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CMS Finalizes 2018 Medicare Advantage/Part D Policies, Seeks Ideas for Improving Programs

by Reed Smith on

CMS has released its 2018 Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D Rate Announcement and Call Letter. CMS estimates that plan revenues will increase by 0.45 percent in 2018; when coding acuity is considered, plans can expect a...more

Calling for Ideas—CMS Releases Final 2018 Medicare Advantage and Part D Rate Announcement and Call Letter

by Hogan Lovells on

On 3 April 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D Rate Announcement and Call Letter (Call Letter) for calendar year 2018. The Call Letter is part of...more

C-THRU’s Proposed Changes to Negotiated Prices – A Demonstration of the Part D Program’s Complexities and Misunderstandings

As described in last week’s post, Senator Wyden has introduced the C-THRU Act that seeks to require public disclosure of PBM rebate amounts, establish a minimum rebate percentage that PBMs must pass on to Part D and Exchange...more

Seventh Circuit Grants Interlocutory Appeal in Rx Discount Program Qui Tam Suit to Answer Several Important Questions

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In United States ex rel. Garbe v. Kmart Co., 824 F.3d 632 (7th Cir. 2016), the Seventh Circuit granted interlocutory appeal following numerous motions for partial summary judgment to consider four questions: (1) whether the...more

Healthcare Law Update: March 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Enforcement - OIG Issues Advisory Opinion Allowing Free or Reduced-Cost Lodging and Meals - On March 3, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued...more

Wyden’s C-THRU Act – Publicizing PBM Rebate Data

Last week, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D- Ore.) introduced the “Creating Transparency to Have Drug Rebates Unlocked (C-THRU) Act of 2017.” As its name suggests, it seeks to require parties (e.g., PBMs)...more

The Future of the Affordable Care Act Week 7: The American Health Care Act

On March 6, 2017, after years of promising, GOP lawmakers in the House of Representatives introduced the “American Health Care Act” (AHCA), the first concrete legislative proposal detailing the initial provisions designed to...more

House ACA Bill Contains Numerous Provisions Affecting Employers

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The House Committee on Ways and Means and the House Energy and Commerce Committee released proposed legislation on March 6, 2017, to partially repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which was signed into...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

Meeting privately with Senate Republicans to discuss next steps on the ACA was among the first actions taken last week by the new Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Tom Price. But GOP senators left...more

CMS Releases Proposed 2018 Medicare Advantage/Part D Reimbursement Methodologies and Policies

by Reed Smith on

CMS has released its 2018 Advance Notice and Call Letter, which outline proposed updates to Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D plan reimbursement methodologies and policies. CMS notes that it its proposed policies focus on...more

CMS’s Draft 2018 Call Letter: Minor Updates, but Largely a Continuation of Current Policies

Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its 2018 Medicare Advantage and Part D Advance Notice and Draft Call Letter (“Draft Call Letter”). For the majority of the letter’s provisions,...more

Medicare Advantage Draft Call Letter Addresses Encounter Data, Star Ratings

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On February 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed updates to the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D programs through the CY 2018 Advance Notice and Draft Call Letter. Despite largely...more

Client Alert/Reminder: Form W-2 Reporting Due / Disclosure Due to CMS for Medicare Part D

by Fraser Trebilcock on

UPCOMING DEADLINES: {1) FORM W-2 REPORTING; AND (2) MEDICARE PART D NOTICES TO CMS - Reminder: Form W-2 Reporting on Aggregate Cost of Employer Sponsored Coverage - Unless subject to an exemption,...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 Reports on Impact of “High-Priced Drugs” on Medicare Part D Catastrophic Coverage Spending

by Reed Smith on

At the request of Congress and others, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted a review of “high-priced drugs” (defined by OIG as exceeding $1,000 per month) and their impact on the Medicare program. The OIG found...more

Employment and Benefits Advisory: 2017 Reminders and Developments

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New Relief for Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements - As mentioned in prior advisories, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Treasury have taken the position that employers cannot reimburse...more

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

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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

Repealing Obamacare Will Have Consequences for Medicare

One of President-elect’s Donald Trump's campaign promises was to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare, and Republicans in Congress have vowed to make repeal one of their first acts in the new term. While...more

OIG Finalizes CMP Regulations, Largely as Proposed

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On December 7, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) finalized [PDF] its proposal to update the civil monetary penalty (CMP) regulations – namely, incorporate new CMP authorities...more

New Anti-Kickback Safe Harbors

by Roetzel & Andress on

On December 7, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG), issued a final rule creating additional “safe harbors” for the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute (42 USC § 1320a-7b(b) et...more

OIG Finalizes New and Expanded Anti-Kickback Safe Harbors, Issues Guidance Regarding Nominal Gifts

by Buchalter on

In an uncertain health care environment following the presidential election, the Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) finalized a new rule expanding existing safe harbors to the federal...more

CMS Releases Plan for Expanded Monitoring of Medicare Advantage and Part D Appeals and Grievances

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In Depth - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that it will monitor—beginning in January 2017—Part C and D appeals timeliness on an industry-wide basis. Under this initiative, all...more

2017 OIG Work Plan: For Medicare Plans

Last week, the OIG posted its Work Plan for 2017. In it, the OIG announced many goals touching on programs including, but not limited to, Medicare, Medicaid, Insurance Marketplace (Health Exchanges), Indian Health Service,...more

2017 MA and Part D Audit Protocols and Data Requests are Open for Comment

CMS issued its Audit Protocols and Data Requests for Medicare Advantage and Part D plans on November 4, 2016 (the “Protocols”). The Protocols have been updated based on the over 500 comments CMS received in response to the...more

CMS Delays Enforcement of Part D Prescriber Enrollment Requirements

Last week, CMS released a Fact Sheet announcing that it is further delaying enforcement of the Medicare Part D Prescriber Enrollment Requirements, with full enforcement to begin on January 1, 2019. Under the Medicare Part D...more

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