Health Reform + Related Health Policy News - July 2013

In This Issue:

- Top News

..Obama Administration Delays Employer Mandate One Year

..House Energy and Commerce Committee Releases Draft Legislation for SGR Fix

..CMS Proposes Payment Changes for Medicare Home Health Agencies for 2014

..HHS Releases Final Rule on Contraception Mandate

..U.S. Supreme Court Releases Two Opinions Affecting Health Care Industry

..CMS Releases Proposed Rule Outlining Marketplace Financial Integrity Standards

..FDA Exercises Enforcement Authority to Shut Down Online Drug Distributors

..Physician Use of EHR Doubled from 2009 to 2012, According to National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

- State News

..Medicaid Expansion Battles Continue in Several States

- Regulatory News

..FDA Approves Unrestricted Sales of Over the Counter Emergency Contraceptive

..Congressmen Scrutinize HHS DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program

..FDA Tightens Restrictions on Medical Devices

..OIG Finds Clinical Lab’s Lease to Physician Likely Violates Federal Anti-Kickback Statute

..Health Care Providers Argue Medicare RAC Program Imposes Excessive Administrative Burdens

..CMS Delays Face-to-Face Encounter Requirement for Certain Durable Medical Equipment

..FDA approves first genotyping test for patents with hepatitis C virus

- Federal Register

- For More Information

- Excerpt from Obama Administration Delays Employer Mandate One Year:

The Obama Administration announced it is delaying the Affordable Care Act’s employer coverage mandate to 2015. The ACA requires large employers to provide health insurance coverage to their employees or pay a penalty beginning in 2014. The Department of the Treasury stated that formal guidance would be released within the next week. The employer mandate is one of the foundations of the ACA’s expanded health coverage provisions. The health insurance exchanges are expected to continue to be open for enrollment on October 1, and the individual mandate likewise is unaffected by this announcement.

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