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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

CMS Announces DMEPOS/Home Health/Hospice RAC, Improvements to RAC Process

CMS has announced that it has awarded the Region 5 Recovery Audit contract to Connolly, LLC (although the General Accounting Office subsequently reported that a bid protest has been filed regarding this award). The purpose of...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

Highlights of this edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update include the FAA’s recent rulemakings involving New York area airport slots and safety management systems for U.S. Part 121 air carriers, developments...more

The “Rule of Two” For Orders Placed Against Multiple Award Contracts: The Other Shoe Has Dropped

As many of you may recall, Congress passed the Small Business Jobs Act (“Act”), in July 2010. The purpose of the Act was to ameliorate the effects of the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent recession. Although the Act...more

Government Contracts Quarterly Update - January 2015

The Government Contracts Quarterly Update is published by BakerHostetler’s Government Contracts Practice team to inform our clients and friends of the latest developments in federal government contracting. Topics in...more

GAO and COFC Task Order Jurisdiction – To Count or Not To Count Option Periods

Jurisdiction of the GAO and the Court of Federal Claims to hear task order protests is limited to protest of awards over $10 million. How one defines whether a task order is over or under the $10 million threshold is subject...more

ITC Section 337 Update – December 2014

GAO Issues Report Evaluating Customs’ Exclusion Order Enforcement Processes – On November, 2014, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) issued a Report entitled Intellectual Property: U.S. Customs And Border...more

Bid Protests - Seven Things Every Contractor Should Know

In this presentation: - Success of GAO bid protests - Things you didn’t know you can protest (but can) - The importance of intervention - What must be protested prior to award - The...more

HHS to Audit Hospital Reporting of GPO Payments: GAO Report Suggests Further Scrutiny of GPO Shareback with Hospitals

On November 24, 2014, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) published a report examining the contracting practices and funding structures of health care group purchasing organizations (“GPOs”) and their potential...more

GAO report shines spotlight on key issues for managed accounts in 401(k) plans

Most professionals who work in the 401(k) arena would agree that managed accounts are, on balance, a favorable development for 401(k) plan participants. However, such accounts are, in many ways, still in their infancy,...more

GPO Fees Under Scrutiny by the GAO

Last week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report examining group purchasing organization (GPO) practices. The GAO questioned whether the current structure of GPO funding through administrative fees is...more

GAO Takes Aim at GPOs

The GAO had drawn a bead on GPOs. In a report issued yesterday the Government Accountability Office expressed concern over the effect of GPOs (group purchasing organizations) on Medicare rates. The report recommended that...more

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