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Stretching the Rules: HHS-OIG Expands its Exclusionary Authority

On January 12, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a final rule expanding its authority to exclude providers from participation in federal healthcare programs. This...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

Three weeks into President Trump’s administration, the Senate on Friday narrowly approved Tom Price as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), elevating the former orthopedic surgeon as Trump’s...more

Achieving Health Care Efficiencies through Consolidation and Alternative Models: Irreconcilable Differences?

While debate rages on Capitol Hill over “repeal and replace,” only limited attention has been directed toward reforming the current “fee for service” model. Indeed, both the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) and proposals for its...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - February 2017

The Agency of Transportation has submitted a proposal to the House Transportation Committee that would allow the agency to seek damages from a utility that fails to move or adjust a utility line that is in a state or local...more

Final Rule Expands OIG Exclusion Authority

On January 12, 2017, less than a week before the official transition from one administration to the next, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a rule finalizing...more

2010’s Health Care Reform Refresher: Revisiting Day-to-Day Provider Obligations that Stem from the Patient Protection and...

President Donald Trump’s action to repeal 2010’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) should not be a surprise. After all, President Trump, along with many other candidates for office, made repeal of the ACA a...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

House Speaker Paul Ryan last week set a deadline of the end of March for repealing most of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as other Republican leaders and conservative rank-and-file lawmakers advocated competing policy...more

Eye On Congress: House Of Representatives Begins Assessing Potential Limitations On Medicaid Coverage

With the Congress and the President aligned to repeal the Affordable Care Act, there are now renewed efforts to make further changes designed to close perceived loopholes in eligibility for long term care. On February 1, 2017...more

Potential Implications to the ACA Under the Incoming Republican Administration – Part IV: Pharmacies

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), as a whole, did not have a significant impact on pharmacy services per se. However, a complete repeal would likely impact certain areas of pharmacy services including the drug benefit for the...more

OIG Expands Exclusionary Authority

The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a final rule on January 12, 2017, expanding the OIG’s authority to exclude providers from participation in federal healthcare programs....more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

Trump order seeks to undermine ACA - President Donald Trump didn’t mention the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in his inaugural address but later that night he signed a sweeping executive order that directs federal agencies...more

Big Changes Ahead for Affordable Care Act: McGuireWoods Healthcare Reform Guide: Installment No. 57

This is the 57th in a series of WorkCite articles concerning the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its companion statute, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (referred to collectively as the...more

Drug Manufacturer Pricing Under the Microscope: HRSA’s 340B Civil Monetary Penalty and Drug Pricing Final Rule

The Health Resources and Services Administration recently surprised the 340B Drug Pricing Program community with the release of its regulations pertaining to drug manufacturer ceiling price calculations and civil monetary...more

Potential Implications to the ACA Under the Incoming Republican Administration – Part III: Hospitals

President Trump has been clear in his intention to repeal the ACA. In fact, among President Trump’s first executive orders was one seeking to “minimize the economic burden” associated with the Patient Protection and...more

Blue Shield Avoids TCPA-Related Liability

A federal court in California recently granted a summary judgment motion filed by Blue Shield of California (“Blue Shield”), allowing it to avoid liability for alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act...more

Health Care E-Note - January 2017

On October 4, 2016, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") released the final rules regarding the requirements of participation for skilled nursing facilities. One of the most significant changes to the...more

Texas Court Enjoins Enforcement of Regulation that Would Forbid Discrimination in Healthcare on the Basis of Gender Identity and...

As LGBTQ rights have taken center stage in political and social issues, FordHarrison has been following ground-breaking litigation related to LGBTQ rights and providing updates. In the latest decision, a federal judge in...more

Federal Court Enjoins Part of ACA Final Non-Discrimination Rule

On December 31, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued a nationwide injunction in Franciscan Alliance, Inc. v. Burwell, N.D. Tex., No. 16-cv-108, holding that portions of the final rule issued...more

The Old and the New – Day 3 Notes from the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference

Day 3 of the JPMorgan healthcare conference was one of striking contrasts between the old and the new. (And, by the way, the rain finally stopped for a day, but it will be back tomorrow to finish off the last day of the...more

Looking Forward/Looking Backward – Day 1 Notes from the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference

A large amount of wind, much discussion about the U.S healthcare, and the public getting soaked again – if you were thinking about Washington, DC and the new Congress, you’re 3,000 miles away from the action. This is the week...more

Healthcare Provider Obligations For Individuals With Limited English Proficiency

This summer I wrote about the dangers of English-only policies in this age of multiculturalism. These policies tend to emerge more frequently in the healthcare workplace, the reason being – the provision of quality care is...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

A growing number of moderate and conservative Republicans in Congress are voicing concerns about the party’s strategy to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Act) in February but then wait months – and possibly even into 2018 –...more

OIG Report Examines Minimum Loss Ratio Impact on South Carolina Medicaid Managed Care

OIG recently issued a report determining that South Carolina’s Medicaid Managed Care program would not have realized any savings if the state agency implemented a minimum Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) similar to the current...more

Researchers see ways Obamacare helped to cut costs, improve patient care

As the already known complications to its demise have increased by the minute, there may be some detectable pauses in the partisan zeal to give the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, the bum’s rush. That’s because the...more

The New HHS: Tom Price and Value-Based Health Care - Part 1

What impact will the incoming Trump administration have on the 2017 health care and life sciences regulatory outlook? In this two-part podcast, The New HHS: Tom Price and Value-Based Health Care and The New FDA: Product...more

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