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States Doubling Down on Delivery and Payment Reform Efforts

Although health care reform implementation via the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has focused mostly on federal changes to the health care marketplace, individual States are getting some much needed help to design and implement...more

9 Health Care Legal Issues to Follow in 2015

Cost sharing, consumerism, price transparency, patient engagement, value-based purchasing, affiliations, consolidation, access, community partnerships, narrow networks, cost containment, post-acute care, talent...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 2: Explaining the Look-Back Measurement Method to Employees

Many applicable large employers—i.e., employers that are subject to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer shared responsibility rules—have a pretty good sense of what these rules are, how they work, and what they plan to...more

With a New Year Rolls in a New OIG Work Plan

Recently, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2015 (“Work Plan”). The OIG protects the integrity of HHS programs by identifying...more

The Future of MassHealth: Five Priority Issues for the New Administration

Executive Summary - The past decade marked an era of seismic change in the Massachusetts health care market and one in which the Commonwealth led the nation in coverage and delivery system reform. In 2006,...more

Employer Cash Payments To Reimburse Employees For Health Insurance Costs – No!

Many employers offer or provide cash to employees to reimburse them for the cost of purchasing an individual health insurance policy. Others offer employees with high claims risk a choice between enrolling in the company’s...more

HHS Broadens Federal Controls Over Private Health Insurance Benefits and Operations

On November 21, 2014, the Obama administration released two proposed rules affecting health insurance issuers’ offering of private health insurance products both inside and outside of the public insurance exchanges...more

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners Weigh in on Issues of Network Adequacy

Network adequacy—a health plan’s ability to provide timely access to a sufficient number in-network providers—has become a matter of increased scrutiny during these early years of ACA implementation; Many consumer and...more

"New Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act"

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires non-grandfathered group health plans to provide benefits for items or services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). These benefits must be provided without...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights: December 2014

This week, a federal Issuer Bulletin describes how issuers in the Federally Facilitated Marketplace will identify their existing enrollees who are switching plans for 2015 coverage. The Exchange Board in New Mexico proposes a...more

Quirky Question #247, An Update on Wellness Programs

Question: Our company has been considering implementing financial incentives for employees to participate in biometric screening as part of an employee wellness program. Are there legal issues we should be...more

Health Care Update - December 2014

In This Issue: - FDA Releases Menu Labeling Rule - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Upcoming Congressional Hearings - Excerpt from FDA...more

Impact of Health Care Reform on Provider Liability

In this presentation: - The Changing Healthcare Landscape - Key Features of an ACO/CIN - ACO Standards and Quality Metrics - Examples of Quality Standards - Impact on Board and Corporate...more

Providers and Purchasers Should Be Aware of Health Insurers’ Efforts to Pass Through Affordable Care Act Taxes and Fees

As health insurers are beginning to operationalize the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”), they are increasingly attempting to pass new expenses, taxes and payment cuts through to contracting providers and...more

Reimbursement Changes, Shift to Consumerism Discussed at Akerman Healthcare Briefing

Changing reimbursement models and a shift to consumerism were two of the hot topics discussed at Akerman LLP's recent Healthcare Briefing event titled "Financial and Corporate Implications of the Affordable Care Act: A Look...more

National Association of Insurance Commissioners Releases Draft Model Law Updating Managed Care Adequacy Model Act

On November 12, 2014, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (“NAIC”) released a draft model law updating the NAIC’s Managed Care Network Adequacy Model Act. The NAIC regularly creates model laws to serve as...more

Health Care Update - November 2014 #3

In This Issue: - 21st Century Cures Remains Top Bi-Partisan Priority for 2015 - Senate Passes Critical Access Hospital Direct Supervision Bill - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 5: Health and Human Services (HHS) Wastes No Time Issuing...

Over the last couple of months, we have followed and reported on a particular ACA compliance strategy under which an employer subject to the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility (or “pay-or-play”) rules...more

ACA Fees, and Forms, and Delays, Oh My!

In the latest round of delays under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Employee Benefits Security Administration recently announced that the deadline for health plans to provide enrollment information to the transitional...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights: November 2014 #2

With the conclusion of the midterm elections last week and open enrollment just around the corner, this week’s news highlights both renewed pledges from the opposition and a flurry of implementation activity in the states....more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights: November 2014 #3

With the 2015 Open Enrollment Period (OEP) officially launched as of November 15, this week’s news highlights Marketplaces’ preparation for and tracking of outreach and enrollment – including 100,000 applications submitted on...more

Obama’s Executive Order, Its Impact on Health Care Costs, and the Constitutionality of Executive Orders

Pres. Barack Obama addressed the nation last night. He discussed his executive order that will delay deportations of up to 5 million migrants. What does an executive order on immigration have to do with Medicaid?...more

HHS Extends November 17 Deadline to Submit Covered Lives Data under Reinsurance Program

The Health Care Reform Act created the transitional reinsurance program, which requires most self-insured health plans to make contributions to HHS for the 2014, 2015, and 2016 calendar years, in an attempt to stabilize...more

Health Care Update - November 2014 #2

In This Issue: - Smoother Open Enrollment Sets Stage for Shift in Congressional Focus - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional...more

The Massachusetts Health Insurance Mandate: Some Good News for Massachusetts Taxpayers

Since 2007, most Massachusetts residents have been required to either obtain health insurance coverage meeting Massachusetts “minimum creditable coverage” standards, or pay a state tax penalty (for 2014, the penalty ranges...more

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