the Medicaid Physician UPL Supplemental Payment Program

2018-02-16T21:14:45+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Client Alert|

In a memorandum dated January 25, 2018, from John Upchurch, the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) announced it is seeking approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand the Physician UPL program to include the following: All physician practices affiliated with a public teaching hospital enrolled in Georgia Medicaid. [...]

19 01, 2018

Changes to Unrelated Business Income Tax Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

2018-01-23T16:34:07+00:00 January 19th, 2018|Client Alert|

Organizations subject to Unrelated Business Income (UBI) Tax at corporate rates will now pay a flat tax rate of 21%. However, for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017 multiple UBI activities can no longer be aggregated.  Instead, the income or loss from each activity is separately calculated and loss activities can no longer [...]

10 01, 2018

Rural Hospital Tax Credit Program Annual Hospital Report

2018-01-10T14:55:25+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Client Alert|

The last step for hospitals receiving calendar year 2017 Tax Credit donations is an annual report to the State.  The 2017 Rural Hospital Tax Credit Donation and Expenditure Report must be submitted to the Georgia Department of Community Health no later than February 1, 2018. The form is available at the following website: https://dch.georgia.gov/rural-hospital-tax-credit. [...]

4 01, 2018

Hospice Cap Changes

2018-01-04T19:52:19+00:00 January 4th, 2018|Client Alert|

The fiscal year (FY) 2016 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update final rule included a change to align the inpatient and aggregate cap accounting year with the federal fiscal year of September 30 beginning in FY 2017.  This change moves the due date to file a self-determined inpatient and aggregate cap determination from [...]

18 12, 2017

Essential Community Providers

2017-12-18T19:50:09+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Client Alert|

Providers who qualify as Essential Community Providers (ECPs) should verify they have been included in the draft list recently released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  ECPs are defined as providers who serve predominantly low-income, medically underserved individuals.  They include health care providers defined in section 340B(a)(4) of the Public Health [...]

13 11, 2017

State Fiscal Year 2018 Indigent Care Trust Fund Interim Payments

2017-11-13T20:18:02+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Client Alert|

The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) has communicated to providers in a memorandum dated November 8, 2017 that DCH is preparing to make interim payments for the State Fiscal Year 2018 Disproportionate Share Hospital program.  Interim payments will not be provided to private hospitals due to the unavailability of state matching funds. The [...]

9 10, 2017

SFY 2017 Hospital UPL Payments

2017-10-09T14:36:34+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Client Alert|

In a memorandum dated October 6, 2017, from John Upchurch, the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) communicated the process of the State Fiscal Year 2017 Upper Payment Limit (UPL) hospital payments.  This memorandum directs providers to the DCH website where the gross payments and intergovernmental transfer amounts are listed.  The website is www.dch.georgia.gov.  [...]

3 10, 2017

340B Office of Pharmacy Affairs Information System (340B OPAIS) Available

2017-10-03T14:41:42+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|340B, Client Alert|

The newly released 340B Office of Pharmacy Affairs Information System (340B OPAIS) is now available.  With the release of this new system all covered entities should download the 340B OPAIS Public User Guide and review the webinar on OPAIS (links below). The goal of this new system is to increase the security, user accessibility, [...]