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CMS Predicts That Physicians Participating In Advanced APMs In 2017 Will Receive A 5% Incentive Payment In 2019

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Under CMS’s new Quality Payment Program, which will adjust Medicare Part B payments starting in 2019 based on data from this year, physicians and other eligible clinicians must qualify for one of two payment “tracks”, either...more

Philips Acquires EGI

by Knobbe Martens on

Philips recently announced that it will purchase Electrical Geodesics, Inc. (EGI). The total value of the deal is estimated to be GBP 29.0 million (approximately $36.9 million). According to its website, EGI designs,...more

Health Alert (Australia) 17 July 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 26 June 2017 - Dr Praneal Dutt Sharma v Dr Phillip Segal and Dr Greg Chen [2017] NSWSC 867 - CONTRACT – commercial agreement...more

MRI-Compatible Robot Aims to Improve Breast Cancer Biopsies

by Knobbe Martens on

The University of Twente in Enschede, Netherlands recently introduced “the world’s smallest and most accurate 3D-printed biopsy robot,” called the Stormram 4. The device is designed to carry out biopsies during breast cancer...more

Senate Unveils Changes to the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017: Significant Changes, but Uncertainty Remains

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On July 13th, the Senate released the updated version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017. While the new version makes some significant changes to the original Senate proposal, the major components of the...more

Home Health Agencies Get More Time to Prepare for New Medicare Rules

Home health agencies (HHAs) can breathe a sigh of relief now that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have published a Final Rule delaying the effective date of the revised Medicare Conditions of Participation...more

Supreme Court Limitation on Forfeiture Will Impact Health Care Fraud Prosecutions

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Health care fraud prosecutions in the Second Circuit and throughout the country have typically sought forfeiture money judgments against all defendants for the proceeds of the fraud obtained by all members of a health care...more

CMS Releases Proposed Rule for 2018 Physician Fee Schedule

by King & Spalding on

On July 13, 2017, CMS proposed a rule (Proposed Rule) updating payment policies and rates, as well as the quality provisions, for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). Among other provisions, the Proposed Rule reduces...more

Cyber Threats Equal Serious Threats

by Burr & Forman on

Every where you look these days, there seems to be another report of a cyber attack--attacks which do not discriminate based on industry type, size of business, or impact. In other words, everyone is vulnerable. In fact, the...more

A Look Forward and Back: AHLA’s Annual Meeting

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On The American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) held its Annual Meeting on June 24 - 28, 2017 in San Francisco, California. The meeting “[o]ffer[s] the most current information and analysis of myriad legal issues the health...more

FDA House Legislation Would Relax Reporting of Medical Device Malfunctions

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On July 12, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to reauthorize four of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s user fees and to change various drug and device testing rules. H.R. 2430 – the FDA...more

German Federal Court: Permission granted - HIV/AIDS drug distribution continued

by Hogan Lovells on

The X. Civil Senate of the German Federal Court of Justice has granted a motion by three companies of the Merck Sharp & Dohme group (Merck) for a preliminary permission for the continued distribution of Isentress®, a drug...more

CMS Proposes CY 2018 Quality Payment Program Policy Changes that Signal Intent to Reduce the Pace and Burdens of MACRA

by BakerHostetler on

On June 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a much anticipated rule outlining proposed payment and policy changes to the new Medicare Part B Quality Payment Program (QPP) that was created by the...more

Blog: OIG Work Plan Will Now Be Updated Monthly; 14 New Items Added for July

by Cooley LLP on

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that it will begin updating its Work Plan initiatives monthly rather than its previous twice-yearly publications, which was most...more

CMS Issues Proposed Rule to Increase Flexibility and Reduce Burden in the Second Year of MACRA’s Quality Payment Program

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On June 20, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule (CMS-5522-P) that would make changes to the second year requirements of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015...more

Biomedical Research Advocacy

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Like many other animal-related businesses universities, researchers, pharmaceutical companies, their suppliers, associated businesses and non-profit trade associations, are facing increasing scrutiny by the public who...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

Delayed Senate Health Vote Boon to GOP or Just Prolonging the Inevitable? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s announcement that he would delay a key procedural vote scheduled for this week on the Republicans’...more

Establishing a Medicaid Per Capita Cap: Implications for California - Presentation

Both the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) and the Senate’s draft Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017 propose major changes to Medicaid’s financing structure. These include caps on federal funding for...more

Health Care Reform Weekly Roundup – Issue 7

All eyes are on the Senate at the moment as efforts to round-up support for the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) continue. Developments over the past week are summarized below....more

Six Questions and Answers About CMS’ Recommended Changes to 340B Medicare Reimbursement

In March, I posted about the Uncertain Future of the 340B Drug Discount Program.  When opining about What Could Happen Next I speculated about possible changes to government reimbursement for 340B drugs “so that government...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – July 2017 #2

Welcome back everybody. The absence of Senator John McCain (AZ) – who is recovering at home from a craniotomy – has caused Senate Republicans to delay consideration of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) previously...more

Hixon: Medical records and privacy

by GableGotwals on

Many people mistakenly believe that their medical files maintained by their physicians are 100 percent private. However, there are legal scenarios in which those files are under subpoena and that require physicians to comply...more

Public Act 17-241 — An Act Concerning Fairness in Pharmacy and Pharmacy Benefits Manager Contracts

Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy recently signed into law Public Act 17-241 (PA 17-241), which contains provisions concerning facility fees, the sending and receiving of electronic health records between hospitals and...more

New Jersey Court Rules That a Parent Company Is Still on the Hook for Divested Subsidiary’s ANDA Filing

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing a motion to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, a New Jersey district court held that Merck could maintain a Hatch-Waxman lawsuit against Actavis, Inc. n/k/a Allergan Finance LLC (Actavis), despite...more

Senate Health Care Bill 2.0: Implications for Health Care Stakeholders

by Epstein Becker & Green on

The new version of the Senate Republicans’ draft bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), was released July 13. This second pass includes changes meant to...more

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