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Civil Fines Jump Across Agencies Under Inflation Adjustment Act

Civil fines across federal agencies have recently been increased dramatically under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act) (Sec. 701 of Public Law 114-74), with some more than...more

Research Opens a Door for Disability Policy

One of the challenges of policy making is that bills must go before the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). CBO has one of the toughest jobs in Washington. Their job is to dispassionately look at policy and evaluate the cost...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2016 #3

Regulatory Developments - FHFA Announces Principal Reduction Program for Struggling Underwater Homeowners - On April 14, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced a new Principal Reduction Modification...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - March 2016 #4

Rhode Island's Medicaid reforms will save the State $75 million this year; HHS finds that Medicaid expansion improves behavioral healthcare; and California's Marketplace may exclude poor performing hospitals from its QHP...more

Congressional Budget Office Issues Cost Estimate Report on Medicare Appeals Reform Act

On February 16, 2016, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a cost estimate report on the Audit & Appeals Fairness, Integrity, and Reforms in Medicare Act of 2015 (S. 2368). The purpose of the Act is to address the...more

Health Care Update - February 2016

Are Lawmakers and Stakeholders Ready for the Silver Tsunami? - Last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a projection that shows Medicare enrollment will grow by more than 30 percent in the next decade...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - January 2016 #4

CBO Projects Medicare Spending Growth – In a report published January 25, 2016, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that expenditures for Medicare, Medicaid, and other major healthcare programs will equal...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review, November 2015

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On November 21, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule entitled “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and...more

Budget Deal Alters Reimbursement to Off-Campus Hospital-Owned Facilities

On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed into law H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the "Act"), which significantly changes Medicare reimbursement for off-campus hospital services. The Act, which Congress...more

S&P Says Infrastructure Costs Go Well Beyond the Initial Investment

In a number of recent conversations regarding using Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) to deliver large infrastructure projects under an availability payment structure, I’ve heard a lot of angst by public owners over the cost...more

Congressional Decision Looms on U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank

For those in the manufacturing community, one of the significant events of the summer was when Congress allowed the authority of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) to lapse. The main goal of the bank is to...more

CBO Provides Cost Estimate to Government to Implement Innovation Act

Earlier this month, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a cost estimate for the Innovation Act (H.R. 9). The bill, which was introduced in February, was reported by the House Committee on the Judiciary in June. The...more

Washington Update: Part I - A Primer on the Federal Budget Process: What it is and Why it is Important

Congress decides how much to spend each year and on what programs, and how to raise the money to pay for that spending. The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 lays out a formal framework for developing and enforcing a budget...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - February 2015 #2

Congressional Budget Office Estimates Cost of Sustainable Growth Rate Repeal at $174.5 Billion Over Ten Years – The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently released an updated estimate of the cost of last year’s bipartisan...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights #4

This week, the IRS announces relief for some taxpayers who received excess advanced premium tax credits; Indiana and Arkansas make major announcements on Medicaid expansion and Iowa’s Governor announces a shift towards...more

CBO provides cost estimate for bill to reform CFPB’s inspector general

The Congressional Budget Office has issued an estimate of the costs associated with the Inspector General Reform Act of 2013 (H.R. 3770). The bill would direct the President to appoint an Inspector General (IG) for the CFPB...more

CBO issues cost estimates for three House bills to promote greater CFPB transparency and accountability

This past June, the House Committee on Financial Services reported a series of bills intended to promote greater transparency and accountability at the CFPB. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently released cost...more

CBO Issues Report On RFS Compliance Through 2017

On June 26, 2014, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a 38-page report on the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), "The Renewable Fuel Standard: Issues for 2014 and Beyond." The report examines potential compliance...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - February 10, 2014

Last week the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), in which it projected a decline in the number of full-time-equivalent hours worked; the Senate Finance, House Ways and Means,...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - January 31, 2014

This week the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) provided new scores for the three sustainable growth rate (SGR) repeal proposals from the Senate Finance, House Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce Committees; a list of...more

2014 Legislative & Regulatory Outlook

The K&L Gates Public Policy and Law Group (“Policy Group”) has prepared a legislative and regulatory outlook for 2014 with the purpose of identifying potential risks and opportunities for stakeholders. Conventional wisdom...more

Permanent “Doc Fix” Proposal Would Repeal SGR, Implement Value

Based Physician Reimbursement System—On October 31, 2013, House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont) unveiled a proposal to permanently repeal Medicare’s...more

Congressional Budget Office’s estimate on budgetary effects of raising Medicare eligibility age to 67

On October 24, 2013, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an updated estimate on the potential impact of raising Medicare’s eligibility age. Medicare costs are expected to rapidly increase in coming years due to...more

CBO and CMS Provide Healthcare Spending Projections

CMS and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) each recently released reports projecting healthcare spending over the next several years. In CBO’s annual long-term budget outlook, which was released on September 17, the...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - September 17, 2013

Congress has been back for a week, and already the president and Democrats are engaged in a contest with Republicans to see who will blink first. Additional spending legislation needs to be passed to keep the government...more

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