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Medicare Coverage While Traveling Within the U.S.

When people retire they often have more time to travel. Although Medicare coverage is generally not available when beneficiaries are overseas, what about coverage for those exploring our own varied and scenic land?...more

11th Circuit Awards Humana Double Damages Under Medicare Secondary Payer Act

Humana Medical Plan, Inc. v. Western Heritage Insurance Co., case number 15-11436. Liability insurers beware, as the 11th Circuit held that Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAO) are entitled to the same rights...more

Medicare Advantage Organizations May Sue For Double Damages Under MSP Act - Humana Medical Plan, Inc. v. Western Heritage Ins....

On August 8, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals decided an issue of first impression in the circuit under the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Act. In sum, the Eleventh Circuit held that a Medicare Advantage Organization...more

HHS Final Rule Extends Anti-Discrimination Protection to Transgender Patients

This past May, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin,...more

Three Pressing Challenges for Personalized Medicine

Personalized medicine can be described as the science of targeted therapies. Advances in diagnostic and molecular medicine have made it possible to more precisely identify alternative treatment options for patients based on...more

Congress Takes Long Look at Proposed Health Insurance Mergers

While the Department of Justice Antitrust Division is responsible for reviewing the proposed Anthem/Cigna and Aetna/Humana mergers for any potential competitive concerns, Congress jumped into the process with both feet in...more

Millennium Health to Pay $256 million in False Claims Act Settlement

Millennium Health, one of the nation’s largest urine drug testing laboratories, has agreed to pay the government $256 million to resolve claims that it violated the Federal False Claims Act (“FCA”). The Settlement...more

CMS Proposes Sweeping Changes to Medicare Reimbursement for Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests

First Data Collection Period for Clinical Laboratories Is July 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015 - In the October 1, 2015 Federal Register, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule...more

Health Care Update - October 2015

Senate Working Group Pressing Forward on Telehealth - As Congress focuses on bigger picture policy decisions, including broad budget negotiations and raising the debt ceiling, there are some exciting developments on the...more

Washington Healthcare Update

Bicameral Bill Introduced to Provide HHS Authority to Reject Proposed Insurance Rates - Before Congress left for its Columbus Day recess, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the Health...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

Washington Healthcare Update

On Oct. 8, the House Republican caucus did not select a candidate for Speaker of the House and selection has been delayed. The current Speaker, John Boehner (R-OH), had announced that he would step down and retire from...more

Congressional Health Policy Hearings - October 2015

A number of recent Congressional hearings have focused on health policy issues, including the following...more

Health Alert (Australia) - October 5, 2015

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgments: Victoria. Epichealth Pty Ltd v Yang [2015] VSC 516 The Supreme Court has granted an interlocutory...more

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

The Massachusetts Marketplace takes steps to ease consumer confusion by reducing choice among QHPs; North Carolina appears poised to pass Medicaid reform legislation; and bipartisan support is gaining for defining businesses...more

Illinois Enacts Patient Notification Requirement for Observation Stays

Illinois joins a growing number of states to pass laws requiring that hospitals provide notice to patients who are placed under observation status. 210 ILCS 86/6.09b As with the recent federal NOTICE Act, the laws respond to...more

Precision Medicine - Even Medicare Will Pay for It!

President Barack Obama announced in his 2015 State of the Union address that he was introducing a new Precision Medicine Initiative, supported with over $200 million in the proposed 2016 federal budget. "Precision Medicine"...more

Medicare to Permit Value-Based Insurance Design in Medicare Advantage Plans

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently announced that, beginning January 1, 2017, Medicare Advantage plans in Arizona, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Tennessee will be permitted...more

Client Alert: AB 533 Defeated

Johan Swanepoel © 123RF.com Controversial AB 533 did not obtain the necessary votes for approval and failed to pass. Assembly Health Committee Chair Rob Bonta proposed AB 533 in an attempt to purportedly address the problems...more

CMS Announces New Value-Based Insurance Design Model for Medicare Advantage

On September 1, 2015, CMS unveiled a new Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design (MA-VBID) model, which will allow Medicare Advantage plans to offer clinically-nuanced benefit packages aimed at improving quality of...more

The Telehealth Top 10 for 2015

Telehealth continues to be an innovative alternative to traditional brick-and-mortar medicine. The number of providers offering telehealth services is rapidly increasing and states are enacting laws requiring health plans to...more

Know Your Options Before Signing Up for Medicare

As you get ready to turn 65, you may be inundated with information about Medicare. All this information is confusing, but it is important to do your research before choosing your plan. If you aren’t fully informed, you could...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - September 2015

CMS permits states to use income information from other means-tested benefit programs for Medicaid eligibility determinations; Alaska’s Medicaid expansion is given the green light to launch today; and Washington State submits...more

The Affordable Care Act After King v. Burwell: With Chaos Avoided in the Near Term, What Does the Future Hold For Health Reform?

On June 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ended the latest legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) with its 6–3 ruling in King v. Burwell. With Chief Justice Roberts writing for the majority, the Supreme Court held...more

Telehealth Commercial Coverage and Parity Laws: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

There will always be differences among state laws on telehealth coverage, but what is remarkable is the rapidly increasing pace at which states have been adopting coverage statutes in the last few years, with currently 29...more

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