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Significant Cuts Proposed to Medicare Payments for 340B Drugs

by McDermott Will & Emery on

As part of the CY 2018 proposed updates to the Medicare Hospital OPPS, the US Department of Health and Human Services has proposed to decrease Medicare Part B payments to hospitals for 340B drugs by almost 30 percent. The cut...more

Updated Health Care Reform Legislation Comparison Chart

The chart below compares key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). This chart is current as of July 13, 2017, and as of that date,...more

New OIG Advisory Opinion Allows Waiver of Cost Sharing in Research Studies

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued Advisory Opinion 17-02, allowing waivers or reductions of cost-sharing amounts owed by financially needy Medicare beneficiaries in connection with certain clinical...more

Better Care Reconciliation Act – Key Takeaways for Employers and Plan Sponsors

On June 22, 2017, the Senate released its much anticipated health care reform legislation – the Better Care Reconciliation Act (“BCRA”) (linked to amended version released June 26, 2017). In many respects the BCRA is similar...more

The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

On June 22, Senate leadership released their proposed substitute for the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), as a discussion draft. The BCRA was updated on June 26,...more

Senate Releases Repeal and Replace Legislation on ACA: The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

After weeks of secrecy, the Senate has released a discussion draft of legislation that is the counterpart of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) previously passed by the House. The Senate legislation, entitled the Better Care...more

Health Update - June 2017

HIPAA and Emerging Technologies - Editor’s Note: According to a HIMSS Mobile Technology Survey of healthcare provider employees, about 90% say they are using mobile devices to engage patients in their healthcare—and 36%...more

Are You Ready for AB 72?

by Buchalter on

To protect patients from receiving an unexpected surprise bill when they seek care at in-network facilities from out-of-network providers, Governor Brown signed AB 72: California’s surprise out-of-network law. The new law...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - June 2017 #3

Senate health reform bill to be made public Thursday; CMS Actuary releases its AHCA coverage and cost projections; and new analysis finds Marketplace rate increases are being driven by the Trump Administration’s lack of...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - June 2017 #2

CMS seeks input on potential market stabilization rulemaking; Iowa proposes a single standardized Marketplace plan and reinsurance program; and Centene will expand its Marketplace offerings for 2018, including adding new...more

Healthcare Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – June 2017

Welcome back everybody. With Congress returning from recess, we should expect an update on the progress of the Senate-version of the American Health Care Act. Despite the noise from GOP members about a timeline, one thing...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - June 2017

House Ways and Means Committee advances three discrete healthcare bills as part of the broader repeal and replace effort; Nevada sends Medicaid-for-all legislation to the Governor; and New York requires insurers to remain in...more

Health Care Reform Weekly Roundup – Issue 2

Below are key health care reform developments from the week of May 15th: ACA Repeal Efforts. Efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continue despite slowing down as the House of Representatives’...more

GOP in D.C. Shaping Up as the Major Problem for Charlie Baker

by PretiFlaherty on

Charlie Baker sent a letter to key members of the U.S. Senate this past Friday, an ominous document concerning matters with the potential to cause enormous harm in Massachusetts: federal cost sharing reduction payments, and...more

Termination of the Affordable Care Act’s Cost Sharing Reduction Subsidies

by K&L Gates LLP on

There is a growing likelihood that the current administration will terminate funding for the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) cost sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies some time within the next two months. The administration has the...more

Agreement Reached on FY17 Appropriations Package

by Baker Donelson on

Over the past few weeks, it looked increasingly possible that Congress might fail to meet an April 28 deadline for adopting a fiscal year 2017 (FY17) appropriations package, potentially leading to a shutdown of the federal...more

ACA Cost-Sharing Reductions: An Uncertain Future

“Cost-sharing reductions” (CSRs) are one of the primary mechanisms under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to make health coverage affordable for consumers. CSRs are government payments to insurance companies for the purpose of...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - May 2017

Florida, Maine and Ohio consider proposals to impose work requirements in Medicaid, Congress continues to debate the AHCA, and the uncertain future of cost-sharing reductions continues to generate concern....more

Manatt on Medicaid: Maine Releases Draft Waiver Request Proposing New Eligibility Requirements

On April 25, 2017, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services released for public comment a draft Section 1115 waiver application to implement new eligibility and coverage requirements for MaineCare, the State’s...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - April 2017 #4

The ACA reduced uninsurance among veterans by 40%; Marketplaces showed signs of stabilizing in 2016; and some states are giving insurers more time to make decisions about offering coverage on the Marketplace next year in...more

The Fate of the ACA’s Cost-Sharing Reduction Subsidies

by Perkins Coie on

As deliberations over a replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continue in the U.S. House of Representatives, the fate of the ACA’s Cost-Sharing Reduction subsidies (CSRs) may be at stake. Under the ACA, Marketplace...more

HHS Finalizes Health Insurance Market Stabilization Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has finalized regulations designed to help stabilize the individual and small group health insurance markets and, in particular, the health insurance exchanges...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - April 2017 #3

The focus is on the Marketplaces this week as CMS publishes a new Marketplace stabilization rule, even as President Trump threatens to withhold cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers. In the states, Florida announces...more

Tax Court Déjà Vu – IRS Tried, and Failed, to Overturn Veritas

by Alston & Bird on

In a recent decision (Amazon Inc. v. Commissioner, March 23, 2017), the Tax Court handed the IRS an unsurprising loss when it attempted to relitigate many of the same issues it unsuccessfully raised before the Tax Court in...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

Congress entered into its spring recess on April 7 having delivered regulatory reforms to President Trump’s desk. In the first 75 days of the Trump administration, legislators approved 13 Congressional Review Act resolutions,...more

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