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Weekly Update Newsletter - April 2015 #4

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DoD Published Competition Report for 2nd Quarter of FY 2015 - The Department of Defense (DoD) issued the Competition Report for the 2nd quarter for fiscal year 2015. The report identifies...more

MACRA’s Advancement of EHR Interoperability and Telehealth

This is the fourth and final post in our series on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Pub.L. No. 114-10. We’ve previously covered the repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) in our April 20th post,...more

The GAO Issued A Report Recommending Improvements For Aircraft Cybersecurity

On April 14, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) issued a report highlighting cybersecurity challenges as the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) transitions to the Next Generation Air Transportation System...more

Possible Trouble for Contractors Who Use Consultants to Prepare Proposals

A recent GAO decision highlights the importance of understanding the extent to which the government’s request for proposals (RFP) allows for the use of consultants in assisting with proposal preparation. ...more

When JV Partners Disagree About Whether To Protest

These days, government contractors are pursuing federal work through joint ventures with increasing frequency. Among the reasons for this are that joint ventures allow contractors to combine resources and share risk. Not...more

Consequences for Large Primes Not Hitting Subcontracting Plan Goals

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) recently ruled that the Defense Logistics Agency (“DLA”) properly excluded a large business prime contractor’s proposal from the competitive range based in part on the...more

To File Or Not To File: Key Issues When Deciding To Protest

Deciding whether to file a bid protest can be difficult. Many companies are understandably reluctant to fight with a customer over a lost contract, and the payoff for a successful protest is not necessarily a contract award....more

When A Protest Isn't A Protest

In her familiar soliloquy in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, while longingly looking out of her window, Juliet said of her new-found love, Romeo: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - March 2015 #5

CMS Announces Billing Changes for Certain Inpatient-Only Procedures – Effective April 1, 2015, CMS will allow payment for Inpatient-Only procedures provided in an outpatient setting on the date of the inpatient admission, or...more

Congress Holds Hearing on 340B Program

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on March 24, 2015 to review the functionality of the 340B Drug Pricing Program to understand how it impacts patients,...more

GAO Calls for Changes to Medicare Payments to PPS-Exempt Cancer Hospitals

A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, “Medicare: Payment Methods for Certain Cancer Hospitals Should Be Revised to Promote Efficiency,” examines the Medicare reimbursement methodology for cancer hospitals...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - March 2015 #3

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - The Under Secretary of Defense Issues Memorandum Regarding the Appropriate Use of LPTA Source Selection Process and Associated Contract Type - The Under Secretary of Defense for...more

GAO Calls for Expanded HHS Efforts to Reduce Antipsychotic Drug Use in Community Settings

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report examining the extent to which antipsychotic drugs are prescribed for older adults with dementia in nursing homes and other settings. ...more

GAO Allows New Company to Rely Upon Owner’s Personal Past Performance

Newly-organized small businesses often struggle to establish adequate past performance to successfully compete in the federal marketplace. Fortunately, in the matter of Recogniti, LLP, B-410658 (January 21, 2015), GAO ruled...more

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

Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Hearing Regarding 340B Drug Pricing Program – On Thursday, March 5, 2015, the Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), is holding a hearing titled...more

GAO Seeks Stronger CMS Measurement of State Medicaid Program Integrity System Effectiveness

Based on a review of 10 state Medicaid Management Information Systems (MMIS) used to process claims and support program integrity efforts, the GAO has concluded that the effectiveness of these systems is not known because CMS...more

GAO Report Highlights Improper Medicare/Medicaid Payments

Despite the efforts of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to combat fraud and contain costs in federal healthcare programs, Medicare’s fee-for-service program (Parts A and B) and Medicaid were two of the top...more

GAO Evaluates CMS Activities to Prepare Health Industry for ICD-10 Launch

According to a recent GAO report, CMS has taken numerous steps to prepare industry for the October 1, 2015 transition to ICD-10 codes, such as developing checklists, timelines, and other educational materials and hosting...more

Energy & Environment Update - February 2015 #3

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Agriculture - Department of Commerce - Department of Energy - Department of Defense - Department...more

Also In the News - Data, Privacy, & Security Practice Report - February 2015 #3

White House Holds Summit On Cybersecurity And Consumer Protection — On February 13, 2015, leaders from throughout the country representing sectors with a stake in cybersecurity and consumer protection issues convened at...more

GAO Puts Cybersecurity and Privacy High Atop High Risk List

Agency Assessment Comes as President Signs Executive Order Increasing Cyber Sharing with the Private Sector Late last year, this post speculated whether 2015 would become “the Year of Cybersecurity.” Though 2015 is still...more

GAO Clarifies Task Order Protest Jurisdictional Issues

At first blush, the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s recent decision in Goldbelt Glacier Health Services LLC (Feb. 6. 2015) appears to be a run-of-the-mill denial of a protester’s request for reconsideration. But, a...more

GAO Highlights Medicare Program Risks and Recommends Program Integrity Actions

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released its latest update to its “High-Risk Series” reports, which again lists Medicare as a high-risk program, in part because of the program’s substantial size and scope, and...more

How Much U.S. Work Is Needed for the Small Business Set-Aside Rules To Apply?

In a decision issued last year, the GAO denied the protest of Maersk Line, Limited, of Norfolk, Virginia (“Maersk”), a large business, which challenged the decision of the Department of the Navy, Military Sealift Command...more

(US) The EB-5 Visa Program: A Popular Real Estate Financing Program's Reauthorization Is Uncertain

The EB-5 Visa Program has become an increasingly popular vehicle for real estate project financing in the United States. Last year, for the first time in the Program’s history, the annual supply of EB-5 immigrant investor...more

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