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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

The IRS Continues to Face Significant Budgetary Constraints—What Does It Mean To Taxpayers?

The Chief Financial Officer’s Act of 1990 (“1990 Act”) was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on November 15, 1990. One of the major goals of the 1990 Act was to improve the financial management and to gain better...more

Defense Authorization Bill Addresses DCAA Audit Backlog

The proposed Section 893, in pertinent part, states that “[e]ffective on the date of the enactment of this Act, the Defense Contract Audit Agency may not provide audit support for non-Defense Agencies unless the Secretary of...more

2015 Fiscal Year Financial Report of the CFPB

The financial report provides readers with the results of the CFPB’s operations to protect the rights of financial consumers and the results of the CFPB’s financial operations. For the fifth consecutive year, the Government...more

Improvements Noted in the VA’s CVE Verification Process

A new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) notes measurable improvement in the processes used by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to verify Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Businesses...more

No Good News for Small Businesses in Recent GAO Decision

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a decision in the matter of FedServ-RBS JV, LLC, B-411790, October 26, 2015, that offers little assurance for small companies seeking to form SBA-approved joint...more

Kingdomware Vs. the VA: Supreme Court Case to be Dismissed?

If you are already aware of the Kingdomware case, you will likely be surprised to hear that on November 4, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order to the parties in the Kingdomware case to submit briefs on whether the...more

The Five Stages of Online Lead Generation

On October 30, the FTC presented a workshop on lead generation entitled Follow the Lead. Online lead generation is an area receiving increased regulatory scrutiny by the FTC and other regulators, including the CFPB. Over the...more

“Open and Frank Discussions” or Agency-Level Protest

In Coulson Aviation (USA), Inc. (B-411525, B-411525.2, 2015 CPD ¶ 272), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently denied a contractor’s protest over the terms of a request for proposals (RFP) issued by the...more

Illinois finds itself at forefront of facial-recognition litigation

Illinois is leading the way in regulating facial-recognition technology — it is one of only two states (the other Texas) that has passed laws covering the collection and use of biometric information. Illinois also is...more

GAO Report Regarding FDA-Ordered Postmarket Studies

On Octber 29, 2015, the General Accounting Office (GAO) released a report entitled “Medical Devices: FDA Ordered Postmarket Studies to Better Understand Safety Issues, and Many Studies Are Ongoing.” According to the report,...more

The FCA Impact Of DOJ’s Increased Focus on Small Business

In 2014, the Small Business Administration reported that almost a quarter of approximately $367 billion of eligible funding for small business contracting, or roughly $91.7 billion, was awarded to small businesses as prime...more

Performance Review Time: Congress Requests GAO Audit of Enforcement Bureau Management

Members of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology (Committee) issued a letter late last week requesting that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) conduct an audit of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - October 2015 #4

HHS announces average premium price increases of 7.5% across; Michigan and Illinois launch the country’s first joint cloud-based, real-time Medicaid information management system; and the Marketplace carrier...more

More Data Vulnerabilities, Cyber Breaches Detected in Healthcare Exchanges

Government audits continue to reveal that millions of people’s personally identifiable information is at risk. Continuous audit reports by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of The Department of Health and Human...more

Government Finally Investigating Power Morcellators

Patients undergoing medical treatments expect that their physicians will utilize tools that will assist in the treatment without causing undue harm or damage to their bodies. One of these tools, a power morcellator which is...more

Do Words Matter? GAO Decides “Yes” in Delivery Order Precedent Case

Do words matter? In a precedent-setting decision in Harris IT Services Corp., B-411699, B-411796, GAO said “yes.” In particular, GAO made clear that the phrase “delivery order” has a particular meaning under the law and that...more

Health Care Update - October 2015

Cuts in Mandatory Entitlement Programs Center of Budget Negotiations: As budget negotiators from both sides of the Hill come together to work out a two-year budget deal, determining how sequestration relief will be paid for...more

GAO Finds Limited Hospital Impact from Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program

According to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, bonuses and penalties triggered by the Medicare Hospital Value-based Purchasing (HVBP) program have had no apparent impact on quality measure performance...more

CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman highlights FFELP loans in fourth annual report

The CFPB released its fourth Annual Report of the Student Loan Ombudsman discussing complaints received by the CFPB about private and federal student loans and the lessons drawn by the Ombudsman from those complaints. (The...more

Mainbrace: October 2015, No. 4

As with the world economy, the shipping markets are currently experiencing a major bout of volatility. The wide range of matters we are handling in our maritime law practice certainly reflects the current swings the shipping...more

GAO Releases Report on Initial Results of CMS’s Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program

The U.S. Government and Accountability Office (GAO) issued an October 2015 report to congressional committees concluding that the initial results of the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (HVBP) program show “no apparent shift”...more

SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule Still Unconstitutional, Says D.C. Circuit

On August 18, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reaffirmed that both Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act and its implementing Conflict Minerals Rule issued by the SEC violate the...more

Deadline Fast Approaching for Positive Train Controls

Failure to Implement Safety Measures Will Result in Interrupted Railway Service - Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Washington, D.C. Government Relations Services team is monitoring an urgent issue now being considered by the...more

GAO Assesses Considerations for Expansion of the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria Program

On September 30, 2015, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report entitled “Medicare: Considerations for Expansion of the Appropriate Use Criteria Program.” In addition to describing CMS’s plans for...more

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