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Eighth Circuit Rules That ERISA Expressly Preempts Iowa Pharmacy Benefit Law

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently held that ERISA expressly preempts an Iowa law that imposes onerous regulatory requirements on pharmaceutical benefit managers operating in Iowa. The reversal...more

CMS Releases Plan for Expanded Monitoring of Medicare Advantage and Part D Appeals and Grievances

In Depth - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that it will monitor—beginning in January 2017—Part C and D appeals timeliness on an industry-wide basis. Under this initiative, all...more

Strategizing to Operationalize the Medicare Advantage and Part D Final Rule

More than a year ago, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed significant regulatory changes to the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D Programs, many of which were the subject of significant...more

CMS to Test Value-Based Insurance Design in Medicare Advantage

While CMS’s demonstration model will allow for reduced cost sharing and other benefit design elements to encourage targeted use of high-value clinical services, Medicare Advantage Organizations should be aware of certain...more

Strategizing to Operationalize the Medicare Advantage and Part D Final Rule

More than a year ago, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed significant regulatory changes to the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D Programs, many of which were the subject of significant...more

U.S. Appeals Courts Issue Conflicting Decisions on Whether ACA Permits Tax Subsidies of Health Care Coverage Purchased Through...

On July 22, 2014, three-judge panels of the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Fourth Circuits issued conflicting decisions regarding whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA) permits federal tax credits for...more

2015 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS or the agency) kicked off a flurry of springtime regulatory activity for health insurance issuers with publication of the final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for...more

CMS Indicates Select Controversial Part D Proposals Will Not Be Finalized

Acknowledging concerns regarding some proposals in the January 2014 proposed rule for the Medicare Advantage and Part D Programs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services states it does “not plan to finalize” certain...more

3/17/2014  /  CMS , Healthcare , Medicare , Medicare Part D

CMS Proposes to Restrict Diagnoses from Home Visits for Medicare Advantage Risk Adjustment

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has proposed to limit how Medicare Advantage Organizations can use in-home wellness or risk assessment visits of their enrollees to affect the risk adjusted payments they...more

CMS Proposed Rule Would Modify Risk Adjustment Data Collection, Data Validation Audits with Some Material Effects

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposal for risk adjustment data collection demonstrates the agency’s continued concern that Medicare Advantage Organizations’ activities are resulting in more “intense” coding,...more

1/29/2014  /  Audits , CMS , Data Collection , Healthcare

CMS Proposes Significant Changes to Medicare Part D Program’s Administration

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposes significant changes to several key Medicare Part D Program components, such as the “any willing pharmacy” contracting requirement, that will affect all industry...more

Proposed Overpayment Reporting Requirements for MA and Part D Programs May Increase False Claims Act Liability

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services continues to take an expansive view of the overpayment refund requirement, which in turn can give rise to False Claims Act liability for Medicare Advantage Organizations and Part D...more

CMS Proposed Rule Reflects Increased Sophistication in Administration of MA/Part D Programs

Addressing issues ranging from participation in Part D Plan pharmacy networks to compliance training for so-called first-tier, downstream and related entities, the Proposed Rule covers numerous topics with varying degrees of...more

1/22/2014  /  CMS , Healthcare , Medicare , Medicare Part D
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