Nurses Sue Over Medicare Pay Policy On Pain Management

Law360, New York (April 12, 2017, 6:21 PM EDT) -- A new Medicare policy denying reimbursement to nurses for providing chronic pain management flies in the face of federal regulations and was enacted unconstitutionally, according to a lawsuit filed by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists on Tuesday in Illinois federal court.

The lawsuit filed by the 50,000-member AANA applies to a so-called local coverage determination made by a Medicare contractor called Novitas Solutions Inc., which oversees payments in 11 states and the District of Columbia. The LCD is set to take effect on May 4...
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